Electronic catalogs and look books can be a great source of inspiration for machine embroidery projects. Not only do they feature beautiful fabrics, sewing and quilting, they are eye candy for creative souls.
I recently received the electronic “look book” catalog of ShabbyFabrics.com. I found out the hard way how important it is to keep an eye on new fabrics coming out on the market. By the time I noticed a certain rose paisley fabric, it was already nowhere to be found.
Like fashions, fabrics have a shelf life, generally six months until a new series hits the market. When you see it, and you like it, buy it!
In addition to showing the latest fabric lines, the Shabby Fabrics electronic catalog also gave me some great ideas for machine embroidery projects that I would like to share.
The beehive would be so cute in a future applique project. Seeing something you like can help with fabric selections, too.
You may not look at fabric prints like these twice, but see how fun they are? Plain fabric in applique letters are so ordinary, jazz them up with funky prints!
Substitute a flower for an “O,” how cute, especially if it is a 3D flower.
Quilts with plain blocks provide the perfect backdrop for machine embroidery. Coordinate thread colors with colors in the 9-patch blocks.
This is a spectacular idea for applique of any kind. It may look complicated, but is really quite easy to do if you use strip piecing to create the applique fabric. Then, just tack, trim, and stitch like normal.
Two colors can really pop when you use them right. Here, redwork embroidery is anything but ordinary when framed in a contrasting border. Grab your fabric scraps and make some prairie points for extra impact.
What media do you use for embroidery inspiration?