Since I live with my mom she has ruled the roost, no pets. To compensate I made a stuffed cat which is made from a soft velour. The cat has rhinestone eyes and I embroidered a cute face on it to remind me of a previous real pet cat. The stuffed black cat does not replace a cat pet but it is the next best thing. No litter box, no fur, no cat bites or scratches on furniture are found. The stuffed cat does not purr, meow or do cart wheels when I drag a feather on a string in front of it. My stuffed pet just sits in a chair and watches over us and smiles. My stuffed cat will do for now. If you want to share the pattern of my stuffed cat pet, here is the link.
My favorite embroidery is monochromatic. I think the 2 color scheme makes my embroidery more fashionable and much easier to blend into my wardrobe. My favorite color combo is black and white. Many years ago I created this wonderful purse. I have made many versions of this handbag since. The flap is the key to the design. I created this embroidery to fit the flap and it is available to you for free. I also made the pattern available for free. Have fun creating your own work of art. The design was made in FHE format. If you need another embroidery design format email me at email@example.com
I want to share a fun little wall quilt that makes a great holiday decoration. It is my “Cardinal Wall quilt”! Click on the link for a free pattern. Learn to applique by taking a class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I suggest you take a 3 hour session. If you need help with assembly of the quilt, quilting and binding the quilt to finish the wall hanging you might want to schedule another 2 or 3 hour class.
There are several new sewing projects posted on Sew4Fun.com. I really liked the neck pillow and the Christmas in July star ornament. I have posted links to them on my project page. Look toward the bottom of the list for the neck pillow link. I am definitely making these as Christmas gifts. First I am making one for me.
I recently posted pictures from past Summer and family vacations at my Gallery page. The good, bad and the ugly is all there. See pictures of me at the beach as a little girl with my brother and mom. Look, I was topless. I think my dad was taking the picture. Those were the days. Everyone who grew up on Delmarva enjoyed fun in the sun. Now we have so many tourist I wait till the Fall or Spring to dip my toes. Hope you are having a great Summer.
Learn to use your new Singer Futura at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD, With “one on one” instruction. Choose a one day or 2 day session. Learn how to use the embroidery software to it’s fullest.
I found that if I take a square of stabilized fabric to fit the machine hoop and embroider it in the middle, I can create a wonderful embroidered applique’ using Wonder Under. When I use the Wonder Under and trace the applique’ shape on the rough side of the fusible webbing using a permanent marker, I can bond the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the applique’. The marker will leave trace line I can cut out. I now have a fusible patch I can bond to a back ground fabric.
Here is an embroidered heart quilt I created a few years ago. I used decorative stitches to decorate the edges of each applique’. Fuse and Tear is a great stabilizer for the embroidery and applique. It gives the right firmness to the fabric background for you to sew any decorative or zig-zag stitch you wish to use. You can create many unique appliques this way. Add crystals, lace and ribbon. I have included my pattern so you can try the hearts applique’.
Since it is raining outside this fine Memorial Day I am using some of my free time to watch sewing videos. With sewing for summer being the theme I found this shift dress video. Brings back memories of ” sew today and wear tonight projects. I had plenty of shifts. They are great beginner projects and great for medium weight knits and wovens. The instructor even offers a pattern download.
Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD and you too can make the instant shift dress to wear tonight.
Wrapped in Fabrique! I love this techinque of making decorative fabrics and scenes from free motion, applique and decorative stitches. In the 1990’s the book “Wrapped in Fabrique” was inspirational. The book is long out of print but the technique has grown, especially on Pinterest. I collected a few of my favorite ideas in this blog. I also shared with you some of my own creations.
Years ago I purchased a fun book on fabric texturing and have decided to revisit this creative topic. The book is no longer published but the techniques are still current. To create a brand new textured fabric, use decorative threads, free motion stippling, decorative stitches, twin needle sewing, and the cording foot. Creation of your own fabric art is easy and lots of fun. If you would like to copy my project you can. The technique looks great on a vest, gown bodice, purse or pillow.
To start your creative design you will need to collect applique fabrics and prints to complement the base fabric. you will need fusable web plus decorative and couching threads. You will need to purchase a base fabric and a fusible knit interfacing to add body. I used bengaline or silk dupioni. I suggest a mid weight fabric. You can also use suede twill or quilted denim. Purchase fuse knit and fuse it to the wrong side of your main garment pieces before you cut. Rough cut the main garment pieces so they can be embellished and then the base fabric can be cut to the pattern shape. Allow at least 2″ all around the basic garment shapes.
Step1- Lets free motion stipple to gather or pucker fabrics to use in the applique’. Use straight stitch and free motion.
Step 2- Let’s twin needle. Use a 2.5 needle and remember to keep the width of any decorative stitch below 2.5 or if you have a safety switch put it on. Twin needle pieces of applique fabric to cut out later. Twin needle the base fabric in a random design. You can use 2 spools of gold metallic or even matching thread. The twin needle will pucker the base fabric to create a texture effect.
Step 3- Use decorative stitches to give a base to the custom design on your project fabric. Switch to an open toe applique foot so you can see the stitching.
Step 4- Use the braiding and the cording foot to couch metallic cords to the base fabric.
Step 5-Bond wonder under to the wrong side of your applique fabric, If the “flower is 3-D bond a piece of backing to the underside of the flower and free motion your applique’ edges and then cut The flower out to apply on top of another applique. Apply the flower to the base applique with free motion tack down stitches in the center of the flower. After all the surface textures have been applied lets cut out and construct the sewing project to create your fabrique.
Let’s look at the cording foot. It is a great accessory to apply decorative threads with.
See a video of the use of the cording foot and you can also purchase a cording foot at out web site.
You may also need a twin needle. Here is a link.
A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.
I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio!
You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.