• Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover

    Make it Personal Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover Finished book size: 8-3/8” x 6-5/8” This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! When my girls were little, I volunteered in their classrooms.  I remember an elementary school project, which I was so fortunate to participate in:  Helping young authors turn pages of their original stories into a book! Together, we wrapped cardboard in gift wrap, folded the story pages in half, and hand-stitched down the center to bind these precious thoughts into history.  To this…

  • Handmade Gift Ideas from “Trash to Couture”

    Hi there, Laura here from Trash to Couture! Need some inspiration and ideas for your handmade gifting this year?  No worries, Sulky and I have got you covered. Not only are handmade gifts a sentimental gesture, they’re also fun to create.  Below we have 4 DIY gift ideas you can make for just about everyone in your life. Get the details below : DIY Ornament: Hoop using Sulky’s Fabri Solvy – I usually do 2 layers. Use a free standing ornament design. I used a star from my Brother SE machine. Use Sulky’s Metallic Thread and metallic needles. Embroider away! Place in water and let the magic happen as the stabilizer…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Velvet

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Velvet Picture Christmas represented by a fabric…..it would be a rich, elegant fabric, yet soft to the touch, bringing joy when caressed. Only velvet can fulfill all these wishes! Originally made from silk, velvet is now manufactured from synthetic fibers bringing price points down without sacrificing the deep nap or the soft-flowing drape of the cloth.  Check “care instructions” found at the end of the bolt as most velvets do require dry cleaning. Velvet should never be directly…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Felted Wool or is it Wool Felt?

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog!   Felted Wool? or is it Wool Felt? Often the two terms are used interchangeably, although that would be incorrect to do, since they are two different materials.  The common factor is that both fabrics are made from wool.  The difference comes in the way the wool is processed: Wool felt is produced by applying moisture, heat and pressure directly to wool roving, compressing the roving into a solid compact fabric. Felted wool is a woven fabric,…

  • Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part one!

    It’s hard to believe it is already the first week of December! Are you ready for Christmas or do you still have gifts to make? If you do have gifts or want a few more Christmas-y things for your own home, the next few posts are for you! Here are a few quick things that make perfect gifts or decorations for your home and you can get these done in one day. I can’t think of a better way to spend a full day in early December than in my sewing studio, playing Christmas music and making things. Coasters If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know I love coasters!…

  • Christmas in July Series – The Speedy Spiral Christmas Tree Skirt

    I know Christmas is 6 months away, but if you are like me, the closer it gets to the end of the year holidays, the more frantic I am. Between my kids going back to school, fall, Halloween, football season, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, I am lucky to get all my costumes and gifts made. I don’t usually have time to make any new Christmas decorations for myself. Every year, I say I am going to make new decorations and every year I get too busy. So this year I am doing them now! In July! It’s 6 months until Christmas so there is no pressure to put this aside…