Oh, the Possibilities with Machine Embroidery!

by Kris on February 16, 2009

Sometimes, we who embroider, might look at a design and think to ourselves, “Oh, that is so cute, but…” and then fill in the blank with all the “whys” as to why this design we love may not work. I’d like to use this “Hearts of Love” in-the-hoop candlemat as an example in illustrating my point and to help us all think outside of the box when it comes to choosing our projects.

At first glance, one might look at this design and think, “Oh! That is so cute, but Valentine’s Day was just last week! I’ll have to remember that next time around.”

While it may be true that this would be an adorable way to decorate for Valentine’s, just think about the other times during the year where this could make the perfect project. How about as a wedding gift? What about making one for yourself and keeping it all year long in your home? What about stitching this candlemat out and then giving it as a housewarming gift to your new neighbor accompanied with a scented candle of your choice?

Another thought that may creep into your mind could be, “Oh, that is so cute, but I don’t have a clue how to do an in-the-hoop project! How intimidating!”  Yes, in-the-hoop projects may require a little more time to put together, but don’t let the name scare you away from trying something new. All of our in-the-hoop projects come with step-by-step directions to help guide you through the process. You may just amaze yourself and see how easy it really is!

Another thought that may enter your mind is, “Oh, that is so cute, but I don’t see a need for a candlemat. I wish that design was just sold as a normal single.”  Good news! Many in-the-hoop projects can be stitched on their very own, without any further methods of making it into a project! Here are some examples of a totebag and a tea towel, both with using this same, original design.


And finally, don’t let color schemes hold you back. As you can see, I used all white thread on top of black to add a stunning look to my tote. Try substituting the red color of the heart with blues, tans, yellows, etc! You’ll soon find you have a whole new look!

Learning to “retrain” our minds when we look at designs will help us see that the possibilities are endless!


1 monica 02.17.09 at 2:57 am

just saw your amazing gift (personalized pillows) to designmom.
do you take commisions for this project?

2 Teresa Pomerantz 02.17.09 at 6:45 am

you are so right- it is easy to look at a design and only see it as the finished project in the sample- we need to think of how something can be made different and personalized!

3 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 02.17.09 at 7:03 am

Thank you for help in thinking outside the box! I NEED it with embroidery!!!

4 Shelli 02.17.09 at 7:42 am

I love that black and white combo! Stunning, like you said! You are so good at seeing the possibilities and helping us all to do so! Thanks, Kris!

5 jenny 02.17.09 at 9:12 am

What does in-the-hoop mean?

6 Ellen 03.22.09 at 6:21 pm

Thank you so much for helping us think out of the box.

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