Christmas Freebie No. 3

Today I would like to thank you for the many lovingly written words to our last two Christmas freebies.

It’s really nice to see that we can give joy to you with our embroidery files.

 Of course we have a little freebie for you also this weekend.

The cute reindeer applique is for the 4×4″ hoop.

If you are new to satin applique we have prepared a special tutorial for you.

We also included a pdf file in the ZIP file that shows the sequence of the colors and areas. This you can see what needs to be done first, and you can prepare the applique fabrics and embroidery thread.

Here is the link to the download file that comes with the 7 most relevant file formats (ART, exp, pes, jef, hus, vp3 und dst) and the color and size overview:

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We hope we met your taste this week as well and wish you fun when embroidering.

Have fun with the Reindeer and enjoy the 4rd Advent and the last week until christmas.

Liebe Grüße

Eure

A 1st Christmas Freebie

Like every year in the time before Christmas we have prepared some surprises for you.

We want to thank you for the year you spent with us, and of course hope we will see you next year as well.

Our first gift is 2 snowmen embroidered as doodle applique.

You can embroider 2 files. The smaller motif is for the 10x10cm (4×4″) hoop, the bigger snowmen is for the 13x18cm (5×7″) hoop.

If you are new to applique we have prepared some tutorials for you. The appliques are made with the open edge technique where the edges of the fabric fringe out.

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Here is the link to the download file that comes with the 7 most relevant file formats (ART, exp, pes, jef, hus, vp3 und dst) and the color and size overview:

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Have fun with the snowmens and enjoy the 2nd Advent and the weekend.

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Cross stitch – Like handmade

Oh, I love cross stitch.

They remember me of the past, the real past, when I was not yet born.

They are so nostalgic. Sometimes I even do cross stitch embroidery by hand. But most of the time I am too impatient.

How about you? Do you want to create “handmade” embroidery without spending so much time?

Maybe this is the right collection for you?

I put together for you 18 wonderful nostalgic and christmas motifs in cross stitch for 10x10cm and 13x18cm hoops. nl-vintage-crossstitch

And as an on-top 2 bonus files for the jumbo hoop.jumbo

Last week I gave another embroidery software course at  Stoffekontor in Leipzig (we had a lot of fun with the 12 participants) and there I found the right basis for my cross stitch project “Vintage Cross Stitch”: linen band.

They are perfect for this kind of embroidery. stickbaer-vintrage-crossstitch-tati-1

I simply embroidered the big heart onto the ends of the band …stickbaer-vintrage-crossstitch-tati-2

… and draped the band to a ribbon and put a tiny red-white checkered band on it.

A little red bell completes the work.stickbaer-vintrage-crossstitch-tati-3

And, does this look as made by hand? It took the machine only 6 minutes for one heart!

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What shall I do with the time I get? Yes, embroider all the other lovely motifs 🙂

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The whole 18+2 collection “Vintage Cross Stitch” is available today in our Stickbaer Shop.

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By the way, cross stitch: Last week we had this released in our shop: gift (or for others) tags, completely done in the embroidery machine. You only have to attach them to your presents.

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All in all 8 different cute tags that you can do in no time and give joy to your relatives or event the postman.

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Or you use them with the “Vintage Cross Stitch Bags”.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitch-tags-6

You find them here in the Stickbaer Shop.nl-vintage-cross-stitchtags

Did I say I love cross stitch? 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

Seid alle lieb gegrüßt

Eure

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Vintage Cross Stitch Bags ITH

Christmas not only is a traditional event for many people but also an event where we give presents to our beloved. We wrap the gifts in colorful paper and ribbons and place them under the christmas tree.

And when the christmas eve or morning is over there is left only a pile of paper, that we stow into the paper recycling.

That’s why I try to use reusable gift wrapping. Not only our advent calendars is reused year after year. Also other gift wrapping is timeless. Like textile bags. They are useful and care for the environment.

And they are top … when they have embroidery on them.

To give you the chance to save the earth 😉 we put together a little file collection for embroidered cross stitch bags.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-2 stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-3

Each of the bags is about 13x18cm so it can hold something.

