National Embroidery Month Friday = Free Design

It’s still National Embroidery Month, and we’re giving away one more free design before the month ends!

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Spring will be here before you know it, and I couldn’t be more ready! As we head into March, I find myself eying the Spring Clover collection and thinking about budding flowers and St. Patrick’s Day. Click the link below to download the Spring Clover Shamrock 1 design. It’s 1.93” wide x 2.11” high with 2,276 stitches and three thread colors. The free download comes as a zip file and includes the following formats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW, VIP and VP3.

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This design will expire on February 26, 2018, so hurry and download it before it’s gone. Then, find the rest of the Spring Clover collection at shopsewitall.com.

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Friday FREEBIE! Free Design For National Embroidery Month

It’s Friday again, and we’re giving away another free design to celebrate National Embroidery Month!

2 1 NEM  1024x558 Friday FREEBIE! Free Design For National Embroidery MonthToday is the Chinese New Year, and Monday is Presidents Day, so it seemed like a design from our Fireworks collection would be appropriate. After all, fireworks were invented in China and are a major element of the new year celebration there. Click the link below to download the Small Fireworks Burst design. It’s 2.99” wide x 3.05” high with 3,858 stitches and three thread colors. The free download comes as a zip file and includes the following Frformats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW and VIP.

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This freebie expired on Tuesday, February 20. Find it and the rest of the Fireworks collection at shopsewitall.com.

Fireworks Collection Friday FREEBIE! Free Design For National Embroidery Month

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Creative Machine Embroidery New Mar/Apr 2018 Issue

The March/April 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery just hit newsstands, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to explore it!

CME1804 Cover 500px Creative Machine Embroidery New Mar/Apr 2018 IssueThe cover features an amazing leather handbag by Katrina Walker. The related article will teach you all the fine points of embroidering on heavyweight leather — what needles and stabilizers to use, how to choose the best design and how to treat your leather after embroidery to eliminate any distortion. Learn all the tricks on page 34. Continue reading

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Celebrate National Embroidery Month With A Free Design

It’s the second Friday of National Embroidery month, and you know what that means! Friday Freebie!

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Valentine’s Day is next week, so something lovey seemed apropos for this Friday’s freebie. I looked right away to the adorable Love Is in the Air collection, which I’ve always adored.  Click the link below to download the Lovebirds design. It’s 4.36” wide x 4.46” high with 5,096 stitches and three thread colors. The free download comes as a zip file and includes the following formats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW and VIP.

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Stitch the Trend: Embroidered Trench Coats

If you’ve got a need in your wardrobe for a stylish spring coat, join our Luzerne Trench sew along on the Sew News blog. We’re joined by the Deer & Doe team, and we’re talking all things trench style, colors, fabric options and inspiration.

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The winter – and looking on to spring – we’re seeing trenches with incredible embroidered embellishments that give interest and a feminine styling to this menswear-inspired classic. Trench coats have so many elements to them – from sleeve tabs, belts, flaps, exaggerated collars – there are a multitude of ways and places you can add embroidered motifs. Here are a few of our top finds and inspiration for embroidering trench coats.

Florals are hot for spring, this year and always. I love this soft floral motif along the lower sleeve and pocket, which accentuates the subtle flare of the skirt seen on the Luzerne and more feminine trench designs.

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On a more textural base fabric, a more bold design motif is called for. This motif style mimics the look of crewel embroidery. And on bell sleeves? A total winner. Bonus points for a killer color combo (tan, orange and navy) and for the dimensional fringe, something that could be easily recreated on a home embroidery machine.

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Okay, I had to look it up! That little flap over the right shoulder on the trench below is a gun flap. This trench is a great example of embroidery being used to embellish the many design elements on a trench and gives this otherwise classic design a romantic, safari vibe. I love that the designs use foliage rather than florals – such a fun option!

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You can most certainly go all-over with embroidery on a trench, but it might take you forever and a day! The embroideries on this jacket give the feel of an all-over design without actually being “all over”. Instead, they’re carefully and evenly distributed. I love that the belt is embellished too!

