I have never seen a dog refuse to ride in an old squeaky pickup truck. At least mine don't. They love it. The more wind and noise the better! Antique trucks are really popular right now so I have released four new designs showcasing them. Each one designates a different season so you can be inspired to create a new project as time moves on. I have them listed individually or in a complete set! Check out the slideshow below.
Aren't those so cute? I love that they are seasonal but more generic. So these will last for several months in your decorating. I can see them on pillows or how about a wreath for your front door? Just have a simple wreath that you can interchange these on. Now that would be a fun quick project! Check out the single designs on our seasonal page here. Or look for the complete set of four here. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
It is that time of year. Driving around my neighborhood you can see the leaves starting to turn. It is refreshing to feel those first cool breezes. If you are like me, the urge to do some Fall rearranging in your closet may be beckoning you. Let me suggest a quick upcycling project that you might love. This simple little leaf stitches out quickly. How about adding it to a collar on a shirt?
Or to that light jacket that may be showing some wear?
Maybe you have a shirt that has a small stain on it or you just don't wear it because it is kind of plain?
Have I gotten your creative ideas going? Embroidery is a great way to make that piece of clothing look new. You can create a whole new outfit with several pieces by coordinating embroidery also. Do you have some accessories that could be embellished? Bags, Belts and hats? This simple design can also be changed by altering the colors. Maybe use several of them and try greens, yellows, browns, oranges. Group them together. Just go crazy!
Check out my store here to see this design and many others. I hope you have been inspired by this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Check out our FREE Designs page and download this for an awesome project! It is just in time for that nippy weather because I digitized it to sew on Fleecy fabric. So grab a sweatshirt and some cutaway stabilizer because your new outfit is a short stitch away! To make it EXTRA special, use GLOW in the Dark thread on the white colors! If you haven't tried it, I promise you will love it. So during the day you have one look and at night a second. Now you won't be scared on that hayride or getting lost in the corn maze! I hope you enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
This design will give you "Pumpkin" to talk about! It stitches quickly in your 4x4 hoop with light airy movement and finishes with that cute saying. The best part is I have already done the color coordinating for you! If you have a group of "Fall Thread colors in your stash, this design would be excellent to try them all out.
It uses six different colors similar to the picture above. When you download the design pack, you will get six individual options to stitch out. So nice to have that done already don't you think? If you have six items to stitch out, you can load each colorway design on your machine and it will tell you which color goes where. A design sheet is included with each one also to help you follow along. Check out the slideshow below to see them close up.
Isn't that amazing to see the same design with color options? They are the same but still unique. I can't decide which one is my favorite. Being the creative person you are, I know you could change them up with those six colors even more. I think I may have created a whole new game for you to play with your embroidery machine! So grab it up in our store here and start having some fun! I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest design collection is being released today and all I can say is I know you will love it. There are twelve different embroidery designs that are included in the download. Two of those designs are appliques. The other designs are all thread based. The little bear shows you each part of his school day from the early morning until the school bus takes him home! I digitized these so anyone with an embroidery machine should be able to stitch them out as they use 4x4 hoops. The best part is a BONUS soft book pattern will be included in your download items! You will need a sewing machine to finish the soft book but it is an easy project. If you have 1/2 yard of fabric and a few scraps for the appliques, you are ready to go. A grosgrain ribbon ties into a cute bow to keep the pages together.
So the little bear arrives at school; Hears the bell ring, Says the Pledge of Allegiance; Has circle time; Does art projects; Goes to the potty; Reads in the library; Has lunch in the cafeteria; Plays at recess; Takes a nap; Eats a snack; and Rides the bus home. Whew! That is a busy day for a little person! I am tired already!
This project would be very sweet to personalize with your child to remember their early school days. If you have a special teacher in your life, they might love to have one of the soft books in their classroom to help the students learn about their day. It would also be great to prepare young children for what they can expect when they are getting ready to begin school. There is ample room above and below each embroidery design in the soft book to write your child's story! Just use a fabric marker and heat set it. Jump over to my store here to see the collection.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
I took a really good look at my embroidery hoops and they are gross. No nice way to put that really. I use them a lot because I digitize pretty much every day and when I am not working in my software, I am testing designs. So it was time to try to get them cleaned up.
WOW! Almost like brand new. I will say that it took me a few tries to get all of the spray adhesive and loose threads to come off. First I tried baby wipes. They took some of the sticky residue off but didn't cut all the way into it. Then I used some Dawn Dish washing liquid and let it soak for about 10 minutes. That helped but my ultimate success came from soaking overnight. I tried a scrub brush and a hand towel. The towel was by far the best scrubber. The soap didn't do all of the heavy lifting though. I still had to use some elbow grease. Moving forward, I will wipe my hoops daily with the baby wipes and when I need a good clean, use the soak method. I have a video showing each of the trials you can watch below. Don't you just love science experiments? Especially when someone else does all the work and you can sit back with a cup of coffee and watch? I do. I hope you have enjoyed this post, Share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
No words are sweeter than it's Football Season! We have been waiting and now it has arrived so what better way to support your favorite team than embroidery. All of my related designs are on sale until September 30th to help you do just that. I have cap designs, appliques, and snarky comebacks. Everything to deck out your gear for that tailgate event or game day celebration. ......and may the best team win....... Check them out on our store Sale page here!
I love a recycling project and this one is pretty cool. I don't know what it is about hanging on to bent pins and needles, but it seems like a common thing in a craft room. I guess it might happen because we get in a rush while working or we don't really want to put those sharp little items in our trash. That is very dangerous to think about. When you empty your bin, you run the risk of poking yourself.
I have actually had this little project on my sewing desk for a couple of years and it occurred to me that I use it on a weekly basis so I wanted to share it with you. It created a place for me to put those pins and needles from all of my machines. Since I have orders for commercial work, I do have to change out my multi needle machine needles frequently. When that happens, I pop them into the bottle and don't think about them again until it is full.
The next time I visit my doctor's office or know I will be shopping in a store that has one of these SHARPS containers in the restroom, I just carry my bottle with me. Then I can dispose of the items in the proper receptacle.
This project comes together fast and I know it would be awesome as a stocking stuffer or gift for someone that loves to sew. We are always looking for cute things to hold our tools. This design is in my store here. You can also watch a video showing how everything is sewn and finished below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
When I have been in seminars or classes for embroidery, the question always arises from the instructors: "Who in this room embroiders caps?" Most of the time only a few people raise their hands. Then the second question is " Who loves to embroider caps?" This is almost always answered by grumbles and even fewer raised hands. If this is you, don't feel alone. My "relationship" with caps is still developing and as such some days I am in love and other days I want some alone time. Caps are a unique item to embroider because they are not flat and your embroidery machine really likes to sew flat things. So you have tools that help get around the curves on the cap; like special cap hoops, and extra clips that can hold things taut. Heavier weight stabilizers that give more structure to your cap to prevent flagging are also important. My machine even has a separate needle plate that is slightly raised around the needle hole. This helps isolate the needle to make sure it can penetrate where it needs to. I have even used steam in the past to try and loosen up the cap before doing my embroidery. This does work, but worrying about the possible watermarks or color changes on the cap and the extra time can slow your production process.
All of these things are very helpful, but you still have to contend with the design of each cap, materials they are constructed of and the person who sewed it all together. When sewing a group of caps, you will see that even if they are the same brand, color, style etc. each one will be slightly different because they are sewn by individuals. Until you start working with a lot of caps, you may not realize this.
So you are not crazy and stop pulling your hair out.
If you have a design that has been digitized to sew on a cap, you may see that each time you press start on your machine, you get a different reaction. Sometimes it may sew just fine, and other times you may get a needle break. There are so many variables to work through and your inner detective may need to come out. This is very frustrating when you are in the middle of an order and worried your needle supply is dwindling. The picture above shows a structured cap and I am pointing to the root of a lot of problems. The middle seam on a six panel structured cap can be quite thick. Depending on the design you are stitching, the results of your sew out can vary.