Not all presents have to be large. The smaller, the finer, …stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-4

You can close the bags with a ribbon or a cord.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-5

I did the cross stitches with cotton thread. This does not have to be embroidery thread, sewing thread works well.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-6

The stitches a looking like they were handmade!!!stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-7

Not only the present is a gift, the wrapping is it as well.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-8

and the bags can be reused many times.stickbaer-vintage-crossstitchbags-tati-9

Our latest embroidery file with 7 different ITH bags is available today in our Stickbaer Shop.nl-vintage-crossstitch-bags

Did I mention that it takes not much time to make them?

Of course you get a detailled instruction.

Enjoy your weekend, we will have an extended due to a holiday next week.

A lot of time for embroidery 🙂

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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This Years Christmas Stocking

It already became a tradition that we in the time before christmas present a new Christmas Stocking  that you can embroider in your embroidery machine.

Back in 2010 we startet our series of ITH stockings that are completely done in your embroidery machine.

Here are some examples, like this 2013 stocking, a modern, stylish version:

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The 2013 stocking had a little bird with a winter cap.

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In 2014 another bird, no without the cap.

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Last year, 2015, saw the stockings with Christmas baubles.

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This year we present a deer to you:

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He comes with a curly deer head. To this you can attach ribbons or bells.

Even when the whole stocking is made from wool felt: the front side applique’d with great fabrics. This method combines the stable stand of wool felt with great colored fabrics. Each stocking can look different.

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We offer you different hoop sizes, from 13x18cm to 20x36cm. Sure your size is there.stickbaer-weihnachtsstiefel-2016-tati-4
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You can stuff a lot into the large stocking:

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But even the mid sizes can hold St. Nikolaus presents.

The small stocking could be used for an Advent calendar, maybe for the St. Nikolaus day?

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Our latest embroidery file is waiting for you in our Stickbaer Shop. In 4 different sizes or as discount sets.

Enjoy your weekend!

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Wonderful Autumn

Here I’m back again. Shame on me, I enjoyed this great summer so much and did not waste any thought on staying at the desk or computer.

And the last 3 weeks were the top of this summer: 3 weeks holiday, 3 weeks doing nothing serious, 3 weeks enjoying life. As the other years we spent a week at the Baltic Sea (although the travel here is quite long). The fresh air, the sea, the beach are gorgeous. Only walking and biking. Have you ever been cycling near the cliff line of isle Rügen?

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The 2 other weeks we spent at home. We have the Bavarian Forest, the river Altmühl and Upper Bavaria right infront of the house. So we spent a lot of time with the best weather on motobike. And on our garden terace, being lazy, or doing BBQ, had some glasses of Rosé. What a holiday.

And now we are back and I promise to be more regularly on the Blog.

Let’s start with a new Autumn decoration. I started to prepare the house for autumn last week. Now it is the time for all the pumpkins, felt leaves and scarecrows.

And it happen to me that I was missing something special in my autumn box, so on sunday I started to sew the two leaves and the pumpkin.

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Of course I was embroidering too, this new file:

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This is a silhouettes file collection. But it is not a flat motive like you probably see a lot these days. They come with a lot of details, tone in tone. Very alive.

Can you see this at the mushrooms?stickbaer-scherenschnitte-herbst-tati-2

The felt base I wrapped around a jar, added a bell and a felt oak leave.

This gave me in a little time and with low effort a nice candle glass.stickbaer-scherenschnitte-herbst-tati-3

Here are some mugrugs and another candle cover.
stickbaer-scherenschnitte-herbst-tati-5Simply place a pillar candle into it.
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On the backside you close the felt ring with a bow. So you can use it later for other size glasses too.stickbaer-scherenschnitte-herbst-tati-8 stickbaer-scherenschnitte-herbst-tati-9

All embroidery motifs I used for my new autumn deco you can find in our latest embroidery file “Autumn in Silhouettes”:

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In no time you embroider all 12 motifs. No color change! But absolutely, try a multi color or glitter thread, especially for the maple leaf and the apple, this is looking magic.

From today on you can get the file in our Stickbaer Shop.

And now, enjoy the weekend, with a lot of late summer, early autumn sun!

