Thursday, December 01, 2022

mySewnet - Quick Gift Ideas

The time for giving gifts and if you are like me time is short the month of December.  So with the theme quick gifts, I thought embroidering on paper would be a fun gift.  So these items are not only cute but they are cute.  I had the best time creating these designs in mySewnet

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Style Maker Fabrics - Nikki Sweatshirt and Denim Allegro

The sewing community is so fabulous and in this case I have the community to thank for my joggers and sweatshirt !

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Thanksgiving Pillows with mySewnet

Thanksgiving is my house this year and I decided I needed to up my Thanksgiving - Fall decor and using mySewnet for new pillows was the perfect way to make beautiful pillows

I decided to try a new feature in mySewnet and it is  Express Design   .  For this feature I went to the internet and found a free clip art for a pumpkin.  I brought that into the Express Design and made this beautiful pumpkin in just a couple clicks.  I added some sunflower designs, duplicating them and changing sizes.  I add some black space so I added another flower from Super Design.  I did have to change the order so the flowers stitched first and then the pumpkin.  The pumpkin has a fill design from Express Design and the outline, I just eliminated the fill.

If it is Thanksgiving you need a turkey, so I went to free clip art again and found a turkey.  I did Express Design and once again in a couple of clicks.  I added lettering to the tail feathers FAMILY, one letter at a time and placed it in the feathers.  Then a few fall colored leaves to the bottom of the turkey, these are Super Designs. In Express Design, it did add the fill to the turkey which I just skipped.  I added the bow after the turkey was stitched out.   

Last up a fun leaf pillow.  I used a fall looking leaf from Super Design and filled the hoop.  Next a nice script font for the middle of the leaf.  A feature I love in mySewnet is how it eliminates stitching if you overlap designs, so if you have a background you want to show through, then just don't stitch that element.  So I didn't stitch the fall, just skipped to the next thread color- design.  The border is another fall element (or fall to me) from Super Design, using the Encore feature and selecting the hoop option.  This repeats the design around the inside edge of the hoop, I love how this frames the leaf.

a few more photos

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

mySewnet Jacket

I have had so much fun making this jacket, mainly the design process was so much fun.  

I had some inspiration for Johnny Was and I went from there and put my own spin on it.

A jean jacket style wasn't the look I wanted so I pulled out my Sienna Maker Jacket pattern and took a look at all the pattern pieces.  My process was to outline with chalk each of the pattern piece and cut out larger than the outline.  With larger pieces, help in case there is a bit of shrinkage with the embroidery.  

I started with the left back and designed that one first in mySewnet  I used a few elements in Superdesigns and used Encore function to repeat and also Encore to make a circle with another element to frame the flower (from the library).  One element I liked from the inspiration jacket was how they had some of the embroidery hidden by seams, folds, etc.    I did this on the bottom right, the main elements are the Spirograph option in Create.  I used two different ones, one inside the other on the larger element on bottom right.

Let's move to the front.  The line at the top is actually a "X" from one of the font options, I turned it on its side and used Encore to repeat the X giving more of an geometric look.  And this design went into the side seam. 

Now this sleeve, a paisley Superdesign and the Encore feature again for a circle.  The straight line of diamonds and circles - yes the circle is an "O" from another font.  The diamond is an element from a Superdesign and I modified the diamond from a larger design.  Repeated these designs and made another straight line. 

This sleeve, another spiro with fewer petals and a Superdesign from Music category.

Now the pockets more X and O fonts and another Superdesign

All the embroidery designs were created for each pattern piece in mind.  I would created one while another was stitching.  

My jacket probably has 1/10th of the embroidery that the inspiration jacket did and that is what I wanted.  mySewnet software is so easy to use and I love using elements in the non-traditional way.  Like the "X" for the horizontal line.  I did get two designs from the library and the rest were from mySewnet elements and I just had fun creating.

One final element, the cuffs, I lined the bottom of the sleeve with self fabric so I could roll the sleeves.  I used a decorative stitch on my Pfaff Creative Icon2 for this and I love how it looks turned up.

I underlined the jacket to finish it off and hide the wrong side of the embroidery, I did this only on the body of the jacket.  I serged all the seam to finish.

The fabric for the jacket is a twill from Cali Fabrics
The buttons are from stash and I used colors that would go with the embroidery thread colors, which I used 5 different colors.  I wanted a limited color combination and I am pleased with the final look.

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Thursday, September 01, 2022

June and Lu Fabrics - Transitioning to Fall

September 1st and time to think about fall coming.  We still have hot days but last night it was 59 degrees and such a nice change.