On this cap, the inner material includes a piece of buckram and a finished seam which overlaps. So the needle is dealing with several layers. When a cap design is digitized, it usually starts in the center and moves out to either side then moves up. This is to promote even stitching as the material is pushed along. When I digitized this design, the letter C was the very first thing to start sewing. As you can see, it is right smack dab in the middle of the cap front. Since the design itself is text and I was constrained by size, I couldn't move the text around too much to avoid that middle area because you would see it. Sometimes, depending on the cap, it would sew on just fine. Then other times, the minute I pressed start, my needle would plunge into the cap, get stuck and the tip would break.
I was able to workaround the issue by going into my design in my Embroidery software. I first changed the sewing order to start with the letter O and move to the left. This kind of goes against that whole start in the middle concept, but it is still close enough that the push of the material is in the same vicinity as the letter 'C". Then when my machine moved back to the right to sew that letter C right in the middle, I added a small meandering tie in stitch. That way, I could know for certain exactly where my needle would make the first penetration and the stitch line would meander toward the first part of that letter C. I was able to hide the meandering stitch underneath the "C". By adding that little bit of machine stitching, I had movement from the left outside the bulky middle materials. Instead of my needle plunging and fighting with the force of downward movement, the motion of the previous stitches helped it move through that middle bulk. Remember Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Motion? An object at rest stays at rest but an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by another force." Those small adjustments made all the difference and the remaining caps I sewed all performed much better.
If you are digitizing designs yourself this would be an easy addition or your digitizer can add something similar for you. Of course this will be different depending on each design and having the option to hide any tie or beginning stitches. The key is to watch your stitches, look at the cap and try to diagnose the problem. I made sure all of the mechanical areas were good on my machine first, then I looked closely at the cap and then I looked at my design. So for this particular one, I should be able to move forward confidently no matter what cap I am sewing it on. I do have a video that goes into more detail on the cap parts and also shows my actual software and the changes I made to the design. You can watch it below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
This is an exciting post because I have a brand new design that has just been released. It is an In the Hoop Heart Quilt Block. If you are not familiar with In The Hoop projects, this would be a great design to learn with. The entire process completes in one hooping. That means that you will cut all of your fabric, hoop your stabilizer and follow along with the instructions as your Embroidery machine stops and starts. Each time it stops, you have another step to complete but at the end you will have a precisely pieced block that can be used any way you choose.
This picture above shows the fabric needed for the largest block. The design uses the flip and fold method. This means you will have lines that sew and you will fold the fabric back and press really well on those areas. Once the block finishes sewing, you trim away the extra fabric. So there will be some remnants that you can use for another future project..
You will need a small iron to press your blocks in the hoop as they sew and some washable glue. Are you curious about what you will need glue for?
There are also four different sizes available, A 4x4 (pictured above), 5x5, 6x6 and 8x8. Now don't confuse these with your hoop sizes. Each one of these finished blocks is CUT one inch larger than the stated size. That means that the 4x4 block is actually cut to 5x5 inches. It gives you a generous 1/2 inch seam allowance around the perimeter. You can of course trim that to 1/4 inch and insert into your quilt project.
Here are the other sizes. Look at the measurements in the pictures. You will of course need a certain size hoop to sew each one. You can use a 5x7 for the 4x4 and 5x5 blocks. The 6x6 block will require a 6x10 hoop. The largest block, 8x8 will need at least a 9x12 or larger hoop depending on your machine. Our store shows the design information. Just look at the pictures and they will tell you all you need to make your choice.
These blocks would be beautiful plain or you can use them as a signature block in your quilt project. See the example in the picture above. I just used my embroidery software and created my message. If you don't have software, you can use the fonts built into your machine.
Here is a view of the block before trimming. See how all of the fabric has been folded back? There is a heart waiting to come out! You just use the seams around the perimeter and cut 1/2 inch away from it to remove the excess.
Here it is after. Visit my store here to see the designs. Remember you will need an Embroidery machine to complete these designs. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
I am doing something a little different with this post. Yesterday I was working on a cap order and I filmed part of my day in real time. The video link is at the bottom of this page.. My goal with this article is to share what it is like to work in a production atmosphere. When I first began doing embroidery, it was just a hobby. I loved the process of sitting and watching the designs run. It was a relaxing way to forget about my stressful corporate job. As I did it more and more, I gradually wondered if it might someday be a new way to work. So I embarked on learning everything I could and investing in the best equipment for my budget.
Embroidery is catching and what I mean by that is once people know you have a machine, they will usually ask you to make something for them. Sometimes it will be friends and family and other times it will be customers or strangers. I did a lot of gifts for people when I first started learning. I still do give things that I am trying out or to drum up business for new clients. A great way to promote is to add something extra in an order so people can see what you are capable of.
I also am a person that learns more by watching than by reading. I want to know the very worst so I can make my decisions. So I thought showing a "Real View" into my studio while I was working might help someone else. This is a shot of my "craft room". It is vastly different than my studio from several years ago. You can check that post out here. Now my space is real and it gets messy but I am doing something I love in it. I like looking at other blogs from people showing everything being color coordinated or extremely neat in their spaces. Then I look at mine and realize it is almost impossible to keep a working Textile environment spotless.
Also, this shows that when you are actually taking and fulfilling orders, you are going to have boxes and plastic lying around as you work. If this shot bothers you, working with textiles might not be for you. One of the most important things I have learned while doing embroidery for profit is that it is physical work. In my life I have had both kinds of jobs. I have worked in the service industry where I stood for the whole day and I have also had a desk job. In both worlds there are pros and cons. The embroidery industry has both. I do spend some of my day at my computer digitizing designs. Then I spend part of my day moving around, bending over and standing. The biggest difference for me is at the end of all of it, I have a tangible product that I can hold in my hand. If you are someone that needs to "see" proof of your efforts, then this might be good for your soul. My desk job was hard for me because it always started over each day with the same functions and I could never actually touch what I helped produce. You might feel differently and decide your career now works for you and embroidery needs to stay a hobby.
The final thing I wanted to show you is that this is "work". There is planning, time and money involved in this. It can also get monotonous and overwhelming doing large orders if you let it. If you are a person that likes to take small bites out of a project and you can divvy your time out or multitask, then you might love doing embroidery for profit. See what I said there? For Profit. When your customers say they think your rates are high or they can get it done somewhere else cheaper, take a step back and think before you drop that price. Watch my video below and see that I am doing an order for 100 caps. I am using one head or one machine. I have my assembly line set up as optimally as I can. The only way I could increase my production is to either add a second hoop to immediately replace each cap as it is sewn. Or I could add a second machine. I ran this batch for two working days and I was tired at the end of each work period. I felt it in my back, arms and legs. The design has just under 5000 stitches and I averaged five caps per hour. This post isn't to scare you away from embroidery on caps or other items as a business. I did this blog and video to hopefully help someone out there make that decision to start doing embroidery as a new business or to ultimately decide it is not for them. I see a lot of commercial machines for sale in the trade magazines. Some are because businesses are moving up to a new machine but others are because people spent their money on them but found out as a business it was not for them. When I was searching, I had a hard time getting honest answers and opinions from people in the industry and it shouldn't be that way. There is always enough business to go around if you look for it.
So here are my caps, beautifully finished and wrapped securely in plastic. I still get happy thinking that when these go out, someone will be walking around this planet wearing my design. Isn't that amazing? To find your spark or that "thing" that gets you excited every day is our true purpose. It doesn't mean that it still won't be "work", but that is OK. If it feeds you and keeps you coming back, do it until it is time to move on to the next "thing". Remember to check out my video below. It is not fancy and in fact may be quite boring to you but it is honest. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest Embroidery Design is a lot of fun to stitch out. I really like projects that are fast and that use up smaller pieces of materials or remnants. If you have fat quarters that you want to use up from seasonal times of year, this would be a great service project or stocking stuffer.
The entire design completes in one hooping. It also includes a ladies design with flowers and a men's design with more geometrical stitching.
You can either use cotton fabric and batting or fleece as long as it is not too thick. I also used multicolored or "Variegated" thread. It really makes the finished cases unique and simplifies the design so you don't have to change the thread out.
