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Embroidery, Chocolate and More Embroidery

What fun! 150 embroiderers under one roof in St. Louis, Mo. Everyone braved the cold – 10 degrees in the morning! – to get an early start on the day. Some came with friends and sisters, many made new friends. They stitched, they edited designs on the Baby Lock machines; fell in love with the NeedleCamâ„¢ Digital Camera on the Baby Lock Ellisimo; and hooped with regular hoops, Magna-Hoop and Magna-Quilter. They learned what hoop works best for what task. They stitched on satin, silk flowers, grosgrain, fur, terrycloth, knits, quilt sandwiches, flannel and cottons.

They used a variety of embroidery tools – target rulers, centering rulers, placement templates, glue sticks, Angle Finders and target stickers. Each team (27 of them) completed 12 projects over the two days. We talked about stabilizers, designing fashion embroidery and large scale embroidery compositions, thread coverage and proper hooping technique. We talked about navigating in the hoop – at the beginning of the design and during a mishap. We showed over a hundred sewn samples of embroidery. Marie and I fielded questions on everything from ‘how do I hoop a onesie’ to ‘how do I start an embroidery business’.

Everyone was immersed in embroidery – talking about it, looking at it, wearing it and stitching it. But it wasn’t all work – there were some great meals provided by Jackmans – especially the chocolate fountain, their signature dish! And no chocolate disasters – a few brown, shiny mustaches (so much more in vogue than the old milk mustache!) but no chocolate smears on fabrics.

Join me for my next event in Madison, Tennessee, just a stone’s throw from the Grand Ole Opry. Visit for more information or call the store directly at 615-859-0038. I know many of you have full-time commitments during the week so I scheduled two one-day workshops on a weekend to accommodate your busy schedule. See you in Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 20 or Sunday Feb. 21




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