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Come Sail with the Stitching Sisters and DIME


My Stitching Sister and I are so excited to sail on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas – voted the Best Cruise Ship by Travel Weekly. Click here to see why we think this is the best ship on the water.

Allure of the Seas

When you’re not marveling at all the Allure has to offer, you’ll head into an embroidery studio filled with top of the line Baby Lock machines. Marie and I will guide you through three days of designing, digitizing, stitching and quilting with an embroidery machine. But we’re not heading to sea by ourselves, oh no, we’ll be joined by one of DIME’s Inspiration Consultants, Flash Sewing and Baby Lock staff. You’ll be in good hands for three days of embroidery fun and exploration.


You can learn more about the cruise and select your cabin at the special rate by visiting

Marie and I have already booked our rooms and we’re working on the class materials now. Since we want all of the projects to be fresh and new for this special occasion, we are making sure all of the latest techniques, ideas and trends are included in the three days of embroidery fun. So details on the stitching portion of the cruise will be available at a later date. But it’s a good idea to grab your cabin now at the special offer rate!

Please call Lenore Deck Travel at 352-270-8658 or email to [email protected]. There is limited space in the embroidery studio so get on the list today.

Hope you’ll join us on the Allure!


Here’s your assignment this week:

It’s not often you get to embroider in such wonderful settings as floating in the ocean on a beautiful cruise ship. What is the most unusual place you have embroidered? One comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Urban Threads is giving away four (4) $25 gift certificates to their website. Just leave a comment below about a design you re-purposed for something new, something different! Maybe you turned a kitchen towel project into some doll clothes or made a bracelet out of a sashing – whatever it is, we want to know.


And the winners are: Meg A, Georgia N, Sandi M, and Michelle C – congratulations to all and thank you to everyone for sharing.




  • Julia Brokhoff

    My granddaughter wanted the cape that Anna wears in the movie Frozen. I wanted to embroidery the edge of the cape as it showed in pictures. So I took apart a paisley design to make a similar edging for her cape. It came out great. I love Urban Threads and Embroidery Library you guys make the best designs.

  • Julia Brokhoff

    I would say the most unusual to some folks but not to me is embroidery I have done in my Motorhome. I always carried my machine on board. Most folks in campgrounds along the way thought that was amazing. But I have met others in motorhomes that can’t leave their love behind when traveling.

  • Karon Gregory

    I love to take my machine on my deck. I can sew morning,noon or night. It has a beautiful scenery. The light breeze out in the comfort of nature.

  • Paula Somers

    The most unusual place for me to embroider is at my SEWCATION which I take annually. Sewcation you ask? I am sewing and it is my vacation – on the beach – or at the beach, but I will say it is the most relaxing.

  • valerie csmith

    The front porch is the only “unusual” place I have done embroidery

  • Kristi D.

    I like to take my machine camping with me. I always have the best time up in the mountains with the birds singing and the family playing outside.

  • JudiC

    In our RV while on vacation :o)

  • Belinda

    My machine is a six needle so before I moved the beast to its resting place in my sewing room, it spent a few weeks on my dining room table. We would have dinner while it was stitching a design!

  • Susan J

    I am lucky to own a vacation home on Anna Maria Island Florida. When I am there, I set up looking out at the palm trees and Tampa Bay. This time of year, the windows are open and the breezes from the bay carry the sound of the waves on the beach to accompany the sound hum of my embroidery machine. Many years ago i did a Bernina embroidery cruise to the Caribbean. We went to different ports than the upcoming embroidery cruise. Maybe it is time to repeat the experience?

  • Elizabeth J Will

    On vacation in a condo overlooking Birch Bay, Washington. Was working on blocks for a quilt for grandson. Husband helped.

  • Sheila Summers

    I had to run my embroidery machine in the garage while our old house was on the market. It was either the garage or nothing, and not sewing is NOT an option! Now it’s on the dining room table because we’re in an apartment for a few months, which is not quite as unusual but still less than ideal. I can’t wait for our new house where I will finally have a dedicated sewing room!

  • Lori E

    I too would have to say that the most unusual place for me to embroidery is in our motorhome. If we are going to be gone for more than a week, my sewing/embroidery combo machine comes with me. Would love to take an Embroidery Cruise!

  • Kathy

    I had to fix my camper canvas and could not remove it so I sewed in the driveway right next to the camper, It worked!

  • Frances Powell

    The only other place I have embroidered other than my sewing room was at a Nancy Zeiman seminar. It was a very exciting weekend because not only did I get to meet Nancy, but BabyLock had several of their experts there. I learned so very much that weekend.

  • Pam

    My closet

    • eileenroche

      I used to sew in a closet! Long time ago…but funny memory.

  • barbara ann

    I would have to say the most unusual place I embroidered at was in my walk-in closet. Did that for a couple years before deciding to convert the guest room into my sewing room. And the most unusual place I embroidered on was the back of men’s pajamas.

