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Inspiration Sunday: I am inspired to digitize by Heidi Klum’s sweater

I decided to start some theme days on this here blog and the first one is… (DRUM ROLL, PLEASE)… “Inspiration Sunday”  Sunday with it’s traditional holy and day of rest focus  seems to be the perfect day to sit back, relax and talk about what inspires me.  So here goes.

Now with that set up you are probably expecting to hear that I was inspired by something deep.  But well no – not exactly.  This week I was inspired by the design on Heidi Klum’s sweater that she was pictured wearing in US Magazine.  (And yes – judge me –  I sometimes read US magazine).

Love in Star - Perfect for Digitizing

Love in Star – Perfect for Digitizing

The star graphic with the love writing inside is just up my alley and oh so perfect for digitizing.

I mocked it up in PhotoShop and digitized away. I made it an appliqué file so the star could be filled with an appliqué fabric.  Here is the resulting design stitched out.  I think it will look great on t-shirts, sweatshirts, you name it, baby.

Love in Star sample file stitched out

Love in Star sample file stitched out

Now you see – lesson for today – reading US magazine is educational and inspiring.  Happy Sunday!

How to embroider dishtowels for a hostess gift (who refers to you as a goddess)

As you may recall from a few posts back, we were completely smitten with our Geneva based host, Caroline, who stole us away from our retreat and brought us to her home in Geneva.

During our stay she referred to us as her three American goddesses which which – of course – we found hilarious. So I thought it fitting to embroider her something as a thank you gift with the word “goddess” on it. However, in researching ways in which the word “goddess” might be rendered out, I discovered the Celtic symbol for goddess and digitized it.  Perfect!

I initially thought about embroidering the goddess symbol on some bath towels then reconsidered.  I didn’t want to impose on their decor or ship something so big and bulky overseas. I decided that dishtowels might work better, as the ones I made for myself turned out so nicely. 

I am super pleased with the results and can’t wait to send them off to Caroline.

Want to make some of these groovy little dishtowels and new to embroidering on towels?  Well here’s how you do it.


How to embroider on dishtowels

How to embroider on dishtowels

This design is now available on the Machine Embroidery Geek Store

Digitizing a flower border for machine embroidery

Another one of my purchases from the Fabric Nosherie a couple weeks ago was a vintage-inspired printed cotton flowered fabric that I plan on using to make a sundress for my older daughter, Adelaide. My plan is to use the shirring technique that I executed a few weeks ago on the peace sign T-shirt and shirr the top of the sundress that will fit around the bust area. However instead of using five rows of stitching for the shirring I plan on using about 10 rows of stitching so that the shirred area is wider.

Sundress fabric provides inspiration for creating machine embroidery design

Sundress fabric provides inspiration for creating machine embroidery design

The flower graphic within the design of the fabric really lends itself to being embroidered. It’s simple and whimsical and easy to digitize. My thought was to integrate the embroidered flower within the dress design, perhaps as a repeat pattern along the dress straps and as a border piece along the hem. So, I purchased some blue cotton fabric to use as the base fabric for the embroidery.

Creating a repeat pattern for machine embroidery is a little bit tricky because you want to repeat to look seamless. I planned the repeat design to occupy approximately 10 inches, so I marked off 10 inch segments on the fabric to be embroidered. Within each 10 inch segment I planned on putting down one instance of the border embroidery design.

Here is the result. And I have to admit – I am not crazy about the outcome. The repeat worked out fine but the color of the thread is too bright that it does not feel like it goes with the fabric. Also – the scale of the design seems to overpower the fabric.

So – nice idea in theory – but not so great in reality. Please check back for future (better) adventures in machine embroidery border designs.

Repeat flower design for machine embroidery

Repeat flower design for machine embroidery