The Slim Eyeglass case finishes to 2 x 6 inches and uses a 5x7 Hoop
The Regular Case Finishes to 3 x 6 inches and uses a 6x10 Hoop
Here are both the Men's and Ladies's designs completed with Fleece fabric. Don't forget the kids also! They wear glasses and sunglasses. The Slim design would work great for those. If you have some leftover pieces of fabric, batting or fleece in your stash, these sew up quickly. You will just need your hoop, some wash away stabilizer and painters or masking tape.
When you download the size of your choice, also included is a full color design sheet showing all of the stops and an extra set of color instructions with step by step pictures that show fabric sizes and completion of the case. There is a neat little "trick" in the instructions that allows this to be sewn in ONE Hooping. Now that I have your interest, hop over to my store for the 5x7 design or the 6x10 design
I have been enjoying digitizing and testing these designs out. So much in fact that I need to make a trip to my local nursing home to drop off several of these cases. There is probably a need in your area also. Holidays are fast approaching. There is a quick You tube video showing the process for making these Eyeglass cases below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My husband reminded me yesterday about a very simple project I did for him. I didn't realize how much he liked this hanging towel until he mentioned it to me. I have made several hanging towel versions for him and each one hangs a different way because he uses them in different places. This particular one is for his boat rails.
This version is shorter when it hangs up but it is also much more substantial than one that is clipped on from the corner. He says that while fishing, it stays on his rail very well and the folds make it thicker for easy wiping.
All you need is a hand towel that is longer than it is wide and some leftover Velcro. Here we have a piece about four inches long.
I usually fold the towel into the middle and place the Velcro a distance apart for the area he will be hanging it from. So make sure you measure before sewing just to be sure it will fit.
I use a matching bobbin because you will be sewing from the back and that thread will be seen on the front of the towel. The pile will help hide it but you want to match it as best as you can.
Also, lengthen your machine stitches a bit. I used a 3.5 mm length because my towel and Velcro were thick. You can see that the stitching will sew the towel together. This helps it stay very neat while hanging and the folded areas make it quite sturdy.
Here it is hanging on a Day Cooler. Can you see yourself using a towel like this for picnics, fishing and camping trips or those ball games? I think a golfer and motorcycle enthusiast would love them also. I have a short video below showing all of the steps so that you can make your own Easy Athletic Hanging Towel. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Here we go into the end of summer. Are you a little sad to see it coming to a close or are you really excited for Fall? I am still enjoying the beautiful sunshine and all of the outdoor activities I can and I hope you are also. To keep you in the lazy days state of mind, we are running a sale on several of our summer season designs. Jump over to our Sale page and check them out. You still have time to stitch some awesome creations on bags, kitchen items, pillows or just about anything. I bet there is still at least one summer party left in your future to show off your handiwork! This sale will run through the end of August to give you time to grab them up. Don't forget to download our free designs too! I hope you have had a great summer, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
I have really been enjoying my summer and I hope you have too. I took a quick trip over to Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island a few days ago. If you like history, beautiful old homes and mossy trees you won't be disappointed with that area. Of course, I am always inspired by everything around me and the Tropical theme is prevalent along the coast. So here is my latest design. I call it "Dizzy" Flamingo because of the stitch pattern in the bird. If you look at it too long you might get a little swoozy! It really is pretty and the light makes the thread shimmer.
Here is the digital view so you can get a glimpse of that pattern. The foliage really completes the design and I think it just might get you in that 5 o'clock somewhere state of mind!
This would be beautiful on table linens or how about an apron? I can see so many possibilities for someone that lives on the coast or maybe loves island living. Maybe it will inspire you to take that last beach trip before the seasons change? Check it out here in my store. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
What do a Desert Island, Sharkweek and going to work have in common? Probably not alot unless you hang out with me. This is that time of year when the TV programs center around sharks and I am just a little bit afraid of them. So much that I will usually avoid beaches. So I thought what might be worse than being surrounded by sharks? I know there are lots of things, but funny ones? Work immediately popped into my head. This is how my brain computes. Isn't that a crazy way to get inspired to create embroidery? My latest design is just a little bit unorthodox
Have you ever had "that" job? The one that sucks your energy and crushes your soul? Is being on a deserted island surrounded by Sharks better than your daily grind? Or maybe work in general just gets you down? Stitch this design and let the world know about it.
