Learning Something New – Day 3

Several months ago, I was working on a challenge quilt with a friend, and was trying to figure out the design for my part of it. I started with a block of black fabric, and stitched radiating lines of triple straight stitch in silver metallic thread. Well, I didn’t like the way that looked with the embroidery designs I was using, so I tried out this beautifully digitized dragon design by Lindee Goodall.


I suppose I’ll quilt it at some point and make a small wall quilt, but that will have to take a back seat for now. In any case, I think the dragon looks great!


My goal for this week has been to take a new class every day (or as many days as possible!) and learn something new. I am almost entirely self-taught, and have rarely taken classes, although I have read extensively and worked very hard to develop my skills. But I figured it was time to get a fresh perspective, and be the student for a while, even though it is as an online student.

The Craftsy class I chose for today was “20 Things Every Embroiderer Should Know,” taught by Lindee. Lindee has been digitizing, embroidering, and teaching for a long time. I remember meeting her in an elevator, although I don’t remember where that elevator was! I have also been machine embroidering for many – about 20 – years, but figured there would be things in her class that could help me make my work better.


If you do any machine embroidery, this is a great class! It covers hooping, stabilizers, needles, threads, tension, and avoiding “un-embroidering.” Most of it was not new to me, but I did pick up some very helpful tips; I especially liked the ones involving duct tape and a disposable razor! (Honestly – nothing kinky here!!!) The last segment on using Embrilliance software didn’t do much for me, but I don’t do any digitizing at all; if you do, you might like it.

If you’d like to improve your embroidery, you might like to take this class, which, like all Craftsy classes, is on sale this week. Click on my affiliate link here to sign up!

3 thoughts on “Learning Something New – Day 3

  1. I love your machine embroidery. I would have been astonished if you had found a lot that was new to you in this class. Your precision of placement is the best I’ve ever seen. It’s something I strive for all the time. I probably won’t take this Craftsy class, but I applaud your “learn something new every day” ongoing series. The dragon is cool.

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  2. Thanks! There are many ways to do a lot of things, and it’s good to pick up some new ones every now and then to try out. This class covered some very good basics. After the basics, ME is all about placement. I often spend as much or more time on the placement of a motif than on the actual stitching!


  3. Thanks Susan, Love to have the recommendation. My life this year has not allowed me much time to sew. Have enjoyed all the online video’s that I can watch on my IPad when I have time. I still feels like “sew time”!

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