Archive of posts with category 'Embroidery'

Big paws

I finally did get to make a larger canine pawpad, and now I'm going to make a matching one with step-by-step pictures and then the samples and design will both...

USB gadget availability woes continue

As you know if you’ve hung around here much, I have a couple of teeny-tiny computers that connect to my embroidery machines, and are also on my wifi network. They...

Jet tags and quarter keepers

The Friday Freebies today are an update to the snap tab blanks, and some basic novelty fobs.

Friday Freebie: Dog Minis

These little mini designs are glorified silhouettes: they’re enhanced with some satin stitching to make them more than just a filled shape.

Organizing digital patterns

Image organization software makes a good catalog of embroidery designs. Here's how I do it.

Freebie Friday: A stash-busting kitty

The Stash Kitty is a companion to last month’s Trash Panda, another single-piece in-the-hoop plushie. They’re both little stash-busters, but Kitty doesn’t even need you to scavenge black and white...

NickAinley, and using Ink/Stitch alphabets without Ink/Stitch

Ink/Stitch comes with a lot of alphabets, but since each embroidery software handles text differently you can’t necessarily download today’s freebie and use it. Of course, Inkscape and Ink/Stitch are...

A field of sunflowers

A double freebie today: sunflowers, and snap tab blanks to put them (or anything else) on...

Friday Freebie: Vax card window

I have family who's going to Europe this year, so I've been making passport covers with vax card windows in them...

Snap tab goofs

My husband usually makes a point of not getting involved with the business but lately has been talking about getting me a tabletop clicker press to die-cut the tabs...

The Jayhawk, revised

A few years ago, I made my brother-in-law (a KU fan, grad, and employee) a valet tray with a Jayhawk face in it. The tray pre-dates the in-the-hoop versions since...

Friday Freebie: Pre-quilting with an embroidery machine

I got sidetracked making designs for pre-quilted fabric rectangles with your embroidery machine. They're good to use with zipper pouches, notebook covers, pot-holders, etc...

Dollar Tree crafting

This week was supposed to be finalization of the In-The-Hoop Flopsie Pug design, but instead I happened to pick up a napkin holder at Dollar Tree and got thoroughly caught...

Adding tackdowns or basting boxes

When I was stitching up a Stash Kitty for Friday’s post,, I decided to add a basting box to the file because once again, I tried to get away with...

Friday Freebie: Trash Panda

Today’s freebie is the Trash Panda, a single-piece in-the-hoop raccoon plushie design.

Wifi embroidery machines again

Somehow, I am still fighting with computers, though it is a different fight.

Making kawaii faces

I always have quite a few projects going at any given time, and I'm back around to the Kawaii Plushie Faces one. The first four are done, lacking only the...

Homer fades into the... notebook cover

I have searched for the right shade of green for this since making the design two and a half years ago. Awhile back I picked up some sheets of green...

Dusting off the standing dog design

Flash back to April 2019, when my embroidery machine was still pretty new, and I had just started to figure out how to do 3d items on it. I’d made...

The in-the-hoop dragon

The in-the-hoop dragon design has been released! It's a big package: lots of variations, lots of hoop sizes, and the SVG source so you can resize it yourself!

Sticky-note covers, and more uses for that 4x6 hoop

I’ve been noodling around with the extended hoop idea, and I’m pretty sure even a 4x4 machine can do notebook covers for books up to A6 size: mini composition books,...

Stealth dragon!

The long-awaited first release of the dragon plushie design is here!

Plush Orca In-the-Hoop

Today’s freebie is a tiny, fully three-dimensional plush made entirely in the hoop. I’ve got a whole series of these sorts of 3-D plushies lined up, so this is my...

Scaling up satins

Satins scale easily in Ink/Stitch, but only in the stitch-density direction. Luckily, it’s not hard to split a satin stitch into two parallel ones with the new Convert Satin to...

Dino-Mouse embroidery alphabet

I needed some embroidered text for a Christmas project and couldn’t find the right alphabet, so I made my own. Now that I’m using the new Ink/Stitch, I turned it...

Pixel Art Eevee

Pixel art always seems easy to digitize until you realize how much manual pathing you have to do. This was my first time playing around with the “fill stitch ending...

The SA434 and the PE800

I ordered an Embroidex SA434-compatible hoop so I could put out a 4×4-compatible version of the Mini Composition Book Cover. It’s a little redundant for the PE800, a 5×7 machine,...

The beanie dragon, at last

The in-the-hoop beanie dragon design will show up in the Etsy shop on Sunday, as soon as I finish proofreading and polishing. It’s been a long journey.

Sewing with blackboard fabric

I have a little bonus freebie today: a key fob phone stand. It needs to be made from a nice rigid fabric to work, and I used two layers of...

The in-the-hoop Sea Otter

This month’s free plush design is a simple little Sea Otter that comes with a seashell and/or heart to hug. There’s a version for both 5×7 and 4×4 hoops –...

Ink/Stitch 2.1.x Sampler

The new Ink/Stitch comes with more Lettering options and more importantly for me, better ways to add your own. I have some paid-for alphabets, and some of the ones I’ve...

Passport covers and coffee

I know I just said the passport covers were too big for the 5×7 hoop, but it bugged me to release something that only works in a 6×10 or 8×8...

Ink/Stitch 2.1.0 is out

I was all set to release a simple mochi plushie pattern today, a simple egg shape, and yesterday Choly Knight teased a whole series of egg-shaped plushies and embroidered faces...

Gingerbread Postal Ornament

Continuing my trend of gingerbread-ing everything, I did it. I hope my mail carrier has a good sense of humor.

The gingerbread dragon design, plus

It’s been a little bit hectic around here (as everywhere, I’m sure) and somehow I forgot I hadn’t posted the gingerbread dragon’s design. I’ve been trying to make an effort...

Last-minute gift roundup

If you’re down to the wire and need a last-minute gift, there’s plenty of little projects in the archives, for both conventional and embroidery machines.

Christmas baking

After making the gingerbread dragons I had a sudden realization that I could have just taken the heavy-outline dragon I already had, drop the fill and change the colors, add...

Another snowballing project

On a whim I picked up some of Designs By Little Bee’s card game zipper pouch designs, thinking I’d do some Christmas presents. I got the Uno, Skip-Bo, and Phase...

Knockdown stitching

A grid of same-color stitching is another way to pin down the pile of minky or terry so the decorative stitching shows clearly. It has the advantage over water-soluble stabilizer...

Adding die lines to embroidery designs with Ink/Stitch

Ink/Stitch on top of Inkscape makes producing a die line for embroidery designs that don't have them easy. Both pieces of software are free and open-source, and run on Windows,...