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September 25 2006


Questions - If you have a question or problem with ordering please send your emails to the studio office address so Albert can help you. (

Sometimes I get questions sent to my personal email address. This is fine, except a response will be delayed. I work a regular job and don't usually get to my mail until that evening. Some evenings if I'm really tired I don't turn on my computer at all.

Pattern Links -We had some problems with the paypal links for the Pursesnicky purse patterns. They have been fixed. If you encounter any other problems with links please let us know.

Newest Products

Mehndi Body Art Machine Embroidery Designs

The Big Easy Purse Pattern

The Hex Flex Frame

Where are our trunk shows?
Til end of Sept Jerry’s Sewing & Vacuum, Janesville, WI
Oct 1-23 Somewhere Sewing, Johnson City, TN

Reminder About Free Designs!

I have started sending out free designs with some of my email updates.  Check out the FREEBIES page for details.

These are available to members of my Yahoo email group. If you are a member and are not receiving them make sure your group settings are “Individual Emails” and that you have added me to your email to receive attachments.

These designs are in ART3, PES, and HUS formats only and sent unzipped.

Featured Project

For the next few weeks I will be featuring NEW projects made using the techniques and designs from my TOUCH OF NATURE book.

This is the third week in a series featuring this project
Week 1 here
Week 2 here

TOUCH OF NATURE: Textured Applique Machine Embroidery Techniques & Designs has been well received by you folks and I want to thank all of you who bought the book.  Of course, I could only touch on the potential of this art and still be able to get the book into print.  Therefore, for the next several issues of this newsletter, I would like to show you the versatility of the “Touch of Nature” concept.

This week I’m featuring another patch from our Periwinkle Dot top.

All of the projects in TOUCH OF NATURE are embroidered as patches.  In fact, all of the applique designs included on the CD in the back of the book can be made as patches.  What does this mean?

It means when you hoop your fabric to sew the designs you don't worry about design placement.  Just sew the design. Once the patch is made, you audition them onto your project, playing with the arrangement until you are happy with the placement.  Pin them on the project. Sew them on. It doesn't get any easier than that!

Use the applique designs included on the CD or use ones you already own.

In your book, look under “Applique Patches”. These instructions tell you how to make patches with appliques and what type of applique designs are appropriate for the “patch” technique. 

Featured Project

Periwinkle Top with a Touch of Nature ‘Spray’

I found this cotton knit top at my local Kohl's store.

I thought it would be nice with lightweight 3D floral applique's.

Rummaging through my fabric stash, I found blue and white organza and a shiny sparkle blue fabric.  Next, I matched up some threads.  I picked a blue and white to compliment the organza fabrics and a nice yellow for a little contrast - but not too much.

In your copy of Touch of Nature, look in Appendix A at the pictures of the embroidery designs included on the CD.  Notice the instructions for each design include what each color stop sews.  Keep your book open to these pages, so you will know what sews next.  In this series we’re going to do some mixing and matching of the designs and their parts.

For this project I sew several applique patches in various fabric/thread combinations.

I made 2 butterflies, 2 large flowers, and 6 small flowers (4 are shown here) before I started auditioning them onto the top. Fringe covered buttons were added last.

This week’s featured patches

In Appendix A, look for this design

These 2 patches are the center applique of this design.

Follow the directions in Appendix A for sewing this part of this design in the colors of your choice or use my variations.

Hoop 2 layers of organza.
Instead of adding another fabric for the background applique use the organza already in the hoop.

Skip thru the design to the center applique. Without adding any additional applique fabric sew just the center applique.

Follow the directions in Appendix A for sewing this part of the design. 

Once the patch is made it is ready to be auditioned onto your project, or wait until you have several patches ready first.

Instead of applying it to the top by sewing it on around the outside edges of the patch, I stitched it in place around just the center circle of  stitches.

In this way the outside fabric (the organza) is left free for a 3D effect.

Optional: The fringe button center was added last. In the book under "Fringe Button Covers" follow the directions for making these button covers in fabrics and thread colors of your choice.

Hint:I attached the fringe covered buttons with a small brass safety pin on the backside. This way they can be easily removed for laundering.

Next week, I’ll feature other “Patches” from this project

Albert’s Cubicle

Everyone Needs Backing

After last weeks tome, I'll endeavor to be brief.

We all need a little help now and then to get through the rough times, even computers.  While they consistently execute with absolute precision, every once in a while they need us to look out for them.  In other words, they need our backing.  More precisely, they need us to back up our repositories of knowledge, in the inevitable event they fail us.  Fortunately, backing up data has gotten easier in recent years.

Computers built in recent years have USB ports on them.  Thanks to USB and improved solid-state memory, a 256MB USB drive (memory sticks, thumb drives) can be had for about $20.  That's over 175 diskettes on something the size of a key fob.

For those with lots of embroidery designs to keep track of, these USB drives can also be found in 1, 2, 4, and 8GB sizes (8GB is approximately 12 CDs).  An 8GB USB drive can be found for as little as $55.  Add a key tag identifying its contents and the PC has a buddy to back it up.

Just remember to keep the USB drive handy and use it often on your important documents and embroidery designs.  We'll talk about bigger back up jobs next week.

Extra Extra

The Close Out on our floral CD’s continues. They are only a handfull left. Check the home page for collections still available. Click on the photos on the home page to take you to that collection

Don’t forget we have VILENE 72” wide in 2 yard cuts (that’s 4 square yards) for $15.00 That includes first class shipping within the US

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Copyright Laura Waterfield 2006




Laura's Sewing Studio embroidery designs are for personal use. Designs and copyrighted images are intended for private, non-commercial use. Laura's Sewing Studio entitles the purchaser only to make projects for personal use. The embroidery designs are the copyrighted property of Laura M. Waterfield. No design, documentation, or associated graphic distributed as part of this collection may be shared, re-sold individually, re-packaged, or used in any commercial endeavor or instructional presentation without the written consent of Laura's Sewing Studio. Any modifications of these embroidery designs are for the personal non-commercial use of the purchaser only and may not be sold or distributed under this licensing agreement.

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Thank you for your patronage and happy sewing.

Laura Waterfield

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