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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 44
Cajun Corner – Vol.
4, No. 44 – November 18, 2012
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
This week we had the pleasure of entertaining our
friend and embroidery technician from Central Florida.She planned this trip to Pensacola and had four or five customers in
the area needing their machines serviced.She arrived on Wednesday afternoon and was anxious to see the new
tablecloth.Once she did; she loved it.We all went out to eat each evening, drank
wine, and talked about embroidery and crafts.It was such a delightful time.
There were a few new embroidery techniques that
she taught me.One was using scrap
thread in the embroidery.It is pretty
cool.The center fill of the design
needs to be changed to about a 20 point density. An outline of the design is
run; then stop the machine and place enough scrap thread to cover the inside of
the design.Then you cover the thread
with Solvy or Aqua Magic (any water soluble topping will do).Next you let the fill stitch run.Stop the machine and trim the threads outside
of the outline.Then let the machine
finish the embroidery.Once the
stitching is completed, wash away the topping.The light fill holds in the threads.The threads are very colorful and make a unique and pretty appearance.
The other technique was a spin on the fringe
technique.We did not try this but she
did digitize a sample for me which I will try out later.Using a satin stitch, you create a small,
simple design, let’s say an oval.Digitize the oval very small.Then
digitize another oval over the first one but slightly larger than the
first.You can do this as many times as
you like.The important thing is that it
is a satin stitch and there are no center stitches.Use a different color for each round of
stitches.When you have finished
stitching, take your scissors and cut straight down the middle.The satin stitches fluff up in all of the
colors that you used.
As we discussed puff embroidery, I asked how to
use a hair dryer to shrink the puff that sticks out. She explained that it is not a hair dryer but
a heat gun.It looks like a hair dryer
but gets much hotter.George bought us a
heat gun and is going to try it out today on some practice puff embroidery.
She solved many of my embroidery issues and
answered my questions.When we get
together, we usually create designs and techniques of our own.It was a wonderful visit.
On Thursday, she decided to check out Clothilde
and make sure she was running up to par.Poor Clothilde blew her Z Motor.We had a new Z Motor overnighted and installed on Friday.That was unexpected but it could not have
happened at a better time – when my technician just happened to be here.We are up and running and purring like a
kitten now.Clothilde is a pretty
fabulous and amazing machine.
Our embroidery technician departed Saturday
morning.We fully intended to attend the
Wooly Booger Bawl at 3 p.m.However, we
were exhausted.Three o’clock came and
went and we just could not seem to get up and going.Nevertheless, a hearty congratulation to our
new Queen Sugah, Jayne Drees, who was apparently very surprised at her
selection as Queen Sugah.
This morning George decided to make pancakes for
breakfast.I usually don’t eat breakfast
at all but George makes some good pancakes.He served me first and then, to my surprise, served the dogs
pancakes.He served himself last.My mother would be appalled.I was pretty amazed, myself.Those dogs are so spoiled.
The lap scarves were finished, embroidered and
mailed to the customer this week.I
haven’t heard from her since.I asked
that she let me know when they arrive.Considering they were mailed, she may not have received them yet.I think they turned out lovely.
This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.At 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, 2008, my Mama
passed away, peacefully, in our living room.Thanksgiving hasn’t been the same since.I am thankful for so much.In
fact, it is because of Mama that Cajun Stitchery even exists.
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