03 Nov Monogram Madness and Giveaway!
What can I say – I love monograms. I give and receive lots of monogrammed gifts because I believe personalizing an item is a lovely way to turn ordinary objects into special gifts.
This week, I’ve been fixated on learning to embroider monograms. Obsessed……a dog with a bone.
I needed to learn more about both the Creative Icon capabilities and embroidery in general, so I buckled down and focused.
1. Craftsy Classes. I bought three…..
- Lindee Goodall – 20 Things Every Machine Embroiderer Should Know
- Cookie Gaynor – Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs
- Embroidery Software Essentials (w/ Cindy Hogan)
and quickly discovered I only needed Lindee Goodall’s class to get started. Lindee explains hooping, stabilizers, needles, threads, fabrics and all of the essentials one needs to know.
2. The Creative Icon – Setting up mySewnet account. (exclusive to Pfaff, Viking and Singer)
The Creative Icon features a 10 inch touchscreen with wifi. A computer software package is available for the Creative Icon which includes the mySewnet Cloud Sync tool. Any file I save to the mySewnet folder on my computer will automatically be transferred to the mySewnetTM cloud and accessible from machine. I set up the account online, and then…
3. I downloaded the Sew Notice App to my phone which monitors the embroidery stitch-out progress on via notifications on my smart phone. It sends notifications when I need to change thread, or it’s ready to change colors, when the design is done!
Many websites sell Embroidery Monograms ready to download. I found several I liked and found it easy to get carried away. Three sites I enjoyed and patronized are:
5. Here’s how my process worked:
- I bought a monogram design
- I download it to mySewnet folder on the computer
- I turned on the Creative Icon and opened the monogram file
Despite all of my new knowledge and sophisticated machinery, I knew the next step was all about trial and error, so away I went.
Old dish towels were bleached and monogrammed.
Old linens were washed starched and embellished
I’ll always be fond of white on white. Note the larger towel has no puckering! I embroidered on a soft tearaway stabilizer. The smaller napkins were embroidered on a water soluble.
Eventually, I decided the circle monogram standing alone needed something…….
So I went back to the websites and ordered frames.
Dishtowels led to baby bibs. Did you know Walmart sells a 13-pack of assorted color Gerber bibs for $10?
Birdie’s digging her new bib!
Finally I grabbed a few things from my closet.
I really like the new look of the vest!
Lulu is crazy about the pashmina,
and though I have some work to do I am elated to have tackled this new technique!
To celebrate – let’s have a giveaway!
I’m giving away two custom monogrammed holiday towels to one winner. I can’t promise they will be perfect, but I promise to give it my all! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 7.
Many thanks to Coats and Clark for the wonderful embroidery threads, and many thanks to you Dear Readers for making it through a lengthy post!