Monthly Archives: June 2008

Embroidery Tools – DMC Medicis Wool

Stray kitten claims basket

Just look at what the cat dragged in!

Seriously…I really do have a stash to show. 😉

*This is a little stray kitty that has claimed an empty basket as his own. It’s a teeny tiny basket and he barely fits in it. His ‘momma’ is one wild feral thing, but the babies are all adoptable. He’s on a card table outside in our car port.*

Hubby and I went on a little run to the local art stores. We visited a paint and graphics place, (for Oil Paint) and I of course HAD to squeeze in the Local Needle supply Shop Fiddlesticks . We are pretty loyal customers there. We’d hate to see Hawaii without a great supply store like them.

Guess what I found!

portrait medicis DMC wool

Medicis Wool

Fiddlesticks has DMC Medicis wool on clearance for 50% off! It’s 63 cents a skein! (I guess it’s been discontinued by DMC.)

So, I now have a haul of wool to work with as part of my needle thread palette. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to create some designs with them. I’ve had some for some rose buds that I’m creating, but this will open my palette to more textures. I got a few fistfuls…

Aren’t they great!

1 mecidis dmc wool stash2 medicis threads

3 medicis5 medicis label

It was a fun day. It’s always great to find some stash on sale!

*I just HAD to post the kitten…they are all just so cute stumbling around here at the house.* 😉

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Marigold Tinting with Crayon Part 6

Portrait of Marigold iron on transfer with crayon

The Marigold must undergo the Hot Iron! Muwahaha!

One of the most scariest parts of this process of tinting fabric with crayon is the nerve wracking hot iron melting the wax of your freshly colored fabric. If it’s going to go wrong…it’s irreversible from here!

Here is our Marigold flower, waiting for the hot iron to melt the crayon colors on it.

1 Pre ironed marigold with crayon

Crayons manage to leave little flecks of waxy color on the surrounding areas colored.

2 flecks of crayon on marigold3 flecks of crayon close up 2

Normally, on a sheet of paper, you could brush them lightly with the back of your hand and scatter them off to your unsuspecting floor. But, with fabric, if you brush the flecks with a large surface, like the back of your hand, you run the risk of smashing the little flecks into your fabric or leaving a streaking crayon stripe across your fabric. So, for fleck removal, I tried a toothbrush. (yes, I have an electric toothbrush, so that is the brush I used.) 😉

4 brush off crayon flecks

There. Once the little flecks of waxy color are removed, to the best of your ability, then you are ready to iron the waxy colors into the fabric. Here you may be able to see that the little flecks are a little less visible. (Right)

1 Pre ironed marigold with crayon5 most flecks removed

Now, heat your iron to the cotton setting. Place your colored design between 2 sheets of paper.

6 iron between paper

Place the hot iron down on the design. Smell hot wax melting!

7 iron to melt wax

And…voila! After lifting the iron, you will see a waxy mess left of the top sheet of paper. Keep replacing this paper until and iron again, until the wax residue no long shows on the paper. Here you can see the wax residue lessening as each pass of the hot iron removes more wax.

8 wax 19 wax 210 wax 311 wax 412 wax 5

Here is our Marigold flower all ironed and tinting with crayon!

13 marigold ironed

Here are the before and after iron shots. You can see that the highlights soften after ironing.

5 most flecks removed13 marigold ironed

Now, it’s now ready to stitch. Off to select the palette and create some stitches!

Portrait of Marigold iron on transfer with crayon

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


————-Helpful Information———-

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 1 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 2 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 3 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 4 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 5 (Click Here)

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Coloring the Marigold Part 5

Time for some crayons!

crayons for the marigold embroidery transfer

Yesterday the flowers ironed on fairly well with the iron on transfer pencil that I found.

1 uncolored rose iris embroidery transfer2 uncolored pansy marigold embroidery transfer

3 uncolored iris rose pansy marigold embroidery transfers

Now, the creative challenge is to figure out the colors for the Marigold. Let’s tint this felt flower with some crayons. ( I use Crayola regular crayons )

4 get the colors out for the marigold

My inspiration for the Marigold was this photo online: found at: http://desktoppub.about.com/library/photos/blflower3.htm

marigold

Image courtesy of Jacci Howard Bear http://desktoppub.about.com/

From this photo, select a few crayons that may be representative of the petal colors. Here you can see a deep red, an orange, a brighter orange, a yellow and a purple for shading. Scribble a few samples until you are happy with the color combinations.

5 test and select colors for marigold

Color the petals. Here I’ve used the crayons to gradually move from the darker tones in the center of the petals to the lighter tones toward the edge of the petals.

6 start of marigold petals

I couldn’t see with just the red transfer outline, so I gave up and lightly relined the iron on with a Micron Pigma Pen .005 in black.

7 micron pigma pen 005

Here are all the petals colored with crayon. You also see, circled, the scribble for the stamen colors. Try out a few choices on paper then select one you like.

8 marigold petals colored

Here are the colors for the stamen; a bright light yellow, medium yellow, a brown and purple again for shading. Circle above on the paper is the selection for the petal colors.

