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FSL Heart Bookmarks

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • Polyester embroidery thread
  • Red and white bobbins with 60wt bobbin thread
  • 1/8” grosgrain and satin ribbons
  • Plastic or wooden beads with holes large enough to pass the ribbon through
  • Needlepoint needle
  • Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer such as Wet N Gone

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLHB01.aspx

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    For best results be sure to use polyester thread, rayon is too soft for these bookmarks and fibrous water soluble stabilizer and not water soluble toppings such as Solvy®. The time given is an estimate based upon the average time to sew and decorate each individual bookmark and excludes drying time. Time to sew each bookmark will vary of course depending on the stitch count, but most of these can be sewn out in about 20 minutes.


    Step 1:
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    As both sides of these projects will be seen you will want to have bobbins loaded with a white and red bobbin thread. Red bobbin thread is used for the red bookmarks, white thread will work for both the pink and the white bookmarks. As these were digitized for the use of 60 weight thread in the bobbin, winding the bobbins with 40 weight thread is not recommended.


    Step 2:
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    Tautly hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer.


    Step 3:
    Due to the height of the bookmarks they need to be sewn in a 5” x 7” embroidery hoop, but due to the narrowness of them three can be sewn in one hooping to conserve the stabilizer. Load the first design and move it 2.20” to the left and stitch it out.

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    Step 4:
    Stitch the next bookmark in the center of the hoop and when you load the file for the third design move it 2.20” to the right of center.

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    Step 5:
    Cut out each bookmark with about a ¼” margin.

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    Step 6:
    Hold each bookmark under hot running water just long enough to remove the stabilizer, you just want the stabilizer to disappear from the holes and edges of the bookmark. Stabilizer remaining in the bookmark will add to its body.

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    Step 7:
    Lay the bookmarks on a cotton dishtowel without loops; blot; allow to dry thoroughly.

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    Step 8:
    Cut a 25” length of ribbon from the spool and thread one end through a needlepoint needle.

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    Step 9:
    Tie at least two knots on top of each other at the other end of the ribbon, you want the knots to be large enough to prevent the beads from slipping off the end of the ribbon.

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    Step 10:
    Feed the desired number of beads that you want at the end of the ribbon and push down to the knot, feed in the reverse order matching beads for the other end of the ribbon, remove the needle and tie a couple of knots.

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    Step 11:
    Fold the ribbon in half and feed the loop through the bookmark loop. You may use the blunt end of the needle to push the ribbon through the loop in necessary.

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    Step 12:
    Feed the beaded ends of the ribbon through the ribbon loop and tighten; tie a single simple knot at the top of the loop to keep the ribbons from slipping.

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    Step 13:
    For added interest you can add two ribbons at the same time to a bookmark; cut one ribbon at the 25” and the second ribbon at 23”; feed beads onto both ribbons as before.

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    Step 14:
    Fold the ribbons in half together and feed both through the loop in the bookmark at the same time.

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    Step 15:
    Feed all four ribbon ends through the ribbon loop at the same time, pull taut and then add an extra knot at the top.

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    Step 16:
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    Repeat, repeat, repeat until your entire collection of FSL Heart Bookmarks are complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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