• 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…

  • Why You Will Fall in Love with Machine Cross Stitch!

    Why you’ll fall in love with Machine Cross Stitch (like we did!) We still can’t get over how amazing Machine Cross Stitch embroidery designs are!  We recently added two new designers to the Sulky Embroidery Club (where you can find hundreds of unique downloadable designs!).  These designers are Marcia Manning of Lickity Stitch Designs and Ursula Michael. We adore Marcia’s whimsical Christmas tree designs, her adorable Monster Alphabet, and her most recent camping and Christmas designs are too funny.  And wait til you see Ursula’s fun word play designs! There are tons of designs to choose from and we could rave about them for days, so why don’t we just…

  • Christmas Place Mats | Machine Cross Stitch

    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! Whether you are looking to add something beautiful to your Christmas table or looking for a great gift, these machine cross stitch Christmas place mats are perfect!  They are elegant without the elegant price because they are made with Osnaburg fabric. Osnaburg is a loosely woven utility fabric.  It resembles coarse linen, but at a much lower price point.  The thicker fibers, which are woven in a simple basket-weave pattern, make it easy to create the “run”…

  • Introducing Machine Cross Stitch to the Sulky Embroidery Club!

    Introducing: Machine Cross Stitch to the Sulky Embroidery Club   Machine cross stitch gives you the unique look of counted cross stitch with the ease and versatility of machine embroidery. We have added over 100 machine cross stitch designs to the Sulky Embroidery Club from two of the most popular cross stitch designers: Marcia Manning of Lickity Stitch Designs and Ursula Michael with her famous Word Play Designs. If you like the look of Cross Stitch designs, especially Word Play, but do not have the patience or desire to hand stitch them, then you will love these Machine Cross Stitch Designs from Ursula Michael.  Here are some of her Word…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on Mid-Weight Cotton

    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!       The term “mid-weight/medium weight” cotton fabric covers many fabrics known by other names such as oxford, “quilting cottons” pique, broadcloth, just to name a few.  They are often used, but not limited to, tote bags, throw pillows, table-toppers, garments, quilts and other patchwork projects. They are the most common fabrics used for machine embroidery and by following a few simple tips, your machine embroidery on these kinds of fabrics will always turn out great.…

  • Make Quick Halloween Costumes in the Hoop!

    Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays of the year, and with good reason! It is so fun to dress up in costumes, get together with friends and take the kids and grandkids out trick or treating. Here is a fun little In The Hoop project to get you in the Halloween spirit a little early. Need some more Halloween inspiration? We have a ton of it! Check out all these great posts and tutorials in the Halloween Category on this blog! Happy Sewing!

  • In-The-Hoop Piggie Softie – And It’s Free!

    Little softies are fun to make and they make great gifts! This little piggie by Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs is fun, easy and FREE! Here is the video tutorial And here is the link to the Free Design Download Aren’t they adorable? I have several friends with new babies on the way and they will all love these guys! It’s perfect for girls or boys. I mean, who doesn’t like pigs?Now go make some piggies. Happy Sewing!

  • St. Patrick’s Day TBT

    St. Patrick’s Day is just 3 weeks away! Are you planning a fun party, an Irish meal or doing any St. Patrick’s inspired crafts with you kids? My girls love to ‘look for the leprechaun’. We usually color him, hide him somewhere around the house or in the yard; and once they find him, we eat candy or cookies. Simple but fun. Here are some fun leprechaun coloring pages. Last year I made these St. Patty’s Day Placemats. They are quick and easy to make. The full tutorial is here. We also have some fun St. Patrick’s Day Machine Embroidery designs in the Sulky Embroidery Club. As always, click on the picture to…

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    Free Valentine’s Day Embroidery Designs!

    We have some wonderful designs for Valentine’s Day in the Sulky Embroidery Club! Here are four that are completely free. This design would be cute on a pincushion, T-shirt pocket, or tote bag! I love this “Be Mine” design! It’s sweet, simple and the perfect size to stitch onto a little bag that you can fill with candy or on a hand towel. I think I will stitch this out onto a small hand towel for my hubby to use at his bathroom sink. That way he will think of me every morning while he is getting ready for work. Aren’t these lips great! This would be perfect on a handkerchief…

  • Because of Paris

    A few years ago, my wonderful husband took me to Paris for my 40th birthday. It was the trip of a lifetime. I was overjoyed to get to see the city of lights and most importantly, the art. I finally got to see, in person, pieces that I had studied in books for years. I got to meet Mona Lisa, Monet’s Water Lilies and Venus de Milo. To be surrounded by such masterpieces everyday, both inside and outside the museums is just something that I cannot put into words. These memories cause my heart to ache today as I think about the horrible attacks on this city. To show support for…