It is very easy to embroider free standing lace on my Babylock Enterprise. Once you have the colors on the correct spool, it is press the button and let it stitch. The stabilizer is Pellon's Wash-N-Gone. I purchased the snowmen patterns from Secrets of Embroidery. Mea Bernina, my local Bernina shop, decorates a Christmas tree for the Lawrence Festival of Trees. Mea Bernina also include a quilt which this year is a snowman quilt. So my fsl snowmen will emphasize the snowmen on the quilt. They look so happy to be working on a Christmas tree.
I have made a tubful of zipper pouches. This pouch was the project for October's Software Inspiration from Bernina. I thought it had a great design and the Frond fabric makes it extra special. The entire pouch is stitched in the hoop--even the zipper. I love the zippers from byannie. The zippers come by the yard and you can order any color of zipper pulls. When I was in Houston at quilt market, I purchased two groups of bright colored pulls. So I was able to match the zipper to the fabric. She also has colored zippers but I had 4 yards of the black and of the white for this project. The pouches are stitched with batting between the outside fabric and the lining fabric.
Vicky Lawrence of Prairie's Edge Patchworks has a series of 12 quilt patterns titled Barn Dance that make a full-size quilt. They were originally designed for red work by hand. Now she is having them digitized and they will be available for embroidery machines with very large hoops. Some barns have two hoopings and some have three. You can see the alignment marks in this stitchout. The marks are to be removed after stitching the entire design. The embroidery patterns should be available in the next few weeks. She has allowed me to test-stitch her patterns.
I spent all morning and half of the afternoon embroidering on these hankies. They all are very old and the fabric needed delicate handling but had to withstand the embroidery needle. I practiced on some flimsy fabric that I had and decided to tryTerial Magic, a stabilizing fabric spray. I had read that it causes yellowing and I got some water stain looking spots. But it gets very, very stiff and allows the stitches to lay on the fabric without pulling. All of the Terial Magic washed out without a problem. I will have to try the stuff again on another project.
I made these two cute pouches. The pattern is Store and Go Zipper Case by Amy Barickman for Crossroads Patterns. They take less than two fat quarters. I used my embroidery machine for the designs, but you can also use the circle tool attachment. The most fun was stitching the zipper. I used Zippers by the Yard from byannie.com. The 4 yards of zipper tape has 16 extra large zipper pulls of multiple colors. The directions tell you to use one side of the zipper for the entire circle. Then attach the zipper pull. Very easy! You can make one of the cases in a couple of hours after learning the technique. The pattern is available from Mea Bernina, my local Bernina dealer.
Vicky Lawrence of Prairie Edge Patchworks is slowly getting her redwork-type designs digitized. Windmill will soon be available in embroidery. I completed this sample on my Bernina 830. The completed wall hanging is 16" x 20". I was able to get all of the design except two stitches into the jumbo hoop. The barbed wire is stitched separately. This will be a birthday gift for a family member.
This is Nursery Rhymes by Anita Goodesign. I used batting when stitching the designs so all I have to do now is to add a backing. Most of the designs have a stipple around the embroidered area. The design set I used added the fabric borders as part of the embroidery. I used my Babylock Enterprise so I did not have to change thread so often as on my Bernina 830. I am going to use Minkee for the backing.
I think this will go to a toddler who is due for her first big girl bed.