Thursday, March 18, 2010
I will not be defeated!
Houston we have liftoff! I was not going to let that machine get the best of me. I still have a long way to go, but at least I have something to show for my efforts.
And to answer a few commenter's question, I have an older model Babylock Esante embroidery machine in addition to my Bernina 1130. This machine came to live with me out of the generosity of a friend who wasn't using it.
The center burpcloth you saw in this post. The border fabrics were all from my stash. On the center cloth I used a cotton gingham and trimmmed it with a grosgrain ribbon.
I used a soft waffle pique for the band on this cloth and trimmed it with a wide satin ribbon. Babies love satin bindings. This one is a wealth of textures, the texture of the diaper with the embroidery, the pique and the satin.
I was also determined to achieve an applique. Now I have done machine applique for years, shoot, I must have sold 500 garden flags in the day. I can satin stitch on my 1130 in my sleep. The steps involved in the embroidery machine applique were another skill to learn. Check! I used a sweet elephant. This baby's namesake collected elephants so it is only fittin'. A floral cotton was used for this band, again trimmed with a satin ribbon.
I had to stop myself from getting out the Swiss eyelet to trim one of them with. There is a limit to everything and $12 a yard Swiss edging is a little over the top for a burpcloth!
To top it off, a simple monogram on a diaper cover finished off the day. Another skill, how to get that diaper cover on/in the hoop without taking it apart. Check!
All of these are simple designs, pretty simple techniques and I have a lot more to learn, but it is a start. Have you learned something new today?