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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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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What’s the Buzz: November Happenings at RMSV

Cathy Ellsaesser Brother Sewing Machines, Charitable Giving, Floriani, Holiday Wishlist, ScanNCut, Sew Fun, sewing classes, Special Events Tags: , , , , ,

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. We were sad to say goodbye to Harvey, Morty and Morticia, and look forward to their visit next year.  But it’s November now, and the holidays are fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but it always seems to me that once Halloween is here, Christmas comes in […]

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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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Put a Little Bling on Your Embroidery. The Brother Rhinestone Kit, Part 2.

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Rhinestone-embellished embroidery made with Brother Rhinestone Kit and ScanNCut

Is bling still a thing? I hope so, because I like the look of rhinestone-embellished embroidery.  I’ve run across a few designs here and there that incorporate rhinestones in their designs, but I want to make my own. Recently, Brother introduced an add-on feature to their ScanNCut Canvas application to design hot-fix rhinestone designs. With […]

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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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Let’s Build a Snowman: Freestanding Embroidered Snowman from OESD

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Embroidery Designs, Floriani, Home decor', How to, OESD Tags: , , , ,

If you want to build a snowman, this freestanding collection is for you! Pick one (or two) from the OESD Freestanding Snowmen collection, and get ready for some fun. A freestanding embroidered snowman will melt your heart and look fantastic wherever you place it in your home this holiday season. At over 12 inches tall, this […]

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Halloween Napkins: Perfect and Reproducible Embroidery Placement

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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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