Sunday, May 29, 2016

Another Mug Rug!

In my continuing adventures of Mug Rugs, this week I tested using Steam-A-Seam 2 as the backing and upholstery fabric for the flower and an old scrap of dress fabric for the background.  These patterns are just great for using do keep your scraps, right??

The results of using the SAS2 are shown and it did result in it gumming up my needle.  Not to the determent of the stitch out, but nonetheless something you might want to be aware of if you are considering using this product.

Using the heavier fabrics did result in additional/unwanted bulk.  Again, since scraps are being used, I consider it "no-harm - no-foul".  The additional bulk was not so much that a glass or mug of coffee won't sit securely on it.

Next up will be the Dogwood and Chinese flower patterns.  I won't be posting videos of them but I will post the finished results.  Last I'll work on the Daylily.  I'm not sure why I saved that flower for last or why I have gone in the order I have.  All I know is that this has been a real fun way to use my scraps and I'm already think of using the designs in a quilt.  The patter also suggests using the designs in a wall hanging.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another Rug Mug

Here's a new video of another Rug Mug. This time I've included additional instruction on how the project goes together.  Next up will be the Poinsettia design.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mug Rug

Today I worked on a Smith Street Designs Blooming' Mats pattern.  The pattern creates rugs for your coffee cup or drink cup.  The one I selected was the sunflower pattern.  It consisted of just 3 appliqué pieces and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pieces.

It was easy to do starting with some quilt batting (I used some scrap material I had) with the background fabric in a hoop.  In my case I used the 150 X 180 hoop.  The pattern provides placement stitches so you know exactly where to lay down your appliqué pieces.  In my case I used material I had in my scrap stash since I was testing the design.  Here's a video link for the short video I did and posted on YouTube.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

3D - Give that flat embroidery some dimension!

Do you ever want to give your embroidery some dimension?  It's easy to do. You just need to pick a part of the design that can stand apart and embroidery it separately. For example, butterfly wings like in my post in July of 2011.

This is a cute little easy to make 3D flower made in 5D Embroidery Extra. It can also be done in 4D. There are loads of designs that you can use to make a 3D flower. You just have to think a little creatively. I'll be teaching a class on the 13th at VSQ in Greenville on how to construct this spring/summer little beauty.

I'll also be providing instructions on how to take other designs and make them 3D like this sample. This was a regular embroidery design that I cut apart and them Encored in 5D and them made various sizes and stitched out on tulle. I'll admit that cutting them apart was the a little time consuming but they look so nice on the jumper I did this for as the leaves from this flower are actually in the lower part of the jumper. Look at my post from June 2012 for a sample of the jumper and a better explanation for what I did.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Love Is In The Air

I've been working on a little wall art today. I plan on taking this to Hobby Lobby to have it mounted and framed (if I can't find a stock frame).

With this project I learned how to add those very European characters to my embroideries on the Letters tab of 5D Embroidery. This design was created in 5D Embroidery and 5D Stitch Editor. Stitch Editor was used to frame the design with the heart after the words had been created in 5D Embroidery. The outer frame was added at the end from the Frame tab. I stitched it out on 2 layers of a white fabric that, to me, looks a little like canvas. I used 1 layer of a medium stabilizer in my 260 X 200 hoop.

After I have it framed, I'll post an updated picture. I think it will look smashing on a wall in my home. No matter what language you say it in, love is an important element in my home as I'm sure it is in yours too!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year !

As we wind down on 2012, I want to wish everyone a very healthy, happy and joyous New Year. Keep your families and friends close. Cherish every minute of your life. For only God knows how long we are blessed to be on this earth.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Finding The Right Font

I'll be the first to admit, I've been slack about this blog as well as slack about getting my Christmas shopping and embroideries done.  I'm not sure where the time goes, but it seems like a 2 for 1 special in verse!  I can blame it on any number of things too boring to bother with. Let me just admit to being just having too much to do and too little time to get it done in.  But I feel I'm not alone. This time of year is hectic for loads of people, especially those with children. I'm lucky my "children" are of the 4-legged variety and don't require as much attention as toddlers or teenagers!

This year I'm keeping it simple. A few monogrammed towels and monogrammed pillowcases. But monograms are not as always as simple as some people think. Picking the right font can be a killer, especially if there's a man involved.  You can't have a font that's too "girly" or too far out.  When I started the process of monogramming the pillow cases and towels, I had to come up with the right font that was fitting for both a man and woman and would work on towels and pillow cases.  I'm lucky to have the Husqvarna Viking 5D Professional suite of software that comes pre-loaded with a ton of fonts and also has a Quick Font Wizard that lets me take most True Type fonts and create new font sets.

The font I settled on after about 15 minutes of looking is in the Script section. The font is Nimbus and I think the font looks very "unisex".  Expensive and refined.

The pillowcases were easy. The size for this satin font was well within the range of where I'm comfortable (50 mm). But when it came to the bath towels, I knew a satin font might "gap" too much and adjustments would need to be made. And if there's one item I always, always, always test sew, it's a bath towel.  I keep old towels on hand just for that reason.  I've found that density is something that often has to be adjusted on larger monograms.

Other Useful Tips:

  1. Always start with a full bobbin. There's nothing for frustrating that running out in the middle of an important embroidery.
  2. Print a template if you're new to machine embroidery to make sure your embroidery will be position correctly and that you like the size proportions. 
  3. If your machine has a way to insure you're centered and your embroidery is positioned correctly, use it. Even if you're an experienced machine embroiderer, this is a good tool to take advantage of.
  4. Topper. I always use a non-water soluble topper on my towel embroideries. I know a lot of people who use Solvy, but since it dissolves in water and towels are washed often, the chance for that pile to come through after numerous washing is pretty good. 
  5. Try and use a bobbin thread close to the color of your towel.  Bobbin threads are available in a number of colors and there's more to life than black and white! It will make your finished embroidery look much more professionally embroidered.