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Hummingbird Table Runner

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  • 12”x 8” embroidery hoop or larger
  • Purchased 100% cotton Extended Length and Width Table Runner – The table runner used as the sample was made by Threshold Quality and Design and purchased at Target
  • 10 yards Fibrous water soluble stabilizer such as Wet N Gone®
  • Embroidery tape
  • Frixion heat removable fabric marker

  • Designs used in this project

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Prewash the table runner so that any shrinkage will occur before the embroidery takes place. Two layers of water soluble stabilizer were used in the sample as I did not want to have to tear away tear-away stabilizer from all of the curlicues in the embroidery. However you may use tear-away stabilizer if you choose. The placement of the hummingbirds is relatively random and you may place your hummingbirds in any layout of your choice. 

    Step 1:
    As you can see this particular table runner has a jacquard type stripes running vertically. The question was if the stripes could be embroidered over without the use of Solvy® on top to keep the stitches from sinking into those stripes. I’m happy to report that Solvy® was not needed.

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    Step 2:
    Print out templates of your designs and pin to the table runner to determine where you want the hummingbirds to be. In the sample one hummingbird was placed at the center of each end of the table runner and 7 others were placed up the sides with the hummingbirds all facing towards the center of the runner. Mark the center of the design for the first hummingbird with a heat removable fabric marker.

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    Step 3:
    Tautly hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer centering your mark in the hoop. Leave the other templates pinned to the table runner until you are ready to stitch them.

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    Step 4:
    Rotate the design at your machine so that you are stitching the design upside down. Stitch the design in a color of your choice.

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    Step 5:
    Trim the stabilizer about ¼” around the design. The rest of the stabilizer will be removed when we wash the project after all the embroidery is completed. Trim the stabilizer around each of the designs as it is stitched.

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    Step 6:
    Mark the center of the design for the next hummingbird up the side of the runner. You will find that you cannot center the design in the hoop and hoop the whole table runner at the same time. Place your stabilizer so that it completely covers the hoop. Center your mark on the table runner in the hoop. Secure the free edge of the runner by using embroidery tape to secure it to the stabilizer.

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    Step 7:
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    Whether you are working on a multi needle machine or a single needle machine it is recommended that you start embroidering at one end of the table runner and stitch your designs from the ends to the center, then turn the table runner working from the other end up towards the center. This will minimize the amount of fabric you will have going behind your machine at any one time. All designs will need to be rotated 180 degrees at the machine and stitched upside down.

    Step 8:
    After all of the hummingbird designs are stitched, press each dot made with the Frixion® marker to remove the black dots. Throw the table runner into the washer with a couple of towels or other white items into the washer and wash on a regular cycle. Dry it at medium high heat.

    Step 9:
    Congratulations your Magnificent Hummingbird Table Runner is 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

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