FSL Baby Booties – Fun Video Instructions

Freestanding Lace Baby Booties

By Loronda of Heav’n Sent Creations

So easy to create fun gift projects!
Using OPW Premium Embroidery Thread

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Watch the video below and learn how to easily put together freestanding lace embroidery designs parts to create cute baby booties.  These make wonderful gifts and also work well for craft shows.  They are small and can be made relatively inexpensively.  Everybody loves them, we hope you do too!

 

Changing Colors Changes The Look Of Embroidery

How The Colours You Use Can Change An Embroidery Significantly…

By Hazel of Graceful Embroidery

Using designs from Rachel Kathryn Bridal 5

As I have been testing out the final designs in the Rachel Kathryn collection I have been reminded again how important the choice of thread colour is, and how dramatically that choice can effect the finished embroidery.

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I like to do some stitch outs using other colours just to see how they look and I just love experimenting with colour. I am always looking for the next fascinating colour combination! As I make any selection, I am aware that it is much like an artist with his palette of oils, except mine are on my thread racks on the wall, out of the sunshine. In this case, I knew I should do at least one stitch out in one colour alone, to show you how “bland” it can appear in comparison to the combination of the palest of colours that I have selected for Rachel Kathryn Bridal collection! So I set GFE-RKB-5-9 up and left it embroidering in Sulky Rayon 40 wt 1071 Off white on white dupion silk. The bobbin ran out before the last three colours which are flower centers.While changing the bobbin thread, I examined the embroidery deciding to use Sulky Rayon 40wt 520 Bone for some contrast for these centers. It made quite a difference. However if your embroidery is going to be embellished with hot fix pearls and crystals, they too will make the flowers pop. It is really down to personal preference though.

As the light hits your rayon thread there is often some variation in colour and shine, and the type of stitching and the angle that the stitches are lying in, will effect this too, which is why I have tried to add as many contrasts in the way the stitches are grouped, in this set and also in my other collections.

Quite a few years ago I started to use polyester thread for my embroidery as it is not so expensive, but it lacked the luster of rayon, and those thread spools remain unused in my sewing room as I found that it did not catch the light so much and therefore there was less contrast.

One of my other stitch outs featured Sulky Rayon 40wt 1209 Light avocado which has become one of my favorite greens. At the moment the country lanes around here are a marvelous tapestry of lush greens as all the leaves are in fresh abundance. I have heard digitizes say that when they are out and see something interesting they start to digitize it in their head. I have to confess that I am more likely to be deciding which thread colour would be the closest match. Yesterday when I was out I could see many examples of Light avocado in the trees and in the hedge rows.

This just has to be my favorite time of year, for as well as all the lush growth in the trees, the lanes are beginning to adopt the annual display of lace borders formed by Cow parsley (Queen Anne’s lace) which I adore and digitized a while back, in my Summer Meadow collection. There are beautiful flowers everywhere now, here in the south of England as the days warm up and lengthen, lilacs, wisterias, dicentras (bleeding hearts) and forget me knots. I parked under a Horse chestnut tree and its orchid type flowers were close enough to get this photograph. There is just so much to inspire me each time I go out, but I think that capturing these “exotic” flowers would be huge and impossible challenge. Now you can see why I am not so enamored with single coloured embroidery, there are just too many gorgeous colours out there!

Back to my second stitch out, GFE-RKB-5-2 which is an interesting shape.

This time around I used ivory silk dupion for the embroidery and made a few colour changes.

You can see that I used my favorite green for the large roses in this embroidery. As the final designs in the collection are for the extra large Husqvarna Imperial hoop, which measures 360mm x 260mm (14″ x 10.5″) you cannot see much detail when I photograph the whole design, so here is half of it.

On this close up you can see how the light is hitting the large five petaled flower, at the top right and how each petal looks different. There are 10 designs in this final set and I love this one below, GFE-RKB-5-1, but as for a favorite that is quite difficult. I hope you love them all and find them useful for your bridal or heirloom embroidery.

