Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crown Town Handmade January Make Out

I mentioned starting to attend the Crown Town Handmade Make Out Sessions in the June recap post, and I've been going almost every month since then. We've made coasters, notebooks, mobiles, and done a zombie walk just to name a few. If you're in the Charlotte area I would really recommend attending. Even if you don't feel you have a ton of craft talent, the crafts are fairly simple and  it's a great group.

So obviously I'm incredibly excited to be hosting my very first Crown Town Make Out! I'll be teaching basic embroidery skills and stitches and we'll be making embroidered Valentines. I wanted to make the patterns available in case anyone wanted to bring their own fabric to the Make Out, or just use them on their own. Some of these are based on vintage patterns and cleaned up a bit and some are my own design. (Please only for personal use.) I'd also love suggestions for additional patterns! (Click for fill size.)





 


 


The meeting with be January 27th at 7:30 PM at the Patchwerk Playhaus in the back of Century Vintage, 1508 Central Ave, Charlotte, 28205. (There's a parking lot on the corner of Thomas and Central across from Zada Janes. There's an alley off the side, look for the purple door.)

9 comments:

  1. These are so cute - love them! Can't wait for this Thursday. :)

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  2. I am so excited about learning to embroider!

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  3. I'm so happy everyone is so excited, I can't wait for Thursday!

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  4. Hey! My name is Hannah and I was supposed to come last night to the Crafty Make-Out, but something came up unexpectedly. I was wondering if you could help me out with something. What is the best way to transfer a pattern onto the fabric you want to embroider? I have a pattern I want to embroider, but haven't been able to figure out the transferring. Thanks!!! So sad I missed it!

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  5. Hi Hannah! I'm sorry you couldn't make it. There are several ways to transfer a pattern and what the best method is depends on several factors. I'm actually planning several embroidery-centric blog posts for this month, I'll definitely make it a point to go over transfer methods.
    The easiest way is to print out the pattern, place your fabric over it, and trace with a pencil. Hold it up to a window during the day if you have trouble seeing.

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  6. Hi Jennifer! I was at the Make Out session last week and finished my Valentine. Now I must do more! I have a question about embroidery hoops though. I bought one of the inexpensive wooden hoops and my fabric is constantly loosening. I tighten that sucker down as much as I can, but it's no good. Would a pricier hoop avoid this problem? Thanks!

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  7. Jessica - A plastic hoop may work a little bit better. Some have a little "lip" on the back of the hoop that can help catch and hold the fabric. They're not too much more, usually $2-4 depending on the size. You can also try a little double stick tape on the side of the inner hoop to help hold the fabric. You'll still probably have to tighten a little as you go, but that should help it stick. Hope that helps!
    Also, I'd LOVE pictures of the finished embroidery!

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  8. Jennifer - Thanks for the tips! I posted the picture of my finished Valentine on Crowntown's fb page.

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