Embroidered Necklines, Part 2

Having received a few requests on how I did the neckline, I put together this short guide:

I started by taking off the small band around the neck, being careful not to stretch the knit (it was not a V-neck but a round one and quite close to the throat and I did not like that). I cut the stitches so I wouldn’t loose too much of the fabric.

Then I ironed with lots and lots of starch. And now came the tricky part: the templates. I guess I printed at least 20 of them until I was satisfied with the neckline.

From there on it was easy.

I hooped a wash-away and then stitched a placement line (I used the first line that is in the applique design straight on the hooped stabilizer). That way I know exactly where the design is going to be stitched. Then I pinned the T-shirt in place. I repeated the first line again, then stitched the second line and then cut what needs to be cut away. Finally, I replaced the hoop and finished the embroidery.

That’s all. It’s almost the same as applique, just with a little twist. 🙂

I had this idea for quite some time but never got around to do it. But when I got the Applique Hibiscus designs (by Allsorts of Embroidery) I knew it would look good.

I did the whole thing in three hoopings, but I had to babysit the machine for the whole process, holding the T-shirt so it would be stitched in the right place, and not suddenly start to make a big mess. LOL

I hope this makes sense to you. If you have any further questions, just ask.

Laces, Laces, Laces…

I just love laces!  A while ago I was offered a class in heirloom sewing by my Pfaff dealer, as she knows about my passion.

Of course I could not resist and so I spent a very nice day. We used a lot of our different feet, and got to know many new ways to use them for lots and lots of different stitches.

We made a lingerie bag to have a project where we could use all that we were learning. I embellished mine with little lace flowers that I already had made earlier.

All in all it was a very nice experience.

I’m embroidering laces on my machine all the time.

I made one lace in the endless hoop that was supposed to be done in cotton thread #30, but I had only #40 at home, so I used that one instead.

I was not overly excited by the outcome, as I found it too coarse.

So I went right back and did it again this time with poly #60 and that is very much to my liking.

Embroidered Necklines

Using applique designs as cutwork to shape a neckline was a lot of work in software but the outcome was well worth it.

I used the Applique Hibiscus design from Allsorts of Embroidery to create the neckline for a T-shirt.

The blue one was the trial piece and I liked it, so I moved right on, to the real thing.

I think it turned out really nice.

Fun with Pillow Cases

I just finished some pillow cases and tried out something new. I thought that a cutwork edge would look good, and I must say I really like the outcome.

I’m always trying out new techniques that’s why I have now pillow cases in different finishes and I love all of them. It’s so easy with all the nice designs and machine stitches.


Hi everyone, today I like to share with you the passion of my crafts. I did crafts as long as I can remember , and I always loved it. Even if sometimes it seemed too difficult and overwhelming, at least I had to try it.

Sometimes I have the feeling that we grow with every task, and there is always this nice sense of accomplishment.

I started this site to encourage others to try it as well, so you are welcome to browse and if you have questions, I will try to help.