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The day elves came to play at the photography studio!


August is the hottest month of the year in Dallas, Texas.  It’s also the time of the year we work on the holiday issue for Christmas!  For the Designs in Machine Embroidery team, it feels like we get to celebrate Christmas twice a year!

This year was especially fun, we had two very special guests with us—Elfis and Elfira.  They were shipped special delivery from our friends at Embroitique.

If you have sweet little ones –whether children of your own or grandchildren—you know they can be a little rambunctious at times.  These elves were no different!  What an incredible amount of joy and energy they bring to a photo shoot.  Imagine the happiness they’d bring to your home.

This was their first time at a photography studio— they were very excited to have their pictures taken.

Here’s a look at Elfira getting all dolled up in preparation for her photo shoot.

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She brought her hat and new elf shoes to show off.  She loves accessories.

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Stylist, Andrea Huffman prepares the elves for their big moment in front of the camera.

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Eileen takes a moment to wish the elves good luck.

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While this was their first photo shoot, the elves demonstrated they are very comfortable in front of the camera.  We were  impressed with their work.

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Andrea Huffman and Denise Holguin take a moment to get their photo taken with the soon-to-be cover model celebrities.

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Eileen and Steve review the photos to be sure we have just the right shot.

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After the photo shoot the elves were eager for some snacks.

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Wait a minute… maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to load the elves with sugar.

Elfis is swinging around like a little monkey.  Santa, I think he needs a jungle gym for Christmas!

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Meanwhile, Elfira got all tangled up in ribbon.  Who let her have the scissors?
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It’s not a good idea to turn your back for even just a few minutes.  Elfira found the Christmas lights.

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Elfis decided it would be fun to play peek-a-book.

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Elfira had to get into the act too.
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It wasn’t all fun and games—at least not for the rest of the team.  Andrea prepared the next shot—a Holiday Sparkle Place mat by Kerrin Brookes. Elfis wasn’t much help during this time.

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Not to be outdone, Elfira had to climb inside the table.  It feels like toddlers are on the loose at the studio!

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Elfira decided to make herself ‘useful’ by ‘helping’ Andrea steam and iron the next set of projects.

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Meanwhile, Steve sat down and had a talk about Elfis’s long term career goals.  Maybe he should consider  a professional career as a model or an actor.

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I suspect little Elfis just wants to have fun at this stage of his life.

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The photo shoot wasn’t just about the elves!  We had some very creative projects by our talented team of writers.

Look at these stockings by Tari Intardonato!  If you want to make Christmas stockings with plenty of personality, these are certainly the ones!

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Don’t you love embroidered lace?  Nancy Zieman and her team share some very clever techniques for creating holiday centerpieces and placemats.

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It’s a winter wonderland with this beautiful “Never-ending Snowflakes” table runner by Christy Burcham.  After reading this article you’ll be eager to try the techniques.

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Our newest writer, Margaret Moorehead created these fun 3-D ornaments.  What makes them great—(aside from being 3-D!) is your ability to choose your own color scheme – now you can have a tree that is decorated with just the right colored ornaments!  Add some sparkly crystals and you’re ready to begin a new holiday tradition.

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Steve makes sure the ornaments are turned just right for the photo.  There’s a lot more to a photo shoot than meets the eye!

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While the team was busy working on the rest of the samples, Elfis and Elfira wandered into an office and made a new friend.  This was the perfect end to a fun day at the studio!

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The November/December issue is packed with all this and MORE!  Order a subscription, pick up a single copy online or from your local dealer – whatever you do – don’t miss this issue!  Visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website to subscribe.  Or call 888-739-0555 to order.



Here’s your assignment this week:Everyone wants to know what Elfis said to Elfira to make her giggle for the cover shot.  Post a comment with your best guess.  One random comment will be selected to win a one year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
The winner of last week’s assignment is: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. And the winner is: 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?” We’d say that counts!








  • Sherrie

    She thinks she is going to find that pattern she put down on the desk so she can get it done by tomorrow!

  • Joyce Fike

    Will you marry me!!!

  • Cynthia S

    Elfis said, “Isn’t Eileen wonderful! I think we should take her back to our house!”

  • Donna Fecteau

    “I hid candy under my hat.”

