Welcome to my new “readers & followers”. I don’t say that often enough, but I am glad you found my blog and hope you will find something helpful, amusing, interesting or motivating in my posts. I started this blog over 3 years ago, and use it as a “journal of sorts” of my hobbies – which continue to expand. I originally wrote about quilting and sewing for the grand children; and have expanded to paper crafting, card making / stamping; and machine embroidery. (Note – I flunked out of knitting 101, so you don’t have to listen to that story unravelling). Occasionally, I will chat about other things, like domestic life, my pets and travel. Mostly, I am a stitching grandma!
I had a lot of fun on Monday, meeting ladies from Ocean Pines MD at the Embroidery Club they have established. They have been meeting for over a year, and this was my FIRST chance to go. I went immediately after the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild meeting and it was a 45 minute trip. Thank goodness I had so many helper to “pack up” the Second Time Around shopping and help me “get out the door” quickly. My wonderful husband came over to the church with my car, and swapped out for the loaded SUV, and took it home. Next month, there is a luncheon at OWQG, so I will be able to “grab my dish” and head out on time.
What I enjoyed about the meeting with the Ocean Pines Embroidery Club was the willingness to share SKILLS that the experienced stitchers had acquired. We learned about various stabilizers they like, design sources, and techniques for “in the hoop” designs. They have been creating some wonderful projects. Of course, I have terrible “machine envy” right now. My little Brother PE500 can only accommodate a 4×4 design, and they were showing some projects that needed a 5×7 or larger frame. I’m not investing in a new machine any time soon, so I will just “admire” and learn from the “bigger machine operators”. I want to learn all I can, so when I eventually take the leap to something bigger, I will have “proof of use” of the little machine to satisfy the hubby…… 😉
I mentioned to several ladies at the Embroidery Club that I had a blog, and had recently written about “transferring designs” between the computer and the embroidery machine. If you are interested – that blog post can be found here – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/moving-files-to-the-embroidery-machine-tutorial/ .
A few years ago I wrote a detailed post on resources for embroidery machines. I shared lots of websites for free designs etc, places to buy designs, and supplies you might want to consider. Again, if you are interested – that blog post can be found here – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/machine-embroidery-resources/
I spent yesterday attending to normal domestic life stuff, with NO sewing/stitching. (Have I ever mentioned that I would rather sew than clean house or grocery shop???) I deserved a nice cold glass of wine after the “stuff” was taken care of, and sat out in a rocker on the front porch and watched the traffic go by! Can you believe it was 70 degrees yesterday?
After dinner, I had some time to “surf” on the computer. I did find some interesting new “sources” for free designs and spent several hours downloading things. I joined a group a few months ago on Facebook – Resources for Free Machine Embroidery Designs, Sales, Tutorials, Networking . https://www.facebook.com/groups/624604440941908/ Those members share links to FREE designs.
Following some of those links that had been posted on the Facebook group, I ended up at http://www.krisrhoades.com/ and picked up the cutest little elephant. (Of course, I ended up window shopping for other designs too).
I also dropped by http://www.thebikestore.com/starling/index.html and picked up the mug rug pattern for March. Once I downloaded the design, I was disappointed to find it was a 5×7, too big for my machine. Oh well, I have it saved now.
Then I popped over to http://missmarysembroidery.com/free-stuff-sales/ and picked up a “Luck of the Irish” free monthly design and an SVG cutting file too.
While I was browsing around on the Resources for Free Machine Embroidery….. group, I saw a link for Janome. I don’t have a Janome EMBROIDERY machine, but I popped over to Janome’s website to see what they had, and was surprised to find FREE designs in multiple formats. I need to subscribe and start downloading. There were over 70 that would work for me, and I think I will be a little selective about what I download. http://www.janome-embroidery.com/c-132-free-embroidery-designs.aspx
Another place on Facebook that I have found free designs is StitchDelight . https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchDelight.FREEBIES/ I’ve collected some great alphabet designs in the last month; new letter daily. This is also a group you have to “join” to be able to download.
I am subscribed to a mailing list from Artistic Thread Works and get lots of freebies there every week. You have to “subscribe” to the email list to get the free stuff – http://www.artisticthreadworks.com/public/main.cfm
As I mentioned, I am working with a Brother PE500; which is an embroidery only machine, with a 4×4 (100mm x 100mm) capability. My machine has a “cable connection” to my computer, and uses PES files.
So, no fancy photo’s today because I have stitched not a thing! Maybe later. Grandbaby # 4 is having a birthday and I saw something tempting…..
DISCLAIMER – With most of these websites & Facebook groups, you need to “subscribe” or “join” or “set up an account”. Be careful about what information you chose to share when doing this. Honestly, one of these sites wanted my “birthday”….but I was not giving up the year….too much identity information! And of course, Be careful about clicking on unknown links etc. Make sure your “virus software” is up to date and running, and scans your downloads BEFORE you open them. FYI – I have not had any problems with ANY of the links or the websites I am sharing, so if you ‘know and trust me’ you know that I won’t ever knowingly steer you wrong, but there are “evil doers” in the world who like to trick people; so be cautious when clicking on links in emails; on websites etc.
Have fun with what ever you are working on today!