Remember these are very special designs which will stitch out on all your bridal fabric but also on sheer fabric like tulle, so they are perfect for veil embroidery. It is essential if you are doing this to use good quality wash away stabilizer, and if you are putting any colour in the veil embroidery, do test it first as I find that colours darken slightly when the stabilizer is washed away! This can be very frustrating and I would love to know how to overcome it.

Happy embroidering from Hazel

 

 

FSL Cup Koozie & Helpful Step-By-Step Instructions

Freestanding Lace Cup Koozie

By Loronda of Heav’n Sent Creations

Learn how easy it is to create a Koozie!
Using OPW Premium Embroidery Thread

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This project can be personalized with any embroidery motif you would like.  You get a blank background as well as two versions with designs already added to the front, but you can go wild with all sorts of machine embroidery designs to create gifts for young and old alike.  Made entirely of embroidery thread, you machine does all the work.  You just do a few finishing touches and voila!  You have a pretty koozie to dress up any drinking glass or cup.  Watch the video below and see how easy it is.  The Blue and Gold Alphabet is sold separately.

 

 

Quilting- The Joy of Gifting

Thoughts about Quilting, Crafting, Embroidery and Life…

It is better to give than to receive. This is a quote that most of us know. For me, it is also very true. I love Christmas, birthdays and other gift giving occasions like new babies, weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and more. I adore giving hostess gifts whenever we are invited to someone’s home as well. I just love giving gifts. I’ve never been able to afford extravagant gifts, but I think that my joy in giving shows in the choices of the gifts.

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With my love of quilting, machine embroidery designs, crochet, cross-stitch and decorative painting, along with soap-making and cooking, I’ve given my share of homemade gifts over the years. With rare exception, my gifts have always been much appreciated. I’m very glad I took up soap-making and made time for embroidery as these are the quickest of crafts!

During a recent online discussion at a machine embroidery group, it came up that those of us who make homemade gifts rarely receive homemade gifts. Instead, we receive purchased items. While any gift is appreciated, it is the consensus that we would all love to receive something that was crafted just for us, by the loving hands of those we love.

While I do create homemade items for my friends who are also crafters, they never reciprocate. They show me their projects for praise and pointers, overjoyed when I compliment their work (I always pronounce every project as perfect). But, alas… I am never the recipient of their artistry!  Maybe they feel that it’s not good enough or maybe they feel that I could just make it myself if it was something I wanted in the first place, so an item they make isn’t needed.

I had been quilting and doing my other fiber arts for 10-15 years before I finally allowed myself to purchase that first embroidery machine. I had convinced myself that I just didn’t have time for it with everything else that I was doing. I was both right and wrong in that assumption. While learning the intricacies of machine embroidery and discovering all the free embroidery designs I could find online, my other fiber arts suffered from neglect. But, once I stopped discovering and started stitching, my new embroidery passion enhanced all of my others crafts! I’d call that a win!

Not long after this, after a huge bout of stocking up on new-to-me embroidery supplies, I realized that I would like to digitize my own designs. While I could find just about anything I wanted to stitch, I like to think that my style is just a bit different and I wanted to be able to reflect that in embroidery thread. So, new software and thick manuals once again took time away from my quilting. I forgot how to crochet and cross-stitch entirely. Cooking became a dirty word followed by dirty dishes!

Like many before me, I had the thought that I no longer needed to purchase beautiful linens or someone else’s embroidery designs. I could do it all myself. And, like all those before me, I was woefully wrong! While I gained the knowledge and skill to be able to make just about anything my heart desired, I still lacked all the time in the world to do it all.

Ten years later, I have a system. I will happily buy pretty linens and clothing if they fit in my budget. If not, I will think about the time needed to digitize similar designs. If I can find something close at my favorite embroidery design gallery, I will humbly succumb to another embroidery designers artistry. It’s all about time, now.

