Make Patches and Emblems from Scratch

There are times when attaching a patch or emblem is a lot easier than trying to apply embroidery directly to a difficult item. Other times, it’s helpful to be able to change or remove the embroidered identification easily.  For these times, it’s nice to know how to make emblems... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Show and Tell

I hope your holidays were full of fun with family and friends.   I listened to people make their New Year's resolutions   the other night.  Some were new but many were the same old ones they make every year and find so difficult to keep.  So, we talked with the girl... [More]

Quick Coasters in the hoop- Designs Included

Quick Coasters in the hoop- Designs Included Ever need something right now!  Well last year one of the charity craft bazaars in my mom's neighbourhood needed lots of little things to fill in.  So we made a bunch of these in one night.  In sets of 4 of these quick coasters, tied i... [More]

Keeping It Simple - A Beautiful Lace Snowflake and Easy Turtles too.

Well, the Christmas music is playing everywhere, most of the shopping is done but the sewing pile still looms, at least at my house.  I have at least four more gifts to make before Christmas Day.  November and December have been busier than usually with things unplanned but just part of li... [More]

Create Timeless Keepsakes with Shadow Work - by Machine!

Shadow Work by Machine is a technique invented, perfected and patented by designer Suzanne Hinshaw. Patented designs created Suzanne are the only genuine, legitimate designs for shadow work by machine. That's fine - because her designs are timeless and elegant and are totally goof-proof. I promi... [More]

Contour Clock Apron

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alph [More]

Wrap up some Sweet Treats!

Seasons Greetings Everyone! If you happened to catch my blog around Halloween, you  may remember that I used the cutest designs from Amazing Designs---little candy corn characters dressed up for Halloween.  It was the “Sweet Halloween I” collection.  Well I had so much ... [More]

Free Slideshow Program and Alphabet Xpress Tip #3, stitch view

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Embroider Shirt Cuffs for Christmas

Do you love the look of monograms on men's cuffs? This is a stylish touch that almost any man can appreciate. The trick is to create these small wonders in the correct size, without bulky corners and with proper placement. You can get confidence to embroider cuffs by practicing on cuffs fro... [More]

New Holiday Designs from African Folklore Embroidery

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Keeping It Simple - A Cute Christmas Stocking

I'm not sure why but I really enjoy making Christmas stockings.  I have made traditional ones, funky ones, country ones and elegant ones depending on who they are for.   We always make a stocking for each new addition to our family.  Some years, with weddings and births, we h... [More]

Keeping it Simple - Easy Runners for Small places

A while back, our oldest daughter painted her dining area walls orange.  We all thought she was a little crazy but with her black furniture it actually looks very nice.  She has a small table on one side and has been looking for a runner for quite some time now.  She really didn't... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Specialty Pillowcases

Last week Emma and I were at the fabric store picking up some fabric for my aunt who is 94 and still sewing.  While we were looking Emma saw this horse fabric and went nuts over it.  "Meesy, we just have to make something with this!" she said.  Now, why this little girl is s... [More]

Speed Up Start Up of your PC; Intro to Alphabet Xpress

Most Help Desk people will remind you to do certain steps, depending on your computer, to help speed up your PC.  Vista does the Defrag and Check Disk in the background, so you can do those if you like, but it is not likely to make any difference in start-up speed. It is a fact that getting ri... [More]

Paisley Apron Embroidery

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alphabets andindividual designs can be found on my Stock Design Page.  My designs are also available inpacks, as described in this blog.  Those can be found here.  For designs and packs ava... [More]

Keeping it Simple - Easy Tutu skirts and Black Cats

Our family has been invited to several Halloween gatherings this year.  The first is this weekend - a whole week before the 31st!  This is Friday and the girls costumes are not quite finished.  But the girls are very excited about dressing up for  these events.  One dec... [More]

Christmas Stocking Embroidery

Christmas season always brings requests for embroidering names on stockings. This may make you wish that you could crawl into a cave and hibernate with the bears until Spring! Yet stockings can be conquered and in doing so, you bring happiness and create heirlooms. For this reason, I have always tri... [More]

Keeping It Simple - The Big Tote It

You can never have too many bags.  We use bags for everything from storing tiny toys to carrying our groceries in "green" bags.  But last week my daughter decided she needed a huge bag. She teaches science two days a week at a local Christian school.  But since she shares th... [More]

Skype and Catalog Xpress Tip #9, add Alphabet Xpress

If you have not yet tried Skype, you are missing one of the finest features the Internet has to offer. Most people know that you can call users worldwide if they have the correct equipment for free.  But did you know that: You can send files Send Instant Messages (IM) Create a conference... [More]
The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Learning and Remembering What You Learned. And a Freebie for Thanksgiving

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Learning and Remembering What You Learned. And a Freebie for Thanksgiving

The Internet is full of promises, interesting facts and more than its share of unreliable information. Did you want to look younger? Lose Weight? Get Rich Quick? It is all there and more.

You personally read (I hope you are a regular here at my blog) a blog knowing the information will be of help to you and the comradery of others with the same interests as you are pursuing. 

When I saw this article, it did catch my attention because it was a part of a subscription I already use and appreciate.

How To Remember 90% Of Everything You Learn

The development of the Learning Pyramid in the 1960’s — widely attributed to the NTL Institute in Bethel, Maine— outlined how humans learn.

