Download Tutorial; TUTORIAL: Beaded Embroidery – How to get started
Download Tutorial; TUTORIAL: Beaded Embroidery – How to get started
I can’t wait for the new shoe!
I just finished a quilt for our guest room. I just love all the shoes!! I used 36 of the 58 shoes I have sewn out in this quilt. It makes the room so cheerful and goes with my tea kettle on the fireplace!!
Thank you and Sally King for my favorite designs!!!
Carol – your quilt is fantastic! I love how the black, white and red realy shows off the shoes. You should be very proud of your accomplishment = and thank you for sharing it with us!
Carol’s great teapot:
herewith I send you the promised photo. i love your design
He looks great Lidy – the red background really makes him stand out! Great choice. Suz
From Charlotte: Thank you so much. I so love your creations and especially the Tribals. I will be back for more. I’ve made the Saber Tooth as practice and I am thrilled with it. (I’m fairly new at this). I am going to try the bull next. I am now in the process of reloading all my designs that I downloaded to that new new drive to my old reliable one. Thanks again for such wonderful designs.
You did a fantastic job Charlotte – I can’t believe you’re new at this 🙂 We’ll all have to move over once you really get going 🙂 Suz
I Love it! Thought you would like to see it!
Yes Vicki – I love it too! I bet you’ve gotten a lot of comments wearing this. Suz
Bonsai!!! It’s just such a fun word to say, and stitch. Here’s my latest wall hanging from your wonderful designs. As you can see, the tree in the bowl with the flowers is a combo of two of your designs. It turned out well, however, it took awhile to do since it had 50 color changes! Hope all is well and, again, thanks for the designs.
Your wall hanging is absolutely beautiful Laura! Thank you. Suz
Suz, I think it turned out rather well, still need to hand stitch the slip pocket and label. Did I do it justice?
You sure did do it justice!! Suz
Genene sent me these placemat pictures because she used our variegated thread:
I used bfc thread to quilt and highlight stitching. It was the perfect thread to compliment this batik fabric.
To be specific, I used the VR 0006 with a hem stitch set at 3.5 on my Brother machine to get the heavier veining down the center and from each big point on the leaf. I used the same thread and a stem stitch at default settings to do the additional veining on the leaf to have a lighter look but adding the varying touch of color. The nice thing is it’s a play with color and light. The longer stitches catch the color more, so you notice that veining first, then your eye goes to the softer touches of color that don’t reflect the light as much. It’s a cool ‘journey’ for the eye. LOL
Beth has been so kind and generous to write out directions on how she makes such beautiful finished embroideries that she displays on easels. You can see some of them here.
Thank you so much Beth! Download in PDF form: BethPictureFraming
Procedure steps and tips for creating embroidery pictures using Pellon 71F ultra firm one sided fusible and Pellon 926 extra firm non-fusible stabilizers.
FINISHING EMBROIDERED PICTURES
It is best to use either an 80/12 or 90/14 topsitich needle.
1. In software combine embroidery design and border (frame) design. It does not matter which of the two designs is chosen first.
a) If more than one embroidery design is to be combined before adding the frame design, it is helpful to sequence the order of stitching in the software but moving forward and back through color stops in the embroidery machine to achieve the correct stitching order works as well.
b) It will be necessary to move forward and back through color stops to stitch the frame for the embroidery picture.
c) Edit the size and dimensions of embroidery design and border/frame design independently as necessary before joining them. Once combined as a new design, the dimensions can be adjusted further as desired.
2. Hoop one layer of water- soluble nonwoven fabric- like stabilizer.
a) The best success stitching on fusible pellon is achieved by opening the bottom hoop enough that the stabilizer can be hooped smoothly without pulling it at all. Just smooth it by hand before tightening the frame. The stabilizer should be straight in the hoop, not pulled “tight as a drum,” however, tighten the hoop frame as much as possible. Pulling at the
stabilizer to smooth it after the hoop is tightened only serves to make it crooked. The stabilizer may seem to be too loose, but it will work better stitching on pellon.
3. Stitch the first color stop, used for the border, for the placement of the fabric fused to pellon. a) Cut the pellon, front and back fabrics at least 1.25 inches bigger that the dimensions of the finished border. This will allow a little more than ½ inch to hold on to while trimming the outside away. More allowance may be preferred.
b) Pellon is not 100% uniform. It does have a little loft. This is not usually a big problem. Just be aware that as the design is stitched the pellon will often flex in the hoop. It is a good thing to have the stabilizer a little loose and not stretched tightly in the hoop, especially with densely stitched designs. Ugly creases will be avoided. Let the pellon become wonky. The design has
not been ruined. The action of additional stitching will often smooth everything out. Attaching the back will also help flatten everything. In any case the picture will press flat when completed.
c) Lightly fuse the fabric to pellon. Works better with dense stitching.
d) It is better to use fusible pellon for both the front and back fabrics if the designs are large or
when a very firm picture is preferred. Attaching the back using non-fusible works well for small designs. Quilt blocks using trapunto or quilting stitches look good using non-fusible pellon on the front and fusible on the back. With non-fusible the fabric may noticeably “float” around
stitched designs. Experience and every design will dictate pellon choices.
4. Center the fabric fused pellon in the placement stitching. Stitch the second color stop to tack it down to the stabilizer.
5. Move to the embroidery design and complete the embroidery. Remember that it is better to allow the complete design to stitch without interference. It will probably be wonky, but not to worry. After the stabilizer is washed away and the picture dries, it will iron flat.
6. After the embroidery is completed, remove the hoop from the machine. Turn the hoop over, center the back fabric over the placement stitching and secure it to the stabilizer with pins. If non-fusible pellon is used with the back fabric, it is helpful to pin the two together in the center for a smoother fit.
7. Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the border design color stops one and two to secure the back fabric.
8. Remove the hoop from the machine and on a flat surface trim away the excess fabric/pellon From the front and back.
a) Start with the back.
b) Very sturdy double curved applique scissors are extremely helpful. Pickle Pie Designs sells an excellent pair on their website www.picklepiedesigns .com.
c. Trim carefully as close to the stitching as possible. Avoid cutting the stitching or the stabilizer. If you do cut the stabilizer at bit, pin another piece of stabilizer over the cut to patch the area. The remaining color stops need something to stitch on.
9. Complete the remaining border design color stops.
10. Remove the beautiful, embroidered picture from the hoop. Place it in warm water to dissolve the washaway stabilizer and rinse the excess away. Stand the picture on edge (like in a dish drainer) to allow the water to drain. Do not worry if it is wonky but take care not to bend the wet pellon. After the picture is dry, steam iron it flat using a pressing cloth to avoid damaging the embroidery. Any noticeable wrinkles can also usually be ironed away.
Enjoy many pictures displayed on an easel. Another option is to tack one side of a small metal ring to the back and hang these pictures on the smallest wire “Command hooks”.
Denise made this gorgeous wall hanging as a gift. Lucky friend! I like the details like the quilting. Great job Denise – thank you for sharing.