Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer Retreat 2017

Earlier this month, we had another annual summer retreat for our Northern Virginia chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I secured our venue at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.  Three days of nothing but sewing fun with like-minded friends.  Sounds awesome, right!?!

We had a very large space again.  We were able to give everyone two tables for their workstation - set up like an "L".  Four "L" workstations are grouped together to form a pod.  We even had one 5-worktation pod.  These pods were scattered around the room.

A view of our space from up above.

I brought a few projects to complete over the 2.5 days.  I finished 1.5 of them.  I was glad to get the work done that I did.  (Blog posts on these projects coming soon!)
My workstation setup and working.

There was a bright separate room on the far side that we used for cutting tables.  Iron stations were set up along each wall.  There was a smaller room in the back which we designated as the Fitting Room - complete with a long mirror and a platform on which to stand.

A panographic-view of our retreat space this year.

Our retreats are fun and you can come in as early as you'd like to work on your projects, and you may stay as late as you desire as well.  Myself, and a few other Midnight-Stitchers, were the last to leave that Saturday evening.
Midnight Stitchers!

For the enjoyment of our retreat attendees, there is even a 1-minute video of our retreat weekend.  They are always so much fun!


Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Christmas in July Santa's Ride Bowl

My second Christmas in July project.  Started in July, finished in early August.

This a a free standing lace bowl from BFC Creations called Santa's Ride.  This is an expensive set for an embroidery design, but it seems to be 70% off a couple times a year.  So if you like it, just wait for a sale price before paying full price.

I made it in the largest size they have.  It is very stitch intensive as it is viewable on both sides so top and bobbin thread must match.  They stitched out very nicely.

I think the panel with Santa is my favorite.  Loved the bright colors.

All panels stitched out as well as the bottom panel.  I rinsed the Santa panel first, which makes the color look a shade darer than the others.  Then I read the directions which indicated that the bowl should be stitched first, before rinsing the stabilizer out.  Should have read all the instructions, but it wasn't a big deal.
All panels stitched out

The panels are joined using a regular zig zag stitch with matching thread on the sewing machine.

Each side panel is attached to the bottom panel first, then attached to its side neighbors.

One done you have a big floppy bowl.  πŸ˜„
I rinsed the entire bowl under the faucet and draped it over a towel over a small lamp. Let that dry completely.

I sprayed a bit of Best Press and ironed it smooth once it was dry.

Ready for Christmas!

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Christmas in July angel

I tried to get a couple of Christmas-themed projects completed in July.  Finished one on the last day of July, and the other completed shortly thereafter. It has just taken me a while to share it here. :)

First up was a 3-dimensional free standing lace and organza angel.  This design is from emblibrary.  I used Madiera Viscose (rayon) thread in the top and bobbin for a high sheen.

The design is done as several free standing lace designs.  A layer of organza is added to the front and the back of the wash-away stabilizer during embroidery.

The organza is cut to size using  a template ahead of time, and may not always cover all of a FSL piece. I had a bit of an issue with the organza not always catching under the tack-down stitches.  This resulted in it being pulled away from the edges after washing away the stabilizer.
Organza pulled away from edges.
To remedy this, I found it better to cut the organza pieces slightly larger than the template  and just trim it after being tacked down.

The pieces looked so pretty as they were being stitched!

These designs were stitch intensive and I was happy to see the smiley face when done. πŸ™‚

Emblibrary has printed instructions here for doing this design, as well as stitching the pieces together.  I stitched as much as I could by machine, then the final pieces by hand.  Love the way it came together. πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ

Happy Stitching!

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