Many families have Thanksgiving traditions that span generations while others embrace the old and occasionally add something new to spice up their celebrations. We’re pleased to bring you something new to add with this embroidered mantel cloth, courtesy of the Martha Pullen Company. White linen serves as a backdrop for four white linen pockets that are each embroidered with a design encouraging you to “Give Thanks.” Maize linen is used in a gently curved pinstitched Madeira border.
Don’t worry if your mantel is unusually smaller or larger. Length, width and numbers of pockets are easily adjusted. As to what could you do with those pockets — use them to gather thankful thoughts from family members or to serve as holders for small bouquets. Embroidered pockets can also be quickly stitched onto ready-to-embroider napkins or table coverings. Of course, the embroidery alone can add an updated embellishment on table linens that you already own. Continue reading
No ordinary gift tag will do for your holiday gift giving. Don’t settle for the old flimsy gift tag, top your gift with a tag that’s especially for the handmade present. Creative Machine Embroidery magazine has created six fun gift tags for you to use as your wrap up your gift giving.
Download the gift tags here and Happy Holidays!
Growing up, my mother had a set of days-of-the-week hand-embroidered towels that we used for years and years. When she passed, I searched for the towels to no avail. The nostalgia they conjured was palpable, and I desperately wanted to re-create them. With the advent of machine embroidery, I was able to whip up seven tea towels in no time and make multiple sets to give to family members, furthering this tradition of sorts.
Avoid searching for embroidery design files by creating an organizational system. Use visual reference guides, digital sorting systems and a backup of all designs to easily find inspiration and begin stitching at a moment’s notice.
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- Create a binder to file design information sheets for easy visual reference. Having every design in your collection at your fingertips makes it easier to find designs when you’re ready to begin embroidering. Continue reading
We hope you’ve been enjoying pants month, here and on the Sew News blog. Machine embroidery is one of the best ways to customize your pants creations. Today we’ll discuss 4 techniques for embroidery that are easily customized to a variety of pants patterns or for readymade pants that need updating. Continue reading
Discover the must-have and some nice-to-have tools and materials to help achieve embroidery success.
I have a confession to make — the Nov/Dec issue is always my favorite. I love the fun gift ideas, cute décor and holiday finery that we always pack into the issue. The 2017 issue is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes now, and it will be on newsstands on Oct. 17. Keep reading for a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the issue!
On the cover, you’ll find a set of Christmas-themed tea towels. We love the nostalgic feel of tea towels in general and the vintage-style embroidery designs we added to the towels. It was tough deciding which designs to use on these samples — the whole collection is so cute! Find it at shopsewitall.com. Continue reading
As soon as the pumpkins come out each year, I know I should probably get started with handmade Christmas gifts. I love adding embroidery to simple sewing projects. A simple design can add a lot of impact to a basic sewing project. Here are a few ideas for the folks on your list, hand-picked from our latest issue of Sew it All magazine (volume 11, if you can believe it!).
Gift making made easy! The Business or Pleasure by SN editor Jill Case is perfect for gifting, especially if you’ve got crafty friends on your list. Instead of the supplied applique templates, embellish a felt gift card holder with sewing-themed embroidery designs. Continue reading
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There’s an old saying in the theater — never work with animals, children or drunks. Basically, they’re hard to control and make a lot of extra work for everyone. Sometimes it’s worth it, though, like when we brought seven kittens to our photoshoot for our September/October issue.
The pet beds we were shooting were made with the names of my cats, but we had several reasons for shooting with kittens instead. The main reason, of course, was that even though my cats are pretty cute, kittens are even cuter. Also, kittens are very adaptable and are able to roll with unusual situations in a way adult cats can’t or won’t. Continue reading