I’m still working on using my embroidery machine for projects. I stopped using it for some years as I just lost interest. I didn’t have that many designs on the cards, and the machine is too old to use the new ones available online. It doesn’t have a USB connection, and I didn’t invest in the box that would do conversions from online to cards. I thought I might sell the machine, and all the stuff I have to go with it and get a new one. But the new ones are really expensive, and the old machine didn’t have any takers. So, what to do? I went to ebay and found a couple of new-to-me cards. I got three cards with some really pretty designs. I’ve been having some fun stitching out a few, and I have a project in mind. Last time I showed this project, I had done this orchid in pink.
Each card is supposed to have a color guide, so you know what color to put next. The orchid is on the lower right.
But, the card I wanted to use next didn’t have the color guide. I didn’t realize this when I ordered it on etsy, and I contacted the seller, only to find they didn’t have it. I was lamenting this on the last virtual retreat, and was asked, can’t I see the design on the machine’s screen to know? Well, actually, no. My screen is not in color, remember the machine is 25 years old, and it just shows little bits of the design, like this. No way I can tell over the course of 16 color changes what goes where without some kind of guide.
So, now what? Well, I began looking for the same card for sale on ebay and other sites. When I found one that had the color guide, I took screen shots as best I could. Then I printed out the screen shots to use. I also figured out a way to keep the colors straight without having them roll away. I got an egg carton, numbered the bottom of the cells and placed the colors in the cells. You’ll notice that the #8 cell is empty, that is because it uses the same color as #3.
OK, this is working, the colors are looking right. The leaves are green like they should be.
Changing colors, I moved #3 to #8 so it is ready in line when I need it again.
All stitched out, this is a charming little birdhouse, with flowers and a butterfly.
I pulled the tear away stabilizer off the back, but I left the threads.
Here it is with the water soluble stabilizer removed from the front.
Now I have three stitched out designs, and these will be used in the wall hanging. The finish will be to trim them, then put sashing around them and sew in a row of three like a bell pull for a wall hanging. I’ll use the Square Template set from MadamSew for trimming. The project will be finished for the MadamSew blog, as I write posts for them about once a month. I just had one published this week on Thrifty Quilting, if you’d like to see it. MadamSew is one of my affiliate sponsors for the blog, so purchases you make from them using my links helps pay the costs of the blog.
It will be similar to the one I did for Autumn Jubilee – see that project at Autumn Jubilee Embroidered Wall Hanging.
What are you working on now?