Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adventures in StitchArtist 1-3: Blackwork and Motifs

True confessions: I love hand embroidery; I don't like to DO it, just look at it. Relief on that one! So, as I was Googling different types of handwork, I came across an interesting post on "Craftsy" about Blackwork. (You can find the article here.) The whole article pulled me in, but it was the final question that intrigued me. It asked, "Have you tried blackwork yet?" Guess it is time for another adventure. will you join me?

My search for free clipart took me to www.clipartpanda.com which had a great selection of personal use art. I wanted a simple black and white pumpkin outline, like this one:

You can find this image by clicking HERE

So let's begin this adventure which can happen in StitchArtist 1, 2 or 3!

And, there are always scraps of information that seemed to help me. Here they are:

1. Green bow tie is the beginning of the stitch sequence. Red bow tie is the end.
2. Using the motif fill, don't worry so much about the ins and outs. 
3. After setting the line stitches go back and check where your sections begin and where they end, different styles may change the location!

I look forward to sharing more scraps of my adventures with you soon! Until then, keep sorting the scraps so that you can generate the gems!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Adventures in StitchArtist3: Columns and Contour

A while back I shared an adventure creating a garden fairy pillow using the "left-right alternating point column stitch" (what a mouth-full!) in SA3. Well........I realized that it was time to revisit the technique!

Join me in my adventure as I create the butterfly wings in this embroidery!

And just so you can review :

I hope that you have found these "scraps" something that you want to add to your stash, too!

Until next time....

You can find the Garden Sprite series of videos beginning here: 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Adventures in SA: Cutting an Exported SVG with my Cricut Explore

I'm in several embroidery FB groups. Recently, there here have been an increasing number of questions as to how to bring the SVGs created in Embrilliance into Cricut Design Space for cutting.
Time for an updated adventure using my wonderful Embrilliance Suite (Essentials or Stitch Artist)
and my amazing Cricut Explore!

I wanted to create a quilt label for a very "beachy" quilt--it had to be a flip flop. Easier said than done, but eventually my search brought me to this free line art:

With a little tweaking I digitized it as an appliqué.

But, the adventure begins with exporting this appliqué as an SVG to be cut on my Cricut Explore! 
Join me on this journey.....from Embrilliance to Design Space!

Look how perfectly the base of the flip flop cut:

Here is the positioning stitch:

And look how perfectly they fit together!

I love my Explore, its capabilities and the clean ease of Design Space 3!
 For more information click here!

 For additional information regarding appliqué and Embrilliance, please check Lisa Shaw's video on Applique: How to Create Applique Files in Embrilliance Essentials

And, there are always scraps of information that seem to help me and I'd like to share them with you!

1. Always use a clean sticky mat for fabric on the cutting machine!
2. Just like scissors, I keep a blade specifically for fabric.
3. Starch the front of my fabric, then apply the fusible. (I use Steam a Seem Lite.)

Until next time, keep sorting those scraps and generate the gems!