Whether you're DIYing your decor or gifting to your loved ones, it's easy to stitch some warm and fuzzy feelings this Valentine's Day. These patterns have so much love to give, you'll have trouble choosing just one.
One of the most important (and overlooked) aspects about machine embroidery is often invisible to everyone but the person stitching. That's right, we're talking about the stabilizer. Because using the correct one makes all the difference between a beautiful piece and something that looks poorly made.
Cutwork embroidery is a technique commonly used on linens to give decorative flair. It's similar to appliqué, but instead of adding fabric you trim it away. Doing so leaves open areas that are finished with satin stitch.
If you're like us, your closet is likely littered with clothes that no longer fit, items that just aren't your style anymore, or things you simply forgot you had. But before you Marie Kondo the place and throw everything out, stop and ask yourself: Can I upcycle this? We bet the answer is yes — here are a few fun ways to get started.
Expand on your machine embroidery skills and go beyond the basics with specialty embroidery techniques such as cutwork, freestanding organza, 3D lace, paper embroidery and embossed designs. Along the way, Sara will show you how to create fun projects including an in-the-hoop sunglass case, sweet stuffies, embroidered earrings and patches, a butterfly shadowbox, floral sachets and much more.
A beautiful embroidered or quilted piece is a work of art — and that's a proven fact (just ask Sotheby's). But before you can get started on your own masterpiece you need to choose your thread. Here are a few pointers.