A few weeks back, I went to KC to do a weekend workshop for the KCMQG. They were the most fun and hospitable group I've had the pleasure of meeting! We laughed and had so much fun!
After the first day of workshops, I had the absolute pleasure of going to dinner with a few lovelies. Among them were Lisa and Tammy. Let me introduce you to them. (Melissa I can't believe I didn't get a pic of us together!!)
Lisa, on the left, is the most funloving person. We goofed around and laughed a lot. I loved it when her pattern in the design class was taking a right turn and instead of getting frustrated, she went with it and she ended up with perfection. That's my kind of girl! And to top it all off, she's got a sense of humor I love!
And then there's Tammy on the right. She is one of the sweetest, intuitive and caring people I've met. We laughed a ton, about anything and everything. I'm a better person for having met her!
So now onto a bit more about Tammy. She has a an online fabric shop called Marmalade Fabrics
and once I found this out, I got online while I should have been sleeping (that's how fabric purchases seem to start with me) and purchased some fabrics from her. I was secretly hoping this would happen, but guess who brought the aforementioned fabrics for me to class the next day and then refunded my shipping? You guessed it. I love her!!!
Anyways, I just wanted you all to know
1. I love Tammy. She is the real deal. Genuine and caring and obsessive about her shop.
2. She has some really great fabrics! Like this
Keep your eyes peeled for a paper piecing fabric bundle put together by moi! It'll be available at Marmalade Fabrics soon!
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This project completely took me by surprise. I had intended on embroidering one towel. But after finishing the first flour sack towel, I felt compelled to do another, and then another! So now I'm thinking I'll go ahead and do my last two dish towels as well.
For the embroidery patterns, I wanted to do something a little different. So I found some images of vintage signs to trace. You can find loads of vintage sign images here. I also came across doe-c-doe's website (I ad libbed one of her patterns for the salt and pepper shakers), she has so many cute patterns!
So today, I'd like to walk you through a brief "how-to make an embroidery pattern" from an image you love.
What you will need:
embroidery thread (I used Lecien Cosmo samples that they sent to me a while back. It's amazingly silky and has a wonderful sheen to it!)
To make your pattern, layer your fabric right side up (once again, I used flour sack towels that I dry dishes with), saral paper right side down, and the image you're tracing right side up. Then use the stylus to trace around the parts of the image you'd like to embroider.
Now place your hoop around the image, and embroider.
It's that simple!
If you decide to use this technique on an image that's special to you, I'd love to see it! Please add it to my flickr group here!