My embroidery mail arrived! In this video, Beatrice and I go through the Anita Goodesign All Access for May 2019. There are tons of great machine embroidery designs in this issue! My favorites: the China blue quilt mix and match ITH in the hoop quilting designs. These embroidery designs are amazing. I love the thread colors in Floriani threads, and the applique quilt blocks are amazing – they look like fabric! I am going to stitch out a few quilt blocks – and put them together to make something embroidery awesome! If you are even slightly crafty and want to mix embroidery with stunning printed fabric, then you will love the printed fabric cards and stationery. These embroidery designs look amazing – and will make up a gorgeous set. They have stationary, cards, decorations for envelopes and MORE. There are 4 different sets of embroidery designs! Pick your favorite and get printing, and then add the printed fabric to your embroidery machine to create a one of a kind printed fabric card. Do you want a pattern for ITH in the hoop baby bibs? ITH bibs are trending right now, and Anita Goodesign has some awesome embroidery designs to make in the hoop and finish on the sewing machine. The in the hoop baby bibs are so cute and pair perfectly with the embroidery designs. You can make an embroidered matching set for a baby shower or a gift! I really like in the hoop embroidery, and if I had a grandbaby to embroider for, I certainly would. (not a hint girls, there is no rush, LOL) Another great set of machine embroidery designs is the Support our Troops embroidery designs. Last but not least, take some time to learn a new embroidery technique: Learn to reverse cutwork and includes an embroidery project for a reverse cutwork pillow that you can make. This is an excellent embroidery project for beginner embroiderers: you have step by step instructions for the embroidery design, and clear pictures so you can learn the embroidery technique and make an embroidered pillow! Anita Goodesign All Access May 2019: machine embroidery designs, embroidery tutorials and step by step instructions to help you improve your embroidery skills! MACHINE EMBROIDERY EDUCATION. FOR EVERYONE. LEARN. STITCH. SMILE.
I am going to work with the China Blue designs, I already have a great idea!
Let’s go shopping at wish.com for some cheap machine embroidery and quilting and sewing notions. In this video, I am going to show you what I ordered online including some online fabric vinyl. Have you tried shopping online to look for the best deals? How about Wish.com – everyone hears about the cheap prices for sewing and embroidery supplies. I picked some everyday sewing and quilting notions. Some of the sewing supplies that I looked at for my brother sewing machine, McDreamy (the brother Dream Machine) were hard to find, and I was not sure if it would work on my sewing machine. I ended up purchasing some sewing machine feet for sewing and a few other things to use on the sewing machine, as well as vinyl for applique designs. I purchased some mermaid vinyl to see if it would work. That one is a big NO. The piece was really thick and really small! I won’t be using it on my embroidery machine or sewing machine. I purchased some pretty gold vinyl that looks like pleather or fake leather. I really like this purchase – it is a larger piece of vinyl, but I think compared to prices in the USA it is probably expensive. In my quest to have my sewing room organized, I thought that a cute bobbin organizer or bobbin tree would be a good purchase. Nope, that one is not going to be good. It looks cute, but it falls apart easily, and I think I would have my sewing bobbins all over the place. The biggest purchase of the day was a kit of 65 different sewing feet! I have not tested the feet on my sewing machine but at first glance, they look like awesome sewing machine feet! I am looking forward to testing them out on my sewing machine! My final conclusion is a recommendation that you go to your local sewing store or quilting store and make your purchases there. While wish.com seems like a great deal, most of my purchases are not going to be used. Most quilting stores will have all of the supplies that you need. The benefit would be supporting your local quilting store and you can see the sewing or embroidery supplies before you purchase them. The vinyl and the sewing machine feet are good, but the rest is simply a waste of money.
Happy shopping (locally)
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Welcome to the first day of Valentine’s Week! The first project that we are going to work on is a beautiful applique quilt square that you can add your own creativity to and create a one of a kind square!
check out the video and learn step by step in Hatch Embroidery Software, PE Design 10/11, Embrilliance and Embird Studio! You can create this design in ANY software!!
Add some lettering, give the lettering some style, and you have a quilt block!!
I have found a solution….the Cricut Easy Press 2. Yep, I am loving this little gadget. It fits nicely on my desk, in the hoop (yes, actually in the hoop) and the pad is just a bit bigger than the press itself. That really works for me and my workspace!
The easy press is designed primarily for pressing on heat transfer vinyl or HTV for short. Heat transfer vinyl is fantastic, and can work very well with embroidery. So why not for applique and fabric? I thought I would grab one and check it out. You can get different sizes – I have the smallest one – its only 6×7, so it fits perfectly into my hoops – so one press and you are done. It doesn’t take up a ton of space and has some handy features that make it easy to use.
