Honestly I can't even remember when I did what so I will do my best to just tell it. I DID get my sewing machine back last Tues and I have been embroidering ever since. I have been almost obsessed with what they call "in the hoop" designs which if you have an embroidery machine means that the entire project is made "in the hoop". This could be a multitude of things from purses and bags and bibs and shoes and honestly many things you just can't imagine. Literally hundreds of designs. I will confess [I REALLY just didn't know a thing] that when I first came across these designs almost 3 years ago now when I first got my machine, I thought it was for a certain kind of embroidery machine. It wasn't until I made the gingerbread Christmas ornaments this year that I figured out I was mistaken, and they are designed in ALL formats just like most embroidery designs.
Anyway, a while ago I stumbled across in the hoop designs for stuffed animals and I have been REALLY wanting to try them out. I was thinking that they would most likely eliminate the "fiddly" things that are involved in sewing these the standard way [and I was right!] AND would have the added benefit of being able to embroider on the eyes and mouths etc. I was really excited to give this a whirl. My only concern was would I be able to figure out the pages of instructions that come with each design?? I started with what I KNEW would be really simple. Little "softie" baby dolls for both Claire and Sophia. I did have a little bit of a hard time with what they were saying to do with the faces, as the colored fabric of the buntings would be behind the thread of their faces. And the thread was to be a very light pink. Sooooo being the brilliant gal I am [jk here!] I simply put a piece of plain white fabric BEHIND the stitching first, and it worked beautifully. Let me show my very first "IN THE HOOP" softie dolls
|CLOSER LOOK AT CLAIRE'S. HER'S IS MADE WITH A SUPER SUPER SOFT PIECE OF COMFY FABRIC THAT I HAD ORIGINALLY MADE HER A BLANKET OUT OF|
|AND SOPHIA'S IS MADE WITH A DOTTED MINKY ALSO SUPER SOFT!|
|HERE HE IS BY THE QUILT. MATCHING PRETTY WELL I THINK, LOL|
Now I also purchased a hedgehog design, but I have not made him yet for a couple of reasons...first, he is A LOT more complicated, and the fabric I intend to use on him is long and kind of fury so it is sure to be a challenge. Probably going to tackle him tomorrow. Then....to switch things up a bit I decided to make a banner with Sophia's name on it for both the shower as a decoration, and then for her to hang in her room as well. I will try SOOOOO hard to give you the condensed version of what went on here. But it won't be easy. It too is an "IN THE HOOP" design. But I quickly figured out it was a poorly designed design, lol. That has been the case with other embroidery designs I have gotten in the past, but truthfully MOST of them have been great. The problem will be hard to understand if you don't have an embroidery machine and then have done an in the hoop design, but let me just say this....they had you leaving the tear away stabilizer out as your last step AFTER the satin finishing stitch had been done and it showed!! There suggestion was to CAREFULLY cut away what was left [mainly fuzzy linty stuff] with sharp sissors and try REALLY HARD not to cut into your satin stitches....UUMMM soooo not a good idea. Sooo I tried my best with a sample one and figured out that not only was this a BIG BIG problem, the stitching itself was sooo dense it was going to require two pieces of stabilizer [and it is VERY pricey] and I HATED the way the fabric was wrinkling up on the square AFTER it was cut off as well. Sooo I considered pitching the whole design and starting from scratch looking for something else, when it occurred to me I could just use felt. Felt could be cut outside of the satin stitching a little bit [which looks great!] hiding any problems with the stabilizer, and it is does not ravel or wrinkle, and is WONDERFUL to be embroidered on. I know all of this from the gingerbread ornaments again btw. Soooo then I kind of made up my own design using their basic square. I put a the letters on the squares with a font from my machine, and a tiny row of roses at the bottom also gotten from my machine, So then I made up a few more playing with different colors of thread and felt before I FINALLY settled on what I went with. There are hearts at the beginning of the banner [I already owned this design] and a rose design between Sophia and Rose which I bought for a dollar on sale. It took FOREVER to stitch these out. Two whole days to be truthful. But they are done and I am LOVING the way they came out. I still have to string a ribbon through all the buttonholes at the top of the squares, and I am still debating on what color of ribbon to use. I am leaning heavily towards lavender. Let me show you this...
|CLOSE UP OF HEART|
|CLOSE UP OF ROSE|
|CLOSE UP OF ONE OF THE LETTERS|
|CLOSE UP OF BORDER|
|BLURRY HORRIBLE PICTURE I KNOW....I WILL TAKE ANOTHER WHEN THE RIBBON IS ON.|
And then BEFORE I did all of this embroidery, I found in my stash this BEAUTIFUL knit that I forgot I had so I decided to use it up. I made another nightgown for Sophia with a matching beanie hat AND matching little bottie shoes. There was still some left so I made a little pair of leggings and a matching head tie as well, lol These are all quick and easy and right up my alley. I could not bear not using his perfect knit.
OK that's it for now....I need to jump off here and make something quick as hubby is due home any minute. I'll leave you as always with some grandkid pics. These are of little Claire. I know she gets the most pics on here but she is the baby and her mama takes and sends me lots of pics. Besides she's too cute to resist. Hope you are all having a good week. Blessings to you all Debbie
|SHE IS HER MAMA'S CLONE IN THIS ONE|
|SUCH A HAPPY GIRL|
|WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? MINE IS THE MIDDLE ONE|