This week whizzed by and Saturday was busy with kids' soccer games and Tae Kwon Do seminars. I have had zero time in for crafting, so I made sure to have some fun crafting time for me on Sunday.
First, I need to share with you what arrived in the mail on Saturday!! I won a copy of an Anita Goodesign Sepcial Edition from the IHAN Machine Embroidery Hop on Cindy Carlson's Sew Cindy blog a few weeks ago. These design projects are beautiful. I had a very hard time choosing just one. I got DH's input for what he would like to see hanging on our wall. I chose the Fantasy Birds. It is absolutely beautiful. You can read a great review of this design set here. I must admit that I'm a bit nervous to undertake this project.
|Fantasy Birds by Anita Goodesign|
|Golden Tapestry embroidery by Anita Goodesign.|
I happen to find it 40% off on sale for one more day at IHAN so I ordered it before I changed my mind! This one will the better project to do first to learn how these Special Edition projects work. It is only two colors of fabric and thread. I would like to do this one on a dark forest green silk fabric with gold metallic thread. It will hang in either our living room or dining room.
|I made a copy of the instructions and put them in a pocket folder so that|
I can write notes all over my instructions and keep any related items together.
I did get my EQ Stitch installed and watched a couple of included videos. This is definitely software that I'll need to play with to improve on.
|EQ Stitch came with a few instruction videos.|
I have been without my embroidery machine for a couple of weeks while it was out for servicing. I just got it back and was happy to use it again. First up was a tote bag for one of my DDs.
I had the canvas tote bag in my stash. It originally came from the Five Below store with the embroidery on the straps. I used a matching red thread and chose the "Tagged" font for the name. I turned the tote bag inside-out, and hooped Hydro-stick stabilizer. This water-activated sticky stabilizer forms a strong adhesive, so I don't like to use it on towels or other lofty fabric. It works well with this canvas material. Even though it is a tear-away, I tend to cut-away this stabilizer for a neater look as it doesn't tear that easily. A temporary basting stitch was done first before stitching the name.
I embroidered a lunch tote for my friend Kathleen. I promised her I would do one that turned out better than my trial on the thick-tote material with the open-font Zenspirations. The font I used this time is called "Wiggle". These insulated lunch totes came from the Five Below store too.
Thought I would show a bit about how I get some embroidery to my sewing machine...
First, I type what I want using Brother's Embroidery Lettering Software. I connect my computer to my machine via a USB cable. I could also use a USB flash stick, but the cable is quicker. My machine shows up on my computer as a drive that I can just drag and drop embroidery files onto.
|My computer connected via USB cable to my sewing machine to transfer the embroidery.|
I used Floriani's Perfect Stick tear-away in the hoop.
After stitching, this stabilizer easily tears away from the back of the embroidery.
I love the little happy face that pops up on my machine's screen when the embroidery is complete.
|A solid (non-open) font works well with the thick insulated material.|
Monday is Funday, and I've got some FMQ planned. Looking forward to it!