Friday, August 26, 2016

Behind the Scenes of our CD Production

Hi all, Hannah here! Today I want to share with you everything that goes into creating and packaging our embroidery CDs such as the Sweet Scissor Cases pictured below. While these CDS may seem effortlessly assembled when you open your package from Designs By Hope, delivered to your door; a lot of time and effort goes into the process behind the distribution of these CDs. First Marv, featured in last week's blog, burns the CDs and prepares them for distribution. Once the CDs have been burned, they are transported to our warehouse at Designs By Hope Yoder. They are then placed with the correct coordinating cover after we receive our package of printed CD covers from our professional printer's office. After this, card stock is placed between the CD and cover, making it easier for packaging. Next, the CDs are shrink wrapped and placed into our inventory. When you place your order from we receive the confirmation email and pull the correct number of items from our inventory and ship them to your location. As you can see, a lot goes into the preparation, mid and final stages of our CD production, and we could not do it without the help of our stellar employees. For more information on events and products, please visit our Facebook page at in addition to following us on Instagram for even more info and photos as well as behind the scene happenings of Designs By Hope Yoder.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet Marv!

Hi Everyone, Hannah here! Today I thought it would be interesting to interview one of our team members who is often working behind the scenes here at Designs By Hope Yoder. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Marv Yoder my dad, as well as our photographer and CD producer. Marv is responsible for producing the CDs included in our embroidery patterns, such as our Play and Bake Shoppe Embroidery Collection located at Marv is an avid photographer and loves taking pictures. In addition to his talents as a photographer, he is also a phenomenal drummer, and has been using his talents on the worship team at Church of Hope for nearly 10 years! He dreams of one day owning a home with a mountain view somewhere in North Carolina. He also is master plumber and owns his own plumbing business in addition to assisting with Designs By Hope Yoder. He occasionally accompanies Hope on her business trips and is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I hope you enjoyed learning more about one of our amazing team members! As always, don't forget to follow us on Facebook at as well as on our business Instagram account: for updates about our products, trips, etc.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Where It All Began...

Hello everyone, Hannah here! As you all may know, Designs By Hope Yoder incorporates a very specific look as a company. From her earliest projects, to her Hope Sew Patterns, Hope incorporates a look of vintage heirloom details with a modern twist of whimsy to each and every design/event within her business! But where did it all begin? Before her booming business, with employees and events, Designs By Hope Yoder began in the comfort of our own home. I still remember the days when we would assemble patterns and CDs together, as a family, in our living room. During this time, mom would often take us to local tea rooms to celebrate our birthdays or getting good grades in school. We even hosted tea parties in our own home, which are some of my earliest memories as a child. Perhaps this is the inspiration behind Hope's Sip and Sew Tea Parties as well as the overall design of her patterns/projects. A large part of their success is probably due to many of the tea rooms we visited and the tea parties we hosted, as well as to Hope's unique point of view when it comes to pitching her sales and products. I thought it would be fun to post a few pictures from the "early days" of Designs By Hope Yoder (our field trips to the local tea rooms). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! For more information on Hope's Sip and Sew Tea Parties, please visit our website at you can also view pictures of these events on our Facebook page:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Just Foiling Around

Hi all, Hannah here! Today I want to share with you one of Hope's most recent projects: making new signs for Baby Lock Tech. Hope loves a good laminate. One of her favorite quotes is, "Can I have that in writing and could you laminate it?" After all, if it's in print it's got to be true, right? If it's laminated it's forever...well, almost. Hope was playing around with Craft-N-Cut software the other day, making some super speedy signage. Did you know? Hope is endorsed with Craft-N-Cut software, her picture is even on the box! Hope loves using this software and incorporates it into many of  her easy-to-make projects. For more information on the Craft-N-Cut software, please check out this link to one of the videos on the fundamentals of this software: The first design was created with foil and a printer. The second design pictured is on a simple t-shirt. The top half of this t-shirt came directly off of the heat press while the bottom half used foil and heat transfer adhesive. This t-shirt was washed and dried on a regular cycle, and can even be thrown in with a load of towels. For more creative and fun projects, please visit our website at: Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page as well as on our business Instagram:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Meet Bethany

Hello everyone, Hannah here! I thought it would be fun to interview the "dream team" here at Designs By Hope Yoder. Meet Bethany Brown, our graphic designer! Bethany has worked with us for a year now! She has three young children. She loves to cook for her family! Her resume includes spending 10 years in the catering industry with her family. She previously worked as a designer for a local company here in Sarasota. She then quit this job in order to spend more time with her family as well as to come in and design fun projects for Hope. We are so grateful to have Bethany as a part of our team here at Designs By Hope Yoder! As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook and our Instagram for more updates!


Friday, August 12, 2016

#Meet The Team

Hello everyone! In case we haven't already met, let me formally introduce myself. My name is Hannah Yoder, I am the new social media director for Designs By Hope Yoder and Hope's oldest daughter. I am 19 years old and just finished my Associate in Arts degree at State College of Florida. I plan on getting a bachelors degree in Communications in order to focus on editing and proofreading. I love writing and am very excited to share new ideas and blog posts with you! If you haven't heard, we recently renovated and updated our website. Feel free to check it out: In addition to frequently posting updates on our blog, I will also be posting on both our Facebook page and our Instagram account Follow us on all of our social media platforms for updates. I look forward to connecting with you all via social media! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015



By Hope Yoder of Designs By Hope Yoder, Inc.
Have you ever taken a personality test? Heard of the DISC quiz?  Remember Monty Hall and Lets Make A Deal game show? My favorite part of the show was the game, “What’s In Your Purse”.  

