Guest Blogger Michele Mishler – Templates & How To Create Your Own!

First off I’d like to announce the winner of last week’s Wednesday Giveaway! It was absolutely wonderful reading about all these delicious foods and recipes.  The winner of the smorgasbord of items is…..Laurie d! Laurie has a borscht recipe to die for, unfortunately, her kids don’t like it!  Well, Laurie you can serve me a bowl of borscht any day!  Or just send your mailing info to and I’ll get your prize right out to you!

For today’s Wednesday Giveaway we have a very special guest blogger.

1308 cover 200 Guest Blogger Michele Mishler   Templates & How To Create Your Own!Michele Mishler , who you may remember had her adorable cover project “Puppy Love” in the Creative Machine Embroidery July/August issue is our guest blogger!  We had such a great response from the project and Michele was kind enough to do a blog post on templates and creating your own.  Plus, she is giving one lucky reader the Puppy Love multi-format embroidery design collection on CD with bonus designs, templates and PDF files so you can create your own Puppy Love quilt and we’ll add a copy of the issue that featured Puppy Love too.  Find today’s question at the bottom of Michele’s post.  And, here’s Michele!

I love creating scenes with my embroidery machine and the applique hills in the Puppy Love Quilt make a perfect background for embroidery. I use templates to arrange the designs on the fabric and to mark the placement of the designs. This way I can embroider my designs one at a time to create a large embroidered scene.

So what are these templates I am talking about? In the world of quilting, when we speak of templates, we are most likely talking about the patterns for individual quilt patches. We can trace the outlines onto cardboard or template plastic, trim them to size, and trace them onto our fabric, and finally, create our quilt block.

In the world of embroidery, a template is something quite different. It is a printout of the embroidery design in a full sized representation. It has cross-hairs or a center mark so that it can be used for placement. Templates are especially handy when orienting an embroidery design on a pocket or creating an arrangement of multiple designs to create a much larger overall embroidery design. Here are a couple of photos of my students using templates.

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Photos from Michele Mishler

So where do we get these design templates? Most software used to transfer embroidery designs to the machine will also print templates for use in design placement. The image below shows an embroidery design open in HorizonLink, an editing software that comes with Janome embroidery machines.

Screen Capture 1 Guest Blogger Michele Mishler   Templates & How To Create Your Own!A print preview of the design shows the template with crosshairs. Using the options available in the program, I can print the template and even print mirror images of the design.

Surprisingly, as our embroidery machines get easier and easier to use, we depend on software less and less, and many of us simply save our designs to memory sticks and take the designs directly to our machines, no software required! So how can we make templates without software?

I like to use my test stitch outs as templates. This is the perfect opportunity to try out the different color schemes I want to use.

Complete the embroidery, and then mark with a pen around the inside of the hoop. Trim along the hoop outline. Place the plastic insert that came with the hoop over the design and mark the center lines onto the fabric. This makes a great template, and if more templates are needed, the embroidery can be placed in a copy machine and copied as many times as needed.

And even better, some embroidery design collections come with printable design templates. I am including PDF files for the readers to print out for the Puppy Parade Collection. Just click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see “Free Sample” click on that and you are on your way.  Thank you for all the positive feedback on my quilt, and have fun creating your own version of Puppy Love!

Michele Mishler

MM Embroidery Designs

Do you make your own templates?  What do you make if you make your own?

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15 Responses to Guest Blogger Michele Mishler – Templates & How To Create Your Own!

  1. Virginia Frazier says:

    I usually Print my templates from my software program or my

  2. Virginia Frazier says:

    sorry I entered to quickly. I print my templates from my software program and my Eq7 program. I guess I am just not an artist to draw, I love Michells projects and designs. I am familiar with ther from her Janome projects. Thank you for the PDF files Michelle.

  3. Thanks for all this info .. I like the idea of photocopying the stitched design .. although a lot of design have gif files that you can print, I actually have not made any templates so I am learning :)

  4. Laura says:

    I have not used templates before. Although I do mark where I want the center of a design to be and line it up with the center of my machine. Love the Puppy Love quilt – was thinking about a Christmas present for one of my girls. Thanks for the templates for it and for your article here and in the CME magazine.

  5. Enis says:

    I generally print templates using my embroidery software, but occasionally, I’ve been known to do a test stitch out like you suggested and lay it on the fabric for marking. Not only does this help with placement, but it helps me to audition colors as well without ruining a project.

  6. Myrna Goddard says:

    I don’t usually make templates however when I embroidered flowers up the leg of some jeans I printed the templates. It was really a lot of fun as I could place them on the leg and decide upside down or right side up, curve to the left or the right, three flowers here or just two. It almost made me free creative.

  7. Linda B says:

    I nearly always make changes in placement or size of the design after trying my template so I always take the time to print one out. It has saved many projects!

  8. Shelly C says:

    I haven’t made templates before but I haven’t made things that I would benefit from it but I plan on making a table runner that I think I will make templates using my PED basic for the templatesssss

  9. Maxine Reece says:

    I have never used templates before, but now I think it will make it much easier to design with them. Thank you for explaining about them and as a beginner I really needed that. Your Puppy love design would make a wonderful quilt for my Daughter-in-law who loves puppies.

  10. Mary H says:

    I use my 5D software and print my templates from it.

  11. DEB Sincliar says:

    I print out my templates from my software program. Yet as I have been working on Puppy Love I thought I better see if I was working correctly. I googled Michele Mishler and came upon this site. I read the article then downloaded the templates. I am glad that I found this site. I missed the class that Michele put on at Paramount Sewing. Just finished printing out the templates I will use them thanks so much for this information.

  12. Jill says:

    I’m so glad you found this helpful. Michele does wonderful work!

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