Six months ago, when I started posting Christmas projects, I thought I had plenty of time to get everything on my list done, and maybe even squeeze in a few extra little things along the way. And, as usual, I drastically overestimated myself and how quickly I can work through projects. My 12 Days of Christmas bags are still in pieces, and my “Merry Christmas” BOM Quilt is, at this point, only “Merry Chr”…I only made it to the “I” in Christmas. Last night, I did scramble to get our stockings finished. (I didn’t really have a choice…how could we not have stockings on Christmas?) I had every intention of putting up an entire how-to on these, but I’ve had to condense it down to a simple embroidery tip. If the technique for the body of the stockings looks familiar, I did “borrow” it from fabric scrap notecards that I made over the summer. You may remember I spotted them on Moda Bake Shop.
My embroidery tip is either a testament to how crafty I am, or an example of how completely lazy I am. Or maybe it shows how we moms can be the best multi-taskers and find ways to accomplish so much in one day while at the same time taking great care of our kids?? Whichever way you look at it, this little tip has saved me tons of time.
Many people ask how I embroider names on my pieces. I don’t have an embroidery sewing machine, so any monogramming is done by hand. I do not have great handwriting, and free styling it is just way too risky for me. I’d hate to ruin something that I’ve spent hours working on.
To get perfect embroidery, I first type what I’d like to write on my computer. I pick a font I like and enlarge it to my desired size. Then, I simply tape a piece of tissue paper directly to my computer screen. Yes, I don’t print it out…I tape right to the monitor.
When all the embroidery is finished, I simply tear off the tissue paper. (I sometimes need to use a pair of tweezers to get some of the small pieces that are left behind.) I’ve used backstitch and chainstitch with this method and never have had a problem.
So, think of me what you will… a lazy crafter, an ingenious needlepoint expert, or a mom desperate for her kids to have stockings for Christmas. Regardless, it’s a good tip to have in your arsenal of tricks!
Nikki, In Stitches
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