Blanket Appeal Part 2 – Replacing

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.











Happy Machine – “Pull Comp” Right on the Machine!

Posted this morning on Facebook: Texmac on Facebook

BONUS: This setting is also on the previous generation HAPPY machines as well (the ones with the CompactFlash slots) – same place: main menu -> SETTING, the icon looks very similar to the above photo.

Why didn’t I think of that?!!!

You may have heard or read about my approach to knowing what kind of needle is on each of the 15 different positions on my Happy 15 Needle Embroidery Machine. I found some really bold, ugly nail polish and swiped it across each pack to assign that color to that type/size. Then when I put a needle on my machine, I would swipe that color across the top where I could see it but it wouldn’t get rubbed off during the embroidery process. This has worked well for me for quite some time (unless I was in too big a hurry to paint the needle). Unfortunately, it never solved the problem of how long that needle has been on the machine. As I am a Hobbyist with my machine at home, it might be days between my embroidery sessions so the weekly or daily change-out of needles employed in production shops is pretty wasteful in my environment.

Well, why didn’t I think of this!?

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And yes, it comes in a Multi-Head Version!