Thursday, February 25, 2016

Embroidery Spree

At the beginning of the month, I attended a two day embroidery spree. I decided that I need to take a class occasionally to help me stay focused on improving my machine embroidery skills. I feel like I know so little!!

At this event, we were paired with partner and we each made the item. In two days we made:

A tea towel:(Photo is upside down!)

We used a specialty ruler to cut, fold and press the prairie point decorative edge which was machine stitched to the bottom edge of the towel.

A cord holder:
This is the inside. You write your name on the inside on the holder. You put your sewing machine cord through the hairband. . . 

This is what it looks like closed. Using it would make it harder to leave your machine cord behind!

A luggage tag:
These would make great gift tags or gift card holders too!

A coupon holder:
I chuckled over the sentiment on this project! It has a magnet in it so it can be placed on the refrigerator.

The person that I was paired with had her machine a year and was much newer to embroidery than I. Therefore, I was the "leader." It was a great role for me to be thrust into because as I explained how different parts of the directions mattered and troubleshooted so that she could stay on track, I realized I actually know a little bit more than I gave myself credit for knowing!!!

I had planned to join the embroidery club where you receive embroidery designs each month to build your embroidery library. That is until, I found the cost. Well, it wouldn't be as expensive if I embroidered as much as I quilt! Because I don't, I decided it might be a good investment for another year. 

Besides, I really want to make my own designs. Of course, that involves practice and I'm not there yet in my learning curve!

A quick update: I'm making progress on the river!


Monica said...

That's a lot of nice stuff! I really like your fabrics, they would be sure to put you in the right frame of mind for sewing.

I'm glad the river is on course!

Nancy said...

Looks like it was a good weekend. You made a lot of cute and useful stuff!

Luann Fischer said...

I think a cord holder is in my future. I don't leave mine behind, but it would just hold it all together in one spot. Can hardly wait to see your river, said...

The quilt shop had those projects kitted up for us. Yes, we were in the mood to sew, sew, sew! Changing the course of the river was a good decision. Now, if I can get the next step. . .to photograph my progress! said...

Luann, I agree about the cord holder. Keeping stuff together isn't always a simple process! :)--Terry

She Quilts It said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun and made some really cute items. said...

Nancy, It was a fun weekend. I didn't get to catch up with friends as much as I had hoped. . .will save that for next time!!!--Terry said...

Joanne, I look forward to making more of some of those items sooner rather than later. . .just want to get a quilt project more quilted than not first! Thank you for your comment!--Terry