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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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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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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The Brother Rhinestone Kit Part 1: CanvasWorkspace

Cathy Ellsaesser Crafts, embroidery, Fashion, How to, ScanNCut, software Tags: , , ,
photo of Brother scanncut and Brother rhinestone accessories

Recently, Brother introduced an add-on feature to their ScanNCut Canvas application (CanvasWorkspace) to design hot-fix rhinestone designs. With this application you can create your own designs that are either all rhinestones, or have rhinestones incorporated into an embroidery design. In addition, once you purchase the Brother rhinestone kit, you can download Brother’s rhinestone designs on […]

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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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How to Organize and Manage Embroidery Collections

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Embroidery Designs, software Tags: , , , ,
Manage Embroidery Collections: Screen shot of Windows Explorer showing design collection organization

Did you attend Anita’s University hosted by Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum earlier this month?  Did you come away with even more embroidery collections? So now, how do you manage embroidery collections that you own? Do you keep them on a computer, a USB stick or just the original CD? You can increase your productivity […]

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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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