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Vintage American Eagle Plaques

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Materials
  • For each Eagle:
  • Hoop size 8” x 8” or larger
  • 6” Hexagon shaped mounted canvas – see note
  • 16” x 20” White PFD Kona® cloth
  • 16” x 20” no show stabilizer
  • Red and Yellow Gold Inktense Ink Pencils®
  • Fabric medium and Aloe Vera Gel
  • Small paint brushes
  • Staple Gun
  • Spray Adhesive

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Use any of the six listed designs to create these patriotic plaques.
    The hexagon shaped mounted canvas says it is a 6”. But, that is the measurement of each side of the hexagon. The actual height of the frame is 11 ¾” and the width is 10”. A rectangular 8” x 10” frame would work well too. See our project Tips for Painting with Inktense Ink Pencils if you have not tried this technique before. Drying time for the paint is not included in the time estimate.


    Step 1:
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    Both an 8” x 12” and a 9.5” x 9.5” embroidery hoops were used in making these samples so the fabric was cut to 16” x 20”. If using a different size hoop you may use a smaller amount of fabric, but keep the fabric at least 16” x 16” to have enough material to wrap around the canvas. Tautly hoop your fabric and no show stabilizer in the hoop.


    Step 2:
    Embroider the one color design.

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    Step 3:
    Though you may embroider all of the eagles in one sitting before you get to coloring them, I find it best to put each eagle back into the embroidery frame for painting to keep the fabric taut. Assemble your painting supplies.

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    Step 4:
    Of course you may paint as much of the design as you wish. In these samples just the red and gold sections were painted for an “artsy” look. Let the paint dry for 24 hours before proceeding.

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    Step 5:
    After the paint has dried for 24 hours throw the embroideries, as well as an old towel to aid in tumbling, into a medium hot dryer for 50 minutes. This well heat set the ink pencils.

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    Step 6:
    Trim the excess stabilizer from around the design.

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    Step 7:
    Press the fabric and the design before mounting the embroidery.

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    Step 8:
    Center the design on the canvas. Lay the embroidery and canvas face down on the table and measure and mark approximately 2 ½” around the canvas.

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    Step 9:
    Connect the marks you made and trim the fabric to the hexagon shape marks.

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    Step 10:
    Spray a little adhesive on the canvas and center the design.  

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    Step 11:
    Fold the fabric under about 1” and pull tautly over the sides of the canvas; staple into place with the staple gun. Due to weak hands I found it easier to use the staple gun if I place a second canvas up against the one I was stapling so that the back end of the staple gun could rest upon it while I placed the staples. Miter the corners as you staple around the canvas.

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    Step 12:
    Congratulations your Vintage American Eagle Plaque 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 pwilliams22@cox.net.

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