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Handlook Flowers

By nature I am not a patient girl. Long running projects? Not with me! While doing a long running project there are so many new ideas coming to my mind that I cannot stop. A sad example is my Tiny Town Quilt project.

Maybe this changes when I am 70 or 80 or even 90? Maybe!

The good thing with this impatience is that I am always looking for new techniques. For example techniques to let the machine embroidery work look like it were made by hand. Let the machine do the work in short time, and my head is free again for new stuff.

This way I created the Handlook Flowers. They are a bit of a Baltimore quilt, a bit folk style embroidery. Anyhow, they look like they are made by hand with a thick wool thread. Here comes my new technique:NL-Handlock-Flowers

One of the large 18x18cm motifs in Baltimore style I put onto a pillow top.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-1

The 10×10 flower I did 3 times on a small bag.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-2

Together the are a nice couple.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-3

The green fabric of the pillow I added as a surrounding edge.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-4

Added some quilting to enhance the nostalgic look.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-5

First I did the pillow. I wanted to add a checker border.

However, the checker fabric now is the bottom of the bag.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-6

The backside of the bag has a quilted heart.

Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-7Again some quilting, I love this.
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You get the best look when using cotton thread.

Or you use sewing silk or cotton sewing yarn. I took the Silk Finish of Mettler and Cotton of Sulky.Stickbaer-Handlook-Flowers-Tati-10Just a hint:

I know many of you only clamp the stabilizer to save fabric and glue the fabric on.

This will not work here.

Always, for this kind of job, clamp the fabric together with the stabilizer to the hoop. The long running stitches are pulling the fabric a lot, so stabilizing is a key! Best it works with glue-on or iron-on stabilizer.

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Do you like our new file?

It is waiting for you in our Stickbaer shop.

You can chose from:

  • a small collection for the 10x10cm hoop with 8 motifs
  • a collection with the above 8 motifs plus 5 files for the 13x18cm hoop
  • a bonus collection with the above 13 motifs and in addition 4 big Baltimore flowers for the 18x30cm hoop

Have a great weekend!

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Crochet Bags

Do you have a favourite hand crafting for the different times in the year?

I am crocheting and knitting only when it is warm, means in summer. Sounds strange? I simply need the bright sunlight and love it to do the work outside on the terace.

In winter I do not feel like doing knitting or crocheting. So when there are unfinished projects in autumn, they stay til next summer.

Thus sayed, here is my next embroidery file, in July.

The 5 different in size bags will be crocheted after embroidery with a small edge. The bag is completely done in the embroidery machine including the crochet support seam. The only thing left to do is to take the crochet needle and do a crochet edge according to our instruction.

And this is done in a little time only, so this project will be finished til autumn.NL-Crochet-Bags

We have a file for each hoop size, starting at 10x10cm up to the 20x30cm hoop.Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-1

The bigger bags can be used for cosmetics.Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-3

The one for the 13x18cm hoop is perfect to hide the lipstick, powder box and co. The 10x10cm size still keeps a lipstick or the bus ticket.Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-4And all they are so cute. Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-5

Each of the embroidery motifs differ a little bit.Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-6

You can get each size separately or opt for a discount package.Stickbaer-Crochetbags-Tati-8

And since we have perfect crocheting weather (sun, bright, warm) this is the perfect July file 🙂

Get your choice today in our Stickbaer Shop.

Enjoy your weekend.

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Quilting fabric in the Embroidery Machine

The idea for this new embroidery file I got from one of my longtime testers, Cornelia of Zwergenwelt.

Cornelia desired a quilted fabric, to be more clear, an embroidery file to create own fabric with different patterns in different sizes. It sounded an interesting idea and today I am sharing with you the result of my work.

The embroidery machine is doing the quilting work: With the file “Quilted Fabrics” you can quilt squares, rectangles, circles, ovals and hexagons in perfect patterns.

Go and clamp your batting and create your own quilt fabric.

And to make it not easy for you you can chose from 4 different sizes.
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The quilted fabrics you create can be used for a lot of things.

I did 2 cosmetic bags from it.

