May 9, 2008
The Avid Embroiderer
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Introduction: Tips and tricks and an occasional trap 5/10/08 Because I so enjoy talking about embroidery, I am planning to share information with readers of AnntheGran’s site about twice per month. I hope you will find my topics interesting and useful for your creative hobby, embroidery.
Did you know that Wal-Mart alone sells an average of 60 embroidery machines per store (7,000), per year? Ann sells a very user-friendly Brother PE-700 here at her site as well. You are part of a rapidly growing craft that has been in practice as long ago as 3000 BC. – That reminds me, I need to change my needle . .
Your grandmother, and those before her, created stitches and motifs such as Dresden from Germany, Eyelets possibly from the Czech area and Crewel/Whitework items from western Europe just to name a few.
Today, with the computer leading the way, embroidery is changing at a rapid pace with fine artistry possible for those of us who cannot even draw a straight line. It is exciting to be a part of this resurgence that is both fun and addicting. You know you are addicted when you have withdrawal symptoms when your machine is in the shop, you spend your spare time looking for free designs and feel social events are disruptive to your real passion!!!
I am planning to cover things like:
· Free Standing Lace and some tips you will find to be very helpful
· Endless hooping for a pillow case or blanket edge
· Placement of designs relative to the size of a garment
· The latest trends in Monograms and ideas for using them
· Holiday projects including 3-D style decorations and gifts
· Heirlooms for generations to come
· Reinvent a design and taking the designers idea and recreate it for yourself
· Umbrella ideas that go beyond a parasol
· Patches for all sorts of garments, not just for your jeans
· Things to consider when thinking about a more complex machine
· Computer tips that will make your work easier
· And many more things too numerous to mention
What do you think of my plan? Do you want to join me with ideas of your own? Do you have questions that we, as a community, can really examine and resolve - - - or at least attempt to resolve?
Coming up first, Stabilizers. Mark your calendar and see it here on May 25.
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