I really had a lot of fun stitching this lasso. I hadn't stitched anything like this before. I really liked how it turned out. If you are reading this blog and want to stitch up this towel look for Giddy Up Pattern or Kit in "Embroidered Toweling" category on this website.
Giddy up and let's start stitching.
Hello from the backside!
I often get asked about how to finish the backs of my embroidered dishtowels. While I do try to make the backside neat, it is not as neat as the front. There is an old adage, "Make the back as neat as the front". Not sure how to achieve this perfection as I am self taught, but here are my tricks to carry threads and neaten up my knots.
This view is from the backside of "Farm Girl" Embroidered Dishtowel.
In these photo's, I am finding a path to bring my thread to the next crevice line in my stitched tomato.
I don't want to knot and start my thread again. It is only a 1 inch to my next stitching line. But, I do not want to carry the thread across the back. This causes potential pulling and looks messy.
So, I wrap around existing
lines to get where I need to go.
Welcome to the Farm Girl Dishtowel Lettering tutorial.
This post will give you hints for stitching American Type
You may have the Farm Girl Dishtowel kit or pattern. If not, this pattern and/or kit is available to purchase from the "Embroidered Toweling" Category on this site.
Pre-wash your towel following manufacturers instructions.
I used the cool setting on my washer.
Trace design onto your washed and pressed dishtowel. Find detailed tracing instructions on FAQ's page of this website.
I used 2 strands of black floss and backstitch for the letters.
I have started my letters in this photo. You can see my tracing for a single row column and a double row column. The F is finished with a double row main column. The base's of all vertical and horizontal columns are finished.
Note how each column does not necessarily have a base going in
each direction. For example, the top of the F only has a base going towards the left. The top horizontal column of the F only has the base pointing downward.
From time to time, we see sewing rooms, sewing organizers and creative ways stitchers, knitters, and sewers store their stash. It is always fun and creative to see the fun ways people use large sewing rooms, small dining rooms, kitchens, and closets.
I started out as a young wife with a tall shelf in the corner of my bedroom. My Pfaff was on a folding table. Eventually, I would move the sewing machine to the dining room table.
This worked out well for a very long time. I remember the dining room is where my mom did her sewing. We kids would be sent to bed and now I know she would stay up late sewing. In the morning there would be a dress hanging from our dining room overhead light. I remember a particular dress very well. It was blue velveteen with chiffon sleeves. And it was for me. I had picked it out of the Simplicity or Butterick book and it was my dress for the first day of school. By far the prettiest dress I ever had until my Prom days. By 15 years old, I was making my own dresses.
When I left home at 19, my mom bought me my own Pfaff. It is still in my use. I will never give this machine up. Still good for repairs to Carrhart jeans and snow clothes for my boys and their friends. Still sews through just about anything. There are sweet stars carved into it by my son Eric when he discovered pins made great lines into the enamel. I like to think the stars were for me but, I think he just discovered how to make five-pointed stars around the same time as playing with my pins. He used to stand by my machine and ask me to tell stories for hours. A very sweet memory.
Where I keep my floss is a special story. I was going to try to sell my little patterns at a retail sewing show (around 1996?) in Phoenix, AZ. I was single and trying to support myself and my boys. I was going to meet my friend Kathy Campbell of Heart to Hand there with her husband. She asked for my cell number. I didn't have a cell phone I told her. (I couldn't afford one.) She and her husband Bill, insisted I drive and follow them the whole way. That I would never be alone. I received so much help from them during this trip. I will never forget it.
The show was fun and successful. We left Phoenix and to an Antique Mall Kathy liked to visit. She has the best flair for design in everything! I found a little slide case. I loved it and wanted it for what? Kathy said, embroidery floss bobbins! This is exactly what it became.
This little slide projector case makes me feels creative and loved. It has been with me for 25 years. Now, it is opened, sticker decorated, teaching colors and carefully petted by my "Darling" Harlin granddaughter. And I finally received a cell phone. An amazing gift from a caring friend.
As if the things we make aren't memories enough, sometimes the items we use to make these memories keep our hearts full.
Hello To All Embroiders!
I added a new product to the "Favorite Notions" category.
Stick N' Stitch by Sulky.
Some of you find tracing designs to fabric difficult.
This transfer paper will eliminates tracing!
I am using Here Comes the Sun Embroidered Dishtowel pattern as an example. This towel is available as a kit in the "Embroidered Dishtowels" Category of the site.
Use an inkjet printer copy your embroidery design to the sticky transfer paper. Cut away any excess Stick n' Stitch.
Have projects you are waiting to start? Add these to your printer area. Try to use up the whole surface of one 8.5 x 11 sheet. You can cut away and stick the designs in order on your fabric.
Embroider through fabric and paper.
I found it helpful to anchor the ends of Stick n' Stitch so no accidental lifting occurred. I did this by doing my embroidery stitches on both ends of the design. And see where the little flowers are there by themselves? I stitched those up at the beginning so I did not accidentally lose them when I packed up my stitching to take along with me.