Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!
Today’s giveaway is perfect for those that love creating and displaying art with embroidery and fabric. The Voila Frame allows you to display your favorite textile art or embroidery project easily and beautifully. No tools, staples or glue are required and no damage to the fabric or textile. This frame can also display jewlery, can be made into a cork message board and so much more! Check out their website for ideas and projects. This frame is 12″x12″ and has a window size of 8″x8, the color is black.
If you would like to enter this giveaway please enter a comment in the comments section below. One lucky winner will be picked on Monday May 20th!
What do you have hanging on your walls? Is kid art what’s popular in your home now? Or maybe fine art has a special place on the wall or is all your art proudly displayed on the kitchen fridge? Tell us what’s hanging around the home!
I am so in love with the idea of actually doing hand embroidery. Books like these only make me want to move out of thinking about it and actually do it!
The winner for Wednesday Giveaway is randomly chosen and is Jill H! She said in her comment that she loves to do both hand and machine embroidery. I do hope this book comes in handy for ideas and inspiration. We would love to see you in action with your embroidery work so please, don’t be shy and post on Sewing District!
Thanks to all the readers and commentors. Come back this Wednesday, we’ve got a great giveaway planned.
For today’s giveaway we are giving the book S is for Stitch by Kristyne Czepuryk. If you are a fan of hand stitching and hand embroidery you’ll love this book. There are 52 embroidered alphabet designs along with many projects that are perfect for quilts, soft blocks, baby and nursery items and other little things for little ones.
If you are interested in winning this book please share a comment in the comment section below.
The question for today is do you like to do hand embroidery? Maybe you love the machine embroidery only or give hand embroidery a go now and then? The new embroidery machines make embroidery so much easier and faster but does anyone still like to do hand embroidery? I think it might be relaxing.
Please let me know and we’ll pick a winner on Monday!
Welcome to Monday! I had a great time reading your comments, for many of us our grandmothers, mothers and aunts really knew how to make a home special or cook fabulous meals and make us feel special too. Some mothers or grandmothers may not have been a wiz in the kitchen or lousy at sewing but it’s the thought that counts right?
On to the winner for last week’s Wednesday’s Giveaway. Sherrie L! was randomly chosen as the week’s winner.
My grandmother taught me to sew at the age of 8 on a Treadle machine. She sewed some garments and made quilts out of necessity. I remember her saying that my learning to sew would last me a lifetime and save me money. I made my own clothes in middle and high school. Now I sew and machine embroider quilts and clothing but it costs me money but I don’t care because I enjoy it. Thanks Grandma!.
Congratulations Sherrie! Please send us your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get this out to you!
Thanks for reading!
The luster and shine of metallic thread is hard to pass up. It adds fantastic details to all sorts of projects. However, it often causes problems during the embroidery process. Use these tips to get the most out of your metallic thread.
1. Quality counts. There are many ways to make metallic thread and the cheaper the price tag, the lower quality the thread. Rely on brands you trust and test different types at varying price points to discover the differences.
2. Slow down! Change the stitch speed to the lowest possible setting. It may take longer, but the thread is less likely to break if the machine goes slowly.
3. Design choices. Metallic thread works best with delicate designs. Any design with dense fill areas will most likely cause the thread to break. Choose designs comprised mostly of lines without heavy fill spots.
4. Needles matter! Use a metallic needle to embroider with metallic thread. These specially created needles have larger eyes to accommodate the metallic thread.
5. Chill out! It might sound far-fetched, but many metallic threads work best when left in a freezer for an hour or so before use.
Put these tips to use on these fun metallic thread projects:
Add a touch of sparkle to decorative pillows.
Modify a ready-made sweater with metallic thread embroidery.
I saw this book and a little squeal came out. Although not embroidery exactly I could see someone combining it with embroidery to make the most beautiful treasures from this book. These ribbon floral creations could be combined with an embroidered dress or garment or heirloom treasure that would be absolutely stunning.
There are ideas for making a sweet Queen of May or flower girl head band. There are many ideas for hats and clothing and an amazing floral ribbon display for a spring or summer table top. Even use the floral creations to make a pen for a wedding guest book.
The book has a lovely history on Celia Thaxter who the author, Faye Labanaris gets much of her inspiration from in her ribbon work. Very sweet book indeed.
So answer the following question in the comments section below to be put in the drawing.
I was thinking about my grandmother the other day when company dropped in unexpectedly. I had nothing in the kitchen. I remember my grandmother when guests were to come over , she’d say ‘I don’t have a thing in the cupboard for company’. And, then somehow magically she would create this amazing smorgasbord of culinary delights.
Sadly, I am hopeless in all areas of entertaining. What about you? Did you have a grandmother that would put Martha Stewart to shame? What do you remember best about your grandmother or uncle or great aunt as they were involved in the domestic arts? Did you learn from them or are you like me where you’d rather go to a party then plan one!
Tune in next Monday to see who the lucky winner is and until then,
For last week’s question there were many great answers as usual and everyone had their favorite color to work with. I would have a hard time picking one, but red is usually on the top of my list. But, I also love green and black.
I hope this week’s winner has a great time looking at Kaffee Fassett’s book and using her new color wheel. The winner that was picked randomly by Random.org is Lorilynn! Congratulations Lorilynn.
Lorilynn loves working with jewel tones which look to be a favorite of Kaffee Fassett too!
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Tune in this coming Wednesday for our next giveaway and question!
Everyone here is ready for spring to finally arrive. What better way to bring spring into your home than a book by the world-renowned color and fiber artist Kaffee Fassett. His book Welcome Home has great projects for the home and beyond. There are ideas for collage, quilting, sewing, embroidery, needlepoint, collection display and more! I love Fassett’s use of color so bold and fresh. Just like spring!
And, to make this extra colorful we’ll add in a Studio Color Wheel by Joen Wolfrom.
If you would like to enter into the Wednesday Giveaway answer the question in the comments section below.
What types of color do you favor in your projects? Have you experimented with color in your embroidery designs? What colors worked, what was not such a good combo. Let’s discuss!
Show us your most colorful work on Sewing District!
Happy colorful stitching!
We asked the question what materials do you prefer to machine embroider on or what things don’t you like to embroider on. There were many comments that terry cloth can be a handful when using embroidery machines. Silk and stretchy materials also give people fits at the machine.
For this giveaway Lois was randomly picked as this week’s winner! Lois has worked with many different types of materials and loves working with cotton.
I mostly like embroidering on cotton fabrics but I have sewn on almost everything out there. I have concur most fabrics by spray starching, stabilizing and sticking them down in the hoop as the answer for that perfect stitchout. I Just finish embroidering on tulle to make free standing designs for a Band Director’s costume. My lease favorite is suede/ leather and velvet but I’ll work on them to get better and to love doing them too!
Thanks Lois for your comment. Please email me your mailing address so we can get this great book out to you!
Check out Creative Machine Embroidery’s free e-book on tips and tricks for embroidering on difficult fabrics.
We have another great giveaway today with the Whimsical Machine Embroidery book. With 38 projects and a CD you will embroider you way through the year with these bright, bold designs. Plus, this book will show you how to use your sewing skills to make festive handmade accessories for every season.
All you need to do to enter is answer the following question in the comment section below: What are your favorite fabrics to embroider on, or what are your least favorite materials to embroider on and why.
Thanks for reading and one lucky winner will be picked on Monday.