It works great for me. Now, if I could only convey to my crafty friends that I really can’t just make whatever I want and would love one of their homemade hand-painted silk shopping bags or crocheted cashmere scarf, my world would be complete!

 

 

Innovative Embroidery Designs for Spring

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For veterans and newcomers alike, the incredible array of embroidery designs can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Seasonal inspirations and themes make it easy to narrow down your choices while still providing a seemingly endless variety of options. Innovative ideas and captivating designs make for both fantastic challenges and fun experiments. Read on for a few innovative embroidery designs to try out this spring.

Craft Your Vegetables

It’s no secret that it’s easy to get inspiration from nature, but you might be amazed by how much you can borrow from your vegetable garden. Designs incorporating vegetables are great for pros and beginners alike since there’s such an assortment of designs when using veggies are your blueprint. Some are more complex and intricate, while others are a bit simpler and less complicated. If you want embroidery design ideas that are well-suited to the season and give you plenty of options to use, vegetables are absolutely magnificent.

Majestic Moss

You might have overlooked moss in the past, but it’s worth giving it some consideration. Moss gives you a way to use earthy tones and play with texture as well as color. It’s a unique idea and might get you some curious looks. But the majestic beauty of moss is very soothing. It’s a great idea for crafting as a gift, especially if you know a nature lover. Although it’s definitely uncommon, moss is something you should keep in mind as an embroidery possibility. You may be surprised by how captivating it can be.

A Tennis Racket

Do you love quirky and fun ideas that are a bit off the beaten path? Consider applying your finished machine embroidery works to a tennis racket or other unusual implements. It may seem a bit odd, but embroidery works surprisingly well with a variety of outside of the box items. The next time you’re at a flea market, yard sale, or thrift store, look for items you may be able to mount or sew your finished embroidery works into. It’s a fun way to get out of your comfort zone, and you might be quite happy with creating such a unique piece.

Transferable and Wearable

Wearable embroidery comes and goes out of style all the time. Some people are a bit more daring when it comes to their fashion sensibilities, and others prefer to play it safe. If you want to try something besides bedazzling, embroidery could be a great option. You can customize your clothes and practice your skills at the same time. Since embroidery is transferable, you always have the ability to try different designs with different articles of clothing. It’s a wonderful way to get a lot mileage out of both your wardrobe and your embroidery.

Watercolor and Embroidery

Are you a painter? Would you like a way to incorporate both watercolors and embroidery? It’s actually fairly simple. First, you give your canvas a touch of zest and character with watercolors. It might be wise to plan out your color scheme in advance, or you could simply wing it and see what happens. Either way, you apply your embroidery next. The result is a bright, seasonal creation that displays a beautiful combination of paint and fabric.

Spring is the perfect season to jump back into embroidery. Every embroidery design is a chance to try something new and discover what you can create. Contact the passionate professionals at OregonPatchWorks if you want to learn more.

 

 

Best Machine Embroidery Designs to Try This Winter

The first machine-made embroideries came from 19th century Switzerland. Modern technology has made it possible for almost anyone to be able to make beautiful designs on fabric. Have you ever seen a gorgeous embroidery design on an item of clothing or other object and thought, “I wish I could do that.” Well now you can. In today’s world nothing is out of reach. Once you invest in a quality embroidery machine, a few basic supplies, and find a good supplier of digital embroidery designs you are on your way. Finding a plethora of quality-machine embroidery design is the easy part, but beware, because once you get started you won’t want to stop.

Winter Baby Projects

If there is a Winter baby shower in the near future, you can embroider cute burp towels with snowmen. Other cute Winter themes for baby blankets or hooded bath towels are snowy trees with squirrels in red Santa hats with acorns or young deer with snow on their coats eating apples. Make a mobile with embroidered angels and other young animals to hang over the baby’s crib. There are many other sweet Winter scenes available for you to embroider on a onesie or other outfit.

Winter Home Decor

Winter scenes embroidered on throw pillows are always a big hit. Another idea is to embroider Winter designs on a round piece of fabric and hang it on the wall with a ribbon right on the metal hoop. For your bedroom, embroider the edges of plain pillow cases with Winter scenes, holly, or snowflake designs. Your guests will love your embroidered table runner in the dining room, or embroidered hand towels in the powder room.

Winter Crafts for Yourself or Gifting

Try a cute saying on a cloth purse or shopping bag such as “Let it Snow” or “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Embroider bookmarks, bags, granny quilt squares, aprons, and placemats with fancy digital embroidery designs. An open-front jacket would look sharp with machine embroidered lapels, or embroidery down the entire length of the front. Let your creativity run wild through machine embroidery. Once you get started, you’ll find the sky’s the limit.

Winter Design Categories

There are hundreds of categories to choose from when searching for that perfect embroidery design. Winter scenes with Christmas trees, scenic landscapes, reindeer and other animals, snowmen, ice skaters, and many more cute ideas are out there. How about cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or alpine skiing embroidered onto a hat, neck warmer, or scarf. Don’t forget about romantic or funny Winter holiday designs around New Year’s or Valentine’s Day. Thanksgiving might be over this season, but it will be back next year, and you have all Winter to embroider some yummy cookie recipes onto kitchen towels for gift giving. The OPW Mall has almost any design you can think of. If you have a design idea of your own, you can have it digitized too as a custom design order.

Where to Find Winter Designs for Digitized Machine Embroidery

There are many services that have embroidery designs for sale, but make sure the service offers you a wide collection of high quality designs at competitive prices. The customer service should be welcoming and as helpful as possible, whether you’re a first-time customer, or they know you by name. You can find fantastic embroidery designs online. There are literally thousands of digitized embroidery files for sale online. The embroidery design service should offer seasonal sales and some discounted prices. Almost everyone has the opportunity and the aptitude to learn to embroider by machine, so get started this Winter and embroider something memorable for yourself, your friends and family this year. You have available a complete one-stop shopping store online for all your embroidery needs, so get busy and create your own unforgettable art. Visit OregonPatchWorks today.

 

 

Home Crafting History of Machine Embroidery

Modern-day embroidery machines allow us to stitch beautiful, intricate patterns onto fabric without too much manual labor required. Home sewing machines today make stitching quilts, leather, lace and more a breeze. Browsing embroidery patterns for sale online makes it even easier to find a beautifully embroidered item that is created with the utmost care. While it’s difficult to imagine in this day and age, it’s important to look back at the history of embroidery machines in order to understand how we got here. From large changes in the size of sewing machines to the way they operate, machine embroidery has come a long way since it’s conception in 1846.

The Emergence of Embroidery

Regarded as an incredible invention for its time, Josue Heilmann’s hand embroidery machine could do the work of four people embroidering by hand. While much more efficient, this prototype still required a great amount of focus and attention to detail from the person stitching. The machine allowed for stitching in any direction and was designed to have the fabric meet the needle, as opposed to vice versa. The Schiffli Machine was the first automatic machine and was largely responsible for the emergence of the home sewing machine we know today.

Modern Day Machines

As technology continued to develop throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, so too did embroidery machines. The biggest advancement was made in 1911 when Singer Sewer Company released a 6-headed sewing machine that was electric, making it much easier to sew thread and yarn onto all sorts of items. With the advent of the internet came embroidery digitizing, which was a way of computerizing embroidery designs to ensure perfect precision. Now, in 2019, you can find online machine embroidery patterns of all shapes and sizes that can be stitched onto almost anything, including baseball caps, jackets and pants.

Knowing Which Machine is Best for Your Home

With so many high-quality sewing machines on the market today, it can be hard to determine which machine is best for you. Whether you plan on using your embroidery machine for commercial or leisurely purposes, you’ll want to purchase a machine that is up to each and every task. You can opt for a machine that has built-in designs along with the ability to edit images before having them stitched on to a material. Looking for something simpler? Brother has a line of embroidery machines that are easy to use and are intended for beginners. Do your research on the varying types of sewing machines out there in order to determine which unit is best for you!

