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It is countdown calendar time again

For the last couple years, I’ve sold dice countdown calendars. I’ve got the dice to do it again, eight calendars’ worth, but I am trying to decide if I’m going...

Lego-like Advent Calendar

Here’s a brief detour into papercraft with an Advent calendar. Probably too late to do anyone any good this year but honestly I finished filling this one sometime after midnight...

Tag advent2018

Lego-like Advent Calendar

Here’s a brief detour into papercraft with an Advent calendar. Probably too late to do anyone any good this year but honestly I finished filling this one sometime after midnight...

Tag christmas

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...

It is countdown calendar time again

For the last couple years, I’ve sold dice countdown calendars. I’ve got the dice to do it again, eight calendars’ worth, but I am trying to decide if I’m going...

Lego-like Advent Calendar

Here’s a brief detour into papercraft with an Advent calendar. Probably too late to do anyone any good this year but honestly I finished filling this one sometime after midnight...

Tag countdown

It is countdown calendar time again

For the last couple years, I’ve sold dice countdown calendars. I’ve got the dice to do it again, eight calendars’ worth, but I am trying to decide if I’m going...

Lego-like Advent Calendar

Here’s a brief detour into papercraft with an Advent calendar. Probably too late to do anyone any good this year but honestly I finished filling this one sometime after midnight...

Tag lego

Lego-like Advent Calendar

Here’s a brief detour into papercraft with an Advent calendar. Probably too late to do anyone any good this year but honestly I finished filling this one sometime after midnight...

Tag embroidery

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...

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...

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.

Merry Christmask

Not a typo, though I wish it were. How is this still happening? At any rate, I’ve added another mask extender option (a slightly wider variation on the plain strap,...

A star is born

Wait, wrong movie. This one was much better.

Book bands

Although I keep telling myself I didn’t get the embroidery machine to do conventional embroidery, I keep finding myself doing conventional embroidery. In large part it’s learning how the thing...

The Jumping Spider pattern

I wrote about the origin of these spiders on Monday, so I’m happy to say I have a finished pattern and not just another unfinished item to add to my...

The distractability spider

Yesterday’s pattern development kind of encapsulates how I work.

Uploading embroidery files over wifi with a Raspberry Pi

Transferring embroidery files to the Brother requires writing them to a USB stick, carrying it over to the embroidery machine, and plugging it in. Doesn’t seem hard, right? Except there’s...

Inkscape and Ink/Stitch

I got an early Christmas present (or maybe a very late one, since I have been pricing them out for a year): a Brother PE800 embroidery machine. If you follow...

Tag freebie

Friday Freebie: Trash Panda

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

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...

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,...

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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...

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...

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...

Merry Christmask

Not a typo, though I wish it were. How is this still happening? At any rate, I’ve added another mask extender option (a slightly wider variation on the plain strap,...

The zipper-pouch freebie, and why you don’t need it

I waffled on whether I should make this design a freebie or sell it, and decided on a freebie, because you really don’t even need me to make this for...

Friday Freebie: Love Bug License Plate Snap Tab

I’ve gotten a little stalled on revising the older snap tabs (as you may have noticed by the absence of posts the last couple Fridays) and the machine’s been tied...

Motel key fobs

Another little freebie: a blank “vintage motel key” design. You can use your embroidery machine’s lettering or purchased alphabets to add a monogram (I used DLB’s Melody alphabet) or imaginary...

Mini composition book covers

I spent the weekend making little vinyl covers for dollar-store mini composition books, mostly for my nieces’ back-to-school care packages. It’s one of my favorite designs: the pen loops also...

Embroidered Jayhawk face freebie

This design has been updated and added to the embroidery file library: Jayhawk

A star is born

Wait, wrong movie. This one was much better.

Inkscape and Ink/Stitch

I got an early Christmas present (or maybe a very late one, since I have been pricing them out for a year): a Brother PE800 embroidery machine. If you follow...

Tag adhd

Projects I have goofed up lately

It’s an open-ended series. *sigh*

The distractability spider

Yesterday’s pattern development kind of encapsulates how I work.

Tag in-the-hoop

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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...

The distractability spider

Yesterday’s pattern development kind of encapsulates how I work.

Tag snap tabs

Book bands

Although I keep telling myself I didn’t get the embroidery machine to do conventional embroidery, I keep finding myself doing conventional embroidery. In large part it’s learning how the thing...

Tag bearmaking

The return of Teddy Pig

I was contacted on Etsy by someone who’d found the Teddy Pig pattern on a Russian Facebook site and wanted to pay me for it. It’s always been a free...

Tag cosplay

Tag fursuits

Tag plushy

Tag etsy

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!

Doing the boring part

I’ve had a pile of receipts accumulating on my desk, and I don’t really have the excuse of needing to restock anything urgently. It was time to get everything entered...

Tag dicebag

Tag owlbear

Tag roleplaying

Tag sewdesune

Tag inkscape

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,...

Tag inkstitch

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...

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,...

Tag machine embroidery

Friday Freebie: Trash Panda

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

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...

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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 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.

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...

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...

Merry Christmask

Not a typo, though I wish it were. How is this still happening? At any rate, I’ve added another mask extender option (a slightly wider variation on the plain strap,...

The Herbie bag

The red-white-and-blue piece I showed in Friday’s post has become part of a zipper bag, though I’m not 100% thrilled with it. Because it’s such an odd shape, I made...

The zipper-pouch freebie, and why you don’t need it

I waffled on whether I should make this design a freebie or sell it, and decided on a freebie, because you really don’t even need me to make this for...