9 choosing the stamen colors

Here is the entire Marigold flower head, colored. Both the circled selections show the choices for the petals and the stamen.

10 stamen colored

Here are a few selections for the leaves. They are “warm greens” to match the oranges and yellows of the Marigold. You see a light, medium and dark green here.

11 selecting leaf colors

Here is the colored Marigold. Purple is the shade color, not black. When I learned to paint, I learned that shadows are really a mixture of 2 neighboring colors. The best choice, when that is not available, is purple. Black, they say, doesn’t really exist in nature and a purple hue is really perceived as ‘darker’ than a black shade. So, I use purple for shading. It seems to work well. 😉

12 all colors on the marigold

Here is the Marigold in all it’s color glory. On the left you can see where I’ve added pure white highlights to the petals and just a touch on the one leaf. The white is really bright right now, but when you iron the crayon to create the tint, the white will soften.

13 pre highlights marigold14 post highlights marigold

Now, it’s off to the iron to melt the wax and see what “tint” will be left in the Marigold before choosing the embroidery thread for the stitching!

This is a really fun project. I really like it.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 1 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 2 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 3 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 4 (Click Here)

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Iron On the Flowers Part 4

Portrait all flowers ironed on for embroidery

The iron on transfers for the Pansy, Marigold, Rose and Iris were successful! …Okay, somewhat successful.

😉

Since we have the larger design of 4″x6″ over the smaller felt fabric of 3″x4.5″, placing the design over the fabric is a little tricky. I held it up to the light, shown in the previous post HERE, just prior to placing the items down on the towel to be ironed.

1 Iris image to iron on pencil side down11 place the rose iron on onto the felt

Hold the hot iron transfer patterns in place while reaching for the hot iron.

2 hold the iris image over felt embroidery transfer12 hold the rose pattern in place to iron

Hold the iron down to the transfer. I didn’t move the iron around much. I thought it might ‘blur’ the final image. So, I just let the iron sit on different areas of the design.

3 press Iris with the iron7 ironning the pansy transfer for embroidery13 iron the rose pattern transfer

The trickiest part is “the peek”. While still holding the iron in place, try to lift a corner or section of the hot iron transfer up in order to peek under the design to see if the iron on pencil is successful. Here you can see that the transfer is very light onto the white felt. But, um…hey?! Isn’t it awfully DARK on the towel! Just my luck…it transferred really well to the protective fabric and not to the embroidery fabric. 😐

8 peek at the pansy to check embroidery transfer4 sneak a peek to see if iris is transferring for embroidery image

After peeking and seeing what resembles a transfer line, go ahead and remove the iron and the iron on transfer pattern. Hopefully, there will be a wonderful outline left on the embroidery fabric. Here, again, you can see the wonderfully DARK lines left on the toweling and the somewhat visible lines left on my embroidery fabric, felt.

5 Voila! the transferred iris for embroidery9 the pansy iron on transferred for embroidery14 the rose tranferred ready for embroidery

Here you can see the size difference in the iron on transfer design and the actual design area of felt fabric. As you can see, only a portion of the iron on design in captured on the surface to be embroidered…the rest, of course…is…

6 the iris transferred next to the full pattern10 the pansy ironed on next to the full pattern14 the rose iron on transferred next to the full pattern14a the marigold iron on transferred next to the full pattern

beautifully left all over the towel that was under the fabric! 😉

15 the iron on remnants over the edges

And there you have it. Designs, transferred to some little felt fabric. Now…the next challenge…

portrait all flowers

what to do with them NOW?!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 1 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 2 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 3 (Click Here)

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Preparing Iron On Transfers Part 3

1 the largest design size 4x6 over the felt 3x4.5

Create outside of the box.

I chose the largest design copy, the 4″x6″, to place onto the3″x4.5″ felt rectangle. How is that you ask? The design doesn’t fit on the rectangle?! I know. At least it doesn’t fit entirely on the rectangle.

The entire design won’t fit onto the felt. By moving the felt piece around behind the design, you can capture a portion of the design that may be pleasing within the design space. Here is the felt piece behind the design of the iris.

iris 4x6 over felt 3x4.5

Here is the felt piece behind the design of the marigold.

marigold 4x6 over felt 3x4.5

Here is the felt piece behind the design of the pansy.

pansy 4x6 over felt 3x4.5

I’m not sure why I don’t have a picture of the felt behind the rose design. I think I forgot to snap a picture of it.

Now to make a transfer. There are many suggestions for creating a transfer. I wanted something quick and easy. For me, that translates to an iron on pencil or pen. I’ve looked at every store with craft supplies here in Hawaii (Oahu) and have not found an iron on pencil or pen. If you find one here let me know where it is. I managed to coerce my mom into letting me borrow her light table. (She uses it for card making.) So, with this in my hot little hands, an iron on transfer can be born.

