Inspiration is everywhere!
We have a restaurant in the area that has taken recycling to a new level. It has an entire wall covered in wooden pallets. Now if that’s not crazy enough—the pallets have graffiti all over them.
I read the pallets as I was enjoying my hamburger. There were various messages, “Susie was here.” “12/5/2015: We bought a house!” And of course, the most common sort of graffiti—a heart with two people’s initials.
When it came time to stitch the Monogram of the Month, I used what I had seen at the restaurant as my inspiration. I want to stitch an appliqued heart with the letters SS + BH.
I opened the bernette Embroidery Software Customizer. The software includes a variety of embroidery design files and applique designs that can be used with the CutWork tool. I chose an embroidery design that has a coordinating applique file.
I opened design FB521_48.
Next I clicked on Settings / Options / Hoop.
Click on the Manual setting option and click OK. This will give you the freedom to move embroidery designs later.
Next I RIGHT clicked on the Lettering icon.
What I appreciated in this software was the ability to scroll through the selection of fonts – while previewing the text I have typed. This makes it easier to decide which font style to select. I chose the Futura Md BT font. Another great feature about the software—it uses true type fonts. You can continually add fonts to your collection.
I typed the initials: “SS”
I pressed OK and added the text.
I repeated this step for the “+” and the “BH”
Once all the text was placed on the heart, I rotated each text element 30 degrees.
Last, I selected all the text and changed the color to black.
I saved this design onto a memory stick.
Next I opened the coordinating applique heart file and sent to the memory stick.
Using the BERNINA 830 with the CutWork tool I “stitched” the applique file, FB521_48_CWA. The end result was a perfectly cut applique heart.
Then I hooped a new piece of fabric and stitched the heart embroidery design.
While reminiscent of the graffiti from the restaurant, my version uses fabric and thread as the medium!
You may not always realize inspiration is around you – but challenge yourself to see embroidery possibilities in unexpected ways.
Check back in on Friday for the second installment of Monogram on the Month!
Here’s your assignment this week:
Inspiration can be found everywhere and in everything. For today’s blog, Denise’s inspiration came from a restaurant’s graffiti wall. What has been your most peculiar source for embroidery inspiration?
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