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FSL Shamrock Brooch

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Materials
  • Emerald green polyester embroidery thread for the top of machine and matching bobbin
  • 9 pieces 3mm Hot-Fix Glass Crystals
  • Hot-Fix heat applicator
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
  • Jewelry Shoppe Findings Pin Back 1”
  • Fibrous water soluble stabilizer – such as Wet N’ Gone or Aqua-mesh 20” x 8”
  • Embroidery Hoop 4” x 4”

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create
     


    Step 1:
    Hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer.

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    Step 2:
    Load emerald green polyester thread into your machine and bobbin.


    Step 3:
    Stitch the design.

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    Step 4:
    Roughly cut the stabilizer off around the design.

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    Step 5:
    Hold the design under hot running water to remove the excess stabilizer. Just hold it under the water long enough to remove the outside edges stabilizer. You want to leave some stabilizer in the project to keep it stiff.

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    Step 6:
    Lay the Shamrock on a cotton (loop free) towel. Blot the embroidery to remove excess moisture and then lay on a dry section of the towel for it to dry. Dry thoroughly – about 3 hours.

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    Step 7:
    Place on a heat resistant cutting board the Hot-Fix Crystals, the Hot-Fix Crystal Applicator, a glue gun and a 1” jewelry pin back.

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    Step 8:
    With the Hot-fix applicator attach three or more 3mm green crystals to each leaf. Be sure your applicator does not touch the shamrock; it will melt your threads.

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    Step 9:
    You may apply the crystals to all three petals as shown or use various layouts with different sized crystals of your liking.

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    Step 10:
    Turn your shamrock face down. Make sure your 1” jewelry pin is facing so that the clasp opens on the left hand side.

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    Step 11:
    Place a few drops of hot glue on the center back of the shamrock and press the clasp into place.

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    Step 12:
    Your Shamrock Brooch is ready to wear; you might as well plan on sewing up a dozen of them. All your family and friends will want one too!

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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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    margaret n Feb 28, 2015
    Loved it. Loved it. This is a really great project. Easy to do. The brooch turns out just like the picture. I did so many (as gifts) that I ran out of thread.
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    Anonymous Feb 28, 2015
    I stitched out about 20 of these last year and my daughter did the gluing of rhinestones and pin back and I gave them out at work on St. Patrick's Day. They're extremely nice. I made another 20 or so after to be ready this year and will probably give them out to members of my little community theater group. Then I think I'd better make another couple dozen. One of the best projects I've done and has gotten me interested in looking for other FSL patterns.
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    Nancy M Feb 28, 2015
    This is SUCH an easy and very pretty project. I love it. It stitched out beautifully.
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