Here is the 4″x6″ iris on the light table, design side up, just so you can see the design and the size comparison.

small light table to transfer design

Flip the design over, face down on the light source.

design face down on light table

I also dug up a Tri-Chem red transfer pencil that was in with my mom’s old sewing kit. I’m not sure if it’s all that great, but it’s all I have in the way of iron on transfer pencils right now. Beggars can’t be choosers, or so I hear.

tri chem red transfer pencil for iron on transfer designs

With the designs all face down on the light table, trace the design on the backside of the design paper. This leaves the iron on pencil to be placed on your design fabric. I’ve traced all the flower designs onto the back of the original designs.

all flowers to embroider traced with iron on pencil

Now to place and iron the sections of design onto the 3″x4.5″ felt rectangles.

I hope it works!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 1 (Click Here)

Find my Summer Creativity Challenge Part 2 (Click Here)

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Designing Embroidery Space Part 2

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Now that we have the decided fabric, felt, cut to a desired size, 3″x4.5″, designing the embroidery space is next the challenge.

The Yahoo Group Hand-Embroidery is using these 4 flower designs in the Summer Creativity Challenge. There is an Iris, a Pansy, a Rose and a Marigold to embroider.

Here are the designs at various sizes. I printed them out as 4″x6″, 3″x5″, and 2″x3″.

1 resized flower designs

Here is the felt next to the 2″x3″ size design. The entire flower design should fit on the felt fabric piece.

2 the smallest design

Here is the felt next to the 3″x5″ size design. Most of the entire flower could fit on the felt fabric piece. Maybe even some of the stem could get into the design area as well.

3 the medium size

Here is the felt next to the 4″x6″ size design. Part of the flower design could fit on the felt fabric piece with not much of the leaves or stems to use in the design.

4 the largest size printed

Now, the questions of which size to use and how to use them stir the creativity. I enjoy having many choices when placing a design on fabric. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of designing!

I’m off to manipulate the fabric over the designs to see all the many design possibilities there are, and which of them are pleasing and appealing to the eye. It’s a wonderful “brain teaser”. I do this mostly by “feel” although some may call it finding a balance in the design given the boundaries of the fabric. I think that most people can move the design around on the design space and “feel” when it “works” for them.

Are you taking the Summer Creativity Challenge? How are you approaching the challenge? Share with us and write about it in the comments. I’m sure others taking the challenge would love to hear from you as well.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

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Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Embroidered Flowers Part 1

After much talk of a “Summer Challenge” over at the wonderful Yahoo! Group, Hand-Embroidery, I finally asked what the “Challenge” was all about. Boy, was I ever excited!

portrait all designs resized

The challenge is posted at the group blog, a place that I know I’ve visited, but somehow missed the entire idea of the challenge until people started posting their finished pieces. It seems that the Summer Creativity Challenge is all about flowers. The group is taking 4 flower patterns from the blog at Stitchy Britches and interpreting them as the challenge! If you follow the links to all these places, don’t forget to come back!

I was so excited to find the many, many, many transfer designs after getting to Stitchy Britches! Now, aside from the challenge, I can’t even begin to think of what to start next. There are so many choices there they would keep you in pattern heaven for several lifetimes.

I am inspired to take the Summer Creativity Challenge and here is my journey to the flowery creations ahead!

I’ve been working with felt for the sketchbook cover, so I am going to challenge myself to create these flowers in felt and tint with crayon. My personal challenge is to also keep my finished project “simple” and “affordable” as an inspiration to any ‘beginner embroiderers’ or any ‘budget embroiderers’ that may fear a challenge like this thinking that the outcome has to involve a lot of finishing or a lot of fancy embellishments. Besides, I love the challenge of creating something out of nearly nothing!

Here, a sheet of 9″x12″ white felt.

1 Full Sheet white felt

To make the challenge even more ‘affordable’ I will only use Half a sheet of felt. The smaller size should make the challenge seem less daunting for anyone.

2 plan to cut full sheet in half lengthwise

Use rotary cutters and a quilt ruler to cut the felt in half lengthwise.

3 handy dandy rotary cutters

Here is the half sheet of felt. Now 12″x4.5″

4 felt is cut lengthwise

The flowers are taller than they are wide, so they would be placed on the felt in this direction.

5 planning for fourths

There are 4 flowers so the felt needs to be cut into fourths. Half this strip, then half it again to get the fourths.

6 cut this in half then half again

Rotary cutters slice through at the half mark.

7 handy dandy rotary cutters again

There are 2 halves of the lengthwise strip. Each is 4.5″x6″.

8 here is the lengthwise halved

Stack them on top of each other.

9 placed on top of each other

Find half of that piece, measure…

10 cut through both in half again

and cut.

11 again the rotary cutters

Here they are again in half. Each is 4.5″x3″.

12 both stacks are halved

There are the 4 felt pieces for the challenge pattern. Each rectangle is 3″x4.5″.

13 here are the 4 pieces for the challenge

The challenge designs are printed out as 4″x6″, 3″x5″, and 2″x3″.

14 the challenge patterns

Now for the next challenge…getting one of these design sizes onto the 3″x4.5″ felt.

Any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Think outside of the box.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 1 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 2 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 3 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 4 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 5 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 6 (Click Here)

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