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Be Dee-Lightful Dee

Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond

~~~~ Links to each collection are at the bottom of this page ~~~~

Dee is a friend of mine who has dark auburn hair and a peaches and cream complexion. Also her favorite color is blue.

I asked another friend what saying I should add to it. She thought about it and said “Be Dee-Lightful!” and I immediately loved it. Thank you Mari for that perfect description to this Dee-Lightful picture.

Dee is a tender heart, whose expertise in many subjects makes for great conversations. I have learned a lot about computers – social media and cyberspace security from her. She is also a Dee-Lightful person. 

Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee

I sewed this Dee combination design next to Pami onto green cotton/linen. Now I can make the pretty long pillow I had planned for this project. Her dress is applique fabric but the rest is embroidery. The fabric I chose for her dress has a whirl that almost matches the whirl of her dress in the wind. A happy surprise.  

Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee – Lacy Hem Sewn Without a Wing Needle

The wing needle lacy edge along the bottom of the hem is sewn with a regular needle.

 

Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee

In this version of Dee, her dress is not applique (but it can be). Instead I sewed the fill in her dress with a wing needle as well as the lacy hem. You can see the light coming through the holes created by the wing needle when making the lacy circles on the hem. Light shows through some of the wing needle eyelets in her dress as well.

Options

Although I offer two versions of Dee’s dress – applique and wing needle, it can also be both.  So there are really three versions of Dee’s dress. The wing needle fill on her dress can be sewn through the applique fabric as well.

It’s your choice – applique, wing needle fill, or applique + wing needle fill for her dress.

Alternate Hair Colors

I made a few computer renderings of alternate hair colors. The same thread color choices will apply regardless if a brunette, blond, red, or auburn. The colors will still be considered dark, darker, darkest, plus a lighter dark for the highlights in her hair. I hope these are helpful.

On each product page, zoom into the images for larger photos. These full size photos are included in the document too.

Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee Brunette
Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee Blond
Dee, Delightful Dee, Girls, wing needle, applique, auburn, redhead, brunette, blond, 5x7, 7x11
Be Dee-Lightful Dee Redhead

Designs Include Step-by-Step PDF instructions

Notions

  • Madeira Polyneon threads
    • Auburn Hair – #1638 dark, #1782 darker, and #1974 darkest auburn and one color a bit lighter #1942 auburn for the highights in her hair.
    • #1974 Darkest Auburn for her lips
    • #1927 for her skin;  #1656 for her skin shadows; #1726 for skin details.
    • #1892 light aqua for her socks and #1991 dark aqua for her shoes
    • For the wing needle dress
      • #1888 Medium Aqua for the wing needle fill of her dress.
      • #1991 Darker Aqua for the details and shadows of her dress
    • For applique dress –
      • color to match the applique fabric, same color 1-2 shades darker for the details of the dress, and a darker one still for the shadows of her dress.
    • Black for her eyes
    • #1758 Brown for her smile; butterfly bodies and outlines
    • #1919 Medium pink for the butterflies
    • #1941 Light pink for the butterflies details
    • Colors of choice for the lettering
    • Thread color to match the background fabric
  • Pellon ShirTailor fusible interfacing
  • Medium Weight Soft tear away stabilizer
  • Quilter’s Dream 80/20 fusible cotton batting
  • Pima Cotton Broadcloth in cream color
  • Green Cotton/Linen blend
  • For the applique dress – fabric of choice for the applique
  • Wing Needle size 100 or Size 18 Jeans Needle
  • Wonderfil prewound bobbins in white or cream
  • #12 Topstitch needle

Should you want to duplicate what I’ve done here, this is what I used.

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Please note that while these designs do not have a lot of thread colors they do have many thread changes. They are necessary. Don’t consolidate them. Some sections have to sew before other sections.

Be Dee-Lightful Dee 5×7 Inches

Be Dee-Lightful Dee 7×11 Inches

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The Cottage Shoppes

Cottage Shoppe 8x11 Applique Machine Embroidery Project

Cottage Shoppe Applique Machine Embroidery Project
Cottage Shoppe 8×11

~~~~ Links to each collection are at the bottom of this page ~~~~

I ran across this free artwork a few years ago. I didn’t know if it would be well received or not. So I have hung onto it. This is actually the first cottage I made. There is so many details, hence all the thread changes. But it is worth it!

The one sewn on blue is sewn onto polar fleece and the house is cream polar fleece.

Cottage Shoppe 8×11

The one sewn on gray is sewn onto gray wool and the cottage is cream polar fleece

Cottage Shoppe 8×11

The pink and blue cottages are cotton and sewn on cotton.

Cottage Shoppe 5×7

 

Cottage Shoppe 6×9

They fit the 5×7, 6×9, 7×11, and 8×11 hoops or larger

On the product pages be sure to zoom into the photos to see all the details.

All cottages were hooped with a layer of cotton quilting fleece on the backside, plus one layer of medium weight soft tear away stabilizer. The cottage on the blue polar fleece was sewn with a top layer of Badgemaster. It’s not shown in the picture because I washed it out.

Notions

  • Background fabric of choice
  • Applique fabric for: The stone chimney and steps; the house and dormers; the roof; the grass up against the front of the house; and the sign. Take note that the stitching will show up better on solid or almost solid fabrics.
  • Cotton quilt batting
  • Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer
  • Topdressing of Badgemaster – if sewing onto fleece or any knit fabric
  • Size 12 Topstitch needle for fabrics other than knits
  • Size 11 Ball point needle if sewing onto knit fabric
  • Size 80 or 100 weight bobbin thread – I use Wonderfil polyester bobbin threads
  • Thread colors of choice.

Thread Colors Needed

  1. Color to match each of the applique fabrics
  2. Color a shade or two darker than what matches each of the applique fabrics. These will sew the heavy blanket stitch around the applique, a few line details, and the shingles on the roof
  3. Three greens – dark, medium, light
  4. Light gold for flower centers and petals
  5. Gold for door knob
  6. Pale yellow or lighter for the light inside the house. Can also use pale blue or pale blue/gray
  7. Dark gray or black for the wrought iron sign holder and the sewing machine (if you chose to sew that particular sign)
  8. Color for the curtains and a coordinating color for the stripes (For coordinating color I used white most of the time and pink once)
  9. Three pinks for the tree flowers: light, medium, and dark pinks or colors of choice
  10. Color for the cone flowers (I used soft gold)
  11. Color for the center of the cone flowers (I used brown)
  12. Color for the daisies (I used blue or white with yellow centers)
  13. Two colors for the flowers outside the dormers – I used medium pink and rose red. I used the same two colors for the flowers inside the front window as well as the lamp shade, bowl, and vase inside the front window.
  14. Color for the window frames and the door – I used dark red or white
  15. Color for the decorative wood trim around and above the door – I used white
  16. Brown for the topiary trunk and lamp base inside the front window.
  17. Two colors for the topiary planter – I used rose and white or blue and white
  18. The topiary top colors sew with various flower colors during the design
  19. Two coordinating colors for the rose buds just outside the door – I used 2 shades of pink or 2 shades of plum.

The sign

There are two signs: ‘Welcome’ and ‘Sewing Machine’.

Both signs are included in the design. They sew after everything else is sewn.

Cottage Shoppe 8×11 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 7×11 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 6×9 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 5×7 Inches

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail