Sew Deadly – Issue #142

Posted on Sep 21 2016

Marcy’s Musings

roses-1167793_1280Here’s some terrific advice from Emma Allen of Perfect Little Stitches:

For some embroidery designs, you should probably use exactly the same colors that the designer used. This rule might apply to animal portraits. But for almost any other design, you will want to choose colors that make you happy.

Let’s say you want to stitch a floral design. The designer used a particular shade of purple, choosing from whatever thread colors she happened to have in her stash, and going with whatever color nature assigned to that flower. And if that is the look you want, then that is fine. But perhaps you prefer a bluer shade of purple, or one that is darker, or more pastel, or maybe you don’t like purple at all. Look through your thread stash. Those are probably the colors you like most (or why else would you have bought them?). Find a color that looks best to you, that coordinates with the fabric you are using.

You might also choose to use an entirely unconventional color scheme, perhaps all shades of a single color, or shades of gray with one bold accent color. Play around with color choices in your embroidery software, then test-stitch if you are still not sure. You will probably discover new color combinations that make your heart sing.

Source: StitchFun News

Killer Cakes – Issue #141

Posted on Sep 12 2016

Welcome!

Here’s a wonderful How-Cast video on icing your cake with whipped cream topping! I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. Click the corner to make the video full-screen.

Sew Deadly – Issue #141

Posted on Sep 07 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Lace HeartHave you ever wanted to make your own lace? Here is a fascinating tutorial from Textile Dreams examining one of the lesser-known subjects in the embroidering arts. Needlepoint lace uses embroidery stitches on a fabric or paper pattern, and then once the lace is complete, you remove it from the pattern. The end result is a beautiful and delicate piece of lace made entirely by embroidery. It is a unique challenge that is very rewarding and interesting, and the end product can be used in many other decorating projects.

Needlepoint lace uses embroidery stitches on a fabric or paper pattern, and then once the lace is complete, you remove it from the pattern. The end result is a beautiful and delicate piece of lace made entirely by embroidery. It is a unique challenge that is very rewarding and interesting, and the end product can be used in many other decorating projects.

Killer Cakes – Issue #140

Posted on Aug 29 2016

Welcome!

Close Up of Decorative Delicate White Icing Flower Roses Dusted in Gold Dust

Close Up of Decorative Delicate White Icing Flower Roses Dusted in Gold Dust

If you like step-by-step videos, head on over to this great and easy-to-understand video. Even if you are at a beginner’s level for baking, you’ll still find cake decorating to be very easy with this great tutorial that will leave you looking like a professional baker!

Sew Deadly – Issue #140

Posted on Aug 24 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Who has time to learn to embroider? You do! This fantastic collection of tutorials from Sublime Stitching provides pretty much everything that ascottie person needs to know when they are first getting involved in this hobby. It starts with simple explanations about the different tools before moving on to all of the basic stitches that can be combined to embroider beautiful motifs. The tips for designing and embroidering your own images are particularly useful. This is definitely a great resource for both beginners and experienced embroiderers.

Killer Cakes – Issue #139

Posted on Aug 15 2016

Welcome!

Decorated freshly baked cupcakes viewed from above with their colorful icing and decorative flowers and butterflies ready for a party or celebration

Whether baking is something of a fun, relaxing activity to you, a passionate hobby or even a career, it’s always helpful to remember these things when baking. If you are one to best benefit from a written and image guide or tutorial for cake decorating, then let this link take you to an easy and whimsical guide to cake decorating!

 

Sew Deadly – Issue #139

Posted on Aug 10 2016

Marcy’s Musings

PrintHave you always wanted to learn how to do counted cross-stitch? Cross-stitching refers to a type of embroidering that focuses on making images from tiny cross-shaped stitches. This in-depth article by Alicia Paulson explains how to cross-stitch without using the basic pre-printed fabrics common in beginners sets. It is very helpful because it examines the different types of fabrics, thread counts, and embroidery flosses needed for any cross stitching fabric. The cross-stitch tutorial shows people interested in needlework how to look at a chart and count the correct number of stitches to follow the pattern.

Killer Cakes – Issue #138

Posted on Jul 25 2016

Welcome!

Please click here to see highlights from the New York Cake Show provided by American Cake Decorating Magazine. Below is the Best in Show winner created by Bryson Perkins.

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Killer Cakes – Issue #137

Posted on Jul 11 2016

Welcome!

Are you looking for a cake with allergen-free substitutes? This recipe from Cake Central is for an egg-free, milk-free white cake with vanilla or chocolate frosting. Check it out if you have friends/family/clients with allergies!

 

Sew Deadly – Issue #138

Posted on Jul 06 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Check out this impressive flower hand-embroidery tutorial.