Friday Freebie: Love Bug License Plate Snap Tab

I’ve gotten a little stalled on revising the older snap tabs (as you may have noticed by the absence of posts the last couple Fridays) and the machine’s been tied...

Motel key fobs

Another little freebie: a blank “vintage motel key” design. You can use your embroidery machine’s lettering or purchased alphabets to add a monogram (I used DLB’s Melody alphabet) or imaginary...

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,...

Figuring out a 5×12″ hoop

Update: there’s a tutorial now.

Embroidered Jayhawk face freebie

This design has been updated and added to the embroidery file library: Jayhawk

Tag small business

Doing the boring part

I’ve had a pile of receipts accumulating on my desk, and I don’t really have the excuse of needing to restock anything urgently. It was time to get everything entered...

Tag dragons

Tag pern

Tag dragon

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!

Stealth dragon!

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

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.

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...

Gingerbread dragons

It’s the time of year when my embroidery goes from “nerdy” to “mainstream” for the most part, as I switch to gift-making. I’ve been wrapping that up with a bunch...

The return of Teddy Pig

I was contacted on Etsy by someone who’d found the Teddy Pig pattern on a Russian Facebook site and wanted to pay me for it. It’s always been a free...

Scaling up dragons

When I first posted the test dragon to Mastodon, I got some requests for the pattern. Now that I have some minky fat quarters in the shop, I need an...

Tag plushie making

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!

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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...

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.

Scaling up dragons

When I first posted the test dragon to Mastodon, I got some requests for the pattern. Now that I have some minky fat quarters in the shop, I need an...

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Tag notions

Tag jayhawks

Embroidered Jayhawk face freebie

This design has been updated and added to the embroidery file library: Jayhawk

Tag rock chalk

Embroidered Jayhawk face freebie

This design has been updated and added to the embroidery file library: Jayhawk

Tag snap tray

Embroidered Jayhawk face freebie

This design has been updated and added to the embroidery file library: Jayhawk

Tag plushie

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!

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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...

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.

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 –...

Tag pug

The orcas have arrived!

I had some Spoondollars to spend from cut-and-sew pug sales, so I proofed a couple new print-on-demand designs – a cut-and-sew orca based on the in-the-hoop one that I’ll be...

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Tag mermaid

Tag mermay

Tag orca

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...

The orcas have arrived!

I had some Spoondollars to spend from cut-and-sew pug sales, so I proofed a couple new print-on-demand designs – a cut-and-sew orca based on the in-the-hoop one that I’ll be...

Tag dolls

Tag cut-and-sew

The cut-and-sew Frenchie, the return of shop drops, and a Follow Friday

I’m behind on putting together the photo tutorial (it’ll go under the Cut and Sew page when it’s done) but the first color version of the Cut-and-Sew Frenchie is on...

The orcas have arrived!

I had some Spoondollars to spend from cut-and-sew pug sales, so I proofed a couple new print-on-demand designs – a cut-and-sew orca based on the in-the-hoop one that I’ll be...

Tag spoonflower

The cut-and-sew Frenchie, the return of shop drops, and a Follow Friday

I’m behind on putting together the photo tutorial (it’ll go under the Cut and Sew page when it’s done) but the first color version of the Cut-and-Sew Frenchie is on...

The orcas have arrived!

I had some Spoondollars to spend from cut-and-sew pug sales, so I proofed a couple new print-on-demand designs – a cut-and-sew orca based on the in-the-hoop one that I’ll be...

Tag felt

Tag ferret

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Tag aldi

The tiny Aldi sewing machine

Someone on the fediverse was asking about basic sewing machine recommendations, and the tiny Aldi sewing machine came up. I wasn’t planning to get one – I have *counts on...

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Tag seadragon

Tag silver dragon

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Tag pokemon

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...

Tag armature

Tag rsi

Tag scissors

Tag woocommerce

Tag pig

The return of Teddy Pig

I was contacted on Etsy by someone who’d found the Teddy Pig pattern on a Russian Facebook site and wanted to pay me for it. It’s always been a free...

Tag teddy pig

The return of Teddy Pig

I was contacted on Etsy by someone who’d found the Teddy Pig pattern on a Russian Facebook site and wanted to pay me for it. It’s always been a free...

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Tag crowntail

Tag mini composition books

Tag beanie

Tag temeraire

Tag harry potter

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Tag pork roll

Tag Taylor ham

Tag classroom gifts

Tag fundraisers

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Tag vinyl

Tag leaves

Tag cutting machine

Tag advent2019

Tag interchangeable

Tag purse pattern

Tag alphabet

Tag font

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Tag single line font

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Tag facebook

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Tag in the hoop

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!

The zipper-pouch freebie, and why you don’t need it

I waffled on whether I should make this design a freebie or sell it, and decided on a freebie, because you really don’t even need me to make this for...

Tag ith

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...

Introducing Discourse, and giveaways

I decided I needed a place for discussions of the more complicated embroidery designs - the in-the-hoop plushies like the Orca (this coming Friday’s freebie) and the beanie dragons (this...

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...

Tag embroidery font

Tag birthstones

Tag gemstones

Tag tourmaline

Tag ear saver

Tag mask extender

Merry Christmask

Not a typo, though I wish it were. How is this still happening? At any rate, I’ve added another mask extender option (a slightly wider variation on the plain strap,...

Tag olson mask

Tag chicken

Tag free pattern

Tag cricut

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,...

Tag cricut design space

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Tag carolina wren

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