Individual designs can be found on my Stock Design Page. My designs are also
available in packs, as described in this blog. Those can be found here. For designs and
packs available in multiple sizes, choose the size you want in the drop down menu box.
In my previous blog, I introduced my swirl designs and Zip-Around Pouches. The pouches
are constructed the same as my Zip-Around Eyeglass Cases, but have a wider area for embroidery.
You may wonder why the pouch patterns I offered were labeled Medium and Large. The Small size
was waiting for its turn and now it is ready. Here is a picture of all three sizes. I am sure one of them
will be "just right" for your needs, as Goldilocks would say.
I made the new pouch using the V_15_5-color_95 design. The file name indicates that the
design has 15 repeats of the V shape. There are five colors in the design. The design's largest
dimension is 95 mm. Since it fits in the 100 x 100 mm hoop, any embroidery machine can handle it.
By the way, did you happen to notice the black zipper pull on the pink zipper? I didn't
have a zipper in a color I wanted but did have lots of half zippers left from previous pouches.
I found a package of black zipper pulls that happened to fit the zipper tape. I was very happy
to fill the immediate need, and now I can use the many other zipper halves floating around my
sewing table. Yay!
Now, back to the pouch: The next picture shows that there is a loop on the back of the
pouch, with a snap for opening and closing the loop. I can attach the pouch to a cabinet handle,
a stroller frame, or around the strap of a purse or bag.
I made another small pouch, this time with a belt loop on the back. The design is
V_12_3-color_96. There are 12 repeats of the V shape in 3 colors, and the design fits in
the same hoop as the previous design.
Click here to download the pattern for the Small Zip-Around Pouch. It includes the
positioning marks for both kinds of loops. Instructions for making and attaching the loops
are here. See my Fancy Swirls blog for information about the other pouch sizes and the
instructions for making the pouches. Click here to see the Swirls collection. The swirls collections
include a pdf file with A Guide to Fancy Swirls.
Family Status: Married with 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, living west of Chicago, Illinois.
Earliest Sewing Experience: Learned machine sewing in seventh grade, many years ago. Previously made troll doll clothes by hand.
Teaching Experience: Three years at Suddenly You're Sewing, pilot school of the American Home Sewing Association, 1997 through 1999, followed by one year at Kathy's Sewing & Design Studio, plus additional free-lance teaching at several quilting and sewing machine stores.
Highlight: Yearlong Bag-of-the-Month Club, for which I created all patterns and instructions.
Current Sewing Interests: Designing totes, caddies, book covers, eyeglass cases, toys, pencil pouches.
Embroidery Interests: I originally wanted an embroidery machine because Digitizing programs existed! I eventually earned enough money to buy the Husqvarna Viking Designer I and Professional Embroidery System 5 in 1999, and the upgrade to Professional Plus in 2001. I upgraded again to 3D Embroidery and 4D Embroidery when they came along. I love Digitizing as much as I thought I would, and especially enjoy creating designs to complement my various totes and caddies (e.g.: pencils for pencil pouch, design from scanned fabric for tote bag, eyeglasses design for eyeglass case).
Graphics Software Used: Microsoft Paint, CorelDraw (because I can enlarge designs, maintaining a thin outline), PaintDotNet.
Sources for Images: I use my own designs, scanned fabric, scanned eyeglasses, lettering from CorelDraw, even holding items up to the computer's monitor and "tracing" around them. My graphics tablet has made this process easier.
Publications in: Club Ed newsletter, Husqvarna Viking ZigZag Magazine, The Creative Machine Newsletter, Designs in Machine Embroidery, and American Sewing Guild Notions.