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.
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


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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!

  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

  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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