I love to try different elements in my embroidery and one of those is using variegated thread. You may have seen this type thread at your local sewing store but were hesitant to purchase it. There are many brands on the market and they do have some differences. The main similarity is that they have multiple colors along the length of the thread. The distance of the color changes can be longer or shorter. Also, I have purchased both polyester and rayon.
This brand also has what is called a "twisted" variety. When it stitches out, you can see two threads that are twisted together instead of one that has been dyed different colors.
Here is what I have in my stash. They look really pretty lined up don't they? I like seeing them displayed but sometimes it is difficult to know which color to use in my project. You have to look really closely at them because they will surprise you. Your eye may not see all of the colors because they can blend together.
I took all of the numbers and names of my threads in stock and created a design in my embroidery software. This way I could "test" stitch each one out and see what they actually look like.
Here is that "twisted" variety
Here is one of the dyed threads.
Here is one of those that surprised me when it stitched out. Look at the thread cone closely. Do you see the Peach color in the thread?
Do you see it here in the closer version of "2367"? I didn't see it at first and would never have picked it in a project that had peach colors until I stitched it out.
I like to buy fleece in large yardage to practice some of my designs and also keep them for future reference.
Here are all of my variegated threads stitched out on the fleece. See how I used the thread number or name? Now I can grab the correct one just by looking at this stitchout.
I just trimmed the fleece to a size that would fit into a binder with plastic sheet covers.
Now I have a permanent organized way to see what variegated thread I have in stock and exactly what it should look like when it is stitched out. This will save me from choosing colors that might not go together in my projects. It is also a great way to get inspired to create something and use those materials I have on hand. I have also used this as a tool to show customers alternatives in their designs. You would be surprised how fun it is seeing a simple design changed just by using variegated thread. Maybe you have some in your stash? If so, have some fun and give it a try. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Day of the Dead is a beautiful way for families to remember their loved ones who have passed. They gather together and celebrate good memories, decorate their homes with altars, marigolds, candles and sugar skulls. The colors are vibrant and cheerful. I really can't get enough of it and I made a beautiful wreath to hang on my front porch so I can celebrate and remember my loved ones from now until November 2nd! BONUS! GRAB THE COUPON CODE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST TO GET 20% OFF THESE DESIGNS THROUGH NOV 2, 2019!
This sugar skull design is very special because I digitized it to either be a freestanding face or it can be appliqued onto something. If you notice, there are several circles on it also. Those are for the addition of LED lights! Yes this design lights up! There are also button holes along the outside so you can wire the design to a wreath! There are three additional designs available to go with the sugar skull.
When you purchase the Day of the Dead single design or the set, there will be instructions on how to add the LED lights. Here is a back view of everything put together.
Here are the lights. You should be able to find them at your local crafting store.
Look what else you can do with the small designs! Decorate your shoes.
Make cute jewelry
Just go nuts!
This is a lot of fun to make and my front porch is so bright and cheery. Check out the video below to see the lights in action. You will definitely fall in love with it! I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
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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!
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