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Using Cutwork in Colder Months

Cutwork is a fun and elegant way of using embroidery to dress up your apparel, but in these chillier winter months, it may look a bit brisk!

What if you’re in love with the new Rose & Bone Cutwork collection, but are sad you have to wait till spring to use it? No worries! There’s a quick design hack to get some use out of it now.

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All you have to do is back it with fabric. This is very easy, and you can include it as a step right in the process to stitch your fabric right into the design! All you have to do is modify the original cutwork tutorial like so:

1) You have cut out your fabric piece and have backed it with your water soluble stabilizer

2) All your cotton lace pieces have sewn

3) Tape your chosen fabric piece behind your design, making sure it covers all open areas

4) Change your bobbin back to the regular rayon thread, and finish stitching your design

That’s it! That way, when you soak your design, your cotton thread will still float effortlessly above your fabric backing, but the rest of your fabric will be stitched together snugly with the satin outlines. When you’re done, just cut away the excess fabric like you would with your stabilizer.

It’s that simple!

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Placing fabric behind your cutwork offers all kinds of options. Add a beautiful ombre fabric for a special effect. Add a matching color fabric for a gorgeous tone-on-tone textural effect. Put organza on the back for an extra light option. If you don’t want your cutwork showing off a bit of skin, or find it just too brisk an option, this is a classy way to still use your cutwork to amazing effect, no matter the season.

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Want an even easier solution? Stitch your cutwork like a regular design. No need to change the bobbin or mess with xacto knives. Your elegant piece will just stitch as a lacy textured accent on anything you stitch it on, like this pillow example.

So if you’re fretting the cold air, try one of these versions and keep yourself chic and toasty. Plus, don’t forget, the Rose & Bone Cutwork collection is only on sale for a limited time! Go grab it now and get stitching no matter the season.

6 Stitchy Ways To Refresh Your Decor

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It’s a new year … time for a fresh start!

Give your home a lift with chic and unique designs from the Fresh Start Sale! These designs are perfect for throw pillows, blankets, curtains, wall art, and lots more home decor. Want a couple of ideas on how to freshen up your space with embroidery? Try these 6 easy ideas you can try this weekend…

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Get organized in style with a fabric-covered bulletin board.

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Stitch a felt bowl to catch odds and ends near the door.

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Stretch fabric on a frame to turn your favorite designs into wall art.

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Layer and collage embroidery to make a postcard pillow.

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Brighten up your space with a pretty patchwork throw from this pattern.

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Light up your life with a lampshade covered with pretty embroidery.

Every design pictured on these easy ideas is on sale, along with MANY others – just $1.49 for each machine embroidery design, and only $0.50 for the hand embroidery versions.  Sale ends Sunday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m., Central time — so go pick out your favorite designs, and make your nest the best it’s ever been!

5 Crafty Ways To Keep Up New Year’s Resolutions

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Get fit with a new workout tee!

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Get organized with easy no-sew wall pockets.

Repair those clothes that have been sitting in the closet.

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Upcycle the ones that can’t be saved into something cooler to save money.

Finally, keep those kids (or yourself) motivated on household chores with a helpful monster.

2014 is going to rock. Are you ready to make it your craftiest year ever? Get stitching!

Urban Threads Tackles Cutwork

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Cutwork is a classic embroidery technique where portions of fabric are cut out and filled with a lace-like embroidery. Versions of it have been around before, but never in the classic Urban Threads style… until now! In this new Dark Heart design, pretty lace covers a cut-out shape in your fabric, surrounded by one-color roses digitized with incredible dimension.

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We fell in love with this style once we found out how easy it is to get a dramatic effect. You’ll be amazed how simple this process is… check out the tutorial to see how!

6 Last Minute Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s the weekend before Christmas and you’re in a panic. You have all your big gifts done (maybe…) but all those little gifts for friends, coworkers and holiday hostesses are yet to be done. You need some ideas and you need them fast. Well lucky for you, here are six new quick-stitching Christmas embroidery designs and six easy DIY projects that you can whip through in a weekend, no problem.

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What’s cuter than a little stitched gift bag? A quick trip to your machine to add the design, and a few sewing tricks later, and you can fill this drawstring bag with all kinds of candies and goodies for any gift occasion.

Make it here.

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Need something simple like a card, but still want to show you didn’t just run to the store? You can quickly stitch a card. No kidding! You just stitch it on some light fabric and then stitch it onto cardstock. It’s as unique and personal as you are. You could even make this as a matching card (with matching design) to another stitched gift, or just stitch it on its own. Try it in those sparkling metallics for an extra festive look.

Make it here.

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Cookies! Everyone loves holiday cookies. Grab a jar and layer in the ingredients for some Christmas cookies. Then stitch this festive little bag cover and tie it all up with a cookie cutter. So cute and delicious!

Get the recipe and make it here…. (just skip past the ornaments part)

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Want a big statement with a quick project? A pillow cover is much easier than you’d think to make. Grab a chic shiny silk or some soft fleece and stitch a merry design to warm up someone’s home. A quick-stitching design will get you through the project in no time!

Make it here with a zipper, or if that’s too scary, make an even easier fold over pillow cover here(jump to the end of each tutorial for pillow construction techniques)

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Want an even easier gift, no tutorial required? Pick up a pretty scarf (something at least a bit sturdier than silk) and hoop it up with some tearaway stabilizer. Stitch your favorite light, festive design, and you’re done! Maybe you can even add your recipient’s initials to make it extra personal. Lots of machines have built-in alphabets, or you can use one of these. Simple and so chic!

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Finally, want a little gift that’s perfect for everyone on your list, and easy to make a dozen in an afternoon? These adorable little pocket handwarmers are just simple stitched squares filled with rice and spices. They’re a gift that’s always appreciated on cold days and look just darling all tied up in a bow.

Make it here.

So there you have it. Six chic new embroideries designed to stitch quickly in time for Christmas, and six simple tutorials you can use to take care of those last few people on your list. You’ve got a whole weekend. Make yourself a mug of cocoa, and you’ll be done stitching in no time!

Psst… still not sure what to get someone? Everyone loves fluffy yetis.

DIY Holiday Ideas – Hand Embroidered Boxes & Tags

Looking to spice up your gift giving this year with some handmade touches? There’s an easy way to do it with supplies that are easy at hand, especially in the home of us crafty folk. Hand embroider on paper!

All you need are some standard gift giving supplies (bags, boxes, wrapping or tags) and some cute hand embroidery patterns. Click each image to go to the original tutorial.

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Want to get started with some fun designs? Try searching through the Christmas category. All designs (including hand embroidery designs) STOREWIDE are 50% off now until Dec 8th!

New Tutorial & Gothic Gala Collection SALE

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Make this Halloween season frightfully fancy with the new Gothic Gala collection of embroidery designs, all ON SALE right here.

Light and intricate like an old spiderweb, these designs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, perfect for embellishing haunting decor that’ll be the star of your All Hallows’ Eve soiree or any Gothic inspired project. Conjure up some ghoulish glamour!

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Plus, loving those plus embroidered pumpkins above? Get a full tutorial and template on how to make them here!

Psstt… there might just be a special Lab project coming your way next week with this new collection!