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Most of the designs we’ve discussed showcase florals but I love (LOVE!!!) this basic black trench with hummingbird motifs. The classic black fabric color is perfectly balanced by the light and playful hummingbirds without being whimsical. This one has high-end written all over it.

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A color block effect is easy to create with the use of a contrasting and textured fabric in this design. You could do the same with embroidery. Use a bold geometric or an all-over design for contrast at the sleeves, collar, under collar, belt, rain flap and more.

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Celebrate National Embroidery Month

To celebrate Embroidery Month, we’re giving away an embroidery design every Friday! I’ve been digging into the CME archives to find some of my favorite designs that you may not have seen recently.

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Today’s Groundhog Day, and while we don’t actually have a groundhog design, we do have the lovely Forest Friends collection. So, for today only, click the link below to download the Small Squirrel design. It’s 2.33” wide x 3.49” high with 3,246 stitches and two thread colors. The free download comes as a zip file and includes the following formats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW and VIP.Squirrel 204x300 Celebrate National Embroidery Month

This freebie has expired. Please go to shopsewitall.com to purchase!

But join in next week for another free design. All through out National Embroidery Month!

Find the entire Forest Friends collection at shopsewitall.com.

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 Hurry and download your free design for National Embroidery Month. This freebie has expired on 2/5/2018.

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Easy To Make Bottle Koozies – Perfect For Game Day

Create bottle koozies by repurposing a men’s shirt and outfit your guests with personalized drinks for the big game.

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by Susan Clark

Supplies

  • Button-down shirt
  • Thread: matching all-purpose
  • & embroidery
  • Tear-away
  • adhesive-backed stabilizer
  • Water-soluble topper
  • Rotary cutting system
  • Removable fabric marker
  • Prewound bobbin
  • Needles: size 80/12 universal
  • & 75/11 embroidery
  • Serger (optional)
  • Dad’s Ale embroidery design

PREPARE

• Install a size 75/11 embroidery needle onto the machine. Insert a prewound bobbin and thread the needle with the desired embroidery thread.

• Hoop a piece of stabilizer with the paper side up. Score inside the hoop using a pin, and then remove the paper backing.

• Place the shirt flat on a cutting mat. Cut each cuff from the shirt 3˝ beyond the cuff seam (A).

• Unbutton the cuff and fold it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, matching the cuff edge and wrist seam. Draw a line along the fold; unfold. Fold the cuff in half widthwise; mark the cuff center at the line intersection.

• Position the cuff in the hoop, aligning the cuff and hoop centerlines. Finger-press gently to adhere.

• Download the chosen embroidery design. Load the design onto the machine and center it over the mark.

EMBROIDER

• Place a piece of topper over the cuff center mark; embroider. Remove the cuff from the hoop. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, remove the excess topper.

• Set the machine for standard sewing. Install a size 80/12 universal needle and thread the machine with all-purpose thread to match the cuff.

• Trim the cuff raw edges 2˝ beyond the wrist seam. Button the cuff, and then turn it inside out. Fold the cuff so the buttoned seam is centered over the embroidery.

• Stitch the raw edge using a 1/2˝ seam allowance and a 2.5mm-long stitch (B). Serge- or zigzag-finish the seam.

• Fold one cuff side edge to align with the lower seam. Stitch across the triangle 1˝ from the point (C).

• Serge- or zigzag-finish the seam. Trim the seam allowance just beyond the stitching (D). Repeat to stitch the remaining corner.

• Turn the cuff right side out and insert a bottle.

• Repeat to create a bottle holder from the remaining cuff. §

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Date Night Inspiration: 4 Embroidered Looks Perfect for Going Out

If one of your personal goals for the new year includes more date nights, you’re in good company! And, if you’re like me, you tend to think about date night the morning of…as in, too late to make a totally new outfit. One way to avoid this scenario is to have some great separates in your closet (or patterns in your pattern library) that are easy to dress up. And, yes, embroidery is a great way to do that! You’ll find these great tips and inspiration in the Jan/Feb issue of CME.

