Deck the Halls at Sew4Home (Plus Giveaway)
Many of these clever holiday gifts work throughout the year.
We hadn't checked in with our creative friends at Sew4Home for awhile, and, boy-oh-boy, are we glad we stopped by! They just completed a wonderful holiday series with nine must-make projects from easy to advanced.
There are options specific to the holidays, such as the amazing Nordic Faux Fur & Ribbon Christmas Stockings and the cute Santa Letter Pocket Pillows, as well as ideas that work year 'round, like the gorgeous Gilded Chevron Tote and super cozy Sleepover Bag with Matching Pillowcase.
We love how the Sew4Home projects can be made on any Janome machine, but they are always great about always listing which Janome presser feet will make the job go more quickly as easily. Seeing how swiftly the Zipper foot on the Memory Craft 8900 QCP attached tiny pom pom trim was an eye-opener.
And, Sew4Home always has the best ideas for fabric and notions, like the zipper-by-the-yard they used for the sleepover bag - such an easy solution! And, their step-by-step instructions make even traditionally "scary" techniques a snap. Check out their Bundle of Boxed Style Floor Cushions. The classic piped and tufted cushion never looked easier! The Santa Pillow mentioned above as well as a set a gorgeous appliquéd napkins are made with panel fabric. Such an innovative use for these beautiful (and inexpensive) fabric cuts!
Browse through their entire two week series, which starts here. When you're done, make sure to enter to win one of four $50 gift certificates from series sponsor, Fabric.com. Simply leave a comment describing your 2014 Sewing Resolution.
Artistic Webinar: How Quilters Can Maximize Their Artistic Software
This creative software is for serious quilters. Learn why in this free webinar on 12/17.
Artistic Software can take you far beyond embroidery, rhinestone, and paper craft embelishments.
Artistic Educator Bunny Gates will show you how in a one hour free webinar: Not Just Embellishments! How Quilters can Maximize their Artistic Software.
The webinar is next Tuesday, December 17, running from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. Register today for free.
You'll see how a quilter can use Artistic Software to create easy ambiance quilting, beautiful quilt patterns, and more. You'll learn how you can enhance your quilts, wallhangings, and pillows with the quilting feature of Artistic Suite V6.0.
You can attend the webinar on your PC, Mac, or even mobile device. See the System Requirements on the webinar registration page to complete information.
New Artistic Project: Retro Christmas Mantle Cover
Hand-look vintage designs make this project a holiday classic.
When Santa comes down your chimney, give him a reason to stop and admire the decor.
This Retro Christmas Mantle Cover project uses wonderful handwork embroidery designs to dress up your fireplace for the holidays with an authentic vintage look.
This easy-to-assemble mantel cover is designed to fit a standard 50" mantel. But you can easily modify the design, if yours is a different size. Get complete instructions online.
You can make the project on any Memory Craft sewing and embroidery machine that can accommodate 230 mm x 230 mm embroidery designs. The vintage designs are from the Retro Handwork Collection by Sublime Stitching, available from your Artistic dealer.
The Retro Handwork - Artistic Embroidery Design Collection allows you to achieve that authentic handwork look without doing any handwork at all! Sublime Stitching has created this 25 design collection of Retro Handwork motifs. You won't need your thimble for this look! File Formats: exp, pes, pcs, dst, hus, jef, xxx.
New Artistic Project: "Let it Snow" Artistic Snowflake Wreath
Capture the shimmer of holiday lights in intricately cut snowflakes.
This dazzling wreath looks like it could have taken weeks to cut out. But with Artistic Software and a Zing cutter it's actually quite easy.
The Snowflake Wreath project includes complete instructions and a snowflake template file for you to download.
You can turn it into a fun family project and have the kids help you pick out the card stock colors for the snowflakes. Then just cut, weed, and glue!
Use this idea for a paper wreath for any season--hearts, bunnies, pumpkins, leaves, flag--just let your imagination be your guide.
How To Create And Cut Out Paper Shapes For A Wreath
- Trace any simple shape then scan it as a .jpg file.
- Open the file as a Backdrop, and then use the drawing tools to trace the lines to be cut.
- Save as a *.draw and cut out the paper shapes with the Zing!
It's that easy.
New Project: Holiday Tree Table Runner by Sam Hunter
Paper-pieced trees grace the ends of this quick holiday table runner!
Sam Hunter has created a beautiful, quilted table runner project, featuring a double Christmas tree motif.
The Holiday Tree Table Runner project has directions for making a 60" x 18" runner, but you can customize it to fit your table size.
Sam says, "I chose to make mine in bold modern solids, but you can use any style from rich traditional fabrics to cheery bright prints."
She adds, "Don't let paper-piecing (or foundation piecing) intimidate you! It is a wonderful technique for making things with small pieces or precision points. A quick search of the internet will lead you to many paper-piecing tutorials and videos, so look up one or two for some pointers. If you still don't want to paper-piece, print out the attached pattern and make templates for each piece (don't forget to add a 1/4'' seam allowance to each one)."
