Embroidery Blog

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Fringing Around With Machine Embroidery

By Marjorie Busby
FringeMaking fringe using the embroidery machine opens up some unique three-dimensional opportunities for all kinds of projects from art quilts to embroidery on clothing. And it is so easy to do! Enjoy a quick tutorial on machine embroidery for fringe, and find out about available designs. Read more »

Cuteness Overload: 12 Pet-Inspired Projects That Will Make You Smile

By Craftsy
Your pets deserve the best! So why not create a handmade gift especially for them or a project inspired by the joy they bring you every day? Discover 12 cute ideas for crafts you can create based on your love for your pet. Then, show off your handmade pet projects by joining the #PetProjects Contest! Learn how here. Read more »

How to Make Machine Embroidered Doll Hair

By Marjorie Busby
Machine Embroidered Doll HairHandmade dolls are wonderful treasures for boys and girls. Adding hair to handmade dolls can take a lot of time if the yarn is hand stitched onto the doll. I wanted to make a doll quickly, so I set out to make hair using my embroidery machine. And now that I've tried it, I'd like to share the technique with you. Read more »

Machine Embroidered Prairie Points

By Hope Yoder
Machine Embroidered Prairie PointsIn the hoop is what most embroiderers want to do for fun, so today's post is all about making an in the hoop project quickly and easily. Have you heard about prairie points? Prairie points are a decorative trim used in the quilting world to embellish the edge of quilts, pillows or wall hangings. Make them the traditional way or use your embroidery software program to make them ITH. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilting, Sewing, Knitting & More

By Craftsy
Free Sewing PatternJoin us in celebrating the end of another wonderful week. Get ready to have a creative weekend with this fresh roundup of free patterns created by independent designers around the world! From a breezy summer knit tee, to a cut cat handbag, to a creative colorful cross-stitch, and more, download the free patterns you like now! Read more »

Not Your Grandmother’s Jeans

By Hope Yoder
Embroidered PocketsI have always loved the look of machine embroidered jeans and remember a time when you could hardly find plain jeans in stores. That was many years ago when embellished jeans were all the rage. While fashion trends come and go, the good trends we all love eventually come around again, reinvented. Read more »

Modern Cutting Methods for Machine Embroidery Appliqué

By Marjorie Busby
Cutting Shapes for Machine EmbroideryJust imagine what beautiful things we could create with our embroidery machine if our appliqué shapes could be cut automatically for us and each one was perfect. The only thing left for us to do is stitch them out. Guess what? We can do that with the new tools available to us: die cutting machines and electronic cutting machines. Today, let's take a look at how die cutting machines can transform your shapes. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilts, Knits, Garments & More!

By Karen Kelty
Free Shawl Knitting PatternHappy Friday! Let's celebrate with weekend with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From beautiful handmade wrapping paper, to charming flower coasters, a lovely knit shawl and more, download your favorite free patterns now! Read more »

Using a Wing Needle with Heirloom Machine Embroidery Designs: Church Dolls

By Marjorie Busby
Heirloom Embroidery DesignsHeirloom machine embroidery is beautiful and is a modern way to do French hand sewing. When my children were pre-teens, I spent many hours using my computerized machine to do French hand sewing using methods by Martha Pullen and Mildred Turner. That was before I had an embroidery machine. It is much easier to complete projects, like the one below, using an embroidery machine. Today, we'll take a look at one of my favorite projects to give as a baby gift: a church doll made using heirloom embroidery techniques. Read more »