Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

One of my girlfriends wanted me to embroider the tops of her Christmas stockings with their names. I have Embird, the embroidery software, already and like the program. When my friend asked me to do the embroidery I figured I would also buy the Embird Font Engine. It's a bit spendy but I think I'll use it quite a bit. It enables you to turn any font into embroidered letters. Some fonts turn out well when embroidered and some don't. I found these two fonts at www.dafont.com. That is my favorite site for finding free fonts for my computers. These two are Fontdinerdotcom and Faux Snow. After several explicatives and many, many trial runs, I came up with this combination. If you have Font Engine I used Plain Fill (Fill 1) with the Triple Bean Stitch for the border of the letters. For the snowflake font, I chose No Fill and used the Redwork for the border of the "letter". I used a tear-away interfacing on the bottom with a strip of mid-weight Solvy on the top so they letters did not sink into the fleece fabric.


Here's a close-up where you can see the triple stitch along the outside. I think they turned out quite nice.




What my friend doesn't realize (or won't until she reads this) is that I had to take the fleece off the main stocking to make it lie flat in the embroidery machine. So, she'll have to sew them back together and sew them back on the stockings. I would have done it (it's a 20 minute machine job) but my transport system (my mom) was leaving to get on a plane this afternoon so I didn't have time.

7 comments:

Sewfast said...

Very Pretty!!! I have Embird too and use Font Engine all the time. For simple alphabets I just use column with no outline. It always pays to try them out though, because as you have discovered, some alphas look horrible!

gwensews said...

Nice embroidery. But why are you saying that "C" word? I need a kick in the seat so I'll get going on gifts.

julia said...

Looks great. I am panicking about getting Christmas stuff done and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. What happened to the days when we got to celebrate each holiday one at a time?

becki-c said...

Aaack, let me put Halloween away before I worry about Christmas!
BTW, Love the font, very festive!

Kathi said...

What cute fonts!! I assume the friend sews?
My husband went hunting this afternoon. Muzzleloader season came in Saturday for deer. He didn't see anything while out, but I am sure he will bring home a few before the end of hunting season! I thought of you and your moose. He would be SSSSOOOO jealous!!

Bug Adventures said...

The friend CAN sew, she just doesn't like it! But they came out great, now I just have to drag my butt to the basement and get the sewing machine out. I have to make the baby's stocking anyway. THANK YOU DAWN, you are the best :0)

20 minutes LOL

amber said...

Those turned out really lovely. Bring on the holidays!