  • Sharla Green

    Said Elfira: “No Elfis, of course I didn’t buy more embroidery designs! OK, maybe a just few…”

  • Phyllis Hiles

    I can’t wait to get you under the mistletoe.

  • Kay McHenry

    Santa did wh-what??!?

  • Cathy Bohl

    I would love a copy of the magazine.

  • Nancy Harris

    This is so creative. Wish I had more time to get into embroidery.

  • Annet Schriemer

    Elfis said: I want that pattern so we can make cute little elf baby’s 😉

  • Leora B

    Elfis said to Elfira …. your Cute!.. causing Elfra to blush

  • Karen G

    Elfis said to Elfira: You look beautiful, I am so lucky to have you!”

  • Patti

    Elfis: How do gingerbread men make their beds?
    Elfira: How?
    Elfis: With Cookie sheets!

  • Tonee Taylor

    Rudolph just farted

  • Carma

    He said “Wow! Have I gone some designs for you!”

  • Heidi Halvorson

    oops, I just “fluffered”

  • Barbara Chace

    He said….”Santa said Eileen’s been naughty”

  • Beverley Moore

    Honey, to think they actually pay us to do this work!

    • Denise Holguin

      I felt the same way that day!


  • Denise Holguin

    Wow, everyone is so creative with the comments! Keep them coming!


  • Terry Pitcock

    Bet that Elf on the Shelf is jealous now! tee hee

  • Toni

    Elfis was saying to Elfira: …and the editor said to the photographer “ what do you mean you are exhausted – this was the easiest photo shoot ever; they are just little elves!” so I think we got away with it…

  • Nancy

    Oh I love these little elves. Elfis said to Elfira, “What do elves learn in kindergarten? The elf-abet.” Giggles!

  • Shelly Christensen

    YES we are cute!!!!

  • Dianne Brown

    Elfis said to Elfira you lucky girl, to nights the nights!!!!! Tipical MALE.

  • Whitney

    Santa still thinks those are chocolate chips in his cookies!

  • Kathy

    I think I love you!

  • Ginny Wright

    I bet the other elfs wish they could do this too!

  • Becky Hill

    Would you like to get a cup of coco when we’re done?

  • Susan Fiondella

    Elfis to Elfira: “you sure are pretty. Later I will sing Blue Christmas to you.”

  • Susan Secore

    I’m sitting on a candy cane.

  • Frances Powell

    “When this is over, we can have some real fun playing in the studio and causing havoc for Eileen”

  • Pam George

    This is what I got Eileen for Christmas. DON’T TELL

  • Cindy bollinger

    I think someone is going to win something big from us!!

  • Cindy T

    These are so cute

  • Debora Nipper

    Eflis to Elfira: “Oops!! Did I do that!”

  • Linda W

    Look at us! We’re on the cover of a magazine!

  • Paula

    Did you see Santa kissing Eileen?

  • Susie Mackenberg

    I giggle, girls giggle, that’s what we do best!!

    ps..such a cute blog, you guys, enjoyed it so much; know it was so much work to make it look fun and playful!

  • Judith Clauss

    Silly humans, they think we can be cloned because they have our pattern, but we are unique!

  • Dianne Anderson

    Let`s meet up later and eat this candy cane and make sweet music together!

  • Becky3580

    Can you keep a secret?

    SO CAN I!

  • R. Edwin

    He said “Do you think they will let me keep the candy cane?”

  • Beth Rowan

    I told Raggedy Ann where the Christmas lights are kept!

  • Linda Ladd

    Hey Elfina, Did you ever think we would end up on the cover of Designs in Machine Embroidery????

  • Sue Reifschneider

    Elfra said I can’t wait till Charitmas is here

  • Julie Daugherty

    I heard that you’re Santa’s favorite!

  • JudiC

    Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to…

  • Jacki Graham

    Well, I have to say…my comment is totally biased! However, you had fun with Elfis and Elfira…which is what I deamed of. Now having said that, I know what makes my little munchkins laugh the most. So, I’m guessing that Elfis ‘tooted’ and whispered a potty joke to make Elfira giggle during her cover girl moment. :). Wow. Thank you just isn’t enough for this. Overloading gratitude to the entire DIME team!!!! You’re the best!!!

