Santa Stocking for hubby. After I made the Patchwork Stocking for me, he says...so where's mine?? haha This one uses designs from the Bernina Embroidery Software. It measures about 19" long and 11" wide. I digitized the toe and heel and the cuff. The stocking is a gold jaquard fabric. The cuff is on red satin using irredescent thread on the candlewick swirls and the snowflakes. The same thread was used in Santa's fur trim of his suit and hat. HoHoHo!
Christmas & Crayons! Redwork embroidery is from www.hatchedinafrica.com, the Christmas Quilt Squares collection. After embroidering on the tea towel, I used crayons to color areas. I'd forgotten how much fun coloring can be!! The crayon was heat set over paper towels to absorb excess wax.
A ring of snowmen! This could be used as a pot wrap, but I wanted a wrap around the wire container I use to hold coasters. Designs are from www.hatchedembfun.com, the Snowmen & Mylar collection.
There is mylar in the snowman's body. A very sunny day, but I still couldn't get the shine to show up well in the photos.
Each snowman has a front and back so although you see 4 snowmen, there were 8 sew outs. I resized the back design a tiny bit so it would fit better with the front. I used sparkle white felt with cutaway stabilizer. They are so cute rolling around on a snowball!!
Patchwork Stocking measures about 12" (toe to heel) by 18" (heel to hanger). I digitized the basic stocking front using V6 Bernina Embroidery Software. There is a total of 3 hoopings, 2 for the stocking using the Bernina 830 jumbo hoop and 1 for the cuff using the mega hoop. The small embroideries are from Hatched in Africa's Little Christmas Collection. www.hatchedinafrica.com
Closeup of the cuff area. The stitches go all the way around the back. The fabrics are some I've been hanging on to waiting for something like this. They are all sparkley, 'party-dress' fabrics. The cuff and back of the stocking is a home dec fabric that may or may not be dupioni silk. It has a woven design of swirly leaves in a shiny gold, so I'm thinking it most likely is a polyester look-alike. You can see this fabric best in the patch with Season's Greetings embroidered on it.
Closeup of the foot area. The stitches around the patches are done in copper colored metallic thread.
Christmas Apron I taught for Stitching with Sue & Berninas Club. This apron is the same on both front and back, slips over the head and has built in potholders in the pockets. No pattern available as this is my original pattern.
Tissue Box cover for the guest bathroom. Embroidery designs from www.allsortsembdesigns.com. These designs are free if you are a member of their Yahoo Group Forum here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/allsortsdesigns/. The cover pattern itself is my own, digitized in the Bernina Embroidery Software.
A Christmas Card Holder to hang on a door hook. This hangs on the pantry door in my kitchen. Basic ornament shape is from Hatched in Africa's Christmas Ornament Placemat Project. I elongated the pattern. Embroidery designs are Hatched in Africa's Christmas Topiaries and Trees. www.hatchedinafrica.com
Corner closeup of the Christmas Card Holder.
A cute Christmas bottle apron to cover the hand lotion bottle in my guest bathroom. The in-the-hoop bottle apron is a freebie from www.hatchedinafrica.com. The Santa is from Hatched's Curly Santa Claus collection. The HoHoHo was added using built-in lettering from my Bernina Embroidery Software V6.
ManShirt Makeover. This was hubby's dress shirt that he no longer wanted. I revamped it and made it into a Christmas Blouse for me! Embroidery designs from www.hatchedinafrica.com, Christmas Ornaments Outlines collection.
Back view of the ManShirt Makeover.
Closeup of embroidery, decorative stitches, and applied rickrack trim.
Canister Wraps to jazz up plain red canisters used only during the Christmas holidays. Embroidery from www.hatchedinafrica.com - Christmas Jewels and Christmas Heirloom collections.
Christmas Window Sparklers for a class I taught. About 7-8" square, these are reversible, done on organza and Angelina (the snowman). A quick fun project.
Christmas Fireplace Cover using 3 diffferent design sets from www.hatchedinafrica.com - Velvet Birds and Elegant Holly and Christmas Redwork. It measures about 32" square.
The Velvet Birds have areas that are densely satin stitched and then the top layer is clipped, making 'velvet'. The ribbon swirl is a stitch from my Bernina Embroidery Software Designer Plus V5.
Close up of a corner showing the holly redwork design and decorative machine stitching done on my sewing machine.
When I saw that red cotton fabric (yes, it's cotton!), I had to buy it. I used a positive/negative effect with the fabric using the center cut out for one pillow and the frame left for the other, appliquing onto the cream background. Pillows are 16" square. Embroidery designs are from Hatched in Africa.
Doesn't the red look like crumpled velvet? It was appliqued on with a decorative machine satin stitch. The cream background is a tone-on-tone cotton. Embroidery designs from Hatched In Africa.
Snowman Quilt. Embroidery designs are Friendly Snowmen from AllSorts Designs, the sister site of Hatched in Africa. The sashings and inner borders were cut from a border print fabric. I used a coordinating blue for the embroidered blocks, borders and backing.
Closeup of the embroidery and block.
Quilted circular placemats for my breakfast table.
Christmas Tablecloth. Designs from Hatched In Africa. This is part of a set for another contest entry. I won!!
Closeup of Christmas Tablecloth
Christmas Chairback covers. Part of the set for contest.
Closeup of outside of Chairback Covers.
Closeup of inside of Chairback covers.
Closeup of Twisted Christmas Wallhanging.
Twisted Christmas Wallhanging. Blocks are done completely in the hoop. I digitized the crazy patch blocks and the embroideries were a free download.
Quilted Tree. A quilt kit. Lots of 2" squares!!
Quilted Santa. A pieced and applique quilt
Christmas Cardinal Pillow. Embroidery is from an older Bernina card.
Santa Fuzzy Beard. Fun little pieced quilt
Poinsettia Tablerunner. Embroidery designs from elsasdesigns.com, Singles collection
Christmas Runner. Another project I taught. Techniques include embroidery, applique, decorative machine stitching, piecing, free-motion quilting as well as quilting with a walking foot.
Closeup of Christmas Runner. Embroidery design is from Hatched In Africa/Christmas 2006 Collection.
Knitted Christmas Stockings. Embroidery designs from left: Hatched In Africa; snowman digitized by me; Elsa's Designs. Stockings are wool yarns in sizes 12in and 18in. For more information on the stockings, please contact Martha at email@example.com