Embroidery Glitter – Free File from Team KNK

Embroidery Glitter Project – Drinks Well With Others

This Embroidery Glitter is going to be a big hit for New Year’s Eve! I already sent the photo to several friends and the requests are rolling in. It was such an easy medium to work with, I can’t wait to create another project using embroidery glitter.

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I created the file in Make-the-Cut, and after exporting the design as an svg file I was able to import it into my embroidery software. The MTC file can be used to cut out the appliques, if desired. After exporting, I was able to create the applique design from the svg file. If you would like the embroidery version, send your email address and the format you need to cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. Now, I can only guarantee that it ‘works’, I am still very new to embroidery!

As this design would look great in other mediums, I created versions for both Heat Transfer Vinyl AND for Rhinestones.

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How-to:

Materials (for embroidery):

  • Embroidery Glitter
  • Standard (red cap) blade
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Thread – matching the embroidery glitter
  • Article of clothing, apron, towel, etc.
  • Sewing or Embroidery Machine
  • Note:  it is not necessary to cut the shapes out of embroidery glitter as it is designed to tear away from the satin stitching.

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 57
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps (cutting material):

  1. Use a VERY sticky mat and tape down the edges, dull side down.
  2. Perform a TEST CUT and adjust your settings as needed.
  3. Cut out the shapes for your appliques.

Steps (embroidery application):

  1. Stabilize the fabric as needed.
  2. Hoop your fabric article ensuring it is taut in the hoop.
  3. Stitch a placement line.
  4. Use a temporary adhesive, one that is safe for your machine, to apply the embroidery glitter over the placement stitch. Place silver embroidery glitter at the top (rim) and bottom (stem) and place your ‘liquid’ colors over it in the appropriate location.
  5. Stitch the applique down with a simple running stitch.
  6. Finish with a 2.5 mm satin stitch, stitching the colors first and the silver last.
  7. Peel away the excess. You may need to use tweezers in tight areas.
  8. Heat set 15-20 seconds at 330-365 degrees.

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I’m so excited with how well it turned out. Get your Free “Drinks” File from Team KNK. We’d love to see your project using the Team KNK free file(s) on our Facebook page!!

 

MTC and an Embroidery Machine??????

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Yeeesssss!!!,  For this project I wanted to challenge myself and digitize an MTC file to be an embroidery design file. I wanted to embroider the napkins that I am making for our 25th Anniversary with the same design that I made for everything else. So last Sunday, while our husbands were watching the Super Bowl, my mother, my two sisters-in-law and I were in the kitchen trying to make the MTC file ready to be embroidered onto those napkins that I mentioned. The really bad news is that none of us know anything about sewing, LOL, but we decided to take the challenge to see what happened and the results were AWESOME. We cannot believe how great the project turned out.

That means that if you have the MTC program, you can design any special and/or personalized file. And if you have a cutter machine you not only can make a card with the same design, you can also cut it from vinyl, or make a T-shirt, or emboss it, or engrave it, etc., etc., etc, and you ALSO can embroider that same design on any fabric…. I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. The possibilities are endless….

My actual anniversary napkins are going to be white with silver embroidery. With those colors (white and silver) it would be difficult to see the details in the photos. For that reason I used pink thread in this project so that you could see all of the details.

Materials:

  • MTC Software
  • Computer
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Stabilizer
  • Any embroidery software (I used the SewArt 30 day trial and I think that I am going to end up buying the software)

Steps:

  1. Create your design using KNK Studio or MTC.
  2. I used Photoshop to save it as a .png file. You also can save it as a .jpeg file and it will work just as well.
  3. Then, I used the 30 days trial of SewArt Software to make a .pes file that could be used by my embroidery machine. SewArt Software can save to many different file types.
  4. Once you are happy with your file, then transfer the file to your embroidery machine and see the results.

FREE FILES This is the same file from my last post, the only thing that I did was to add the 25th, our initials in the center of each heart, and the word “Anniversary” at the bottom of the Dove and Hearts.

I hope you can enjoy the file as much as I did. I spent 12 hours finding out how to make it, :'(. But I did it, LOL… Remember that I do not know how to sew but I am happy with the result, I hope you like it too.

Halloween Witches Hat – Embroidery Pattern made with my KNK

Halloween Witches Hat – Embroidery Pattern: I love finding new ways to use my KNK digital cutting systems! (Lynn C. – I thought of you the whole time I was making this!)

My mom was visiting recently and we spent a day shopping and eating in Le Claire, IA – home of Antique Archaeology, otherwise known as American Pickers. Mom and I spent a couple of hours in the local shops, as well as a couple of dollars! Since retiring from 35 years of teaching she’s picked up Quilting and spends hours and hours every week on her new, and beloved, hobby. While we were shopping I found a needle punch embroidery project and thought it might be something I could do while traveling because its pretty compact. Some day when I have more time, I’d love to learn how to embroider – Team KNK Designer, Judy, creates such fabulous things with embroidery!

Crafting is currently a challenge! I am in between houses, and traveling back and forth between Illinois and Michigan every other weekend. Because of that, I have carved out a little corner of mom’s family room to do my crafts. Thank goodness she’s okay with this – I can’t go too long without my KNKs!

CraftArea And……back to the project. Finished needle punch items can be added to quilts, pillows, or books as an accent, or they can be used in many other craft projects. The thread is colorfast, so they can even be used as coasters!

