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

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Home decor', pattern, Thread Tags: , , , , , ,

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

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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How To Transfer Embroidery Designs to Your Machine

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Embroidery Designs, How to, software Tags: , , , , , ,

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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The Brother Luminaire XP1: Part 2 Embroidery and My Design Center

Cathy Ellsaesser Brother Sewing Machines, embroidery, New, quilting, sewing, Tech Party Tags: , , , , , , ,

In my previous blog, The Brother Luminaire. Part 1: Light Years Ahead, I showed you some of the new features of the Brother Luminaire XP1. These included the new StitchVision technology and Innoveye improvements. Now, I want to take you on a tour of the My Design Center and embroidery improvements. My Design Center The enhanced […]

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It’s Coming! New For 2019 Brother Sewing and Embroidery

Cathy Ellsaesser Brother Sewing Machines, embroidery, New, sewing Tags: , , , , ,

New for 2019 We don’t know it’s name or what it looks like. We’ll have to wait, but we know it’s going to be spectacular! On August 6, Brother will introduce it’s “New for 2019” lineup of embroidery and sewing machines. The “New for 2019” lineup will feature their most innovative, technologically advanced machine with […]

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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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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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