Monday, October 7, 2013

From the Hoop

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught a glimpse of the embroidery projects on which I've been working. I was a little nervous at first, but within a few days, I was able to make some pretty towels for my mother-in-law's new kitchen.

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!



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    1. We need to meet up so I can do your daughter's backpack!

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  2. Wow, I am so impressed how much you've been able to teach yourself so quickly! I think an embroidery machine would scare me off. I ordered a simple Bernina to get back into sewing with! :)

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    1. I learned to embroider before I learned to use the basic sewing machine! There's a steep learning curve, but once you're doing it, it's not too hard. Time consuming, but not hard.

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  3. I'm going to just start mailing you things to monogram. ;) (With a check of course) hehe

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    1. Do it! I'm going to practice some large monograms soon. I'm hoping to do shams at some point!

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  4. Those are so beautiful, and the Halloween bags are too precious! I think you've convinced me to put an embroidery machine on my "Probably never but I can dream" list...

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    1. It's definitely an investment, but I have convinced myself that I'm saving money by doing tailoring and little projects at home instead of sending them out.

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  5. You've mastered this stuff so fast! Looks great, Jeannine!

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    1. Thanks, D! Still not at your level, of course!

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  6. You did such a great job, I'm sure these will be treasured!

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  7. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award...your blog brings me a little bit of sunshine every day....you can read about it on my blog.

    LOVE your embroidery....you are so talented! I love your work...it's both classy and just beautiful!

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  8. What is the make and model of your machine? I am looking into getting a machine and I'm not sure which one I want. I'm brand new at embroidering.

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