Our favorite Creative Machine Embroidery issue of the year is here! Of course we don’t play favorites, but the November/December issue is so much fun, and we’ve really put together a phenomenal collection of projects for you to wrap up 2018 with.
On the cover is the gorgeous Ornate Skate design by Ramona Baird. It’s all freestanding lace (with a little Styrofoam to support the blades). Stitch it out on water-soluble stabilizer (the design’s free through the end of December at cmemag.com/freebies!), then dissolve the stabilizer, block the pieces and stitch them together following the detailed instructions found in the magazine. This lovely project will impress all your holiday guests.
Are you the kind of person who likes a bit of twinkle in your holiday wear? You’ll love the light-up Let It Glow scarf (we do!). Designed with eyelets to stick mini-lights through and a pocket in each end to hold the battery pack that powers them, this scarf is super fun. If you’re not the light-up type, you can still make it — just don’t cut the eyelets out. In that case, we recommend glamming them up with hot-fix crystals instead.
Our in-the-hoop project for this issue is a lovely wrap to dress up pillar candles and candleholders, a bottle of wine or sparkling cider, or a mason jar. Its simple but iconic design imparts a distinct Christmassy feel perfect for adding subtle décor or adorning a hostess gift. Find the design at cmemag.com/freebies until Dec. 31, 2018.
Can we tell you how much we love our CME exclusive collection for this issue? These adorable “ugly” sweaters were lovingly designed to be just the right amount of gaudy to be fun while still being just plain cute. I have a special fondness for the T-Rex design, but it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite. Making them in the hoop is a simple process with a great payout. Hang them with the ribbon, or omit it and glue a miniature hanger to the back for a final touch. Download the gingerbread man design for free from cmemag.com/freebies and find the full collection at interweave.com/sewing.
Contributor Katrina Walker always makes the prettiest garments for us using tricky techniques, and this issue is no exception. She embroidered a large number of stars in metallic thread on sheer fabric to create the Starry Night Blouse, and the end result is stunning. Learn all her secrets to recreate it perfectly for your own holiday shindigs.
There’s a lot more useful information and pretty holiday projects to find in this issue, including a striking wool jacket, beaded ornament covers and heirloom-style stockings, among others. Pick it up on newsstands now or visit interweave.com/sewing to order a copy online. And don’t forget to visit cmemag.com/freebies for all the free designs included with this issue!
Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!