First, consider adding a sequined something to your spring wardrobe! Sequins kind of make the outfit. Even better: add some embroidery to truly customize the look. Machine embroidery master Katrina Walker provides tips for the process and an inspiring sample: an open back tank using BurdaStyle #118 04/2016. Pick your embroidery design and stabilizer carefully…and you can totally recreate this look!

CME1802 SparklingRose 755x1024 Date Night Inspiration: 4 Embroidered Looks Perfect for Going Out I’m in love with raglan sleeves this winter and spring. It’s easy to update the somewhat sporty look of raglans with embroidery. Stacy Schlyer walks you through the process, with tips for design placement and creating balance in a top that’s totally upscale and feminine, perfect for date night. Bonus points: add a basic embellished pocket!

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And yes, depending on the venue, we do think you can probably wear joggers for a date night, especially if they’re made from satin and include inspired large-scale embroideries. Seriously speaking, this look is the perfect blend of comfort and style and is a great way to upgrade an athleisure pattern you already have in your pattern library.

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If a denim jacket isn’t on your to-sew list yet, let us change your mind. Jean jackets are truly the perfect go-to, when you need comfort and confidence. Seriously, is there an outfit that a jean jacket doesn’t work with? And hello perfect layering piece for spring. And while you’re at it, picking the perfect pattern and perfecting the fit, consider taking your customization a step further by adding some favorite embroidery motifs like these cuties form our Irresistible Insects Collection.

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Embroidered Sachets: Tips and Tricks

I have a special place in my heart for the in-the-hoop sachets in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue. While the concept of the project was a group effort, I was the one who laid out the construction process for the digitizers. In fact, I actually digitized a test version myself as proof of concept, though I left the final digitization to the professionals. I love the way they turned out and really enjoyed making the set of samples.

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Sweet Scent-iments

When we picked the essential oils to focus on for the designs (another group effort), we put a lot of thought into affordability and versatility. We thought about fragrances we thought people would like to have linger on clothing and/or enjoy tucked under a pillow. Cedarwood especially seemed appropriate to tuck in a drawer, and the relaxing scent of lavender is a lovely scent as you drift off to sleep.

We also purposely chose to use “citrus” and “spice” instead of more specific fragrances to make the sachets more versatile. There are a whole range of citrus oils available on the less expensive end of the spectrum — notably orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, lime and bergamot. Lemongrass, which has a citrusy note, could work as well. Cinnamon is the obvious go-to for spice, but clove is also readily available. Just like cooking, though, a little clove goes a long way, so add a little bit at a time until you like the strength. Or use some of both oils for a unique blend; just be sure to use more cinnamon than clove so the latter doesn’t overwhelm the former. Cinnamon and clove are the main spice essential oils you’ll find at most stores, but some places with wider ranges or online retailers like mountainroseherbs.com or brambleberry.com may have more obscure spice oils, like ginger, cardamom or black pepper. Expect to pay more for rarer oils.

Stuffing 281x300 Embroidered Sachets: Tips and TricksTo get the most out of your essential oils, add them to sachet stuffing made from natural materials, which will absorb the oil the best. There are lots of options here, and they don’t have to be expensive. Cotton balls work, as do scraps of cotton, muslin or linen. In the magazine, I also mentioned a product called “Nature Fix.” It’s an ingredient used in potpourri; basically, it’s a filler that holds on to essential or fragrance oil, while the dried flower petals, fruit peels, cinnamon sticks, etc. provide the visual appeal. Nature Fix is a natural product, made from absorbent dried corn cobs, and doesn’t cost much. It’s most likely to be found on the internet, though, so there may be additional shipping costs.

Remember that essential oils are very concentrated, so they’re very strong. Use them sparingly at first, then add more if desired. Never use essential oils undiluted on skin (mix them into unscented lotion if you want to use them on your skin), and never take them internally. Double-check warnings on mountainroseherbs.com to make sure the oil isn’t contraindicated for any condition you have. Pregnant people are recommended to avoid using essential oils.

