Monday, September 9, 2013

DWM/Machine Embroidery Edition

Before we get started on our sewing portion of the day you may want to cover your ears because I might mutter a curse word or two! I've been without an internet connection for the best part of  the last week (again) and I'm about to blow my top! I won't bore you with the details but we'll communicate while we can shall we?


 My friend Jeannie came over this week and we had a really fun sewing day trying out some new embroidery designs together. It isn't often that I get to embroider with someone else so this was a real treat. We both decided to sew out the same design and what really suprised us was what a difference a change in background fabric and few different thread choices can make to the look and feel of the overall design.


Here you see Jeannie's sew out on a white tone on tone fabric. She decided on black as her final outline color for a very dramatic tree. Also her moon is done in softer color gradients. Jeannie has  Janome 10000 machine using a 5x7 hoop. Her sew out is much cleaner looking than mine I think when you look really close up.


Here you see my sew out on a Batik background. I used a darkest brown for my tree outline and more contrast in my moon. Please ignore that stray yellow thread bottom left, of course I didn't see it at the time I took the picture. I embroider on a Janome 350E. We both used two layers of medium weight tear away stabilizer.

Jeannie is using her's for a table runner, once it's finished I'll try to get a picture for you and I'm making a small wall hanging. That's it for Design Wall Monday. I'm off to Tahoe for our annual retreat. I'll take lots of picture and fill you in when I get back. Have a great week and may the internet be ever in your favor.

Until next time,

P.S. Don't forget to visit Patchwork Times to see all the other design wall creations.

7 comments:

  1. I love your embroidery on the batik background. Fits the scene perfectly! What kind of thread do you like to use? And do you use pre-wound bobbins? I'd love to see more of your embroidery work and learn what works for you.

    In the meantime, enjoy your trip to Tahoe...can't wait to see the pics, I know they will be inspiring!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments Jeanna. I use a variety of threads, whichever seems to fit the design both rayon and polyester my machine doesn't seem to be picky. I do use pre-wound bobbins that I get form ABC Embroidery designs.com http://www.abc-machine-embroidery-designs.com/, I get a lot of my thread from them too.

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  2. I would love a embroidery machine. They both look great. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. I love my embroidery machine! It was my retirement gift to me and was the least expensive way to go to get what I wanted at the time 2012. It gets the job done for the amount of embroidery I'm prepared to do. It's a Janome 350E embroidery only machine I got on sale for about $1,500.

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  3. Fantastic design! So nice to play with friends:). I like both but the background on yours is spookier! Have a great time on your retreat!

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    1. We certainly did have fun and I agree mine is spookier!

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