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CHA Winter 2012: Studio Calico

Studio Calico is now part of the American Crafts line of products.  We love Studio Calico designs, their paper is always lovely, but this year it’s the other products that were exciting to us.

These are masks to use with the Studio Calico Sprays.  They would also make great tools for adding texture with a spackle medium.

New Spray colors…
Samples of the masks and spray in use…

Neutral papers perfect for collage.

Wood Veneer stars i fell in love with…

Washi Tapes and notebook tags…

Sweet little envelopes and die cuts of the states…

Bold colors and patterns… note the chevron!

what a wonderful simple design…

Embossed journals…

What will you be waiting anxiously to purchase from this line?

Vendor Spotlight – Dimensions Embroidery Pillow Kit by E.K. Success

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

This really fun pillow cover kit is from the “Handmade Embroidery” line by Dimension Needlecraft (from the E.K. Success product lines).  I like the company slogan:

“with a few simple embroidery stitches and a little applique, you can create a heartwarming project in just a weekend with our Handmade Embroidery line” 

Which is true, this kit is easily finished in one weekend, and is great for those with limited free time to work on embroidery projects but want to enjoy the relaxing fun of doing embroidery.   This is also a nice kit for introducing embroidery to beginners.  The project is cute and the fabric and appliques are good quality cotton.  

The “Bird on a Flower” pillow cover kit is designed by Erin Ries.  The kit is designed to fit up to a 14″ pillow which is not included in the kit but easy to find at any local craft supply store.  It is a colorful and fun crewel embroidery project that I am very excited to make.

The contents of the Bird on a Flower Kit are:
Pillow Cover
  • pre-printed cotton fabric pillow cover in 100% cotton 
100% heavy cotton
Applique sheet

  • color coordinated cotton thread
color coordinated thread and thread holder

  • one needle
  • one set of brief but simple instructions
To finish the kit, you need to purchase a 12″ or 14″ pillow to fit inside of the cover.  
The instruction booklet and the Dimensions website do have some simple instructions and diagrams for their versions of the following stitches and knots:
  • buttonhole stitch
  • running stitch
  • back stitch
  • stem stitch
  • french knot
The first step was to lay out the supplies to see what I had to work with and iron all the cotton pieces to remove the wrinkles.  Then I cut out the appliques.  

These are really nice appliques that do not seem to unravel easily but I decided to apply a 
little fray check to the edges of the pieces (just in case).

The instructions on how to apply the stitches and appliques onto the pillow are very brief, as you can see in the photo below.  

This is great for me, I like my instructions short and to the point.  However, since this kit is being promoted as good for beginners, it might cause someone who prefers more in depth instructions some small discomfort. 

So the next thing is to begin to applique the different fabric die cuts onto the pillow cover.

The kit directions for the actual stitches are far more detailed than the project directions and 

include diagrams that are easy to follow to finish the different appliques.
So once I had finished all the stitches and appliques, I added some buttons to personalize the pillow cover to add a little more dimension to the finished project.
It is cotton and will wrinkle easily.  However, I like the casual look of wrinkled cotton so this look totally works for me.

Overall, this would be an easy project to introduce someone to applique work and basic embroidery stitches.  All the supplies are included (except the pillow) and the directions are very brief and simple to follow.
  1. Always keep the color picture, you can use it as reference, just in case the diagrams do not make sense to you.
  2. Utilize the color-coded card that is included in this kit to perfectly match the colors to the diagrams.
  3. Place all the parts in a ziplock for an easy and inexpensive traveling kit.  Just grab it and you have something to work on when the opportunity presents itself.

  • The color-coded stitch holders help you match the color to the diagram.
  •  The stitch diagrams are easy-to-follow, but they also provide additional reference on their website of the stitches and some video help too.
  • The die-cut pieces are easy to work, and are a nice heavy cotton.
  • The instructions in this kit do not have the color diagrams that some of their other kits provide.  Those were super helpful to beginners and made it easy to see the differences in not only the stitches but in the correct colors to do them in.
  • The very brief instructions may bother a beginner who may want more detailed instructions.
  • Only comes with one needle.  Why not include an extra needle?
Do you enjoy pre-printed embroidery kits.    What type of embroidery do you enjoy most? Have you made anything from fabric die cuts?  We would love to hear about your experiences with these type of kits.

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Kayla and Samuel said…

I like to add a little extra to my cards and scrapbook pages, pretty boring. I make my own Christmas cards so this is great. I have been pretty in the dark about embossing options though, so thanks for a great review. American Crafts always exceeds my expectations, whatever they come out with I love!

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