Back when I removed my old monogram from our towels (some might have been horrified, but I didn't care to see it anymore), I was puzzled by the white fabric that was embedded inside the threads. Now I know that the material is called stabilizer. When you embroider, you have to have a stabilizer fabric on the back of your fabric and you often need one on the front, too. The loft of towels makes stabilizer needed on top and bottom.
Underneath the fabric, you can use a few different stabilizers. The debates about which one is appropriate get pretty passionate. I use a little tool that tells me what to use based on the fabric with which I'm working. For the kitchen towels, I used a tear-away stabilizer. Some swear that there are better options, but it worked great for me.
When you finish stitching a design, you have to remove the top layer of stabilizer. Most people use water soluble stabilizer on top, which washes away after a few moments under running water.
After letting the towels and designs dry, here's what I had:
My mother-in-law liked them so much that she asked me to make a few sets for her to give as gifts.She asked for autumn designs and colors.
I've also been working on some projects for my nephews and my little niece, who is going to be a peacock for Halloween.
My nephews like Star Wars, so I went looking for some cute designs that could work for them. I found the most adorable Luke Skywalker applique design for them. Applique uses fabric and embroidery to create a design. It's a bit more time consuming than embroidery work because you have to start and stop the machine work often. You stitch a little, then trim fabric, stitch a little, and trim fabric. I hope I get better with time. It took me about an hour and a half to make this trick-or-treat bag:
I'm glad I started making these early! I have quite a few more to go!