These Boots were made for walking….

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I am having a great time over the past few weeks, playing with some new embroidery designs.

I have been going through a period of using up artwork that I have collected over the past few years, and the new collection – Everything is Rosy is no exception. I purchased the artwork for these fantastic rose designs approximately 7 years ago, and have been looking at them on and off over the past 7 years, trying to decide what to do with them.

During that time, I have attempted to use the designs in Applique, and open thread work, but nothing seemed to work.

Until this week. This week inspiration struck, and I have been stitching roses ever since.  I have created these roses with a little texture, the leaves are a basic embroidery stitch, whilst the roses themselves are satin, giving depth to the designs.

I love working with floral designs, because you can play with the colours so much. Each of these rose designs are two toned, giving a shaded look to the flowers.

So far I have used these designs in a few different ways, creating an embroidered back for a denim jacket, and embroidering down the side of a pair of trousers, however when I was out at the opportunity shop last week, inspiration struck!

We are moving into winter here in Australia, and I have seen on the fashion boards a couple of times some beautiful embellished boots. After showing them to the girls (Emma & Grace – 11), we all decided it was a great idea for us to try.

We found a great pair of boots for only $4, which was perfect as I wanted to experiment with the technique before spending huge amounts of money. The boots fit Grace perfectly, and they are in great condition.

Embroidering boots can be done on any embroidery machine, the main tricks to think of when you are working with something such as a boot is to support the embroidery as you create it. I like to use the multi-needle machine for this, as it has a table attached, alternatively, on your domestic machine, ensure that your boot is able to move freely around the embroidery area.

Once I finished the boots, the girls and I went to Sydney for a get together with my family.  My 18 year old niece was so impressed with the boots, she was disappointed they didn’t fit her, and said she would happily wear them out.  High praise from a fashion snob. 🙂

Requirements

  • 1 pair of zippered boots, made out of a soft leather/vinyl/suede. (You need to be able to open up the boots and lay them flat for the hoop, so ankle boots are not suitable.)
  • Sticky backed stabiliser (you will not be able to hoop these designs, and will need to simply place on top of the hoop)
  • Embroidery threads – I have used 2 shades of green and two shades of red
  • Marking pen – I like a chalk pen
  • Squissors
  • General embroidery requirements

Instructions

  1. Take the boots and lay out on a flat surface
  2. Using a ruler and a marking pencil, mark down the centre of the boot 3 inches.
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    Take the sticky backed stabiliser, and place a piece in the hoop, exposing the sticky side to the top of the hoop
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  3. Lay the opened boot on top of the stabiliser, centring the cross hatch you created with the marking pencil.
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  4. Move the hoop to the machine, and ensure that the boot is well supported, and able to freely move around during embroidery.  I am using a multi needle embroidery machine here – however you could just as easily complete this project with a standard embroidery machine.
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  5. Slow the machine down to the lowest setting, to make stitching through the thick material easier.
  6. Embroider the design.
  7. Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine, remove the boot from the stabiliser, and gently take away any excess stabiliser.
  8. Repeat steps 1-8 with the second boot, ensuring that you flip the design so they are both facing the same way.
  9. Once the embroidery is complete, you may need to place an iron on piece of facing fabric to the embroidery to avoid the reverse of the embroidery abrading the skin.

I hope you love this project as much as the girls and I do.  I am off tomorrow to find another pair of boots that will fit Emma for the same technique.

machine embroidered boots

machine embroidered boots

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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Flashback Friday – and a new freebie – Celtic Circles

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week we are looking back at the Celtic Circles Collection.

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The Celtic Circles collection is a collection of 16 different circle designs, all in traditional Celtic style, that were created in both trapunto and stem stitch design.

From these designs, my favourites would have to be the stem stitch style. I really love the way that the stem stitches are created, they stitch out quickly, and yet still have a luscious look.  One of my favourite things that I remember when I was creating these designs, was how proud I was of myself for creating the designs without any jump stitches (for me at this time, it was a true skill to have mastered).  For those who love trapunto, we also created the designs in trapunto style, allowing stitchers to create a 3d style project.

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I think these designs are perfect as alternate blocks. Imagine a quick quilt with your favourite fabrics, in dispersed with blocks of these beautiful Celtic circle blocks.  Another great trick with designs such as these is to create them with multi-tonal thread.  The different colours in the thread add another dimension to your embroidery, and really give extra interest.

My favourite creation from this collection was the Leather travel cover. Remembering that this was back in the days before global positioning systems and mobile phones with sat nav, the Melways/UBD cover made of leather really was beautiful.  I had found a stash of really great quality upholstery leather.  None of the pieces were really large, however they were perfect for small projects.  This project was the first time I had tried embroidery on leather, and what I found I needed was a design that wasn’t too dense, but was still strong enough to give the stitched impression.  The stem stitch in these designs really was perfect for this.  On top of that, the cover was glued together with a leather glue, and it really did give a lovely professional look to the project.

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As a stitcher, I am sure that many of you have the same issue as me with finding good designs for guys. I really believe that these designs tick these boxes.  You can see from the images here of the street directory cover that it not only protects the street directory, but all gives an elegant, timeless look.

My father still has this street directory cover, and whilst he has a global positioning system in the car, he still keeps the street directory in the glove box, with it’s cover on, 11 years on.

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Initially we gave one of the gorgeous stem stitch Celtic Circle designs as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a second Celtic Circle design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.