 

 

What Makes OregonPatchWorks Stand Out From Other Machine Embroidery Services?

Are you an embroidery enthusiast who is in search of a machine embroidery service that offers the very best selection of quality designs?  Make OregonPatchWorks your first choice, as there is no other machine embroidery service that has such an extensive selection of designs, all digitized to perfection. Over the past 17 years, OregonPatchWorks has emerged as the most reputed machine embroidery digitizing services available.

Let’s quickly have a look at a few of the reasons that make OregonPatchWorks stand out from all the other machine embroidery services.

Sizzling Summer Deals and Discounts

Time and again, OregonPatch Works offers great discounts on their designs. Many of the designers at OPW run special offers on their unique line of embroidery designs on a regular basis. Currently, OPW is running the “Summer Sizzle Sale”, offering great discounts on thousands of designs. Based on your individual interests and choices, you can pick up quality designs and save money also. The OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery has almost any type of embroidery design that you can think of.

Exceptional Services To All Customers, All The Time!

At OPW, every customer is treated equally. It doesn’t matter whether you a return customer or shopping for the first time. The staff at OPW will not leave any stone unturned if you run into an issue or have questions. They will assist you in a couteous, friendly manner and provide you with an answer to all your queries. As a customer, you are welcome to contact the OPW staff as often as you need to. Customer satisfaction has and will always remain the top priority for the staff at OPW. Need to try a few samples before you start shopping? OPW offers free samples for trial purposes.  There is a whole page available to everyone. And when you subscribe to the newsletter, you gain access to the Members Only area that has hundreds of exclusive free designs, not offered anywhere else.You will also receive announcements about the latest designs, deals and discounts that are on offer each week.

Create Your Own Unique Embroidery Design

The machine embroidery designs offered by OPW enable embroidery enthusiasts to create their own unique and visually appealing projects. Use your imagination to create one-of-kind masterpieces with the wide range of machine embroidery designs available .There are endless ideas like placements, fabric, mug rugs, table runners, cushions, napkin monograms and many more where an embroiderer can explore and express their own creativity. All these designs are available for immediate download and at very competitive prices.

Summing Up

OregonPatchWorks is a one-stop shop that offers a diverse range of high-quality embroidery designs. The nearly 100 outstanding digitizers housed by OPW are always committed to offer amazing embroidery designs that are hard to find anywhere else. All the OPW customers enjoy the very best experience when shopping for designs and always get their money’s worth.

So, what are you still waiting for? All you need to do is visit today, start browsing and select the embroidery design of your choice to get started. As an OPW customer, you will never be disappointed.

 

 

Expansive Collection of Machine Embroidery Designs at OregonPatchWorks

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With the plethora of embroidery digitizing services out there, picking out the best can prove to be a tedious job. As an embroidery enthusiast, there are quite a few factors you need to consider while making the final choice for any of the services. The service should offer you a wide collection of all the latest embroidery designs at competitive prices, as well as outstanding customer serve. So, if you are among those who are in search of an embroidery digitizing service like this, you are about to hear of the very place that combines these attributes.

OregonPatchWorks is a leading machine embroidery digitizing service that has an expansive collection of embroidery designs. All the designs delivered by it are digitized to perfection which means that as a customer you will be provided with top-notch designs, every time. The nearly 100 machine embroidery digitizers constantly work towards delivering beautiful and unique designs to each and every customer.

OPW Mall: Your One-Stop Embroidery Design Gallery

The OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery features every imagineable embroidery design to  meet the needs of all types of embroiderers. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or an amateur, you will be able to find nearly any type of design. Customers are able to choose conveniently from this wide selection of embroidery designs in one convenient shopping experience and pick out the best for their projects. All the customers are provided with immediate electronic delivery which enables them to download their orders easily when they purchase them. Customers can even order backup CDs or USB drives where each backup consists of 15 collections.

