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Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue

Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue, Susie, machine embroidery

What makes Sunbonnet Sue sweeter than she already is?

Wing Needle Stitches!

~~~~ A link to purchase Susie is at the bottom of this page ~~~~

I’ve been hanging onto this idea for a long time. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make one. Maybe hearing people say they are sick of them. There are a lot of them available.

But I still like them and wanted to make this one not so much for quilting but dressing her up a bit with specialty stitches.

I sewed her on a medium weight cotton/linen table runner embroidery blank with a wide hemstitched hem.

If you like this design, please let me know so I can make others to go with her.

Susie Sunbonnet Sue

I make many of my own stitches. In this case the wing needle stitches, the eyelets, and the woven fill on her hat.

My plan is to repeat her or make a second one, and sew her on the other end of the table runner. Then the center is open season for more wing needle. Should I put it on my night stand or make a pillow out of it. Hmmm!
I have a new day bed to decorate. Maybe I should make two!

Susie Sunbonnet Sue

My favorite color combination is pink, green, and cream. So there you have the colors. Smiles

I took this photo with light behind her so you can see the wing needle effect. A large jeans needle gives the same effect. It’s just not as prominent, but still very pretty.

Susie Sunbonnet Sue

Notions

  • Medium weight 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric or embroidery blank – I used a table runner embroidery blank of medium weight cotton with a wide hemstitched edge. Wing Needle stitches sew best on natural fabrics where the wing part of the needle can separate the fibers of the fabric. I do not recommend polyester, acrylic, or man made fabrics.
  • Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer – I used 2 layers
  • Wing Needle – I used size 100 Schmetz.
  • OR a large jeans needle will give the same effect just not as dramatic but still very pretty.

To find out if you can use a wing needle please visit my tutorial.

  • Top Stitch Needle – I used size 12 Schmetz
  • Machine Embroidery threads #40 weight – colors desired. I used:
    • white to match the fabric
    • pale pink, light pink
    • pale green, light green
    • flesh, flesh 2 shades darker for outlines & details
    • cream for the white areas
    • Light tan for details over cream areas
    • 2 shades darker than cream for shade under her brim
    • light red brown for shoes
    • light blue for flowers
    • soft yellow for flower centers

What’s Included

  • Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue
  • 160 x 245 mm
  • Formats EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3
  • Includes PDF instructions

Zoom in on the pictures for her details and the stitches I made for her

I want this large Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue!

I want ‘Little’ Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue

5×7!

“Nonsense! If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is, do you want to do it?”

― Nellie Bly, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

Are you ready for a girl named Sue? If you’re not sure, here are a few notions to think about.

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Spring Border No. 3 Freebie to First 500

Spring Border No. 3, Free Machine Embroidery

In appreciation for those of you who support me and my studio, here is another in a series of free embroidery designs.

This design replaces the one offered before in its series and will subsequently be replaced by another in a week or so.  If you’re enamored with these freebies so much that you want to share with your fellow threadnuts – um, fabric artist –  please send your fellow enthusiast here so that they can check out the rest of my embroidery library, tutorials and inspirational stories and photographs.

If you like these freebies and want to make sure you get the rest of the collection, moving forward, consider signing up for my newsletter or Facebook group. Otherwise, come visit often and stay as long as you like.

Should you be inspired to craft something with these designs, please consider sharing photographs of your projects, as I’d love to see them.

YES! I WANT SPRING BORDERS NO. 3

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

 

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

– Emma Lazarus



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Frilly Doodles 7B to First 500

Filly Doodle No. 7B - Free Embroidery Design

In appreciation for those of you who support me and my studio, here is another in a series of free embroidery designs.

This design replaces the one offered before in its series and will subsequently be replaced by another in a week or so.  If you’re enamored with these freebies so much that you want to share with your fellow threadnuts – um, fabric artist –  please send your fellow enthusiast here so that they can check out the rest of my embroidery library, tutorials and inspirational stories and photographs.

If you like these freebies and want to make sure you get the rest of the collection, moving forward, consider signing up for my newsletter or Facebook group. Otherwise, come visit often and stay as long as you like.

Should you be inspired to craft something with these designs, please consider sharing photographs of your projects, as I’d love to see them.

YES! I WANT FRILLY DOODLES NO. 7B

“All the women I know feel a little like outlaws.” ― Marilyn French




