The Story of the Owl

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.

23 thoughts on “The Story of the Owl

  1. Fabulous job on the step-by-step! I love owls, and he is gorgeous. (Big sigh) I wish I knew someone who embroidered, so many things you can do!

  2. I keep seeing how you combine these machines and rhinestones too and I keep itching to try some myself (LOL Too bad I’m terrible at sewing!) 🙁
    love hugs and prayers

  3. This was really amazing, Judy. What a lot of time and effort but the finished product is fantastic. I had no idea the software could do those kind of things. You are a very talented lady.
    Since this was such an awesome project, I’m wondering what you can do for a mean, scary Halloween project. 🙂

  4. how amazing you are to incorporate your cutter for this project! owl is gorgeous! I am continually amazed at the ways our cutters can work with so many different types of projects.

  5. That is neat the way you laid it out to explain b/c most of the time it’s easier to show than it is to explain. I love the fact that you have a Viking too. My machine of choice. I love mine. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with us.

  6. What an excellent way to combine machine embroidery, make-the-cut and the KNK line of cutters. I have two out of the three and look forward to adding a KNK cutter to my group. It is time to learn more of how the MTC software works. It has been so easy to just use other people’s shapes. It is time to step it up. You are an inspiration.

  7. Oh My Gosh Judy!!! These are fantastic! Just to write out this tutorial is HUGE…I can’t even begin to wonder how many hours it took to set this all up for the show. You are truly an inspiration!

  8. I love this, I do machine embroidery and can see how this would be a great tool for a class. I teach sewing and many other techniques this would be so great for my visual learners! Thank you for the inspiration…

  9. Wow, that is really impressive. You said that you “created rounded rectangle labels and added the text files as texture”… I didn’t know I could do that…so now I have to stop and play with that idea later today. Thanks for sharing.

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