An alternative to essential oil is fragrance oil, which I mentioned in passing above. The difference between a fragrance oil and an essential oil is that while an essential oil is extracted by one of several processes from a plant that contains natural oil, a fragrance oil is created in a lab by combining chemicals that product a fragrance. That can sound a little scary, but they’re carefully tested to ensure safety. The main benefit to fragrance oils is they allow for fragrances that can’t be extracted from plants. For example, a strawberry doesn’t have enough oil in it to extract, so strawberry fragrance has to be created in the lab. Scents like cherry, chocolate, honey and coconut are all available to us because of fragrance oils (coconuts product oil, but it’s scentless).

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Small Boho Rose, shopsewitall.com

Fragrance oils, while not necessary for these sachets (as they were designed for essential oils), can be used to expand your sachet options. For example, rose was not included in our collection because rose essential oil (actually called rose absolute due to the way it’s processed) is incredibly expensive — hundreds of dollars per ounce. However, a rose fragrance oil is much more affordable and may not be distinguishable from the real thing. If you have a favorite fragrance you’d like to put in a sachet, consider purchasing a fragrance oil and finding a coordinating design in the 2 1/2”x3 1/2” or smaller size range to embroider on the front, such as CME’s Small Boho Rose.

You can find fragrance oils at some craft stores in their candle- or soap-making sections. Be aware, though, that those oils may not be very high quality and as a result may smell fake or have strange undertones (I know this from experience). For good-quality oils, visit a soap- or candle-making supply store or website, like brambleberry.com. I get all my soap-making fragrance oils there, and I can vouch for their quality. That’s also where I get my Nature Fix.

I hope you give the sachets a try! They’re a fun intersection of several of my interests, and I’m happy I got a chance to share them with you in the current issue of CME. Make sure to pick up the free Lavender design and the in-the-hoop sachet design from cmemag.com/freebies before February 28, 2018, and find the instructions in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, available on newsstands until Feb. 12, 2018, and at shopsewitall.com.

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Embroider Tea Towels – In Time For Tea Month!

Embroidery on tea towels is one of the easiest machine embroidery projects you can do. And, it’s the perfect time to do so! Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month? Isn’t that just perfect? January is the perfect month for snuggling down under a blanket or four with a steaming cup of tea (for us in the northern hemisphere, at least). Of course, it’s fun to throw a tea party now and again, too! Whether you are enjoying a hot beverage all on your own or sharing with friends, tea time features several great canvases perfect for enhancing with embroidery.

Hot Tea Month  Embroider Tea Towels   In Time For Tea Month!Tea towels are a traditional addition to any tea party. They originated inthe 18th century, when the lady of the household would use them to dry fine china and delicate tea sets — a job considered too important to trust to potentially clumsy servants.

TeaTowels  Embroider Tea Towels   In Time For Tea Month!They would also often be wrapped around the teapot to insulate it and prevent inelegant drips. One might also use a tea towel to cover a plate of goodies before serving.

Noel Nostalgia 300x277  Embroider Tea Towels   In Time For Tea Month!Tea towels were often used as a vehicle for showing off embroidery skills — which they’re still great for today (though the embroidery might be produced a little differently…).

For days when you’re not sharing your tea, I’m personally a big fan of mug rugs — essentially mini-quilts with embroidery on the top. Embroider a 5”-6” square of fabric. Place a second square face-down, place a square of batting on top, then place the embroidered square face up on the top. Quilt if desired (it’s not strictly necessary on such a small piece of fabric), then bind. Voila! Mug rug!

You can go with any theme you want for your tea accessories. I’ve linked my favorites here — just click on the picture to follow the link.

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Tea Time Appliqué Collection

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Gloria McKinnon’s Priscilla Ladies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t the Priscilla Lady look like she’s going to a tea party?

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Garden Party Collection

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Irresistible Insects Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’d think the insects would be strange for tea, but they look great on a set of bright gingham towel blanks!

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Clover & Shamrocks Collection

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Diner Delights Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here’s a little wink-wink design: this one is hot cocoa, not tea (the marshmallows make it hard to pretend otherwise!). But it’s cute, isn’t it?

Happy sipping!

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