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Heart Contest Results and Embroidery Downloads


We have two winners in the heart contest, and some machine embroidery designs for you to download!  If you get started now, your dolls can have a new shirt before Valentine’s day!

The first was a flamingo by Joy and I was inspired by the bird on this:
 to embroider the flamingo on contrasting felt and applique it.  This turns out to be a great strategy to get an embroidered motif onto stretch knits without the difficulties that sometimes arise when embroidering on knits.
Anna’s motif had a boho vibe that I loved!  I digitized it first in a color version to put on a white T-shirt, but playing around with color combinations I got inspired by traditionally embroidered Mexican blouses that use white thread on brightly colored fabric and Julika’s blouse was born.  Covering the yoke with lace is an easy and trendy way to add interest without embroidering.
 (L – Kidz n Cats Julika, R – OG Jamie)
You can download the contest embroidery designs in .pes format here:
Please note that the flower-heart motif has a lot of threads to cut and is a dense design – not the individual density of the stitches, but how close the elements are together.  My machine shredded the top thread and made a few bird nests underneath, so use at your own risk and stabilize well!
Because April “asked” for one to keep, I also did a version of the OG heart logo which stitches out beautifully:
It’s been modified somewhat from the original, but is similar enough that you shouldn’t put it on things to sell.
Love Ten Ping?  I have good news!  The birthday fairy did not come through with Zuri 😦 but did bring Ten Ping a friend named Gigi and I’m hard at work on some sweet little spring patterns for her that I’m hoping will be ready by the end of March.
April’s next journal is coming out soon and might have some hidden surprises in it.  Stay tuned!

Little Darling in Japan week 5


There are two new patterns coming soon to my etsy shop, but, thanks to some computer problems, apparently not this week 😦


For this week’s “Little Darling in Japan” we have some soft furnishing projects.  If you have a 5×7″ embroidery hoop, you can get the free machine embroidery designs in .pes format in the pattern.


More details and free pattern here

Also…a poll.  When I started this, I made a list of everything I wanted to do, and it was about 12 weeks long.  I limited myself to finish by the end of the year, and next week’s post is almost done.  The last post, however, is as-yet nebulous.  The original intent was an outfit and accessories (printies, clay food, etc.) to celebrate New Year’s, which is a major holiday in Japan, but there are some other things I wanted to do and didn’t get to, like modern stuff (Harajuku/wa-loli/etc.).  So, if you have an opinion, please vote below for the final post of the year:

[poll is now closed] The votes were 47 to 31 in favor of a traditional New Year’s celebration.  Look for the post after Christmas!


I had a really nice day today…


The princess pattern collection was hanging over my head unfinished for more time than I like to remember and work has been especially busy as we scramble to get everything finished in the 6 weeks or so that are left, so it’s been kind of stressful both at home and at work lately.  I had the day off today, and spent it creating this outfit, which came together beautifully without a hitch!  How often does that happen?  Then, the weather cooperated, being in the 60s with no wind and lots of sun, so I was able to get out and take loads of photos of the new outfit.  It was inspired by this petite Blythe one

(should you want to buy her/see more pictures, search the web for  “Suri petite Blythe”)

I used the European Folk Costumes pattern blouse copied at 77% which fit my Hearts for Hearts doll perfectly (yay!) and did something I haven’t been able to do before because my embroidery hoop wasn’t big enough…an in-the-hoop vest!  Want to make one too?  Download the .pes file free here.

How to do it:  Layer stabilizer and muslin in your hoop.  The manufacturer of your machine probably told you in the manual never to pin things into your hoop, so I won’t tell you to pin your felt onto the stabilizer+muslin already in it either, because you risk broken needles/machine damage.  I pinned mine at the very outer edges of the hoop, but you could also use double sided tape or basting glue or something.   Stitch out the design, tear away the stabilizer and trim around with pinking shears.  Sew shoulder seams and trim excess.  Steam lightly into shape with your iron.  If you want, you could make a laced-up-the-front version by sewing hooks or eyes along the front and then lacing through them.

You can make her a bear hat like Blythe’s too, using the free Halloween animal pattern, just hem and attach ties!