The last two years I have had the opportunity, priviledge, and fun of doing demos at a quilt show and market called Quilt-a-Fair in Longmont, Colorado. I get to be a part of the team in my Viking sewing machine dealer’s booth. My responsibility is to demo a machine embroidery product and one that does not require an embroidery machine. This year the embroidery product was the making of little zippered purses. The design collection is marketed by Anita Goodesign and is called “Pocket Purses”. I had been making these little purses and was having a whole lot of fun so it was decided that they would be a perfect product for a demonstration. Because they take up to 2 hours to make, my dealer asked me to make samples that would show the major steps in the process. I immediately started thinking of how I could accomplish this with the help of Snoopy my KNK Maxx
What I decided to do was to make pages which could be displayed in a ring binder notebook. I split the process into 9 steps and proceeded to stitch out a sample that would show the creation of the Pocket Purse at that point. That meant that I repeated the first step 9 times, the second step 8 times, etc., but it showed exactly how the process worked.
Then to convey that this was being done in the embroidery hoop on the embroidery machine, I wanted the samples to be framed by a silhouette of the embroidery hoop. I placed the hoop on my scanner and scanned it in. Using the pencil and node editing tools in my KNKStudio software, I manually traced the shape and added the portion that didn’t quite fit on the scanner bed. Here is the scanned picture and a screen shot of the finished cutting file.
To be able to make ‘pages’ out of my samples, I created an 8 1/2″ x 11″ frame cutting file on which to mount the sample and the faux hoop. I used my KNK Studio software and the rectangle shape and XOR welding option to make the frame with an opening just a bit larger than the opening in the faux hoop. This is a screen shot of the frame cutting file.
I cut the faux hoops out of a gray cardstock and the frames out of white poster board. To have the note book be a “self-guided” tutorial, I typed a text file for each page and saved the files in JPG format. Using my Make the Cut software I used the shapes tool, created rounded rectangle labels and added the text files as texture. I printed the labels on computer paper then used the Print and Cut feature to cut them out. The background rounded rectangles for the labels were cut out of cardstock. Using the Make the Cut software to do Print and Cuts is so easy!
With all the pieces stitched out and cut out I was ready to assemble the pages. This is a picture of the finished pages. There are no faux hoops on the last two pages since at that point in the process the Pocket Purse was out of the hoop and a bit of manual manipulation was required to finish it. I used lengths of narrow ribbon to suspend the last two steps in the frames. Because poster board is not very sturdy, I used two layers for each of the first seven pages and three layers for the last two. I put faux hoops on both sides of the first seven pages for a more ‘realistic’ illustration.
The Cutting was done on my 15″ KNK Maxx.
Gray Cardstock: Standard material blade (red tip) 2 passes F=110, V=150
Poster Board: Standard Material Blade (red tip) 1 pass F=120, V=250
Computer Paper: Standard Material Blade (red tip) 1 pass F=50, V=200
Red Cardstock: Standard Material Blade (red tip) 2 passes F=120, V=200
My dealer was very pleased with the completed pages and they made explaining the process of creating the owl Pocket Purse very easy.