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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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):
Steps (cutting material):
- Use a VERY sticky mat and tape down the edges, dull side down.
- Perform a TEST CUT and adjust your settings as needed.
- Cut out the shapes for your appliques.
Steps (embroidery application):
- Stabilize the fabric as needed.
- Hoop your fabric article ensuring it is taut in the hoop.
- Stitch a placement line.
- 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.
- Stitch the applique down with a simple running stitch.
- Finish with a 2.5 mm satin stitch, stitching the colors first and the silver last.
- Peel away the excess. You may need to use tweezers in tight areas.
- Heat set 15-20 seconds at 330-365 degrees.
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!!
Heat Transfer Vinyl to the rescue! My daughter waitresses near her university at the local burger bar. The ‘uniform’ is a t-shirt with the company logo paired with shorts or jeans. The stores in town that sell all of the university gear have the bar’s logo (sort of) but charge a minimum of $20 for a t-shirt. My daughter asked me to make her shirts last spring but the company no longer has the original graphic. After speaking to the manager, and getting permission (I even got permission for GLITTER, much to my daughter horror!!!!! rofl), I attempted a cleanup of the logo using MTC.
Here is what I started with (and neither of these are the image used on the t-shirts worn by all of the staff currently):
The fonts were all common fonts so it was easy to replace the wording. As you can see, the image is degraded but I tried to pixel trace it anyway. It all hinged on my successful tracing of the harness racing image. I started by using the color picker, reducing the resample rate and increasing the despeck value. I was able to bring in a rather clean image. Lastly, I used node editing for the fine tuning.
Here are the t-shirts I made using Thermoflex Plus standard and glossy:
Standard ThermoFlex Plus
Glossy Black ThermoFlex Plus
And here are the t-shirts using GlitterFlex II and GlitterFlex Ultra:
And, lo and behold, she likes the glitter!!!
Heat Transfer Vinyl and other Materials:
Heat Transfer Vinyl Settings (Maxx Air):
- f = 25 (ThermoFlex Plus), 35 (GlitterFlex II and Ultra)
- v = 300
- p = 1
Heat Transfer Vinyl Steps:
- Create or open design in MTC.
- Cut heat transfer vinyl (be sure image is in reverse) that is secured onto the mat with painter’s tape.
- Position design onto t-shirt and secure with transfer tape.
- Apply heat as directed and remove carrier sheet as directed (all of these were warm peel).
All in all, each t-shirt cost about $6.00. (Of course, I didn’t charge my daughter anything for my labor.) Now, to make some t-shirts for myself…….
This beautiful person is my niece Amanda.She is a mom to 3 awesome kids. She joined a program called I Run For The program matches able bodied runners with people who due to a disability are unable to run. Amanda was matched with a little boy named Benjamin. Benjamin is Autistic. Amanda posts about her runs so Benjamin knows when she runs and how far. Amanda and Benjamin’s mom communicate so Amanda knows how Benjamin’s day went. Amanda asked me if I would make this decal for her running shirts. I had just bought a heat press and was nervous as this shirt is polyester. But I checked it out and was able to use thermoflex plus. I remembered to mirror the image prior to cutting it which I have about a 50% success rate after doing 8 shirts. :~) The heat press is easy to use and the vinyl is as easy to cut as any other vinyl. I don’t plan on starting a t shirt business but do plan on having a lot of fun making things for friends and family.
This heat transfer vinyl is SPECTACULAR! I could use it on everything! What is it? It’s Deco Film Paint Fx and it is truly gorgeous. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love GlitterFlex II and GlitterFlex Ultra, because I LOVE sparkle. My sister, on the other hand, is not one for the flashy look of rhinestones or glitter. But when she asked me to make some T-shirts for her new business, I wanted to make the logo stand out somehow and Deco Film Paint Fx filled the need with it’s subtle and elegant appearance!
I selected a font and created the poodle image from a photo of our dog, Simon. For the front of the T-shirts I created a 2″ x 4″ left breast logo and for the hoodie I created a 6″ x 9″ version of the logo to go in the center.
This is a series of photos so that you can see the car-like shine of this vinyl. What you can’t see is how soft and flexible this vinyl is – you can’t even tell it has been ironed on when you’re wearing it!
I cut the logo using my Maxx Air 24″ and applied the vinyl with my 15″ heat press using the settings above. After waiting for it to cool, I peeled off the carrier sheet and instantly fell in love with this vinyl.
And here is the small logo – don’t you love how vinyl can be cut to the most intricate designs?
Without using the flash, the color has more contrast and looks much bolder!
My DH and I aren’t overly affectionate or demonstrative, especially in public. But I always know how he feels ~ and when he’s trying to figure me out he gets it right
most half of the time. And I also know that sometimes he likes me to subtly tell the (whole) world that I love him. So, this project is for you, dearest husband (and a little for me, since I love my glitz! nearly as much as I love you [giggle]).
- Silver Metal Flake Iron-on (red cap blade)
- Force = 58
- Speed = 10/10
- Passes = 1
- Purple Deco Sparkle Iron-on (blue cap blade)
- Force = 110
- Speed = 10/10
- Passes = 1
- Rhinestone Rubber Motif (blue cap blade)
- Force = 115
- Speed = 10/10
- Passes = 2
- Rhinestone Rock-it Flocking (blue cap blade)
- Force = 101
- Speed = 10/10
- Passes = 2
- Heat Press or Iron – 300 degrees Fahrenheit or Cotton setting
Method: 1. I used Make-the-Cut to create my file. I was concerned about cutting the very fine lettering so I made the text on the ‘front’ design thicker with a light shadow layer, and then deleted the original.
However, on the ‘back’ design, I did a little more work. After selecting my font and creating the text, I decided to weld the 2 and the 5 together. Then I gave the text a shadow layer that was slightly thicker than 1/2 the size of my 10SS rhinestones. I used the shadow layer to create the outline of stones (versus fill), then deleted the shadow layer.
Next, I added a couple of circles to the design and adjusted the position of a few other circles – just to smooth the lines out.
2. Cut the template material. Brush in the stones and use rhinestone transfer tape to pick up the designs. (Click here for more detailed rhinestone instructions) Set aside. 3. Reverse (mirror) the text and cut the iron-on vinyl. Test cut, Test cut, Test cut! I can’t tell you how many times I had to test cut the metal flake. It was my first time using this material, and I started with normal iron-on vinyl settings. BUT… I found it was a lot tougher than your everyday iron-on and it needed a lot more force! And then, when I cut the holographic vinyl – wow that required even more force. I saved myself a lot of aggravation and wasted material throughout this project by testing cutting each material until I got a perfect cut. And what a stunning result! 4. Apply the vinyl – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 seconds. For the Silver Metal Flake and the Deco Sparkle, wait for the material to cool before peeling off the transfer layer. Using a teflon sheet, I applied heat again for about 5-8 seconds. 5. Apply the rhinestones – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 seconds. Peel off the transfer paper. 6. Stand in the sun and shine (or is it sparkle?)! All I know is its lovely bling!
Ta – da! Here it is outside (on me, not a hanger), near dusk but with the sun coming from the horizon. It literally put sparkles all over my face and the ground when the sun hit it! The sunrise rhinestone pattern on the front of the T-shirt could be used for an accent on any project. Please download the entire file for free here for a limited time. Thanks, and Enjoy! Michele