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14 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

On Friday we warmed you up with a motif-style embroidery design for our Freebie Friday from The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan and today we’re back with the Goodreads Giveaway.

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Included in The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

Enter to win your own copy on Goodreads here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible by Elizabeth Keegan

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible

by Elizabeth Keegan

Giveaway ends September 18, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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12 Sep

Freebie Friday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

The hardest part about beginning something new, something technical, is finding the right guidebook for it. The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz  Keegan is the perfect book for beginner (and experienced!) embroiderers. Today’s FREEBIE FRIDAY is a motif-style embroidery design, the ones most frequently used with embroidery machines.

 

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Motif-style embroidery design

9781250048257

ELIZABETH KEEGAN launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.’s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. Elizabeth lives in the U.K.

More about The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible:

Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine. 

Don’t forget to check out our Goodreads Giveaway on Sunday!

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9 Sep

How To Tuesday: Straw Sunbursts!

Now that fall is approaching I wanted to find a way to keep the warm summer sunshine alive in my apartment. The perfect solution was found while searching the glorious Internet for easy craft projects. On the blog, How Does She, I found instructions to create a sunburst wall hanging. The pictures showed it spray painted with metallic colors so it appears to be made out of metal, but in fact is made from something much cheaper and lighter, and therefore easier to hang: straws!

8 finished

Supplies
Cardboard
Preferred tool for cutting cardboard (we used an X-Acto knife)
Straws
Glue gun with lots of glue
Scissors
Spray paint

      combined 1 and 2

     Step 1. Trace and a cut a circle from the cardboard. Draw a smaller circle about 2 inches away from the edge. Cut this circle out leaving you with a cardboard ring.

5 glue straws to hoop

Step 2. Glue straws to the cardboard ring. We found it easier to put the glue on the straw and then press the straw to the cardboard ring. Repeat and make your way around the cardboard ring. Leave a little bit of space between straws to add the second layer. Tip: Use both thin and thick straws to add a little extra design to your sunburst. Regular drinking straws and milkshake straws worked best for us. (Available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for less than $2 for a pack.) Be sure to line up the edges of the straw with the inside of the circle so you create a nice circle of straws.

4 straws on hoop

Step 3. Add another layer of straws where there are gaps, or where you want more “sunbeams”. Using straws allows you to fold them and wedge them into tight spaces if you’re thinking of experimenting with another material.

6 cut straws

Step 4. Work around the circle and cut the straws. Try cutting them in varying lengths or keep them all the same length. This craft is great because there are lots of ways to make this your own design!

7 spraypaint straws

Step 5. Take our creation outside (or a well ventilated area) and spray paint thoroughly. Once dry, flip the sunburst over and repeat. We used copper rose and gold colored paint to keep the illusion of a metal pipe wall hanging, but you can never go wrong with bright colors. Tip: Prop up your sunburst on something in order to be able to spray paint between the straws.

9 finished no mirror

(Optional) Step 6. We thought something was missing and decided to turn our sunbursts into mirrors. All it took was finding mirrors like these at our local Michaels. We glued them over the sunburst and voila! Small (but beautiful) sunburst mirrors! Other ideas to customize your sunburst: turn it into a picture frame or for the meticulous crafter only use 60 straws and create the classiest crafted clock ever.

Of course once you’ve finished your sunburst the most nervewracking part is hanging it. Luckily I had my copy of How to Hang a Picture by Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa nearby. How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for a Stylish Home is a user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating and displaying art. It has simple rules and essential information presented with charm and intelligence for any DIYer.

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7 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: Game Day by Cindy Cummins

 

Friday night, I watched the Miami Marlins crush the Atlanta Braves in an 11-3 victory. I have no loyalties to either team, but I like the description ascribed to Miami–the fighting fish–and the font they use and their official team colors.

Miami-Marlins-Logo

Whether you’re in my camp, the side that enjoys an exciting well-played match and has affinities influenced by factors other than a particular loyalty to one team or another, or are at the other end and have, say, transformed your daughter’s room into a Chicago Cub’s den, we assure you that Cindy Cummins’ Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew will be invaluable to you if not right this instant, then in the future. Game Day

At some point, you’ll find yourself searching for that perfect gift for the sports fanatic in your circle or headed to a frigid NFL football game and need to show support for your sweetheart’s favorite team but don’t own a bright green puffy jacket. It’s moments like these where you’ll be relieved to have Game Day in your library.

 Game Day includes fun and stylish fleece fabric projects, including items for the entire family (and pets!). The projects are designed to be fast and easy to make; few take more than an afternoon to complete, and many can be made in less than an hour. Fleece is wonderfully forgiving for the newbie sewer and comes in literally thousands of textures, colors, and prints.

And… guess what? You’re in luck. Our Goodreads Giveaway of Game Day starts today! Enter now for the chance to win one of 20 copies.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Game Day by Cindy Cummins

Game Day

by Cindy Cummins

Giveaway ends September 11, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Crunched for time? Need more than one copy ASAP? We’ve got you. It’s available to purchase now at your favorite bookstore and online retailer:

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5 Sep

Freebie Friday: Ear Warmer Headband

I love summertime and if I had my way, I’d bask in warmth and sunshine all year long. But I’m also a sucker for the changing of the seasons and all the loveliness that comes with it. I tell my friends and family back home in southern California who brag about the weather and question my choice to live in what they call a ridiculously cold and unbearable place, that it’s only unbearable if you’re not prepared and dressed properly for the weather.

So today’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD, an Ear Warmer Headband from Cindy Cummins’ Game Day, is both a look ahead to the coming fall and winter briskness and an homage to being prepared. I’m not quite ready for the full-on winter wool beanie and this stylish alternative (the pattern includes a clever hole for a ponytail), which uses fleece, is perfect for those chillier evening strolls through the park or sitting in the bleachers at your favorite baseball team’s postseason game.

Feel the need for more fleece?

Ear-Warmer-Headband

Game Day includes more than 50 projects that use fleece–from blankets and scarves and chic arm warmers to drink cozies and even a pet bed! and features ways for you to showcase and celebrate your favorite sports team’s logos and colors. Game Day is also a guide to choosing the right fleece variety for your project and includes all sorts of tips on how to sew fleece. Fleece is arguably a super fabric; it’s available in a variety of weights, colors, and prints.

So… get it now…err…while it’s hot!

Game Day

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with expert sewing machine embroiderer Liz Keegan, author of The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible. Liz launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.'s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, Liz's new book will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.


The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible

Project of the Month

Pencil Case






Happy September! It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those who want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case--one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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