Have you seen the November/December issue of Creative Machine Embroidery yet? I have my copy sitting next to me, and I have to tell you — I am so excited about this issue!
This is the last issue of our 15th Anniversary celebration, so inside you’ll find a feature on our mystery project. I think the secret’s out by now (spoiler alert!) — It’s a truly beautiful and professional-looking bag featuring a pretty embroidered fill stitch. It’s quite the complicated set of instructions, and I can hardly believe that so many of you followed along with the construction without actually knowing what you were making (at least at the beginning)! I’ve had the opportunity to see some pictures you’ve sent of the bags you made, and I’m so impressed by your talent.
This issue is chock-full of in-the-hoop projects, and I had the opportunity to stitch up samples of some of them (I love my job!). The first thing I got to work on was the Festive Forest chenille trees, which are such a great holiday/winter décor project. I was a little unsure about using white on the outside to make a “snow covered” version of the tree, but I think it turned out well. At least the art team liked it enough to use it! What do you think?
The other thing I had the opportunity to work on was the Snow Globe Ornaments. The staff had been working on this concept since before I started at CME, so when they asked me to test the stitch-outs to make sure everything was happening in the right order, I was a little intimidated. Then, when someone suggested that I should combine the testing with actual sample-making — as we did need a set to photograph — I was really intimidated! But I got the hang of them fast, and I’m really proud of the final set. They’re such a cool concept and so much fun to make. Here’s a fun fact: this is the neatest glitter-including project that you will ever make! Since you pour the glitter and then cover it with vinyl and stitch immediately, fully enclosing it, it never has a chance to get anywhere.
The Snowman design is free until December 31, but I personally love the whole collection, which you can find at shopsewitall.com. The Birds and Berries is my very favorite design — look for a little video on our social media next month featuring yours truly making one.
I have to say one of the most helpful embroidery articles I’ve seen is the “Endless Possibilities” story that you’ll find in this issue. Ramona Baird, who is a genius with embroidery software, teaches a very cool technique for perfect alignment in multiple hoopings. The piece she made to accompany and illustrate the technique is absolutely gorgeous. I hope you learn as much from the story as I did! If you’re interested in the design that Ramona used please head over to Embroidery Designs and you can purchase them there.
In the issue you’ll also find two more in-the-hoop projects, some great embroidered gift ideas and ways to dress yourself up for the season.