Posts by Hope Yoder

Hope Yoder is an author, designer and sewing instructor who specializes in fine machine sewing and loves to incorporate traditional techniques and machine embroidery into romantic ladies clothes and accessories. She has appeared many times on the popular TV show called “Sewing with Martha.” She has written two books entitled: "Embellished Heirloom Treasures" and “Victorian Dreams Heirloom Shirt”. Hope has created a new series of machine embroidery CDs called Heirloom Embellishments which features heirloom techniques that are re-created in the embroidery hoop. Her new “Virtual Pattern Workshop Cds” are the newest edition to her product line, which feature projects including video techniques, embroidery designs and step-by-step color photo directions. Her work has been featured on the cover of Sew Beautiful, Sew News, Designs in Machine Embroidery and Clotilde’s Sewing Savvy magazine. She also writes for Australian Machine Embroidery, Creative Machine Embroidery and House of White Birches. Hope travels the country teaching hands-on- workshops helping ladies discover how to “Romance Their Wardrobe” using her special techniques. She is also a teacher at Martha Pullen’s School of Art Fashion in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her website at

Appliqué 6 Ways: Trapunto, Lace & Madeira Appliqué

Young Girl Wearing a Lace Appliqued Shirt

This is the third and final post in our Appliqué 6 Ways series. We already touched on machine embroidered and electronic die-cut appliqué and free-standing and shadow appliqué, this week we will take a closer look at trapunto appliqué, lace shaping appliqué and Madeira appliqué.

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Appliqué 6 Ways: Free-standing and Shadow Appliqué

Shadow Applique

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series featuring six ways to appliqué. Last week we took a look at machine embroidered appliqué and electronic die-cut machine appliqué. This week, I'll share some tips for free-standing appliqué and shadow appliqué.

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Appliqué 6 Ways: Machine Embroidered and Electronic Die-Cut Appliqué

Machine Embroidered Wine Tote

Machine appliqué is a hot topic in today's embroidery world -- so much that entire embroidery conferences and events have been totally dedicated to machine appliqué techniques. There are so many ways to appliqué, so over the course of several blog posts, we are going to explore the six most popular methods. Today, let's take a look at machine embroidered appliqué and electronic die-cut machine appliqué.

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How to Make a Fabric Christmas Card Holder

Homemade Christmas Card Holder

I love the shabby-chic look, and this week I have a pretty functional Christmas accessory that is also very practical. Combine embroidered and graphic buttons to make a lovely Christmas card holder. This project combines some simple scrapbooking punches, ribbons and regular wooden clothespins with a few simple embroidery and sewing techniques. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

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How to Make an Embroidered Button Photo Frame

Embroidered Button Photo Frame

One of my favorite quick gifts to whip up is this embroidered button photo frame. With the holidays approaching, this is a wonderful gift to make for friends, family or coworkers. Learn how with this quick tutorial.

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Handkerchief Craft Ideas: An Embroidered Doll Dress Tutorial

Doll Wearing a Handmade DressThe holidays will be here before you know it, so now is the time to get started on handmade holiday gifts. Is there a little girl in your life you would like to make something special for this Christmas? She'll love this sweet project, which upcycles a handkerchief with the addition of machine embroidery and recycled trim. Read more »

Emboidery Idea: Layered Flower Pins In the Hoop

Black canvas shoes with embroidered flower pinsLayered flowers are perfect for even a novice embroiderer and are even fun project for kids, teens and adults. There are so many ways you can use them to accessorize your wardrobe -- you won't be able to stop with just one! Read more »

Sweet Feet: Tennis Shoe Makeover

Kids Shoes with AdornmentWhile looking through some baby photos dated from 1965, I noticed some interesting charms that looked like tiny bells on baby shoes. I asked my mother-in-law about them, and she told me they were gadgets that kept toddlers' shoelaces from coming untied. That was the inspiration behind these sweet embellished white tennis shoes. Read more »

Embroidery Software 101: Circular Tool

Machine Embroidered Kayaker DesignLast week, I showed you how the Repeat icon can be used to save time and frustration when embroidering multiples of the same design. This week, I'm excited to show you how using the Circular tool is another fun way to change a single design into something brand new. Read more »

Embroidery Software 101: Repeats

Embroidery Software Repeat FunctionThere are so many tips and tricks I would like to share with everyone who owns an embroidery software program. To start, I'll share tips for creating repeats of the same design or of like designs. There are several occasions where I need to embroider multiples of the same designs. Read more »