Tear Away or Cut Away. Which Stabilizer Should You Use?

Lightweight tear-away stabilizer (top) and heavy cut-away (bottom).   Like the foundation of your home, stabilizers support the stitches you place upon them. If the foundation is not good, the structure isn't either. With all of these different weights of stabilizers, which do you use? ... [More]

Well, here I am, once again

Well, here I am, once again trying to think of something about which to write. It’s been more than five years since I’ve touched a sewing machine for anything other than to put up a hem or repair a seam. I was never an expert on anything sewing or embroidery related and now the bit o... [More]

Fancy Shoulder Purse

     Do you remember this purse?          I showed it to you in my October 2009 blog, Be Productive.  In that blog I encouraged you to keep a record of your sewing projects so that you could see just how much you are accomplishing.  Have you d... [More]

Embroidery Studio Organization in 6 Easy Steps: The Stitching Sisters’ Practical Guide

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:   Marie and I are known as the Stitching Sisters. Not only are we really sisters, we are also the best of... [More]

Embellishing Embroidery

  Machine embroidery is so versatile it becomes a palette with enormous possibilities when you add simple embellishments. Embellishments add interest by making embroidery three dimensional, introducing textures, and adding sparkle. Hot fix crystals are one way to accentuate embroidery designs... [More]

Pinteresting Embroidery

  Pinterest is probably the greatest digital scrapbook ever created. Essentially a collection of images linked to websites, Pinterest is a one-stop way to connect to whatever your interests may be. With more then 25 billion pins, the site is a treasure trove of ideas, but for the purpose of th... [More]

Fancy Chess and Checkers Set

NOTE:  The design sizes as described here and in the Stitch Counts documentavailable below are correct.  Determine which design size is right for you based onthis information.  I used 130 x 180 mm, 150 x 240 mm, and 200 x 260 hoops for Small,Medium and Large designs respectively. ... [More]

7 Ordinary Towels – One Fabulous Gift Part 2 of 2

 We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:  Add the Icing In case you missed the first installment of this 2 part series click here: &... [More]

Easy Stitch Fix

  It's happened to all of us at one time or another. A project is stitching just fine then, out of nowhere, a glitch with the stitches. It isn't just the waste of materials that we mind, but the loss of time invested. In the sample above, I got almost to the end and ran out of th... [More]

Pucker up!?!

So, stabilizing. I have to admit that it’s something with which I haven’t had many problems. When I got my first embroidery machine, a Brother 7000, the gal in the shop just slipped a piece of stabilizer under the hoop. Until I learned better from fellow embroiderers on the Internet t... [More]

Taming Metallic Threads

  Metallic embroidery threads adds a touch of class to any project—if you can stand to use them that long! Here are some tips for avoiding pitfalls typically associated with metallic threads.   Although this design is beautiful stitched in rayon, the metallic snowflake is exquis... [More]

Every newbie wants to know…

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:  By Sherry McCary, Product Development, Designs in Machine Embroidery How do I get designs from the... [More]

Winter Door Sock Project

Dear Readers, Create this Winter Door Sock for your door this winter. See below for project instructions on how to make this project. Materials: Winter Scene Door Sock designs Polyester Fiberfill Sewing Machine Matching Fabric Thread Hand Needles Cutaway ... [More]

Choosing the Right Stabilizer

With the multitude of choices now available, choosing a stabilizer can be daunting. Cut away. Tear away. Fusible. Melt away. Wash away. Which do you use? There is no iron-clad, 100 percent, always-work option. It depends on the stitch count, fabric used, and sometimes the thread, machine, or stabil... [More]

Quick Gift Bags

Create quick and easy gift bags with fabric scraps and a wonderful fusible by Allstitch. This is a fun activity for kids, doesn't involve any sewing, and can be adapted for any occasion. I've made matching gift tags and you could use the same techniques to create cards. Fuse-n-Bond is ... [More]

A few of my favorite things…Tools!

