I created these bookmarks based on the designs of the artist ‘Miro’ to teach a class what wonderful texture effects can be created by using the ‘fancy fills’ within the Bernina Digitising software. This is a great project that could be done with children asking them to choose their own colours.
In this first blog post I have provided the downloadable EXP files for two different designs with the instructions of how to stitch them.
These designs stitch in the large oval embroidery hoop which comes with all models of Bernina embroidery machines. Two bookmarks can be stitched in each hooping.
In the next blog post I will provide the EMB files so that you can experiment with different fancy fills, or use the files as a basis to design your own bookmark.
White base fabric 6cms x 15cms
Coloured fabric for backing 6cms x 15cms
- Prepare main fabric and backing fabric cutting to 6cms x 15cms each rectangle, Use spray starch to stiffen these fabrics if wished. Tip. I really recommend spray starching the fabric as this helps stabilise the embroidery which is quite intense.
- Hoop a double layer of water soluble stabiliser. There is plenty of room to stich two bookmarks in the hoop so move the design towards one side of the hoop within your screen of the embroidery machine.
- Stitch the tack down line directly onto the hooped stabiliser. Tip. Use the same colour thread as your main thread colour i.e. white. I have only used a darker colour for photography purposes.
4. Lay background fabric over stitch rectangle and the next stitching lines will tack fabric in place. Again use the same thread colour as your main thread colour.
6. Following the colours and instructions on embroidery machine complete the rest of the coloured fill areas. Tip Use a white or neutral coloured bobbin thread for the background and brightly coloured areas.
7.The black areas and satin stitch lines are the next to stitch so I suggest changing your bobbin thread to black at this point.
8. Remove hoop from machine carefully and lay wrong side up on a table. Use a fabric glue stick or temporary adhesive spray lightly on back of embroidery. I used a fabric glue stick (yellow coloured).
11. Return the hoop to the embroidery machine and the tack down ;lines with stitch to hold backing fabric in place. Tip, keep checking that the fabric on the wrong side stays in place. With the glue holding it, it should not move.
Your finished bookmark.
14. Stitch second bookmark if wished. Have fun playing with different colours. Cut out bookmarks and wash away excessive stabiliser.