Jim’s Four Seasons and Steampunk Seahorse

Unbelievably, Jim is a relatively new embroiderer!  You sure wouldn’t think that from his work.   The Four seasons are 4 separate sets of designs that can be hung separately or together.

BFC1710 Tiffany’s Stained Glass Four Seasons – Spring

Scroll down to see the related designs .

BFC1836 Steampunk Seahorse

Laura’s Aztec Lilies

From Laura:

Good morning.  Hope all is well.  Here is a pic of my latest , finished embroidery,  your design 1780, Large bouquet featuring an Aztec Lily.  Although I have done many of your large designs, for some reason, known as “User Error”, I had some problems with placement on this design.  Once one part of the design is off, all can be off.  So I’m sending this picture as proof there is magic in fabric markers!  What didn’t match up, I colored in with markers as close to the embroidery thread color as possible, and ta-da, if I didn’t tell you there had been issues, you would never know.

Also, what is hard to tell in the picture, is the background fabric is a linen blend with a metallic thread running through it.  I double-needle quilted it before doing the embroidery, much easier than doing it after, however, whether it be the metallic thread in the fabric or the the metallic thread I used to quilt the fabric, in places it shows through the stitch-out. That doesn’t interfere with the finished design too much, but I did think it was a point to use as a “learning experience”.

Thanks again for all your amazing designs! Until next time, Laura

Early on I learned the beauty of a lot of colors of markers!  LOL The slightest thing while stitching can cause little *blips* and the markers are a much better option than starting all over again.  fortunately my current machine doesn’t do it, but  a prior machine was great for forgetting to back up after a tread break and prior (LOL) operator hated those little blips with just a few stitches missing.  The markers take care of those with just a quick touch!  Make sure you get markers that can handle being washed.

BFC1780 Large Bouquet featuring an Aztec Lily

Dee’s Sally King’s Leaf Fairy

Loved creating this! I have so many BFC designs to create but this was my first from many years ago .
Beautiful Dee.  I love this design from Sally.  I have her hanging in my bedroom. She comes in two versions – one with the elf ears and one with normal ears. 🙂
BFC1065 Sally King’s Leaf Fairy – 2 Versions

Bernice’s Windows on the World – Russia

From Bernice:

Now I need to use one more of my “many” talents. The saying “better done than perfect” I did the embroidery about 15 years ago on my 180e, I knew it needed to be framed. Framing was something that Glen and I always did together! When I was drawing and painting we found out that the framing was very expensive. We spent time “antiquing for frames”. He would remake them and we cut our own mats. The design is from BFC designs, Suz is a great digitizer.

You did a great job framing this Bernice!

BFC0614 Windows on the World – Russia

Charlotte’s *Smilodon*

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

BFC1927 Large Saber Tooth Tiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura’s Bonsai

From Linda:

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

BFC0402 Bonsai

Beth’s method for finishing embroidered pictures.

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.

Basic directions
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”.