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.
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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.
During a recent conversation with one of our customers in Michigan, I clicked my way over to their Facebook page . . . Oh My!
I was so impressed with their Caps and Patches I wanted you to see them.
- Partly because they just do such an amazing job.
- Partly because they get such large designs on their caps.
- But MOSTLY I wanted to inspire you with the fact that they are doing all this on our 7 Needle HCH 701 Journey machine – well, actually, 6 of our 7 Needle Journey machines!
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Has this ever happened to you? Everything is going along beautifully and out of nowhere – an oil stain on your Embroidery Project!
How do these things happen? And always at the worst possible time! On the worst possible item – one you can’t replace!!!
Well it happened to me on a White Apron I was working on. Happily, I remembered that I had bought something months before that was supposed to remove this kind of stain. I had been shopping in our TexmacDirect.com store here at TEXMAC’S Corporate Offices where I am located. I love shopping in there by the way. Anyway, I was browsing around one day and saw a can of stuff that said it would remove stains and thought,
“Why not, couldn’t hurt to have some on hand, just in case.”
Now, here I was, the unthinkable, my last white Apron on the shelf and my last Christmas Gift, with a great big Blop of Oil! Just before I panicked and headed for the store to look for another apron I remembered that can of stain remover I had bought so long ago. Now I just had to find that can!
1. I read and followed the directions on the can.
2. I waited for the Powder to dry
3. I just brushed away the Powder and the Oil Stain was completely gone. Gone I tell you!
Look! Not even a hint of stain. It was so easy and quick and did exactly what I needed it to do. PSR Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid
There will always be a can of PSR on my shelf, just in case . . . 🙂
I am a picture kind of person.
I take pictures with my cell phone of just about anything I want to remember – everything from your face to the fabric bolt I just bought so I can buy more of the exact fabric if I need it. I can also look back at the photo for content and care instructions.
This approach works really well for me when it comes to my Embroidery Designs. When stitching out a complicated, high color change design that I know I will be stitching again, it is nice to know that my Happy will know exactly which needles to use 6 months from now. Problem? Well the odds that I will have the same color spools on those needles six months from now are slim to none!
What to do? Take a picture!
Just lay the stitchout next to the spools and snap a quick picture. This shows me exactly which threads I used and what their locations were when I stitched out that design. I can also write a note with the date, design name and project/recipient next to the design and add that information to the picture as well.
It is also helpful to lay the cones down and snap a picture of the bottom so I can see the exact color numbers used.
In a shop environment, this can be a helpful approach to add to the files or folder for a customer job so that no matter who runs the job in the future, they can get it right!
Don’t forget the recipe either – you know, the stabilizer you used, the needle type (Ball Point, Sharp) and the needle size. Include anything in the notes that will insure that future runs for that customer will be as successful as the first.