Sam Hunter describes herself as "the Head Thaumaturgist and Gal behind the green curtain" at Hunter’s Design Studio. She says that she likes I like to design things that our newbies and up-and-comers can make confidently, yet look more sophisticated than the usual big block simplicity that most beginner quilts offer.
New Serger Video: Using the Cloth Guide to Accurately Measure and Cut Seam Allowances
With this optional serger accessory, you can measure, cut and finish all in one step.
Your Janome serger is already the fastest way to finish a seam. You can cut off your excess fabric and give the seam a finished edge all in one pass.
Now you can add one more time-saving function. With the optional Cloth Guide you can do all of the above while automatically measuring your seam allowance.
It's easy to set up and easy to use.
How To Use The Serger Cloth Guide To Accurately Measure A Seam
- Begin by attaching the Cloth Guide to the machine: Open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
- Attach the Standard foot to the serger.
- Set up the serger for a 4 thread overlock stitch, with both needles in place. (But the guide can be used for any serger stitch.)
- Use the marks on the machine front cover to align the guide. Then set the guide to your desired seam depth.
- Position your fabric against the guide.
- As you begin stitching, the machine will cut off the precise seam allowance.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cloth Guide: Accurately measure and cut seam allowances.
New Artistic Project: Owl Embroidered Holiday Cards by Stitchique
These cute little owls are perfect for any season.
Stitching designs onto card stock gives your machine embroidery a whole new outlet--personalized cards.
A great way to learn this technique is with the Owl Embroidered Holiday Cards Project. To make it you need an embroidery machine with a minimum embroidery field of 6.51" x 4.50" and the Owl Greetings embroidery collection.
Your finished greeting card will fit in any purchased A7 envelope. Complete instructions are online.
This is a great project for the holidays and beyond. Stitchique embroidery has partnered with Artistic Creative Products to bring you the Owl Greetings embroidery collection. These lovable owls bring you good tidings for Chistmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and much more. Why purchase expensive cards, when can use these designs to make your own greeting cards for every occasion?
For this project you use card stock on your embroidery hoop, by allowing it to "float" on your sheet of stabilizer. Additionally, your finished cards can be personalized with crystals and other embellishments.
Final Day: Black Friday Financing Offer
The special financing offer on everything Janome ends TODAY.
It may be Tuesday, but if you're looking to outfit your sewing room it's still Black Friday.
That's because today is your last chance to take advantage of two Black Friday financing offers on Janome sewing, quilting, and embroidery machines, plus sergers and other accessories.
Get An iPad With Purchase & 48 Month Financing On Your MC15000
The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the first home machine to connect wirelessly with an iPad®. You can sit in your favorite chair and create embroidery layouts, then monitor them as they stitch out. Now, for a limited time, find out how you can receive an iPad® with your purchase of an MC15000.
And to make that purchase possible, you can take advantage of 0% financing over 48 months. That means 4 years of quilting, sewing, and embroidery interest-free! You must qualify for a GE Capital Home Design Account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.
Buy Other Janome Machines & Accessories Interest-Free
Get 0% interest and 36 month financing when you make a Janome purchase over $2500. This means you can bring home your dream quilting machine, embroidery machine, or serger. Plus the Janome furniture and accessories to completely outfit your sewing room.
This offer is available to qualified buyers who finance their purchase through a GE Capital Home Design account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.
See your participating Janome dealer for complete offer details. But don't wait, because both offers end today (12/03/2013).
Artistic Webinar Tomorrow: Scrapbooking for the Holidays
This free webinar is tomorrow night. But you still have time to register.
The holidays are the best time to let your creativity run wild. And Artistic Software gives you the tools to make beautiful projects using scrapbooking techniques.
You can use the software to make your own custom event invitations, holiday cards, and thank you notes. And when the holidays are over, you can create one-of-kind scrapbooking pages to hold all your memories.
To learn how, register for our free webinar: Scrapbooking for the Holidays with Artistic Software. It's Tuesday, December 3rd, running 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. There's no charge for attending, but you must register in advance.
During the one hour online class, Artistic Educator, Bunny Gates will demonstrate all kinds of creative holiday ideas for using paper crafts with Artistic Software. It's going to be fun and informative. And you can attend the webinar on your PC, Mac or mobile device. (View the system requirements on the registration page.)
New Project: Quilted Pi Play Mat By Thomas Knauer
How often do you find a project that both babies and geometry buffs will love?
Fabric designer and modern quilter Thomas Knauer wanted to make a quilted play mat for his son Babbit. So, he thought, why not make it fun and educational?
He decided to use the first sixteen digits of Pi, the constant at the heart of geometry. (You math buffs know that Pi is an "irrational number," meaning it's a non-repeating, non-ending string of digits starting with 3.14 . . .)
As a dad, Thomas says he's always looking for more ways for play and learning to go hand in hand, so of course this had to carry over to his quilting.
Fortunately, you don't need to be a math whiz to make the Pi Play Mat Quilt Project. You can complete it with intermediate quilting skills and any Janome sewing machine. Thomas used a Memory Craft 12000, which he used to stitch out the number shaped embroidery motif.
Get complete projects instructions online, which include the Number Templates and Quilting Motif file.
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