Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is What I am Doing!

One of my stitching friends is also an artist and pattern designer. She has a barn quilt that is beautiful.  She designed redwork-type barns and wanted them digitized so that she could sell the embroidery patterns.  This has been a year-long adventure that has had many twists and turns.  Needless to say the original digitizer has left her with designs that are less than perfect.  So we have been spending time working on the designs and then stitching them to make sure they are correct.  Well the designs finish at approximately 12" X 16", so this takes lots of time, stabilizer, and fabric.  Hopefully this will be complete by the first of October.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jeans Jacket IV


Early this year, I was part of a jeans jacket challenge.  Our group had seen one in Paducah that we loved.  We found out that it was purchased at Chico's.  So we decided that in April 2016 we would all show the jacket that we had embellished.  I became a bit obsessed with the challenge and had so many ideas that so far I haven't found a stopping point.

This jacket is the fourth one I have finished--although it needs a little more work.  The design is called Garden Grace from OESD (#12633).  I loved all of the designs and wanted a big medallion for the back of the jacket. There were plenty of different sized designs so that a large grouping could be designed. I didn't know if the embroidery would stitch correctly over the seams on the back, but for the most part it is great.  I do have some loops on the seams.  I put one line of decoration on the front and decided it really needed the second one on each side.  I really am pleased with it and will wear it.  Not I just need a shirt the right color.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yeti Cover

My son received a new Yeti bottle for Father's Day.  He was so pleased with it he did not want to get it scratched and wanted a cover for it.  Yesterday I made a quick cover for it from camo fleece and he really liked that.  But my DIL wanted a more substantial cover so she purchased some headliner and rip stop nylon.  She is not much of a stitcher but she did a great job making the "quilted" sandwich using my great Bernina tools.  Then I made a tube the correct diameter and serged away.  I cut a circle for the bottom and serged it together.  A little tube at the top with some elastic made the perfect Yeti accessory.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Collage Clutch

This purple clutch is made using Frond fabric, the punchwork tool for my Bernina 830, and a clutch frame from Pink Sand Beach Designs. Using Designer Plus V7 made it easy to use the punchwork tool.  The design for punchwork is much like a very close stipple stitch and is part of the digitized design.  This was my first attempt at using this tool and it is easy to use.  It does leave some fuzz in the bobbin area that must be removed. 

This is the project for the May lesson of Software Inspirations.  I did enjoy using the punchwork tool although I am not sure how much I would really use it.  Many of my stitching friends have a machine dedicated to felting.  I have a lot of projects that are in need of completion, so I will think about this for a while.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jeans Jacket Challenge II


If you read my last post, you know my friends and I enjoyed a jeans jacket decorating challenge.  This is the second one that I finished.  The jacket was found in a thrift shop, so it was a reasonable price for tinkering.  The design is from OESD and is called Henna.  The design itself has the different sections of colors which is why I chose it.  The project was stitched on my Babylock Enterprise (10 needle) and did not have any trouble stitching over seams.  I used aquamesh plus and washed it out after stitching so there was not any stabilizer to make the jacket heavier.  This jacket has been a hit with people who have seen it.  Fun to make.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Jeans Jacket Challenge

One year ago seven of us when on a trip to the Paducah Quilt Show.  We saw lots of sights, beautiful quilts, vendors that made us drool, and purchased yards and yards of fabric.  One day we were walking along the street and saw a lady with a beautiful "crewel work" denim jeans jacket.  That evening we saw her at the night show and asked her about the jacket.  She had purchased it a Chico's several years before.  But we loved it.  We sat in our seats and decided we needed to make our own jackets.  So the rules were few but it had to be a denim jeans jacket and it had to be decorated by April 1, 2016.  Last week we had a group meeting and unveiled our jackets.  This is one of my jackets.  I have to say that I have never enjoyed a challenge quite so much.  I also have not completed my first idea for the jacket.  But this is the first one I completed:
I found it on e-bay and it was a large for $20, but certainly not large enough for me. It was a great fit for my neighbor who is a barrel racer.  It is done with Belagio crystals which come in sheets or rolls.  They are heat-set with a very hot iron.  The jacket sparkles with amazing beauty.
The back is as pretty as the front.  She has received amazing compliments on her new jacket. My friends also loved it.  And this has become somewhat of an obsession for me.  I have a couple more to show you this month.
 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Embroidery on Umbrellas

Umbrellas are unbelievably hard to photograph.  The top one is aqua and the bottom is black .  But they are beautiful.  They are a special project for a drama company.  To embroider on a umbrella it is necessary to cut some of the thread sites that hold the fabric to the ribs.  Once that is done, it is easy to find the center of the fabric section.  I used aquamesh plus as the stabilizer so I could stick  the fabric to it and then wash out.  It seems to have worked well.  It does take some time to reattach the fabric to the ribs, but I only cut the thread from two ribs-thank goodness.  Ready for April Showers!!