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Mother’s Day Sale through 5/12/19 (see details)

Glorious Hearts in Pink & Green

Laura’s Sewing Studio Lacy Hearts

We are having a sale on select heart collections

50% off each collection to the first 100 sales.

After that they will go back to their regular price.

Go to SHOP

The heart collections on sale are on the first page

Sale goes through Sunday May 12, 2019



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Thread Samplers – Variegated Threads Anyone? aka Bad Girls of the Thread Art World

Variegated Thread Sampler Diary Pages

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My Thread Samplers (are many years old…unlike me).

We all love fancy threads – variegated, iridescent, metallics, wools, etc.  I collect many types too. But the most mysterious of all of these are the variegated color threads. It’s always a guessing game how it will turn out when sewing with one of them. With manufacturers always tinkering color pallettes, frequency of color variation and variations in color run lengths, using variegateds is not for the faint of heart, as each spool appears to have a mind all their own.

I’ll pause here to distinguish between ombre and multi-color spools/cones of thread. Ombre threads are all the same color with various degrees of shading. Multi-color threads are just that, multiple colors. These are particularly exciting threads – IMO. They are very nice to use for machine embroidery quilting, as they create a new, visually exciting and organic dimension to your art.

Note the wide variation in presentation from the twelve threads debuted in this sampler, from color banding (multi-color) to tone transitioning (ombre).

However, as I’ve already mentioned, these threads don’t behave as we might expect.  When I’m working on a project, I find it annoying to stop and sew samples to find out what’s going to happen, should I have an interest in using one of these bad girls of the thread art world. Audition them became a chore and I soon grew tired of these wonderful threads beautifully littering a perfectly good thread drawer, while not living up to their full artistic potential…or allowing me to do the same.

Of course, the catch is that variegated threads look differently when sewn with different types of stitches. So, in the interest of taming these bad girls, I decided I was going to find out how each one behaved with which stitches and which stitch type brought out the beautiful dimension of each one of my treasured variegateds. That’s when it dawned on me that a reference sampler would be the perfect cotillion or quinceañera for these bad girls. Once sewn, I could simply look at my sampler and decide which brand, thread model/lot number and color motif was right for my project. At that point, a new band of sisterhood was born with me and my drawn full of bad girls.

I use a fine-tipped fabric pen or permanent ink marker to note the brand and thread model/lot number

When sewn as a line of satin stitches most variegated threads stripe. Often times the same thing happens when used as a fill area. Sometimes stripes are exactly the effect you are looking for.

Some variegates do best sewn as simple outline type designs. However some colors will disappear in this scenario. Designs that are outlines but more dense with the outlines will sometimes prevent the disappearing effect.

Designs that have outlines plus some satin stitches may be perfect for some variegated threads but the satin stitch parts are a problem for others.

So, as I hope you can see a sampler is the perfect solution for visualizing your treasured variegateds’ full potential.

Another of my years very old thread sampler pages. I may have inherited this one from my great, great mother, by way of my mother and her winning stash of fabric collection.

Of course, if you’re going to do this right, your bad girls are going to need a diary. A Bad Girls Sampler Diary of variegated thread sampler pages put your investment of time and money into one convenient location from which you’ll get years of use, while eliminating a lot guessing and fretting over what to do with that drawer of bad girl threads. Now you’ll know what to expect from them, even before you open the drawer.

Your Bad Girl Sampler Diary needn’t be anything elaborate. Still, you’ll need some page protectors and a three-ring binder. Just slide each page into a clear sheet protector and voilà, you’re off to adding a new chapter in your life as a fabric and embroidery artistI make my samplers into ‘pages’ that I keep in 3 ring sheet protectors and in a 3 ring notebook.

You can tell by the look of my samples that they have been referred to many times over the years.

Bad Girl Sampler Diary – in sheet protectors in a simple 3-ring notebook. Note: If you’re going to have a lot of chapters/pages in your diary, consider using zipper binders to help keep them organized. Otherwise, smaller notebooks are better.

The sampler design pages I created are in various sizes to accommodate as many hoops for folks as they need. I used the 8×11 inch designs for my samples. Of course, my Thread Sampler project includes sampler sewouts in five different sizes, to accommodate your specific needs.

Absolutely! I want to tame my Bad Girls Thread Stash.

Designs fit the 8×11, 7×11, 6×10, 5×7, and 4×4 inch hoops.

If you need some (or more – smiles) consider clicking on the links to the deals I discovered on these dreamy threads. 

When you elect to purchase any of the recommended notions through the links below, Laura’s Sewing Studio receives a small remuneration at no additional cost to you.