The sky includes two beautiful blended colors that could either be a sunrise or sunset. The water is a motif design filled with those waiting sharks. Even though the little man is alone, it still might be better than work? This would be too funny sitting on your desk or maybe pin it up at the water cooler? Give all of your co workers something to smile about. Visit our store here. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you create. Someone (maybe that sad co worker ) will appreciate your hard work!
I love all kinds of embroidery, but designs that make you smile really get me. Embroidery is great because if you have a medium that will hold up to the stitching, you can embellish it and carry your story with you. To me, that is what embroidery is; your story. If you think about it, you can wear it or bring your "embroidery" mood with you and speak volumes without ever saying a thing! It might even help break the ice in a nerve wracking situation like a first date or job interview. When I digitized this design, I wanted something that would be "saucy". I can imagine this going on a bag or jacket and giving someone a giggle. Another fun place would be on a baby bib. Now wouldn't that be the talk of your event! Don't you just love the sunglasses on that cactus? He is dapper... This is also an applique design. The cactus and the pot are both material so you can change it up with different colors depending on your application. Look for the design in my store. Two sizes are available - 4x4 here and a 5x7 here. I am really busy working on some great designs to bring to you. Check back often to see what is new. I digitize every day and test out designs to make sure they run optimally. Don't forget to look for the free designs also. Download and give them a try. I am enchanted with embroidery and am so lucky to be able to do it on a regular basis. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work AND maybe get a smile from it.
Lining up Multiple Embroidery Designs for a project can be frustrating. When I first began doing machine embroidery, I wasn't sure how to accomplish it and my designs didn't always come out the way I planned. Now I still have boo boos; but if I follow these tips, I seem to have better results.
The first thing I do is print my designs at a one to one scale. If you are using embroidery Software, you should be able to print directly from your designs. All of our designs include a Design sheet which should print the size of the completed stitch out. There will be grid lines at the middle to help you line everything up. Here you can see we used some tape to put the designs together.
I always press my fabric. Sometimes I will also starch it depending on what type I am using and the design. For this demonstration I picked one of the hardest types to show you the process. This is T Shirt Knit material. It is stretchy and rolls quite a bit.
Instead of trying to lay my stabilizer down over the hoop and then the fabric, I sprayed some adhesive right on the stabilizer. Then I smoothed the fabric directly to it. This makes it more like one piece and will be much easier to get in the hoop. It also keeps the knit from stretching out.
I use rulers and chalk markers to find the vertical placement middle
Then I do the same for the horizontal.
You can see here that the printed designs have lines through the middle that you can carry out to the edges. This makes it easy to know exactly where you want to put the hoop.
Once you have your lines drawn, you can use the hoop itself to make sure you have the fabric straight.
I usually start stitching my designs in the middle position and then move to each side. You can see here that everything lined up exactly where I wanted it to by using those grid lines.
I finished up my designs by making a standard pillowcase. If you take your time, you should have no trouble lining everything up. As you can see, even this very stretchy knit fabric came out really nice. I have a Youtube video you can watch below showing more detail. If you are interested in the designs, you can check them out on our patriotic store area here. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
You can tell where my latest design inspiration came from. Mermaids are very popular right now and have been for several years. I thought about that recently and remembered I loved mermaids when I was a little girl. I even have a doll from the early 1980's so they must have been popular back then also. I absolutely loved playing with this doll because she had beautiful long hair that I could brush. She was also safe to go into the water so she took A LOT of baths.
She does show some wear but I think she is in pretty good shape for her age!
Here is her inspired design stitched out in a 5x7 size. It has open stitches with beautiful motif fills and Script fonts. I think it would be perfect for pillows or even pillow cases! A bag for that mermaid lover could be stitched up quickly also. I can envision items for slumber parties being made right now!
