Create Timeless Keepsakes with Shadow Work - by Machine!

Finished BibShadow 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 promise. If you follow along here, you will see just how easy it is to create the beautiful embroidery you see in the image to the right. You'll be amazed to see the shadow work coming to life before your eyes, and you will be even more pleased when you see the looks of delight when your one-of-a-kind keepsake is received.

The technique mimics the traditional hand technique with the convenience of computerized machine embroidery. In the handwork version, the thread is worked back and forth beneath the fabric. The thread under the fabric shows through the fabric and the stitches that come to the top of the fabric form the outline.
In the machine version, preliminary base stitches are placed on a piece of fabric or stabilizer to form the "shadows" that show through the fabric.
In the example outlined here, the preliminary base stitches are placed on the first layer of a two-layer bib from
The second, top layer is smaller than the bottom layer, so it's necessary to use a template to make sure that placement is correct on the top layer.

1. Hoop a piece of midweight crisp tearaway in a 4" hoop. Apply a piece of double-stick tape at the top and bottom of the hoop and load it in the machoop_tapehine. 





2. Print a template and place it in the proper position on the top layer of the bib. Place a pin through the centerpoint.Template






3. Use the pin placement to place a target sticker from or other marker on the bottom layer of the bib. target_sticker






4. Stitch the preliminary base stitches on the first layer of the bib, keeping the top layer pulled back out of the way. Base_sitchest
Trim jumps stitches as you go to avoid them becoming trapped or showing through the top fabric layer later.






5. When preliminary base stitches are complete, position the top layer of the bib over the bottom layer. Resume stitching with the first outline color.first_outline







6. Continue stitching all outline colors until the design is complete. complete outlineAdd an initial to further personalize your keepsake creation.







7. Pull the bib from the tearaway base and clip excess threads. The shadow work is complete!

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The reward of this technique is an heirloom-quality gift for a very special baby. The elegant appearance is unique and looks like it took much longer than the few minutes of machine time it took to create. The beautiful embroidery and the memories will last a lifetime.
Visit to get your genuine Shadow Work by Machine kit, including designs, proper stabilizer and bibs - Designs by Suzanne Hinshaw.

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This is really beautiful!  Keepsakes of this type are sure to be favorites for so many mothers.

Congratulations on being named in Stitches Magazine top 56 persons who are ". . influencing the direction the decorating industry will take in 2011 and beyond."



I have had a design set by Suzanne Hinshaw for a long time now but it wasn't until this article that I knew how to use them.  Thanks a bunch!  

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The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Keeping Sane and Upbeat. And, a word or two of wisdom from the Smithsonian Institute

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Keeping Sane and Upbeat. And, a word or two of wisdom from the Smithsonian Institute

I just happen to have an old magazine, November, 2017, from the Smithsonian Institute. I personally consider them to be reasonably authoritative and not politically motivated. I did find a couple of articles from that magazine and sharing them will help you understand what is ahead. The first article Journal of the 1918 Influenza Plague  (1918 Influenza) and the second is The Birth of a Killer (lethal happenings in China) and the third article  How to Stop a Lethal Virus (health expert issues). Each of these give information to possibly decrease fear for you and yours. 

BTW - Gay or not, I am going to marry Anderson Cooper. He is paying attention to every guest on his show despite being on information overload. (Or he is just glazed over? ? ?)

I have been thinking of the more encouraging things that we all can do, especially if we are the 'head of household' or "leader of the clan." 
  • Gather your family, and tell them stories about your childhood, early years married, and especially your favorite event that happened with your family. 
  • Ask each of them to share something from their every day life as well as which is their favorite family moment.
  • You could write up that information and create a booklet with all the stories. Looking back at some time will be enjoyable for all. 
  • Those things are what families did years ago, and it is a great way to reconnect those memories, and possibly begin a new communication venue.
  • If you did not already find this site - 151 Fun Things to do when you are bored.  This list is full of useful and even productive for anyone seeking ideas. 

My Freebie is a quote from my favorite woman leader, Maya Angelou. Miss Angelou was inspiring, gracious and especially, compassionate.  Miss Angelou was honored with many, many awards and degrees. Did you know she was a Nobel Prize Nominee?  To see that list, take a peek here.

(Green indicates embroidery tips and tricks):
Check out this trick from John Deer - Needle ThreadingNeedle Threading 

PS- I think we need a new word for 'positive' when referring to negative issues. Positive should NOT be used for being infected with a cold, etc. Leave 'positive' for the good things we all enjoy. After all, we have dozens of different names for 'snow.' Leave 'positive' for events that we can embrace. 

PPS- Just a little note from the past - In 1961 there was a Broadway Show called "Stop the world, I want to get off." They saw the future and we all survived and will again.

Thank you for pausing your 'binge' watching to stop by my little blog. I hope you will download my Freebie. Maya Angelou always was a very to the point regardless of the situation.

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I do have lots of Freebies, many of them are humorous! - Here is one of my personal favorites:

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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