  • Sharon B

    Oh dear, my sewing room is the best I can do.

  • Alice Luchini

    This past July my husband and I spent a month in a motor home driving the Dempster Highway across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. I embroidered in the evening to pass the time especially since the sun didn’t set. This was the most unusual place for me to embroider.

  • Darlene Bares

    I have been embroidering for 3 years, but i just started bringing my machine with me this year. We did a girls weekend at a camp in Toledo Bend, Louisiana. We had a blast. My first machine was a Brother PR and i bought a Quattro 3 this year so i can now join my sewing/embroidery sistas.

  • Laurene Shewan

    At a Stitching Sisters, 2 day Workshop, with 99 other women plus staff in Mystic, CT. Didn’t even have to bring a machine, but ended up upgrading mine!

    • eileenroche

      Oh, we enjoyed that event. Marie and I met the loveliest ladies in Mystic!

  • Nancy Weber

    I too have taken my machine and projects on camping trips. Sister in law and I worked on our fun projects while the guys went fly fishing. All the ladies in the campground stopped by to see just what we were working on. Hugs.

  • Cindy

    I have embroidered only in designated embroidery rooms, however, I will be embroidering on the Allure. Yes, I am going!

    • eileenroche

      Yeah! We’re going to have a great time!

  • Janice Domingue

    I work in a floor tile store but my embroidery machine often comes to work with me. I set her up in the show room and of course all the customer have to check out what I’m doing. The men who come in are too funny, asking all kinds of questions…they are totally amazed at what an embroidery machine can do. Who knew a person could sell floor tile and embroider at the same time!!!

  • Karen

    I have embroidered in a motel room when on vacation and also in a dorm room and on the floor not so easy to do.

  • Paule-Marie

    I don’t know that I have embroidered in any particularly unusual places. However, I have quilted looking out our hotel window in Bangkok and Chang Mai. Does that count?

  • Kristal

    While I’ve only embroidered in my sewing room and at the sewing shop,I am looking forward to learning more about embroidery when attending the DIME Social Software and Hooping Clinic coming up in my area soon. Can’t wait!!

  • Nancy

    My most unusual place is out on our back patio providing it’s not too humid or windy outside, I love to embroider out there. Now for the cruise, you have me drooling. We are taking a Royal Caribbean cruise this coming summer and I’m beyond excited. If only I can talk hubby into another one. What fun it would be.

  • Kathy Beach

    I would have to say the most unusual place I have embroidered with my machine was in the entry to the Jamestown Hospital the day my granddaughter was born. I had made a stocking cap with camouflage fabric and needed to add a deer. I couldn’t add the deer until after she was born because I didn’t know what color to make it.

  • Peggy Q

    We always have a work weekend at our church camp in the mountains of Virginia. I took my machine to make mattress covers for the bunk beds in our cabin (area churches sponsor certain cabins) and then I embroidered some of the neat sampler sayings that are available from Embroidery Library to hang on the walls. I did all of this with my machine sitting on a door across two sawhorses in front of the camp dining hall. What fun.

  • Peggy Schroeder

    Hi Eileen,
    Your cruise sounds great—-how do we get rooms close to yours? I think my friend and I are going to give this a try, but is the date correct? That is over a full year away!! I am having a new workstation built for my embroidery room. Should I have the U shape cut out from under where the six and ten needle machines are going to be put?
    Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

  • Dinell Jacob

    When I was a little girl, I hauled my embroidery box (threads, needles, etc.) up in a tree to escape my brothers so I could embroider cuptowels and quilt blocks.

  • Ann H

    Unusual? How about the living room floor?
    I needed to finish a project and that was the
    only flat space available at the time.
    I was younger then. 😉

  • Beckie

    Every year my 2 sisters and I meet in Santa Cruz, CA for a week of sewing, knitting, crocheting and reconnecting. The house we stay at is on the cliffs so close to the water that the windows get sprayed with ocean water at high tide. My embroidery spot is the dining room table because it has two walls of glass with incredible views of the ocean, seals, surfers and beach goers. Sigh….

  • Joan Shriver

    I was asked to help recruit youngsters to sewing at a Kansas City health seminar. I took my embroidery machine along, even though it was at an outdoor venue, not in the best part of town. They had to run an extension cord up a hill and attach to a generator for power! The children were fascinated with my machine and loved being able to try it out. I hope we recruited several new sewers that day.

  • Joanne Brice

    The most unusual place I used my embroidery machine was at a craft show. I took a bunch of doggie bandanas and was embroidering the names for the customers while they waited.

    I’ve already signed up for the cruise and can’t wait to see you and Marie again next month at Flash.

  • Hope

    Camping, vacation, if I can physically take my embroidery macine, I do. But I agree, on a ship will be the ultimate vacation for me! I am so looking forward to this. I wish it was tomorrow!!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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