Saturday, November 23, 2013

Creating Placement Marks for Embroiderying Appliques

Besides the patch working that went into this stocking, (see Elcie's Stocking- Patch Work Tip) some machine embroidery went into this stocking.  

Here is a non-digital way to convert an embroidery file into an applique file.

I used some free embroidery designs from The Sew Forum.
The tree I wanted to use wasn't an applique, 
which means it didn't draw a placement line for my green fabric.
On my Babylock, (and Brother's are like this too) I have this tool that lets me 
move (skip) forward and backward in the stitching of the embroidery.
 So I advanced through the "tree" part of the embroidery, 
and marked outer parts of the pattern,
 under the needle with my air soluble pin.
I now have a placement guide for my fabric for the Christmas tree.

 Even though the "gift" embroidery was not meant to be an applique, 
it did have beginning lines I was able to use to add the fabric.
I really enJOYed doing this project,
 because I felt like a kid at Christmas with a new box of crayons 
as I got to go through my thread stash (catch a glimpse here) 
and pick from my colorful threads.
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Thanks to the FREE programs:
possibly used for this post
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page

5 comments:

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  2. These are adorable! I love the colors of the fabrics, too. Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Mondays! Have an amazing week!

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  3. I'm dropping in from Freemotion by the River! NIce to meet ya...I'm a new GFC follower and added ya to my blogroll. :) Thanks for sharing the cute stocking!! :) Val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great idea and I agree.....beautiful thread is just like having a box of crayons! Thanks for sharing.
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