Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
But first my mom wanted me to share an updated picture of my daughter Kennedy. We went to cut down our Christmas tree this weekend and this was her first experience with snow and cold weather. She did great. Thanks engineer aunt for the cute and cozy bonnet.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I'm here today to share a few of my most recent creations and to update Diane's blog while she's a little out of commission. So here goes:
Monday, October 4, 2010
and where sights like this are not altogether uncommon:
But the real reason I was invited to post is because of some of my recent creations. Much to my mother's disappointment, I didn't inherit her sewing skills or fetish. Last Christmas, however, my husband and I decided to give some handmade gifts, I thought I'd try some embroidery. This is what we came up with for our nephews (based on Lego Star Wars and Batman characters):
I really enjoyed the stitching, and I am continuing it, primarily on onesies for baby gifts. This is a shirt I embroidered for a little friend who just loves animals. The giraffe is my favorite!
It's pretty simple. First I sketch out my design on paper (which often involves browsing the Internet for ideas on how to portray a design, along with a lot of erasing). Then I apply a piece of Press'n Seal to the paper and trace the drawing using a ballpoint pen. Next I transfer the Press'n Seal to the onesie/shirt/tie/etc. I pick my colors, then stitch directly through the Press'n Seal. When the stitching is completed, I peel the Press'n Seal off. It sometimes sticks a bit in areas with small stitches, but a seam ripper or the back of a needle helps work it out.
These projects work up really quickly, especially after getting the design figured out. I also like them because they are easy to transport. I can work on them in the car, on the airplane, even at the beach. And bonus, the supplies aren't expensive. It just takes embroidery floss, a needle, a onesie, and a package of Press'n Seal (which you may already have in your kitchen).
A few disclaimers: I'm not sure how well these wash up (I always pre-wash and dry). Hand washing might help preserve the stitching, but who wants to hand wash a onesie? The final product would probably be more stable with some iron-on interfacing, but I don't like the stiffness. Also, this is by no means a product promotion for Press'n Seal. Finally, as you can probably tell, I am primarily working these designs in basic backstitch. I need to expand my stitch repertoire!
Thanks to Diane for letting me show off a little. I wish you all well from the sunshine state!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I just might keep this last one for my use. When making these, I modified the bottom of the card compartments to prevent a lot of bulk in the bottom seam. I love having a snap tool. I've used it off and on through the years and very frequently lately as I recently made 2, mark that! 2 quiet books. I must show them here soon, BUT before that I'd like you to see the works of college girl gone Florida engineer girl. She will be showing some fun original embroidery! yeah for a Guest Blogger!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
I love these colors, maybe these two are my favorite, but how do you pick favorites? I mean really~out of all this lovely fabric?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
been glad you have a sister?
enjoyed sorting through button jars?
participated in discussions about everything from desserts to depression? with your sister?
sneezed a lot while sewing?
placed chocolate by your sewing machine, for just in case?
dejunked your stash while looking for that perfect red? or green?
wondered why dishtowels aren't SOFT!?
told a lie? to yourself...while sewing?
mentally bad mouthed the ladies that work at the local quilting store?
not answered the phone...on purpose while sewing?
Apparently! (hear Brian Regan) sewing brings out the very best and some of the worst ...oh well..."It's all good."
This rooster still needs some outline stitching and running stitches on the edges of the towel.