Archive | May, 2013

Evenfall Lace by Urban Threads

23 May

I wanted to share this video from Urban Threads of their Evenfall Lace designs. I’ve made a few of these gorgeous lace designs, and plan to make more!

Right now, EVERYTHING is on sale half off at their website, so grab them now if you want them!

 

Ninja / Pirate Thumb Wars!

22 May

I was browsing through Urban Thread’s tutorial list today and remembered that I had bought these Pirate and Ninja Thumb War designs but never made them! *gasp*

So, being Wednesday, I thought it was time I did.

Also, while looking for UT’s photo to post here, I found they also have a Zombie, Vampire, Robot, and Werewolf! Whaaaat?? Nobody told me!! Into my basket they go, since they are having their fabulous Birthday Sale right now! (EVERYTHING half off!)

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Here are the pieces all cut out. I altered the hook hand a little bit, and colored in the hook itself with a black Sharpie marker.

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Sewing out the Pirate!

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They look different sizes, but they really aren’t. I took two photos and merged them together for this picture. I found that it is impossible to take a picture of BOTH of your thumbs at the same time!

~It is also impossible to have a Thumb War with yourself…

These little guys look fierce, huh!  Which do you think will win?

Gingham Style!

17 May

Had to share this, for all the “fabric ladies” out there!

This is kind of how I am in a fabric store!

😀

Barefoot Sandals

16 May

It’s that time of year again. Put away the boots and get out the sandals! I like to actually go barefoot a lot, and I love barefoot sandals!

For this project, I used a design from Urban Thread’s Elven Court series.

I had to make the design a little narrower and I made a satin stitch border around the entire design. It’s stitched on sheer fabric, in fact, I think it once was a sheer curtain in a former life.

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I hooped this using three layers: On the bottom was Super Solvy (the thick stuff), then the sheer fabric was in the middle, and one layer of regular solvy (the thin stuff) was on the top.

After sewing the applique stitching, I trimmed it.

The above picture shows the design after I cut away the top thin solvy and the sheer fabric, leaving it on the bottom Super Solvy layer.

Then I stuck it back in the machine and stitched the satin border.

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I added a little elastic for the toe, and tatted lace from my stash for around the ankle. I found that hand-sewing these on worked a lot better than machine sewing them.

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And thanks to my new barefoot sandals (and photoshop) even my ugly feet look pretty! (sorta.)

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This got me to thinking…I wonder if I could make a G-string with this design?? hmmmm……

Oooooops!

14 May

I have a really BAD habit of walking away from my machine to go do other things.

HERE is why I really shouldn’t do that.

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Yup…my machine “ate” my project! I was making lace, but when I came back to it, I found half of it eaten, and my needle broken.

Fun, fun.

Now I’ll have to take the bottom plate off, and dig out all the threads….

Next time, I’ll sit and babysit it.

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Ready to start again!

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I just cut out the mangled part, and since this is water soluable stabilizer, I just cut a piece of scrap stabilizer and “glued” it on with water, to cover the hole.

Ready, set……SEW!

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Geez…..it’s gonna be ONE OF THOSE DAYS!

What is going on here? You can see there is another outline of a flower …which should not be there!

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Ok, so this is what has happened. Because of the original mishap, my machine got “Off Track”, meaning the arm, the design, the computer–all got a little confused as to what it is supposed to be doing. The way to fix this is to turn off the machine, then turn it back on. This resets it, and everything should work properly.   SHOULD.

So, we’ll see….

UT Coloring Contest!

13 May

I LOVE contests! This one is a contest by Urban Threads. They are offering this free design to stitch out in any colors we want.

So, I played around with colors on my computer first, and this is what I came up with:

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I wanted a combination of subtle, with darker pops of color, too.

I chose to do the roses in a light, subtle color that would blend with the fabric, an earthy linen blend.

When I started on the roses, tho, I was afraid the color I chose would match TOO well to the linen, but it worked out pretty well, I think!

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These are the other colors I used:

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So far, I’m loving this design!

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And here is my finished Entry…I hope I win!

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Ps..I really surprised myself that I did not put red in this. I usually put red in everything I make!

 

 

 

Happy Mom’s Day!

10 May

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My mom has been gone for 13 years, now. I miss her. She would totally dig what I’m doing with my life, now. I wish I had been a better daughter to her. I wasn’t a bad daughter, but I could have done more with her.  I hear her voice in my head all the time. Sometimes when I see posts on different embroidery sites that are not nice, I hear her saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”  That’s one of my favorite mom-isms.

We carry with us all the influence our mothers had on us. And, as mothers, we will live forever in our children’s heads.

…just something to keep in mind.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!