  • Pam Morrow

    Elfira “I’ve got to keep my mouth covered because before the photo shoot I discovered the candy stash and now I’ve got chocolate all around my lips!” Elfis “Oh Elfira – you are such an imp!”

  • Clara Herbst

    Look at Clara smile, because we Elfi and Elfira are not just going to visit her home, but going to stay in South Africa. We are going to have a ball.

  • Leona Christensen

    Elfira says: ‘I think I just found my Christmas presents–more embroidery designs from DIME!”

  • lynn wentworth

    You have the cutest ears I have ever seen!

  • Dawn McBride

    I think we could fall in love with this place. What you say we stay here until Christmas?

  • Linda King

    Elfis told Elfira you look so beautiful for the photo shots. These elves are so cute. I would love to win this beautiful magazine.

  • Betsy Megna

    wait till the “humans” find out!

  • Nancy Weber

    Just picture all the photographers and staff naked!

  • Darlene Graham

    Elfis wispered to Elfira “I think Eilleen loves me. She gave me a kiss. She’s so pretty!”

  • Shelley Rose

    you think we are cute just think how cute our little Ellie’s are going to be!

  • Lori Woodward

    “They don’t know that I ate all the M & M’s!”

  • Susan Margeson

    Elifis and Elfira are giggling over the Christmas Secrets that Santa is bringing to Designs In Machine Embroidery to celebrate the Season with grins and giggles.

  • Ann H

    He is whispering he left little “surprises”
    all over the studio for later.

  • Pam S

    He told her bet I can get into more trouble than you today.

  • Pamela H

    Don’t be scared, just imagine them with no clothes on!,

  • Sandy D

    Elvis said “I saw someone kissing Santa Claus”

  • Darlene Bares

    We’re working here and Eileen’s being naughty.

  • Penny S

    Oh my Elfira! I should have never had that second bowl of chili for lunch!

    That’s alright Elifis! Just stay by Eileen and when you toot look at her and say “Well, excuse you!”

    It is a good thing my toots smell like peppermints!

  • shelia holmes

    If they could only see us now!!!!!!

  • Missy k

    They are laughing because they made you think of Christmas and it isn’t even Halloween yet!

  • Kristi D.

    “You are so cute”

  • Brenda hennig

    I would love to have my own personal elf!!

  • Marty

    Minty farts tickle!!

  • Susan Weber

    Wait until Santa sees what we did to help him with his Christmas decorating!

  • marie zinno

    I wish I had a few elves in my sewing room right now! Love the project.

  • Cassandra Hammond

    “Let’s play elf games.”

  • Lynn Allison

    You curl my toes!

  • Debbie

    Question: Which elf was the best singer?
    Answer: ELFis Presley

  • Cathy

    “Is there really only ONE candy cane left?

  • Colleen

    And they think we are going to be good. Just wait until later when we get tired of this and decide to have some real fun.

  • Lynn Thompson

    I think he asked her if he could meet her under the mistletoe!

  • Marilyn Lee

    You’re so embroidably cute! Can I keep you forever?

  • Charlotte Jess

    Elf you let me kiss you I’ll give you my candy cane.

  • Deborah

    Oops…sorry! I thought for sure she said that I could keep the rest of the candy all for myself!

  • Lela Abate

    I Have these patterns can’t wait to make them. They are SUPER CUTE!!

  • Sandy Davis

    “Oh, Elfira, you’re so sweet I could just eat you up!”

  • Yvonne Davison

    “Elfis, that is pretty funny and clever but if Santa heard what you just said you might just make his naughty list you silly boy!”

  • Lori Cassidy

    He said, “We need a vacation. Where should we go? Some place warm or some place cold???”


    I promise, I won’t spend any money on embroidery supplies!

  • Carolyn

    “Who needs a shelf? We have a magazine!!”

  • Mary Moran

    I like you. Will you be my girlfriend?

  • Patricia Huckabay

    he said, “The Santas are under the mistletoe again!”
    she said, “They are so cute! giggle, giggle…”

  • Lori Mehrer

    Guess what I have in my hand? I think she’s blushing a little too. 🙂

  • Lucy D

    Who needs the big guy in the red suit when they have to 2 elf’s as cute as us for a photo shoot!

