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October 2, 2006


If you go to our website and it is having a problem, visit its 'sister' site. (.com or .net). I don't know why webpages change themselves but sometimes they do. So if one site is experienceing a problem, visit the other one.

Hint: I like to select out the com or net in the address bar, replace it with the other com or net, press enter, and it goes to the same page of the sister site.

Newest Products

Mehndi Body Art Machine Embroidery Designs

The Big Easy Purse Pattern

The Hex Flex Frame

Where are our trunk shows?
Oct 1-23 Somewhere Sewing, Johnson City, TN

Free Calligraphy Animal Designs!

These designs are being sent out with some of my email updates to members of my Yahoo group who are set to receive “Individual Mail”.

Hint: These designs have lots of tiny curlicues requiring tiny stitches in some areas. For best results, sew these designs with the same color thread in the bobbin as in the top.

Freebie Filenames - All of the Calligraphy animals have different file names. 4x4 designs include  the number 44; 5x7 designs include the number 57; 6x10 designs include the number 61. However, the text file that accompanies the designs is the same for all designs.  I have to keep sending it out each time for the new folks who have joined. If you already have the text file don't worry about your computer deleting it or replacing it because they are all the same.

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 fourth week in a series featuring this project
Week 1 here
Week 2 here
Week 3 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. Don’t sew the center yet!

For the center of the design, change to the single fringe puff design shown under 'Fringe Puffs - Free-Standing Finge Puffs'.

Sew it into the center of the organza applique design. Your machine should already center it in the hoop for you.

To sew the fringe puff, follow the directions in the book under 'Fringe Puffs - Free-Standing Finge Puffs'.

If you want the center of the puff to be a different color, stop the machine and change the top thread color just before it sews.

Once the patch is made and the fringe released 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 each fringe puff as illustrated in the book.

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

Next week, I’ll feature the Butterfly from this project

Albert’s Cubicle


It's Not Just Me Talking

A few weeks ago I wrote the tome about Internet Security Software (ISS), discussing the pros and cons (Good and Bad) of ISS programs.  Just so folks don't get the impression that I'm preaching a radical philosophy of my own creation, I came across an article in my local paper, the Houston Chronicle, this past Tuesday on this very topic.  It is an Associated Press article by Anick Jesdanun, so you may find it in your own paper's technology section.  The article, “Free Security Often Full of Holes, Companies Say”, quotes ISS industry executives on the “Good and Bad” of free and purchased ISS packages.  Ironically, the article does not address the “Ugly” facets of implementation and maintenance.  While the article may appear self-serving, the Wild, Wild West that is the Internet needs these Pinkertons (ISS companies) and gunslingers - or “techslingers” if you prefer - until such time as the frontier has been tamed and the outlaws have moved on to easier pickins.  I encourage the average PC owner to hire his or her own techslingers, if only for an hour or two each year.  As some one who deals with this daily, I can tell you that Internet Security is not for the faint of heart or the uninformed.  However, if you're reading this, then it is for you.

Extra Extra

Don’t forget we have #60 weight Mettler Cotton Thread in large spools sold at a discount- This cotton thread has a lovely sheen and doesn’t produce alot of lint in the bobbin area like other threads. This is the thread you want to use for your lace.

I’m Sorry, the Close Out on our floral CD’s has ended. They are all gone.

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Copyright Laura Waterfield 2006




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Laura Waterfield

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