Chenille Embellished Penguin

Cathy Ellsaesser Applique, embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Floriani, How to Tags: , , , , ,
Photo of completed chenille penguin

Back in November, we held an Embellish event at our Aurora store. The end product after three days of using ScanNCut DX1, Luminaires XP1 and various cutting tools, the students ended up with a cute little two -block wall hanging. One of the techniques, that I didn’t know about, was making “chenille” to use as […]

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Christmas Word Collage to Embroider

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Word collages are all the rage. I’ve been etching wine bottles with different word collages I’ve found online, and love the look. I like the way the artist uses different fonts and phrases to create a word collage. So, I was thinking it would be fun to create a Christmas word collage for embroidery. Problem […]

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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

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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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How To Transfer Embroidery Designs to Your Machine

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I “grew up” with computers. My Dad was a tech geek, and I married a tech geek, and frankly, I’m a tech geek. We’ve always been early and eager adopters of technology. So copying files, managing directories and other computer skills are second nature to me. I know, however, that is not the case for […]

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Cut It Out and Roll With It! The ScanNCut DX

Cathy Ellsaesser Applique, Brother Sewing Machines, Crafts, Embroidery Designs, Home decor', ScanNCut Tags: , , , , , ,

What do a roll feeder, auto sensing blade and pes file readability all have in common? They’re just some of the new features incorporated into the ScanNCut DX. We were fortunate to be able to spend a few hours on this machine at the Brother Convention, and are so excited to share with you what’s […]

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BES4 to ScanNCut: Appliqué Cut File from Placement Stitches

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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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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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