When you like them, here is the instruction:

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First the half-round bag:

First embroider the file with the circle. I used soft stabilizer. This stays with the fabric.

Atop the stabilizer I put a 5mm batting and on top of this comes the rose fabric. Alltogether is clamped to the hoop and the embroidery machine does it’s work.

After embroidering the circle is cut out with 5mm seam allowance.

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Take the divisible zipper and divide it. It has to be 12cm longer then the circle circumfence.

Put it to the edge, teeth down to the inside. Quilt it with the zipper foot.IMG_2544Looks like this:
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Cut a circle from lining in the same size as your quilted circle.IMG_2547

Place the lining right to right on the circle with the zipper, to loose ends of the zipper to the inside.

Fixate it with pins or wonderclips.IMG_2548

Sew from the backside (the quilted one) directly onto the previousely sewed seam.

Leave a 6cm turn opening.IMG_2549

Turn your project and get the zipper ends. Close the opening.

Now the challenge is to join the zipper.IMG_2550This is how it looks now.

The zipper is now looking to the lining side.IMG_2551

To bind the loose zipper end cut out a 3x8cm piece of fabric and iron the edges.

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Fold the fabric right to right and sew the open left and right sides. Turn, iron and move it to the zipper end.

Secure all with a seam.IMG_2553Does you project look like the pic below?IMG_2554

Now put over the bag (the zipper moves inside), and you are done.IMG_2556

Do a little embellishment on the zipper.
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The other bag I did from 2 quilted rectangles. I used the 20x30cm file, but the 13x18cm file and the other sizes will work as well.

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First do the rectangles. With the rectangle as template cut 2 pieces lining.

The zipper has to be 10cm longer then the longer side of the rectangle.IMG_2558

Divide the zipper, put it with teeth down onto the quilted fabric.

On top comes now the lining.IMG_2559

Sew all 3 pieces together, try to be as close as possible at the teeth.
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Open, and iron
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Place the zipper…
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Now again open your pieces and put it together, that the quilted fabrics and the linings are one above the other.

Fixate all.IMG_2565

Do one seam around, leave an 8cm opening.IMG_2566

Pull the bag, do not yet turn.

All 4 corners will be quilted. Do a line in 2cm from the corner and quilt the corner.IMG_2567

Cut the remainder.

Do this with the upper fabric and the lining corners.IMG_2568

Now it is time for turning.

Close the turning, do some embellishment work.

And here we have 2 perfectly quilted bags. Great!Stickbaer-Quilted-Fabric-Tati-12

Of course you can do some embroidery with one of our embroidery motifs.Stickbaer-Quilted-Fabric-Tati-6This is our “Rose et Lavande”.Stickbaer-Quilted-Fabric-Tati-7 Stickbaer-Quilted-Fabric-Tati-10

Let me know about your projects.

Thanks again, Cornelia for this idea.

You can get the new file today in our Stickbaer Shop.Stickbaer-Quilted-Fabric-Tati-11Have a great weekend.

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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Rose et Lavande

I am sure you have read my trip report last week. I rhapsodized about our trip to Provence.

And as you might think these days in Southern France inspired me a lot.

So why not to create a Lavender embroider file?!

And because the lavender is not yet in bloom, but the roses are in full bloom already in may I put together lavender and roses.

Et voila:

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I placed my motifs onto linen. The white cotton looks fresh and rustic and is a perfect base for the lavender and rose motifs.
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The pillow covers and blankets I found in a second hand shop.

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The nice lavender bouqet I got from our host in Provence, Barbara, from her garden.

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The edge of the lavender bag is the edge of a toss pillow.Stickbaer-Rose-et-Lavande-Tati-2

Of course the bags are smelling after lavender. Not from this year, the harvest starts within the next weeks. But I kept my last years crop is still fresh and smelling like Provence.Stickbaer-Rose-et-Lavande-Tati-10

Do you like the new embroidery otifs?Stickbaer-Rose-et-Lavande-Tati-7

From today you can get them in our Stickbaer Shop.

And, another good news, they are for the 10×10 hoop. so you can use them in a smaller machine as well.

Enjoy the new file and enjoy your weekend!

Liebe Grüße

Eure

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