Customers are Always First

OregonPatchWorks believes in excellent customer services and always delivers, thanks to its knowledgeable and friendly staff. For all staff members at OPW, customer satisfaction is the highest priority. The daily addition of new embroidery designs ensures that the customers are always provided with the latest and greatest in the field of embroidery. OPW staff takes pride in answering the queries of its customers. Ask any of the many return customers why they continue to shop at OPW Mall, year after year!

Keep Up-to-Date With the Latest Offers

As a customer at OPW, you will be offered all the latest deals and discounts on embroidery designs. You can also enjoy exclusive free designs, available to OPW members only.  All you need to do to become a member is subscribe to OPW’s newsletter to be kept updated with all the latest that is on offered and to gain access to the exclusive designs. Many of the designers at OPW run special discounts often on their embroidery designs which will enable you to save many of your dollars.

Summing Up

Still looking for reasons to choose OregonPatchWorks? Don’t wait. Just visit the website and get started. OregonPatchWorks will ensure that you get the desired embroidery designs related to your individual requirements or projects.  At OPW Mall, YOU are always #1 !

OregnPatchWorks: High-Grade Machine Embroidery Designs All Under One Roof

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OregonPatchWorks has been a pioneer in delivering a multitude of high-quality and visually appealing machine embroidery designs for years now. It has become one of the most trusted embroidery digitizing services out there. At OregonPatchWorks, as an embroidery enthusiast, you will be able to find all sorts of designs. There is something which is available for every occasion or purpose.

Now, we are going to have a look at a few of the reasons that make OregonPatchWorks stand out of the competition.

Designs Digitized to Perfection:
OregonPatchWorks (OPW) Mall’s embroidery design gallery features a wide range of designs all that have been digitized to perfection. With nearly 100 machine embroidery digitizers, OPW delivers a brilliant array of high-grade designs are delivered to you. This means that as a customer there is no need to look at other embroidery digitizing services. The design gallery will ensure that you will be able to enjoy designs which are quite diverse and specific to different purposes and occasions. It features almost any design that you can possibly think of.

Create Your Own Personalized Designs:
The machine embroidery designs offered by OregonPatchWorks will enable you to create visually appealing and high-quality finished designs. There is no limit as you will be able to use your imagination to the wide range of machine embroidery designs that are available for immediate download. All these designs can be accessed at very competitive prices. A few of the popular types of machine embroidery designs at OPW include cross stitch, applique, fill stitch, free standing lace, redwork, shadow work, photostitch and many more. Choose any design which you feel is perfect for your project and get started.

Grab the Latest Deals:
OregonPatchWorks offers its esteemed customers some amazing bonus offers and frequent specials. As a customer, with OPW you will be able to get the most out of your investment. To keep yourself updated with all the latest happenings all you got to do is subscribe to the weekly newsletter. In addition to weekly exclusive free samples, you will receive all the announcements regarding the latest designs and samples. There are many free samples that are available on the website. The designers at OPW run special offers which will enable you to save a few of your dollars on the hobby you love best.

Impeccable Customer Service:
Serving customers in the best possible manner is the sole aim of the knowledgeable staff at OPW. Due to this, most of the customers served have stuck with OPW for a very long time. The staff at OPW ensures that every customer is delivered with a service that makes them come back for their embroidery designs, time and time again. All the customers are served equally and they can easily contact the staff whenever they feel the need to, through live chat, email and toll free phone service.

Summing Up:
OregonPatchWorks, as an embroidery digitizing service has been able to build a name for itself among its customers. The expansive customer base served by it is enough to portray the trust that OPW has been able to muster over the years.  Check out the 500+ 5-star ratings on Google! www.tinyurl.com/OregonPatchWorks

So what are you waiting for? Choose OregonPatchWorks as your embroidery digitizing partner and get high-quality embroidery designs and excellent service.