The first part that I like is the stand. Plunk the easy press down and you are done. It is flat so you don’t have to worry about anything falling over. You won’t accidently burn yourself because the hot part is down and completely covered by the stand. It has an auto off feature, a timer setting as well as a temperature setting. Lots of safety, little space. My kind of embroidery accessory.
This accessory was designed for putting HTV on small items such as onesies or small children’s clothing. If you have this awesome press, you can add cute designs to your list for customers!! Onesies are hard to hoop and hard to stitch. Pressing onsies with a cute design that you cut on your cutter in HTV takes no time at all – and it is just as cute! You don’t have to worry about hooping, being off center, hooping accidents or watching your machine like a hawk. Cut, press and peel – that’s it.
If you are like me, I tend to get a bit lazy when it comes to ironing…so I leave my iron out, in full view, but I still don’t use it nearly enough! I don’t have enough room for the pad to cover my desk to protect it, and I am really not going to go across the room to get to the ironing board. I have 3 dogs, and they get playing, and I worry that they will bump the ironing board and the hot iron will fall. Maybe that’s just me.
Check it out, keep and open mind – I find this tool helpful and it is really nice to have pressed fabric and finished products so easily. Also, HTV can be sparkly and bright. Also a bonus.
This was a fun project to work on! It’s so creative, and the sky’s the limit!!
In the first video, we created an applique design from an existing design on the Dream Machine – we did some outlines and some satin stitches offset so we don’t cover up the beautiful embroidery AND we put it all together in the correct order. Once we finished this part, we set up the applique to send to the Scan N Cut DX225 cutter! We added a bit of extra space around the design – which turned out to be too much space, LOL) and cut the fabric. We used the special thin fabric blade and cut it perfectly! I also did an experiment with the new GudyStic temporary adhesive that I love so much – and I got decent results – but I will be working with it more to come up with some better ideas.
In Part 4, the video below, we take all of our applique design components – the placement stitch, the tack down stitch and the satin stitch for the applique as well as the original design plus the pre-cut applique pieces and put it all together at McDreamy (my Dream Machine 2). Watch the video and see what you can accomplish with a little bit of imagination and embroidery technology!!
Have you been keeping up with OML Embroidery youtube channel and OML Embroidery University facebook page? There is sew much going on it’s hard to keep up! Everything is free at OML Embroidery – free classes, free lessons, free embroidery designs and free learning videos. All we need from you is likes and shares and views of our videos! It’s that easy!!
In the OML Embroidery University Facebook group, we have some free designs that we are giving away! Don created a really nice fall embroidered alphabet for everyone to use for free.
As soon as we are done with that alphabet, we are going to give away a NEW FREE ALPHABET for Christmas! IF you are in the group, you will have a chance to vote on which design you like best! Make sure you join so you can vote!!
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Our youtube channel, OML Embroidery is hosting a FREE FABRIC GIVEAWAY! We are giving away charm squares and one layer cake of that awesome Halloween fabric that I always use! There are so many patterns in the pack, everything is so pretty! Check out some of my youtube videos and you can see the fabric in use! LIKE AND COMMENT ON YOUTUBE ON THIS VIDEO FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to crazy quilt in machine embroidery? Here is your chance to get learning!
Crazy Quilting came about in the early 1800’s and was really popular. The idea of crazy quilting came about by using up every scrap of very expensive fabric so that there would be no waste. Back then, rich fabrics were really expensive, so every piece counted. Literally! people who could not afford such rich fabrics used whatever they had on hand, and then embellished it to make it look pretty. Some of these quilts were actually sewn together using an old table-cloth as the foundation! Whatever they had around would work!
Embellishments: same thing as the fabrics, whatever embellishments you had would work. They used buttons, small pieces of lace, ribbons and of course beautiful embroidery thread in different colors. Pretty much anything worked, and the end results are very pretty!
Old Traditions: there are a few old traditions that were applied to these hand-made crazy quilts. There was usually saying on the front of the quilt or a name and date of the quilter. More often than not, there would be a fancy initial somewhere on the quilt – either for the person receiving the quilt or the person who made the quilt. There were special stitches that were used, and certain ways that the squares were divided.
I did quite a bit of research and looked at some stunning, beautiful quilts made with lavish and intricate embellishments. I decided that it would be really fun to do these quilts on the embroidery machine. Of course people have been doing this for years, and the results are awesome. I thought it would be a great YouTube series to learn how to crazy quilt. Here is the first video – basically an introduction and how to set up your blocks. There are 3 parts to this block, so make sure you watch all of the videos.
EMBROIDERY ON A BUDGET: 5 Ways to save Money on Fabric
The continuing series, Embroidery on a Budget by the Economical Embroiderer! This week’s topic is FABRIC. You can’t embroider without fabric (other than FSL, of course) and actually finding cheap fabric is not always easy.