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I purchased a couple of yards of the weaver’s cloth, and some nice fall color threads to make other projects. I made the Halloween Witches Hat with a dark purple thread, the spider with black, the bittersweet with olive thread and red thread, and the star and moon with a harvest gold thread. The background is a thread that is variegated in off whites.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Speed:  200
  • Force: 80
  • Passes: 1-2

Method:

  • I used the brayer to adhere the fabric to the mat and to remove all of the fold lines. My material was a little wider than the mat, but by only using the center 3 pinch wheels it had no effect on the task.

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  • I used a ball point pen, simply because my fabric pens are all packed and traveling on a truck somewhere. It worked just fine!

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I only used a single pass on the Moon and Star – since there isn’t a lot of detail I figured it wouldn’t make much difference. The weaver’s cloth accepted the ink very well.

  • Next, I use the needle punch to craft the Halloween Witches hat design.

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I can’t wait to ‘draw’ my next needle punch design with one of my KNKs! I am going to use this method to make Christmas patterned designs for everyone in my family. If nothing else, it will be a great way to spend my time in the car!

Cut Fabrics for OESD’S Haunted House with the Klic-N-Kut

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Use your Make-The-Cut software and Klic-N-Kut cutters to cut the fabrics for OESD’s Haunted House. The house is comprised of 15 separate pieces that are made up of freestanding lace and applique.  The finished size measures 8.5″ tall  and has a footprint of 6″ x 6″.  The hole in the bottom is sized for a tea light to project light in its windows.

 Materials:

  • Purple, Black, Light & Dark Grey Polyester Satin or Dupioni Silk
  • Yellow/Gold Polyester or Silk Organza
  • Black Isacord Embroidery Thread
  • OESD Black Medium Weight Tear-Away Embroidery Stabilizer was used for Satin or Silk
  • OESD Stabil-Stick Tear-Away used for Organza
  • Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web
  • 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Water-Soluble Stabilizer or Film Water Soluble Stabilizer

Tools:

Settings:

  • Maxx Air:  Force = 50; Offset = .75; Speed = 150; Passes = 1; Blade Height =25
  • Zing!:  Force = 65-90; Offset = .75; Speed = 9/10; Passes = 1-2; Blade Height = 25

 Method:

  1. Each piece of the haunted house, when stitched out, is a combination of lace and fabric appliqué.  The first step is to make the fabric appliqué shapes that will be cut on the KNK and included in the design. Steps, using my Bernina Artista V6 software, are available as a PDF.  If you have a different software, hopefully my process will be an inspiration of what might be possible with your software also.
  2. Prepare fabrics for cutting
    1. Iron the Steam-A-Seam 2 to one side of the Black Stabilizer
    2. Remove the Steam-A-Seam 2 paper from the Black Stabilizer – this will leave one side of the Black Stabilizer sticky
    3. Iron the sticky side of the Black Stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric
    4. Your fabric is now prepared for cutting
  3. Cut fabrics into appliqué shapes
    1. The cutting mat needs to be very sticky
    2. Place the fabric on the cutting mat with the Black Stabilizer side next to the mat and the fabric facing up
    3. Fabric is now ready for placement in the embroidery as an appliqué
  4. Embroidery steps
    1. Hoop the embroidery hoop with Water-Soluble Stabilizer or Film Water Soluble Stabilizer
    2. Fill the bobbin with the same thread that you are using in the needle
    3. Begin embroidering on the hooped Water-Soluble Stabilizer.
    4. The embroidery machine will automatically stop for the addition of an appliqué fabric shape
    5. Spray the Black Stabilizer side of the fabric with the 505 Temporary Adhesive
    6. Place the Black Stabilizer side of the fabric in the designated place in the embroidery design and continue sewing.  

Repeat the above steps for each piece in the design.  When complete, follow the directions in the pattern for washing away the Water-Soluble stabilizer, drying and assembling them into a haunted house.

This is a fun project, especially because the KNK Maxx Air and Zing cut all my fabric pieces perfectly to the size required by the embroidery design.  Being able to cut my applique shapes to the exact size needed with my KNK cutters has revolutionized the accuracy of my applique embroidery on the embroidery machine. 

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe Layout

This recipe layout was designed in KNK Studio and then cut out on my 15″ Klic-N-Kut Maxx. I have regularly participated in my local scrapbooking group’s recipe swaps for a number of years and truly enjoy designing 8″ x 8″ layouts as much as any other paper craft I’ve ever tried. I’d love to say it’s because I enjoy cooking, but I think my biggest attraction to recipe swaps is the open creativity that goes along with it.

With scrapbooking or card making, I usually feel confined to make sure my creations are aligned with the photos being used or the intended recipient of the card. But with a recipe layout, I feel no boundaries and I love to just imagine something completely different, something I’ve never tried before!

In this case, I fit the title (Font: Abilene Regular) to a curved “branding iron” path and welded. I then cut the top layer from mirrored cardstock and added a black 3D shadow background.

Then for the boot, I designed a path of tiny circles to be cut and then hand-stitched with embroidery floss. In the free file I’m sharing below, I provided a second boot with dashed line cutting as well, in case anyone doesn’t want to add the embroidery:

Finally, if you want the recipe for one fabulously tasty salsa, try this Cowboy Caviar! Whenever I make a big batch, I’m lucky to still find it in the fridge the next day! And it’s even good for you, too! 😛 The recipe is in the Instruction file that accompanies the cutting file. Enjoy!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe Layout in KNK Format

Cowboy Caviar Recipe Layout in PDF Format