How to Clean Up Your Work Area

 

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 As you may have guessed, I am a total Neat Freak. And if you guessed this, you would be wrong. Cause I am neither neat, nor tidy, nor clean when I sew. There are fabric and thread clippings everywhere! 

But I do have a cleaning tip for you. Use batting. Place a small square of batting next to your sewing machine and drop your thread snips onto it. It’s a good way to keep the threads from slipping to the floor.

 

580CD0F9-77AE-4EC6-95CC-7C80A2FB8C09 Sweep up your work area with batting. I use it to dust my work tables and Teflon covered work table. You’d be surprised at how many fibers it collects. (No doubt my Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is in the mail.)

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And here’s another use for batting. Make a small ball and throw it to your cat. My cats would go nuts over a ball of batting. Not sure why. Who knows what’s going on in the brain of a cat?

Another cat related item. A student in my class who loves cats had a bag that said “I’m just one cat short of crazy.” Keep that in mind all you cat lovers out there!

Who’s Feeling Bright and Sunny Today?

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Windy City #11 by Laura Wasilowski

As winter doth drageth on in the northern hemisphere, I am reminded that the days ARE getting longer and there shall be light eventually. But first, I must shovel snow.

fusingtableAnd then enjoy my messy studio where it is always sunny and bright! Why? Because there is fabric to play with and imagination to be explored. Have you fondled your fabric lately? Maybe it needs your personal attention right now. We don’t want our fabric to feel lonely.

Hope your days are sunny and bright!

Flower Vase Stitch Along #7

vaseonwool17This is our last day for the Flower Vase Stitch Along. Thank you for joining me and I hope you’ve enjoyed the embroidery and fun stitch combinations. Please send me photos of your stitchery. I’d love to see what you’ve made! Email is laura@artfabrik.com

  • Stitch 8 arcs of Cable Stitches between the other flower stems using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Sheaf Stitch on the tip of each Cable Stitch flower stem using yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a French Knot in the center of each Sheaf Stitch using a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch rows of Chain Stitches across the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side edges and down to the bottom of the fabric to make the table.
  • Begin the top row of Chain Stitches where the top of the Blanket Stitch and French Knot rows appear on the vase. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 2 rows of Chain Stitches around the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side and top edges to make the borders. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Trim the outside edges of the fabric close to the Chain Stitched borders.

Thank you for visiting with me while we made this colorful vase of flowers. You can find directions for the entire Flower Vase Stitch Along here. Check out more Tutorials here.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #6

vaseonwool16These flowers are only indigenous to the Chicagoland area so you may not recognize them. And it takes several stitches to bring them to life. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch a Lazy Daisy Stitch about 3″ up from the center of the rim of the vase using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch a line of Fern Stitches down into the previous stitches to make a center flower stem.

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  • Stitch Fly Stitches on either side of the Fern Stitch line to make flowers.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Straight Stitch inside the loop of the top Lazy Daisy Stitch using a yellow thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch French Knots  inside of each flower.
  • Repeat the above steps to make 2 more flower stems on either side of the first stem.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #5

vaseonwool13Time to fill up that colorful vase with lots of stitch combo plants. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch 4 lines of Stem Stitches arcing out of the vase to make stems.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on either side of each stem to make leaves.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch Ermine Stitches on the ends of stem to make a flower.
  • Use a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch French Knots in the center of each Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Bullion Knots between each spike of the Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #4

vaseonwool11To complete the vase shape, we’ll add another fun stitch combination and some free form embroidery. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch 3 rows of Back Stitches across the vase to make a band of stitches above the previously stitched rows.
  • Space the rows about 1/8″ apart.
  • Use a yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill the rows made by the Back Stitches with Bullion Knots.
  • Use blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch rows of Running Stitches curving up from the last band of stitches to the top of the vase shape.
  • Space the rows about 1/8″ apart.
  • Use  light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Fill the previous rows of Running Stitches with more Running Stitches.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 2 rows of Stem Stitches across the top of the vase to make the rim.
  • Use red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Remove the Running Stitches used to outline the vase shape on the wool.