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog: : As an embroiderer, sewer and crafter you can never have too many tools. Here’s a look at some of my fa... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Narrow Holiday Runner

Do you have unfinished projects from past years?  I do.  I am always inspired at the beginning of the holidays and have lots of ideas.  Then it seems the season always gets hectic and some of the things I start just do not get finished.  So, this year I decided to finish those it... [More]

I've Got You Covered

     Have you ever wanted to cover a ring binder or album?  As an example, here is a 3-ringbinder that I covered to use as a photo album.  (Keep reading for more information aboutpages for the binder.)     When I open the binder, you can see how neat... [More]
Updating an Old Favorite

Updating an Old Favorite

Are the stores yelling at you to buy new decorations for the holidays? You have plenty and are probably attached to those beautiful, albeit, well-worn ornaments and decorations.  How can you discard these treasures when they have so many memories and such joy to still give???  I have an idea that will give some new life to some old and trusted friends. 

I have a floral spray on my door that is probably 7 or 8 years old.  It is plastic, has a lot of missing pieces and very tattered - BUT, I love it and when I am spray painting something else, I give it a light spray.  I remove whatever is really in poor shape and add some new silk or plastic flowers. How easy is that?

I can do that with my Christmas decorations, but, I decided on something different.  I wanted to make free standing lace snowflakes - but not the usual ones.  I am going to break one big rule and create my own version of a floralette-snowflake-ornament - maybe I will call it a FSO. . . 


My favorite Brother Machine - PE770  (A workhorse that you will keep forever!!)

My favorite stabilizer - BadgeMaster  (NO ONE does it better!!)

fsl round design,

Red thread and red bobbin

Green thread and green bobbin

White thread and white bobbin

I must own 200 snowflake fsl because when I started to embroider, I was in awe of fsl.  But I outgrew that.  In my stash of designs, I found a design that is simple and low in stitches.  That second part is important to me, I like the fewest stitches available to create my projects. 


I don't know where I got this design, I have had it for a long time and this is possibly the first time I have used it.  (Head lowered in shame. . ) 

I used my software to adjust this design.  Fsl designs usually warn not to adjust the size.  The likely reason is that stitching is (just about) laid down individually.  Getting the underlay and the design to hold up by themselves is not a beginning digitizers project.  You need to consider the weight - not too light - not to heavy!  (I have several that are too light weight and unusable.)  You will place the loop for hanging where the end result must be (not every design will hang vertically.) pleasing to the eye. Etc., it is not easy.

I am a little bit of a rebel rouser and I decreased the original design by 20%. I needed to make sure that the change would not create issues.  I did my 'discovery stitch' to check for feasibility and it worked!! Then, I needed to make another size adjustment and that was more daunting.  I needed to decide to use the 96mm x 98mm (4" by 4")  or the 84mm x 82mm (3-1/4" x 3-1/4") and create another decrease.  After using the smaller one successfully, I used it to reduce to another 20%.

I sewed them out (if you need info on free standing lace - look here) and these are the steps for the creation of this project.  I revisited that blog, and it is one of my favorites, I hope it is for you too.



Just layering them is a great look.  I eventually removed the loops from them and secured the thread with fabric glue.  If I just did the inside loops, I could use the same fabric glue to layer and hang the threesome from the largest loop.  (So many ideas with this one!)



My Christmas decorations are still in hibernation so I did not have a bell or 'jewel' to place in the center - that is a chewing gum wrapper - Embarrassed

Check out some of the fun ideas here at AnnTheGran where you learn and find new ideas.  Join in the conversation, your thoughts are important to all of us at AnnTheGran.

I was noticing that Debbie, Sewblest, has a wonderful idea about bling in her latest blog. (Does that make it a 'bling-blog'???)  I think some bling on the petals would be very nice too!

A couple of years ago, I did a blog on Candlewicking for Christmas, check it out.

Comments (2) -

This is a sore point with me, maybe because my background is in geology and

I had to take a course that included crystal formation...

Anyway, snow flakes have only 6 points. Ice crystallizes in a certain form

and it never has 8 points.

I know most people don't realize it, but I have made one of my missions in

life to share some of my education Smile

If something has 8 points, please refer to it as a star or something else,

but not snow flake or ice crystal.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest ;)

It's funny how it is the (stupid) little tiny things that bother me. For

some reason, I can get my head around larger problems.



Actually, I do recall that, now that you mention it.  I had forgotten that lesson.  I keep telling people that my brain is full and that is why I forget things!!

Since the objective is to add a 'flower like' design to places that need a pop of color, or have a place to fill, I will forgive me for my oversight.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer  

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