I have it available in 4x4 here and 5x7 here in my store. Look how cute she looks next to her designs. Seeing that little mermaid brings back so many fond memories. If you know someone who goes crazy for all things mermaids,
I think they will fall in love with this design! I hope your summer is going well and you share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
I attended the 2019 Applique Getaway in Dallas Texas last weekend. I took several pictures along my trip and thought I would share some of them so you can see my route and decide if you may want to attend next year. Dallas is a LONG drive from my home state of Alabama so I divided the trip into several days to break it up. We left early Thursday morning with plans to stop in Texas for an overnight stay.
I had to include this rest stop in Mississippi. If you travel much, you might be hesitant to stop at a rest area. As you can see from the pictures, this one is really beautiful. I love the brick floors and all of the antique furnishings. I have been here during the holidays and they decorate it really well. This would be the very first rest stop as you cross over the state line on I-20. They even have free coffee to perk you up.
So back on the road toward Louisiana and this is the rest stop right past the border from Mississippi on I-20. This is another good place to stop as they have free coffee and it is very busy so I felt safe. We wound our way across the state and encountered some construction right at the Texas line. I don't have pictures of that stop because it was kind of hairy with a couple of detours. We were getting tired also as we had been driving about 9 hours.
We made our first night stop Thursday in Lindale Texas. This is a small town right off I-20. It is close to Tyler and if you are ever going to Canton Trade Days which is held once a month, this is a good place to stay. The La Quinta hotel is clean and quiet with a free breakfast. There is a WalMart directly across the highway in case you forgot anything. The best reason to stay here is.... POSADOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT. All I can say is I would drive another 9-10 hours today to eat their food. We literally inhaled our dinner. It is located within walking distance from the hotel.
Now I will tell you that I do not like to worry about getting caught in gridlock. I know you probably don't either and Dallas is kind of a gamble. You never know what construction will be going on or if an accident will totally shut down the roads. The Event was held in Irving Texas which is actually on the Northwest side of Dallas close to the Airport. Here is a map of my route avoiding driving through Downtown Dallas. We left Lindale Friday morning and scooted north toward McKinney. Then we went south on the toll road and that took us right to the Sheraton DFW hotel. The tolls are mailed to you by the state from photos of your license plate so you don't even have to worry about exact change. Just get on the road and drive. You will get a bill later. On Google maps this route was supposed to add about 20 minutes to our trip, but it was worth it. Nice two lane roads, plenty of places to stop, beautiful scenery and 75 miles per hour. Gotta love Texas!
We drove casually and arrived Friday afternoon. The event was hosted at the Sheraton DFW hotel. It is located adjacent to the airport. Check in time was at three o clock. We tried to get in earlier but it is very busy and our room wasn't ready. It is a nice hotel but I will tell you that we brought a cooler and snacks. There is no refrigerator or microwave in the room. We did have a coffee pot but if you don't have access to a car you will have to rely on the hotel restaurant. It was pricey and the food although good was limited. We always travel with drinks on ice and snacks to save money so that worked out well for us. We were able to get our event tickets easily and they had everything posted on large signs so you knew where to go. I opted for the VIP pass which included extra classes the first evening, a shopping event and 80's party the first night as well as lunches for Saturday and Sunday.The event was well worth the drive for me. I learned some new techniques, got to do some shopping and met some new friends. If I talked to you at the event, I hope you had fun also. By the time it was over Sunday afternoon, we were ready to start back home. So we drove back to Lindale, stayed at the LaQuinta one more night and yes we ate at Posados again. Not sure when I will get back to that part of the country!
We dipped down into Louisiana to Natchitoches on our ride back and ate at Lasyone's. This is the home of the original Louisiana Meat Pie. If you have never had one, do yourself a favor and stop in. We had lunch there on Monday, went visit some friends Monday night and then had breakfast on Tuesday. We also brought back some meat pies in our cooler. Trust me, just go ahead and stop by the store on your way, get some fresh ice. We also brought back some Zwolle Tamales which are hard to come by in Alabama.
We drove a lot of miles, saw some beautiful country and ate really well on our trip. The event was well put together and worth the drive. I had time to see new things and those creative juices have really been flowing since I got back home. I am hard at work in my studio on new embroidery designs like my new Shark Risk in the Hoop Sign. You can see it in my store here.
I hope you have enjoyed coming along with me, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
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