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How to finish your stitchery in an embroidery hoop or on paper

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE to make some of our stitchery into Christmas tags. Today I’m experimenting with two more finishing techniques.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Pick one of your embroideries and select a wooden embroidery hoop that is the correct size to frame it. Just lay the hoop on top of the embroidery to make sure that all of the embroidery can be seen and that there’s enough fabric around that can be wrapped around the inner hoop.

 

Selecting hoop size
Selecting hoop size

 

Trim away excess background fabric at least ½” away from the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.

 

Trim away excess background fabric.
Trim away excess background fabric.

 

Trace the inside of the embroidery hoop onto felted wool and then cut along the drawn line.

 

Trace onto felted wool.
Trace onto felted wool.

 

Place dots of glue along the outside edge of the back of the background fabric. Then place it on top of the inside ring of the embroidery hoop and wrap the fabric around the edge of the wood. Press with your fingers until the glue holds.

Add the outside ring of the embroidery hoop placing the closure at the top of the embroidery and then tighten the screw.

 

Dots of glue along outside edge
Dots of glue along outside edge

 

Add a line of glue dots to the outside edge of the back of the felted wool circle.

 

Glue dots on back of wool.
Glue dots on back of wool.

 

Glue the wool circle to the back of the embroidery inside of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.

 

Glue onto back of embroidery
Glue onto back of embroidery

 

Add a ribbon tied to the screw at the top of the embroidery hoop.

 

Add ribbon bow
Add ribbon bow

 

Sewing to paper

Trim the embroidery background and then use a light spraying of 505 Adhesive spray to adhere it to a rectangle of cardstock.

 

Glue to cardstock
Glue to cardstock

 

Select a straight stitch on the Brother Dreamweaver XE and then increase the stitch length using the “+” key.

 

Increase stitch length
Increase stitch length

 

Start stitching with the Dreamweaver XE about ⅛” from the edge of the fabric and then drop the needle and pivot at the corner. You could also choose to use a zigzag stitch instead of a straight stitch. Just make sure that you use a long stitch length so you don’t perforate the paper too much.

 

Pivot at the corner
Pivot at the corner

 

Now you can use either glue or double-sided tape to adhere the paper to the front of a blank greeting card. Isn’t that a sweet one-of-a-kind Christmas card?

 

Adhere to greeting card
Adhere to greeting card

 

Here are all of the free motion fusible applique projects that we made this week. I really love this technique and have lots of ideas of how I can use it to make other projects!

 

Our finished projects
Our finished projects

 

Once again, it’s been a great week using the Dreamweaver XE. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about free motion fusible applique and embroidery and that you’ve been inspired to try it yourself. I’ll see you next month!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Couching adds the finishing touch to handmade gift tags

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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