With that in mind, lets have a little fun and look into the personalities of 10 different stereotypes of those who craft, sew and embroider.

1.    The Perfectionist
a.     Well you know the kind; they are usually the quiet ones who sit in the back of the classroom sewing at their own pace, slow and steady.  They are happy as a lark ‘cause their seams are straighter than a quilting ruler! 
                                               i.     What’s in their purse?  At any given moment of glancing in their purse you will find a tape measure and a categorized detailed spreadsheet of all the embroidery design they own, by company with a sub category by themes.

2.    The Material Girl
a.     She is a quilt shop’s BFF, owns at least 7 coordinates in every new fabric collection including an array of precuts, charm packs, cake layers and jelly rolls.  She never uses any of her quilt shop fabrics, just saves them for a rainy day.  She lives in the desert where it never rains.  She uses her “ugly” fabric to make gifts because she doesn’t want to disrupt her pretty fabric collection. She is saving it because you never know when the mood will strike to part with her pretties or when she may find a friend worthy of breaking into her stash!
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  Random acts of kindness…opps I meant random scraps of fabricJ.

3.    The Getter’ Done
a.     This is the girl who always finishes everything!  We don’t like her ;).  She doesn’t even know what a UFO is.  If you don’t know what that is let me spell it out 4 ‘ya.
·      U = Unfinished (this should be a 4 letter word)
·      F = Fabric
·      O = Object
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  She has a Swiss Army zebra printed pocketknife that doubles as a heat burning tool and rhinestone setter! Don’t let me forget to mention she carries Embroidery Perfection Tape, safety pins and toothpicks.

4.    The Over-Achievers s Anonymous
a.     You have probably sat by this type at a hands-on sewing or quilting retreat.  She is always the first one done.  Can’t stand to have a nano-second of free time, needs to be doing something of value with an endgame at all times.  Frequently asks, “What’s the next step” when no one has finished the first set of instructions.
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  A small quilt-covered steno pad To-do list with a matching ink pen embroidered cover that she just whipped up last night!

5.    The Gadget Girl
a.     Ohh how she loves to push buttons, any buttons will do, in a car, on a phone, in a store, on a machine, in a house, or on a roof.  She loves technology and knows how to use every single button on her brand new embroidery machine, without even having to read the manual. Know someone like this???
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  When you open her purse you will find a Plenty-o-Pocket purse organizer insert so she can quickly switch purses keeping all her contents organized.  Yea I bought one, you want it LOL!  I’m holding out for the lighted, lint self cleaning version.

6.    The Gotta Have It Junkie
a.     She owns 50 sewing machines, 30 sergers and 10 electronic die cutting machines and all of my machine embroidery designs.  Hey, do ya’ll think she has any friends to send my way?  Seriously you need to invite this girl to your next Sip & Sew Tea Party event!
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  A flyer for the new multi-needle embroidery machine that magically mops her floors while giving her a pedicure and playing MP4 chick flicks.

7.    The Mooch
a.     This is the student who comes to class and always consistently “forgets” her thread, scissors, pins, Wonder Tape, pattern, water soluble marker and looses her car keys before class over.  She is not the least bit concerned, until she can’t find her car keys.  She borrows from everyone, every time she comes to class.
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  Can I get back to you on that…that is when we can locate her purse!

8.    The Copy Cat
a.     She loves to sew and embroider.  Loves everyone’s projects and wants to make one for herself and a friend.  She is a lovely person giving others the highest form of praise by wanting to copy each project exactly as shown on the pattern using the same fabrics.  This is why we make samples to hang in our store.  Samples sell!
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  A small camera and pocket record so she can take notes after she asks you what pattern that is and what did you say was the name of the fabric you used?

9.     The Party Girl (Sip & Sew Tea Party)
a.     No, not that kind of party.  She goes to every team-style sewing event again and again and loves every minute of each day.  We are grateful for all the (sewing) Party Girls.  Rock On.
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  A pack of gum and family size bag of Twizzles, a toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste, just incase the speaker is long winded or she runs into lunch time!

10. The Class Clown
a.     Who doesn’t love a girl that laughs at her own mishaps and can turn them into belly laughs, bringing smiles to everyone around.  Next time you see me in person, listen for some of my stores. Not only are they funny, they are true, like the time I…..
                                              i.     What’s in their purse?  Just about everything, but don’t ask me, I mean HER to find it right this second.  My motto, I mean HER motto is, “ORGANIZED PEOPLE ARE TOO LAZY TO LOOK FOR IT”.  BTW, I have a design for that.

Hope you had a few laughs while reading my story.  Please hop on over to my webpage and browse our embroidery, sewing and die cutting pattern collections.

Pictures from the following embroidery collections:  Tea Towel Quotes (The Perfectionist, The Over-Achiever’s Anonymous, The Class Clown), Tag-A-Long Sewing Edition (The Material Girl and The Gotta Have It Junkie), Tag-A-Long Family Edition (The Getter’ Done), iPad Mini & Kindle Paperwhite Felties (The Gadget Girl), Pretty Practical In-the-Hoop Projects (The Mooch), Pretty Girl Button~Ups (The Copy Cat), QT Pie Stick Figures (The Party Girl), Wine With Me (The Class Clown).