Saturday, August 10, 2013

Embroidered Shoes ~ Not Your Grandmother's Shoes

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to show you what my daughters & I made on another Crafting Sunday. 
We used my new "Grandmother's Tablecloth Embroidery Collection" to make these vintage shoes.  Enjoy and feel free to Pin It, Post It or Comment! We'd love to hear from you!

Purse the Embroidery CD Here!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Trapunto In-the-Hoop Machine Embroidery

I am so excited about the new embroidery software program "My Decorative Quilter".  It's is super easy to use and I don't even have to know anything about digitizing and I get amazing results.  I love anything that makes me look better than I am.  Don't you?  Today's post is some of the cool features that make creating designs a whole lot EASIER!  

I think one of my favorite things in sewing/quilting, besides machine embroidery, is stippling.  I really wish I could master the art of great, no wait, AWESOME, machine stippling.  So far it hasn't happened.  I am AWESOME at "blonde stippling", AKA In-the-Hoop (ITH).  I just got even better with this new software program that debuted in April 2013.  

BTW ~ I am so psyched about our new 2013 SOFTWARE RETREAT in Asheville, NC.  If you want to go to a new "all about learning" software bootcamp, then come join us while we still have a couple of spots left.  It won't be like a store event where it's all about sales.  It's the 'after event" where you bought the software, now how to use it.  That is where I come in.  Hope to the rescue.

Ok here is just a quick overview of some screenshots of me creating the trapunto block you see below.


It's only a few clicks using the built in artwork to create beautiful blocks in the software program. 

Embroidering them is lots of fun to see the texture and dimension unfold before your eyes!

If I've tweaked your interest and you want to know exactly how to create the beautiful trapunto blocks, then please consider joining us for our retreat in July 2013.  

Don't own the program but want to purchase it?  Great, you will receive a video tutorial I created walking you through each step to make your own trapunto in MDQ, along with the embroidery directions and final designs. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cathy Van Daalwyk is the Winner

Well our first winner already won the book from Indygo Junction's Blog Stop Tour. What are the odds of that?

Congratulations Cathy Van Daalwyk, You are the WINNER!

And the Winner Is...

The winner of Eileen's book, "Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons" is......drum roll please...


Congratulations Agnes. As soon as we hear from you we will ship your autographed copy straight to your door step. 

A special thanks to Designs in Machine Embroidery for asking us to participate in the Blog Stop.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Eileen Roche's Blog Tour Stop Feb 6th

We're an official Blog Stop ~ Feb 6, 2013

Pin-It 2 Win-It & Comment for a FREE autographed copy of Eileen Roche's new book!

How to enter to win:  Complete 1 & 2 below to enter the contest and you may be the lucky one to win "Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons!"

  1. Pin It or Share It on either your Pinterest Page, or Facebook page AND
  2. Ask Eileen Roche a question about machine embroidery in the "comments section". 

Contest Deadlines:  Feb 3-Feb 14, 2013.

Anyone new to machine embroidery or need a refresher in embroidery placement, stabilizers or hooping aides?  This is a great reference book for anyone who loves to embroider.

Post a comment for Eileen using "comments" below & don't forget you must Pin-In or Share on your Facebook page in order to qualify.

***Please leave email address or contact info in case you win (if you do not have a google act, then you will show up as anonymous and we won't have any way to contact you.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Making Purse Straps w/ Hope Yoder

This is my favorite way to make a purse strap. Visit my website at for more products and ideas.  Sign up for our email newsletter so you never miss Hope's helpful hints.

Cut fabric 4 1/2" wide x desired length
Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece 1" wide x desired length

  • Press fleece to wrong side of each side of the strap. 

  • Fold in half wrong sides together so the raw edges meet in the middle.  

  • Fold in half again so folded edges are even, and sew down each side using an edge joining foot and a left needle position

  • Cut into two equal halves and set aside for construction. 
Please feel free to leave a comment, post to your Pinterest page.  I know, you want to know where the purse pattern is to buy, right?  Well, good news...My original purse pattern will be featured in a summer (2013) issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine which will include all the free directions for making the purse. You will still need to purchase our Nautical Button~Ups Embroidery Collection which can be found here

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tom's Shoe Makeover

Wanted to show you our latest project using the Silhouette Cameo machine.  My daughter had an old pair of Tom's shoes and wanted to freshen them some using unique embellishments which is quick and easy, creating a stencil using vinyl and your Cameo.  If you like it, please PinIt or share the link on your Facebook page. Hop on over to my website for more cool stuff

Materials Needed:

  • Old pair of canvas Tom's shoes (washed and dried)
  • Clorox bleach pen
  • 12" x 12" square of any color  631 Vinyl (any type of vinyl will do)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • "Grandmother's Tablecloth Background" file from Studio Online Store

  • Load the file into your Silhouette Studio software and do not resize.  Cut the design from a piece of vinyl that is 12" x 12" or larger, adjusting the cut settings as necessary. 

  • Weed the vinyl and cut off the desired section using scissors (no need for transfer tape.) Remove the vinyl from the release paper and apply to the toe of the shoe. It is necessary to cut a few different sections of vinyl instead of trying to get one section to cover the entire toe. 
  • Make sure the vinyl is firmly fixed to the shoe by finger pressing in place. This will ensure no bleach will "leak" under the vinyl. 

  • ***Test bleach on scrap cotton fabric to see how long you want to leave it on before applying to your shoe. 
  • You may want to mask off the part of the shoe that you don't want to bleach using left over vinyl or painters tape. 
  • Apply bleach and allow to sit for 2-4 minutes (again, test using cotton fabric the same color as your shoe.) Our Tom's were originally a grey (now faded) and we left the bleach on for about 3 minutes. 
  • Go to your sink and carefully remove the vinly and throw it away. 
  • Rinse the bleach off under running water for about 2 minutes.
  • Neutralize the bleach by dipping the area in equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide. 
  • Allow to complete dry and enjoy.