Time for Part 2 of Blanket Appeal
In Part 1, I removed an old Monogram from a very loose weave, loopy Blanket so that I could replace it with a new Monogram. Time to show you the Replacement Monogram!
Before & After:
I know the blues are different but trust me, the blankets are the same. The pictures were taken in different rooms with different cameras.
I used the same technique on this Blanket that I used in the Posts on Christmas Stockings and “Busy” Fabric. I created the Monogram first and then created an Outline of the Monogram that followed the shape of the Monogram. I made two copies of this Outline and Filled each with a large gap between the lines of stitching. I reversed the Angles of the two Outlines so that the stitches formed a CrossHatch pattern. I placed the Monogram on top of these two Outlines so that it would stitch last. I did not put a Satin Border around these two Outlines because I did not want to call attention to them on the finished Blanket. I wanted the Monogram to be the “Star of the Show” and the CrossHatch stitches to recede into the background and just do their job – hold down those blanket loops so my Monogram would not sink down into them or be “eaten” by them over time and washing.
I used Black Tearaway instead of White under the Blanket so any edges or fibers left behind after tearing would blend in better with the Blue Blanket. I used a Black Bobbin Thread so that it also would blend in visually with the Dark Blue of the Blanket when viewed from the back. I used a Magnetic Mighty Hoop so that the thickness of the Blanket was not an issue! Mighty Hoops work beautifully with Towels, Carhartt Jackets, Purses, Bags, Quilts, etc.
I used a light weight Water Soluble Topping (WST or WSS) to help hold back the loops during the embroidery process. I Hoop this topping along with the Backing and Blanket so that it is tight against the top of the blanket rather than just Floating or laying it on top. When finished, this topping tears easily away from the edge of the CrossHatch Fill Stitches.
The CrossHatch Fill Stitches do their job, they hold back the loops and almost disappear into the background of the blanket, allowing the Monogram to really be the Star of the Show.
I used this same technique on a brown Towel.
I recently was given a Monogrammed Throw Blanket to Re-Work. The original Monogram was done with a very wide Satin Stitch. This kind of stitch does not “wear” well as the stitches can be very loose and prone to snagging and pulling. In addition, if you look closely, you can see the loops of the blanket actually beginning to work their way up through the embroidery thread. A Water Soluble Stabilizer (WSS) used as a Topping at the time of the original stitchout held these loops back. With time, and washing, this topping dissolves and is no longer able to hold these loops back. The same thing happens with a Terry Cloth Towel or a napped fabric like the Christmas Stocking featured in previous posts. Even if you don’t wash the item, Water Soluble Stabilizer dries out over time and can become brittle and flake away underneath the embroidery design if there is enough room under the stitches as in the embroidery below.
Fortunately for me, the same thing that makes this stitch style a bad choice for the blanket, makes it a very easy “fix”. I simply slid the tip of my Snip EZ Scissors and Snip, Snip, Snipped my way across, underneath the Bobbin Thread. The Squeeze Action of these Scissors make them a dream to use for cleaning up thread tails on the back of designs as well as this type of project. I especially love these Snips because they are so easy on my hands. My thumbs no longer work well and my fingers are stiffening up. I can use these for extended periods with very little pain in my hands. Even when you have good hands, working regular Scissors for long periods can become quite painful.
Last month I was consumed with embroidering on deep pile Christmas Stockings. As with any textured surface, Terrycloth, Velvet, Fleece, Fur, you name it, the plush “fur” of the Stocking presented some Digitizing and Embroidery challenges.
I wrote about those Challenges and my Solutions here:
A Right Way and a Wrong Way & Embossed Christmas Stocking
I started my New Year with a Sewing Room clean out and came across my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. Guess what. Christmas is over. It is already past time to be thinking about the next Holiday!
It’s less than 6 weeks away. The stores are probably already half sold out of all their Valentine’s Day merchandise.
It’ll probably all be on Clearance by next week!
As I was admiring one of my favorite pieces of Valentine’s fabric, I realized that embroidering on it presents some real challenges in the Digitizing and the Embroidery itself.
As you can see, this is one “busy” print! And its not just the print, it has sparkle bits on it too. I really have to think about anything I embroider on this fabric because it can just get “eat up” by all those hearts and sparkly dots. The wrong embroidery design can simply disappear into that background.
As I was forming my plan of attack, I realized I had already been there, done that, got the T-shirt! The Challenge and the Solution for this background print is exactly the same as the Challenge and the Solution for those Christmas Stockings!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s Christmas Time!
Last year it was all about Aprons at my house:
This year? Christmas Stockings!
My BFF Andrea got an Apron last year that had my Cinnamon Roll Recipe embroidered upside down on the bottom. That way, when she made the rolls and needed the recipe, all she had to do was lift up the bottom of her apron and read it!
This year, I am embroidering some of the Hidden Zipper Christmas Stockings for her and her family.
Have you ever embroidered something with a plush nap like the Stockings or Velvet, maybe Terrycloth or Fleece and then had the nap come up and start eating your design? Especially if there were thin or small areas in the design. Maybe you just had to use a particular font but the nap of the fabric was just too deep!
See how the nap is starting to cover up the edges of the letters and the small details on the Snowman below? And this just came off the machine. Imagine how it will look next year when she pulls it out to use again!
Good thing I had a spare Stocking! I went back to the computer and added a Knock Down Stitch or Emboss Technique underneath the entire design. This open weave Fill Stitch stitches first and permanently holds back the nap of the Christmas Stocking. With this foundation in place, I can embroider even the smallest details on the plushest of Stocking, Velvet, Towel, Blanket, you name it!
Look what a difference it made!
And that’s not all! That Knock Down Stitch is what is used with the Mylar designs featured in this post: https://multineedleemb.com/2016/04/04/my-oh-mylar/
But wait, there’s more!
You can use this technique to create negative space as shown on the Stocking below! The nap standing up where the stitches “aren’t” spells out the words Ho! Ho! Ho!
And more! Add Mylar to the Negative Space Technique
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah