The Fringe Element: Add Some 3-D Interest to Embroidery

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Floriani, How to, OESD, Thread Tags: , , , , ,
photo of embroidered block with fringe

Several years ago I found some embroidery designs on Embroidery Library that had fringe as part of the design. I love the added dimension that it gives to certain designs, and wanted to try my hand at some of the designs. Since then, other embroidery designers, like OESD and Anita Goodesign have added fringed designs […]

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Why I Love Anita Goodesign Embroidery Collections

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Applique, embroidery, Embroidery Designs Tags: , , , , ,

We just wrapped up the Anita Goodesign Anita’s University 301 last week. It was so much fun, and as always, Taylor was a great instructor. (Bless his heart!) I was very fortunate in having three of my sisters join me at the event. They each love sewing and embroidery, but two of them had never […]

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What’s the Buzz: October Events at RMSV

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, contests, embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Sew Fun, Special Events Tags: , , ,

It’s almost October and Halloween is coming! No tricks from us, though, just treats. Here’s a look at some of the fun October events happening this month at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum. Strut Your Stuff (#RMSVwhereisew) We’re looking for pictures of your sewing spaces! Do you have a special place to sew? A She Shed […]

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BES to ScanNCut (Part 2): Resize the Placement Stitch for the Appliqué

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Applique, BES4, embroidery, How to, ScanNCut Tags: , , , ,
Illustration of copy vs changing offset in BES4

In my last blog, BES4 to ScanNCut: Appliqué Cut File from Placement Stitches, I showed you how to use BES4 Dream Edition to create ScanNCut cut files from the placement stitch sequence of the embroidery design. However, there are times when you want the actual cut fabric to be just slightly larger than the placement […]

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BES4 to ScanNCut: Appliqué Cut File from Placement Stitches

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Applique, BES4, Embroidery Designs, How to, ScanNCut, software Tags: , , ,
Artwork created in BES4 with elements separated

I do a lot of embroidery with appliqués.  All appliqué designs, as far as I know, provide a “placement stitch” so you know where to put your fabric for the appliqué.  Many people will place a piece of fabric larger than the placement stitch, and tack it down with the “tack down stitch”. They then […]

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What’s The Buzz? What’s Happening at RMSV in June!

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Brother Sewing Machines, embroidery, quilting, sewing, sewing classes, Special Events Tags: , , , , , ,
Collage of sewing notions for June Special Events blog

Summer seems to be finally here! How can we fit in all our UFO projects, classes and June special events when the hiking trails, lakes, and parks are calling? Well, I recommend we do a little of everything! Take a hike, then stop by the Colorado Springs Store and sew a jelly roll! Go boating […]

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Patch Attack! How to Make An Embroidered Iron-on Patch

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Applique, Crafts, embroidery, Fashion, Floriani, How to Tags: , , , , ,

A friend of mine wanted to put some embroidery on the back pocket of her granddaughter’s jeans. However, there is no way she could do that in a hoop unless she removed the pocket for embroidering and then sewed the pocket back on when finished. Who wants to do that? So I suggested she create […]

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Create Your Own Embroidered Quilt Block With Stippling Using Floriani FTC-U

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Floriani, How to, quilting, software Tags: , , , ,
Floral peacock with stippling added to quilt block

I am making a quilt for my granddaughter and wanted one of the quilt blocks to be a floral peacock from the Anita Goodesign Floral Animals collection. Since I am making the quilt blocks in the hoop, I also wanted machine stippling around the peacock.  The Brother Dream Machine2 makes it a snap to add […]

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Halloween Napkins: Perfect and Reproducible Embroidery Placement

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, embroidery, Floriani, Home decor', How to, software Tags: , , , , ,
Photo of embroidered Halloween placemat with Halloween Napkins

I love to dress my table for Halloween (well, all of the holidays, actually). I like placemats and matching Halloween napkins that reflect the holiday spirit. To coordinate with some placemats I was making, I purchased some black napkins to embroider a Halloween design in the corner. Then, I got out my rulers and markers. […]

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