  • Priscilla Hanselman

    This was Elfin fun!

  • Shauna Kaminsky

    That silly shelf elf wishes he looked this good!

  • Laurene Shewan

    No dear, that outfit doesn’t make your butt look big!

  • Donna G.

    “These people think we can really talk!”

  • Laurie Watkins

    Will you marry me!

  • Ruth Gregg

    Santa said we could ride on Rudolf!

  • suen oglesby

    lets stay here after the Christmas season and see what other things we could stir up I like being naughty with you to help me

  • Pat

    We could have so much fun, just elfing around the studio, after the photo shoot! Think of the one place you want to start!

  • Lynette

    Do you see the mistletoe?

  • Lynn Zukowski

    Elfis said to Elfira: guess how much Santa paid for his sleigh?
    Nothing- it was on the house!(tee hee)

  • Sue

    I am not wearing any underwear!

  • Cathy

    Would you look at that monkey behind the camera?!!

    • Denise Holguin

      HA! Love it!

  • Lyn

    She said, “Everyone is going to love us. This is so exciting!”

  • Renee

    Be naughty…and save Santa a trip!

  • Suzanne

    After this magazine comes out I think we’re going to have a lot of brothers and sisters!!

  • mOm

    Elfis said to Elfira, “This photo shoot is A Piece of Cake!!!” Elfira burst out laughing, “A Piece of Cake!” (more sugar!!!) lol Happy Holidays they both said!!!

  • Alice Cornelson

    I bet Santa is going to put us on his “want us” list cause
    everyone loved us.

  • Kathleen

    I have a “secret” to tell Santa about you! Hope you like what he brings.

  • allen king

    Where’s my cell phone, I want to take some s”elfi(e)s”?!?!

    • Denise Holguin

      Good one!
      – Denise

  • Becky

    Elfira is tickled because Elfis had to get made-up for the photo shoot!

  • Debbie

    Do you think we can get our own show after this – like “The Kardashian’s?” No, wait, I don’t want a reputation like that. Let’s try something more family oriented – maybe “Modern Family?”

  • Diana Markley

    Do you think she’ll let us use the new sewing machine under the tree?

  • Jeannie Tucher

    Elfis whispers to Elfira that they are sitting under the mistletoe

  • Jeannie Tucher

    Elfis whispers to Elfira that they are sitting under the mistletoe.

  • Wanda Leffingwell

    Oh I will be seen on Facebook!

  • Roseann Dashem

    Oh no I almost spilled the the beans about the next freebee.

  • Roseann Dashem

    Oh no, I almost spilled the beans about the next freebee!

  • Diane Fogel

    Elfis I think we should dress the Thanksgiving turkey has one of Santa’s elves so no one will eat him.
    Elfira:,We can give him ears like yours. Giggles

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    “You make my stuffed heart go pitty pat”

  • melissa

    “Elf on the Shelf”… ha! They ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

  • Chris

    Oh my! did you see that ! she has thread in her hair !!!

  • Kristal

    Elfis said to Elfira: It is SEW much fun for our mischief to get us on the cover of a magazine!!

  • Treva Orrison

    The elves are darling – I embroidery but pretty much stopped the sewing. These elves well definitely get me back sewing.

  • Karen W

    Elfis said to Elfira, “Just look at all this stuff! We’re really gonna have fun today!”

  • Marie Scharf

    Elfis said, “They don’t know that after we are done we are going to Santa’s workshop and be with all the elves and get ready for Christmas. Yeah.”

  • Nonie Johnson

    Can you imagine what Santa will say when he sees us on the cover of Designs with Machine Embroidery?. We beat him this month!

  • Donna Belcher

    Elfira, You ring my bells!

  • barbara asberry

    I am so excited with this magazine. I took time yesterday for my self to download all the designs, projects.
    I plan to have them all completed. I do enjoy your magazine more than any magazine ever, you are so talented. thank you barb

  • Beverly Shuffield

    “You are tu-tu cute!”

  • Brenda Dattilo

    He he,I can’t wait to see who wins!

  • Carol Bartlem

    She doesn’t know we spiked the coffee Lets see how they can sew a straight line now

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