Thursday, August 18, 2011

more monograms

I embroidered two gifts tonight and wrapped them up with ribbon before the photograph and didn't want to undo, so you will have to use your imagination a little on the first photo. If an embroidering expert should read this post I hope they will help me figure out WHAT I did wrong when embroidering this bathmat for Carly and Tom. Oh My. It was nice and thick, so I bumped up the pull compensation through the Artista software to a 3.5. Since I was enlarging the size of the design, I changed the fill stitch from a satin stitch to a step stitch. For the underlay, I changed to a step stitch and added a second underlay, an edgewalk stitch. I used solvy on top. Should have stitched out perfectly, right? Wrong! The first stitch out looked like a zebra print. The white background showed through the letters something terrible! So I worked in the software, changing the stitch density from 4.5 to 4.2, so the stitches would lie a little closer to each other. Then I sent it back to the machine, matched everything up, finished the design, and it didn't look one bit different. My only recourse was to either ditch the project or just stitch over it completely, and I chose the latter. Honestly, you can't see it in this photograph, but some of the white terry still poked through my black letters.

The second project was much easier, but almost as nerve racking. Two very nice pillow cases for a sweet young couple, and all I could imagine was a huge mess on this one. It came out fine but could maybe use one last blast of steam from my Rowenta!


  1. So beautiful. I don't know if you have been on Etsy, but you should open a shop! I would be one of your first customers.

  2. Mary, I am thinking about it. I don't do facebook, but maybe I know someone with 2 little girls who would add a link to her page. (is that what I would do?) They could model for me!

  3. Yes to an Etsy site! Your monogramming would be a big hit, I'm sure!