As the NTL research shows, it turns out that humans remember:

5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture (i.e. university/college lectures)

10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading (i.e. books, articles)

20% of what they learn from audio-visual (i.e. apps, videos)

30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration

50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.

75% of what they learn when they - - - (you have to read further for this one.)

90% of what they learn when they - - - (see above.)

This pyramid, IMHO, is exactly the same understanding for embroidery. For instance, lectures such as a presentation at your embroidery machine's store, have limited value. If you take good notes, it might be more rewarding.

If you have ever read an article about embroidery, you may have found that the information was not necessarily clear to you. I try to write as if I were chatting with you over a cup of tea or coffee. The only issue is that you cannot ask questions in a blog unless you make comments in the Comments Section below. Since I get so few comments, (hint, just say "Hello" once in a while so I know you are here) perhaps my readers have no questions at all.

My personal favorite of this pyramid is the "Demonstration" section. When you go to the County Fair in your area, they demo so many things that are also, humbly, for sale. The demonstrator has a lot of experience so creating a nice presentation is not an issue. Making a rosette from a tomato has never worked for me despite parting with the funds for that great tool.

Let's get to the meat of the matter, 75% - practice by doing -

Learning by doing strikes at the basic memory process we use daily. Doing gives the opportunity to see if what was learned is right or wrong (that does happen). This ‘learning on the job’ does not work in some situations, but for embroidery as a craft, it works well. I know that I have to learn on some of my orders from the Internet, and that wastes a lot of time and resources. I need to know before I place something for sale on my site what the item entails.

How to get 90% retention - teaching and sharing with other like-minded embroiderers, crafters, idea creaters  -

Teaching and sharing with others is the best method of retention for most of us. When I taught adult learners about the Microsoft Programs, I know I learned more than the students did. The reason is that I did not want to look dumb in front of the pupils. I would study, review articles and read other trainer's info to get the best, most interesting and most valuable data I could present.


Sharing is a gift.

I still do the studying, reviewing and reading before I write these blogs.

I hope you learn something from me each time you stop by. There are so many facets to embroidery and sharing that information is invaluable for everyone. Teach someone something interesting you learned today. You naturally learn every day, give it a try. You start this process by saying something like - "I learned the most intriguing thing today . . . "

With Thanksgiving (for the USA readership) is on its way. I saw this turkey and could not help but share it with you. Next, they will be putting chocolate in or around the turkey. They may already have done that.


Bacon lovers will be crazy for this turkey!!


With Thanksgiving being a family and friends event, you likely have plenty of wonderful designs from which to choose. This Freebie is all fun.


Vegetarians Unite The Avid (1.2MB)


Thank you for joining me at this very busy time. I love our chats and hope you find them helpful as well. May you be blessed in ways you have not yet imagined.  


Comments (7) -

Susans Stitches 11/4/2017 3:04:59 PM

You may not think we are here, or even reading your articles, but we are. There are those of us who read the articles, print them, file and re-read later when we are looking for tips for a special project or concept. Thanks for all the good information. Your "Freebee" today reminded me of a friend. Think I'll put it on a tea towel for her.

I am so pleased to hear from you. I am grinning right now.

In the beginning of my blogs (In May 2008) I would get 30+ comments. So, as those numbers dwindled, I started to doubt my work. I, however, decided that I LOVE doing this blog, so it will be here for a while to come.

Debbie (SewBlessed) and I have discussed this many times. Getting a comment is so rewarding for us.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

Some of my blogs are off the subject of embroidery. I do wonder if that is OK with my readers. This blog is an example but I am a true believer that sharing is a gift - to both parties.

Thanks for your response.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

Susans Stitches 11/6/2017 6:39:27 PM

I downloaded the turkey pattern. In looking at the color stops, I didn't see one for the "bib" of the turkey below the head on the chest. Missing?... or my imagination?

Susans Stitches 11/8/2017 6:20:04 PM

Question. Is the Vegetarian Turkey supposed to have a lighter color on the chest under the head? The digitized image does not look like the image here. Missing a color stop?

Sorry I missed these comments.

There is actually no 'bib' on this design. I debated doing it as shown (3 colors to sort of look like 3D) or a single color that would be flatter. I chose the 3 colors because I was having so much fun digitizing. It is like any other hobby, sometimes we don't know enough to stop at the right point.

I did not mean to confuse you, but I am still learning digitizing and getting feedback such  as yours is invaluable.

Thanks for the turkey design-super cute. And I just want to tell you that I enjoy your writing, hints, tips. I do take classes, and take notes, but it never seems to click when I try to figure out what exactly the little note on the back of my class receipt really means. I have lots of little notes tucked away in a notebook, but will any of them make sense when it comes time to use? But it is fun to take classes, and play, and play some more.
Thanks again.

Jolan - It is so delightful to hear from you. I appreciate your compliments!!

I used to teach adult learners Microsoft applications like Word and Excel. One thing that I encouraged them to do was to take notes AND review them when they got home that night. While it is still fresh, it makes a big difference for your recollection and 'collection' of notes.

I advised them to 'translate' the notes into a word processor document. That is very important because you can do a search by computer rather than by hand in those scraps of paper. (You are already on a computer, do a copy and paste.)

In this case, grab the information from the blog that you want to keep and paste it into a document. There is a small BUT very useful program (free from a trusted source) to use like a clipboard. As you copy something, it keeps that information until you remove it. The copy can be really old but still be there.
I have used 'ditto' for perhaps 6 or 7 years without problems.

There you are, another 'hidden' tip.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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