Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

  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 I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here a... [More]

Embroidery Advisor Presents : Coffee Wrap Project

Materials: Coffee Wrap Saying or Type Designe.g.  Coffee Wrap Types In The HoopCoffee Wrap Sayings In The HoopCoffee TypesCoffee Sayings Coffee Wrap Template.pdf file (printed) Fabric 2 Pieces each 4.5” H x 13” W at least Quilting Fabric 1 P... [More]

Using a Stabilizer Window

When embroidering several of the same sized designs using adhesive tear-away stabilizer, you can save time and supplies by creating a stabilizer window. Hoop the adhesive tear-away like you normally would. Score the paper backing inside the hoop and peel it away. Embroider the design and ... [More]

Big and Beautiful...Embroidering Large Letters That Last

I love embroidering towels - they're my favorite monogrammed gift, and this past Christmas I really kept the machine humming with monogrammed towels for just about everyone. The challenge is that large letters have very wide satin stitches that can snag. In this video, I show you how to cre... [More]

Avoid Sinking Stitches

This week, I thought I would share some problems I had with stitches sinking into the design while creating the Scalloped Valentine project. I love to use wool felt in many of my projects. The cream-colored wool I used in the Scalloped Valentine projects was felted, meaning it had been washed in hot... [More]

Fancy Water Bottle Caddies

     I am having entirely too much fun.  I admit that freely.  Ever sinceI started creating my own motifs in my digitizing software, I have beenfinding ever more ways to use them.  My latest is this Cathedral Windowswater bottle caddy.  I created a panel that ... [More]

An Indispensable Tool

  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 I can’t believe how indispensable this tool is. Recently, I was stitching 24 onesies, a daun... [More]

Scalloped Valentine Hearts

Ann's readers can share the love. Last week, Pat shared links to three great free valentine designs [More]

Memory Hearts - Valentine Special

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so here is a project with heart! Memory Hearts can be created for any special occasion: births, baptisms, engagements, marriages. These were made for a baby girl and baby boy. Actually, I made two sets of each so that the grandmothers, both first ... [More]

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Like many of you, my heart ached for families affected by the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. So, after reading Pattiann’s post about making snowflakes for Sandy Hook, I deciced to stitch up a few. They were being collected by the Connecticut PTA and forwarded to Sandy Hook elementary for cr... [More]

The Advanced Embroiderer’s Bucket List

Continuous embroidery   Since we love embroidery, we also love LOTS of embroidery!  Filling a border or quilt strip with continuous embroidery is number one on the advanced embroiderer’s bucket list.  There are several ways to attack connecting designs end to end but they all ... [More]

Cutwork Snowman Gift Bag

I've had the idea for this design since this time last year, so it's well overdue! The design is part of the Christmas Cutwork Collection by Dakota Collectibles. I added two variations on this design. Originally, the thread colors were shades of blue and plum, but I had a piece of... [More]

Clippie Fun - Zipper Charm designs

I love to make things from embroidery designs that were not created for the purpose I have in mind.  Hair clippies are so popular, I thought of Dakota Collectibles' Zipper Charm designs.      I used these designs: Turtle Flower Frog Owl Penguin Ladybug Heart ... [More]

Snowflake Window Ornament

Applique designs are so versatile. They can be used as a traditional applique on apparel or a quilt and they can also be used as a stand-alone piece, much like freestanding lace. The Window with Snowflakes ornament (XM1791) from the Merry Christmas Ornaments set by Dakota Collectibles features ... [More]

Baby Activity Book Project

Individual designs can be found here, as described below.  The complete set is now available, t [More]

Happy Haunting October Fest

Don't be afraid to change up the colors in your embroidery designs. Just because it shows up as an o [More]

Painted Embroidery

Like to color? Add a new dimension to traditional embroidery with fabric painting. I first read about fabric painting in an Anita Goodesign newsletter. The idea is to stitch an outline design and color it, giving it a watercolor appearance. They used Copic markers and a Copic blending tool wh... [More]
The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Three unusual and great tips and you better believe in Santa - - - freebie.

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Three unusual and great tips and you better believe in Santa - - - freebie.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes a time for family, friends and even strangers.To save YOUR TIME, I am not writing a lot for this blog but am getting right to the Freebie and possibly a tip or three.

Tip: Keeping your stabilizers organized is always a challenge. I have a 'wine rack' that I don't use and found that the stabilizers were just right for it. I can see everything, including the amount that is left on the bolt in one neat spot. If you are fortunate enough to have a place that is convenient for your stabilizers, please do make a comment below and help someone with a storage issue. After all, embroidering is about sharing information, tips, tricks and ideas. Those can be very far-reaching. (I have readers in Australia!!)



Tip: If you have a laundry room (or small corner for your laundry equipment), you may benefit from using an old fashioned coat rack to assist you with hanging items as they come out of the dryer.

Here is some of my uses:
  • Empty hangers ready to hang those warm items - it keeps the wrinkles at bay.
  • Hanging my purse - when it is in the same place every time, and the rack is just off the garage, a handy place for it.
  • I have some items that don't go into the dryer, the coat rack is a great place to air dry items.
  • I can see other coat racks in my home in the garage, bedroom, and even outdoors (hanging plants would be great).
  • This one is 14.5" (38cm) in diameter and can be slipped under the washer or dryer in a space that is limited.


For REALLY small spaces, place this on a wall - I found this on the Internet -

Tip: Did you know that in Windows (any version) that you can RIGHT CLICK on the tab (upper tab in the top Toolbar) you are currently working in and select "Duplicate Tab." Upon selection, you get a dup, duh, but your original remains open. Many times I personally have 'lost track of a site' when I try to open a new site. This duplicate can be used to go anywhere you chose leaving your first site still open and available.



Freebie -

You may notice that the baste stitches are 'inside' the design area. This particular project was very tight for a 4x4" (100mm x 100mm) hoop. There is no rule that says the baste must be on the outside of the layout. And still easy to remove.


Thank you for stopping by. Have a safe and fun holiday surrounded with love. Pat (Oops, I meant this blog to be really short.)


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Its Nice For Embroidery

Thank you skyinearth (great name!!)

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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