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!
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