Ann's Sweetest Heart Collection: Perfect for Your Sweetheart

Ann's Sweetest Heart Collection makes it fun and easy to create a variety of special valentines you can't find in any big box store. And, for a limited time, purchase the small, large, or full collections, and get a Valentines Sayings pack absolutely FREE. Intricate, yet delicate, the des... [More]

Get Organized and Save Money Doing It!

It's just a number on a calendar, but the new year usually brings with it a desire to regroup and reorganize. Tired of looking for designs you know you have but can't locate? It just isn't any fun anymore. With the sheer number of embroidery designs amassed, the task of organizing them... [More]

Finish it Like a Pro - Trimming Tips

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A Pretty Felt Playhouse -Part 2

Finished!  And with a little time to spare. We decided to just button down the sides instead of sewing them.  It will make removing it from the table and folding it up for storage a little easier.  Kate got to see it during the final fitting since she is doesn't talk much and is t... [More]

Thinking Out of the Block: Embroidering on Pieced Fabrics

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A Pretty Felt Playhouse - Part One

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A Snowman Sweatshirt Jacket

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Metallic Thread Tips

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Embroidery Advisor Presents: Rub a Dub Dub, your Critter Kid in the Tub

You either have a kid who hates bath time or loves it.  Why not try to make your kid’s time in the bath a little more fun?  How about sewing them a personalized animal towel/bathrobe that is all their own?  Have a look at the Critter Kids Bathrobe Design Pack to make a special t... [More]

Great Gift Ideas for the Creative People in Your Life

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Stumped as to what to get your favorite quilter, embroiderer, or craftsperson? Hate the idea of Black Friday chaos? Shop from the convenience and comfort of home, 24 hours a day, any day of the week, on AnntheGran.com. Here are some suggestions. (If fri... [More]

More Than One Use for a Christmas Design

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...

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I made this from a Linen Guest Towel---really!

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Merry and Bright: Christmas Embroidery with Lights!

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Embroidery Advisor Presents: Courage. Strength. Cure.

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The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Embellishment for Elegant Projects, Freebie is single or 4 color variety.

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Embellishment for Elegant Projects, Freebie is single or 4 color variety.

I vowed, in 2005 when I started this blog that I would give my honest findings when I had an issue with embroidery. Along with that, I have been enjoying adding tips and tricks outside of the embroidery arena. No one asked me to do that, and I was just giving tips that I found, tested, and determined that worked for me. One of my favorite tips is from  2018 https://bit.ly/unique3b  

I especially decided to avoid political information until I found this - 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Disinformation. This was written in February 2020. IMHO, misleading info is very harmful. If you too are on info overload and driven to distraction by conflicting, puzzling, and downright fabrications, this may be helpful to you.

Today's Freebie and Embroidery information is about simple additions to a design that falls a little short of what you may have in mind. This very versatile idea is great for pillows, pant/short edges, and anything that would benefit from a statement design. 

I have created it in a single color and 4 color versions. With the multiple colors, you can use 1, 2, 3, or 4 different colors. Versatile and lovely with a design or wording. 

These two are set so that you can use your choice of portions of the second adaptation. Being able to put YOUR stamp on your own ideas is what machine embroidery is all about. 

  • These are 4" (100mm) by 2" (50mm) and you may want to adjust the width or height to suit your project. 
  • The single caveat is that adjusting more than 20 - 25% may result in unexpected results. 
  • Doing a 'discovery sew' (sewn out preview) will help you with the size and positioning every time!
  • If you decide on the 4 color design, you have dozens of options to chose from. (LOVE IT!) 
(Green is specifically embroidery instructions.)

Thank you so much for joining me this time on my blog. It is YOU that keeps me trying new things and bringing you options you may not find in other places. 


Comments (3) -

Where is the link for the design? I don't see any active links other than
https://bit.ly/unique3b  and   4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Disinformation.

Ooops! Be right back! (Pat)

Still seeing no option for adding it to my cart

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