First, I would like to point out that there is a difference between CHEAP fabric and INEXPENSIVE fabric. Cheap fabric is also inexpensive, but the lack of “quality ingredients” can make the cheap fabric a nightmare to work with. The inexpensive fabric is the way to go – the better quality fabric that is on sale or you can find it free or really super cheap. That is where the money is well spent – and if you don’t put the quality fabric into your work, it will show in the end, and your final product will undoubtedly be lesser quality too. So how do you get high-quality fabric and save money? LOOK FOR SALES: OK, this one is pretty easy. If you are in a fabric store and there is a sale, make sure you check it out. I don’t pay full price for any fabric at a fabric store – eventually, it all goes on sale. For example, after Christmas or even in the summer you can find Christmas prints on sale – and sometimes really great sales in the offseason. Buy as much as you need or want, and then store it for the season – and you will have a great selection of less expensive fabrics for your Christmas stitching. REMNANTS ARE COOL: Yep! always make sure you check out the remnants – you never know what you are going to find! And the price of the fabric is usually pretty amazing, and you can end up paying less than 1/2 of the original costs! Remnants are much cheaper than fat quarters, so you can select a whole bunch of different prints and save tons of cash! If you need the fabric for making appliques, fabric remnants cut into odd shapes and less than 1/2 a yard can save you a bunch. You don’t need to have neatly cut fabric to do appliques, so don’t pay for it. Remnants can sometimes be found in a big bin or rolled up nicely in a bin with prices on it. I check my local store every time I go there. I once found 1 yard of fancy expensive sparkly organza for much less than the regular price – and 1 yard goes a long way. It was gorgeous material that I used to embellish so many Halloween projects. Check it out, you never know what you are going to find.
THE END OF THE ROLL: Know the policies of some fabric stores – there are a few that have some “quiet” rules that you only hear about if it comes up – for example finishing the roll of fabric! There are two stores around here that will offer you an extra 15% off your fabric if you finish the roll of fabric! You can take that into consideration when you are looking at the fabric to purchase. If you need a lot of one fabric, make sure you pick a smaller roll if possible, so you have a chance at finishing the roll and getting that discount. A 15% discount on a large amount of fabric will go a long way in the end and you can save a ton of money! JOIN THE CLUB AT YOUR STORE: If your local fabric store has some kind of a club, be sure to check it out. We have one store that has a club, and it works out incredibly good for the cost bottom line of all our purchases for the year. For this particular store, they charge a small yearly fee of $20 to join the fabric club. Once you have joined the club they have regular discounts for club members on any fabric purchase, but they also have special days or weekends where club members can get extra savings on the regular or sale prices. If you combine a sale price plus the members discount, you can save a ton of money! We sometimes buy fabric in bulk, so usually our first purchase after paying the club fee is saved with that cool member percentage saving, so it is all savings after that – make sure you take that into consideration when you are checking out the club – you will probably save more on your purchases than you spent on the club membership. Also, it is great to get a nice discount off of everything that you purchase! Never pay full price for fabric! THRIFT STORES: Now don’t stop reading here or discount this idea, because you will be very surprised!! I was SO HAPPY when I went to my local thrift store to check it out. THEY HAD A WHOLE SECTION FOR FABRIC. People had extra fabric and were not going to use it, so it ended up donated. And this was a gold mine. I spent time looking at what they had, and I was amazed. I saw tons of pretty organza, pretty prints, very expensive embellished fabric, upholstery fabric, outdoor fabric and yes, some butt-ugly horrible fabric from ancient times, too. But there was more than I ever imagined, and I had so much fun checking out all of my options. The best part? THE PRICE!! I purchased about 4 yards of beautiful silky and embellished flower fabric for a mere $3.99!! You can’t complain about that price, and it is enough for a full project, too. It is not a scrap of material, 4 yards is quite a bit of material and the price makes it LESS THAN $1.00 A YARD. Tell me where you can purchase fabric for $1.00 a yard? How can you go wrong?
PRO TIP: Because the material is so inexpensive, get yourself going a little fabric stash for test stitching! If you are test-stitching a design that you are going to put on a fleece jacket or shirt, you should be test-stitching it on the same type of material. Save yourself a ton of money and use thrift store fabric for this purpose. You should always be test-stitching your designs, so you might as well save the money on the fabric! PRO TIP 2: Pretty fabric like above can be used for test stitching, but can also be used for propping your pictures! This fabric has lots of shine, interest and beautiful colors, it would be great to show off embroidery as the background for the photo, or as a prop addition (picture the fabric draped beautifully off of a work table with matching thread spools beside it. Your product photos just have to LOOK expensive and elegant, but they don’t have to be! If you were to carefully line a cardboard box with this fabric, you would have a stunning photo box for cheap!
I can think of many other ideas for this or any other kind of fabric that is priced at $1.00 a yard! You can experiment, use it for projects, create backdrops and make pretty pictures, you can use it for test stitching and even making pillows! Comment below how you would use this fabric!
Until next time,