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 www.HopeYoder.com.

In the Hoop Prairie Circles Tutorial

Prairie CirclesWe've already covered making prairie points two ways, the traditional way or a faster ITH method using your embroidery software program. Today's tutorial is a spin-off from that post. What if we didn’t want sharp angles as on the prairie points? Sometimes you need smoother line angles or just want to go a step beyond the traditional. Prairie circles have the look and feel of their traditional quilting counterpart, but they are hip and edgy and can be used to embellish anything from garments to quilts. Read more »

Little Embroidery Designs Plus Text Tutorial

Machine Embroidered LunchboxDo you own any tiny little embroidery designs and are not sure what to do with them. In this week’s post, I will show you how easy it is to embellish text using embroidery software programs that generate embroidered text. Read more »

Pretty Petals In-the-Hoop

Machine Embroidered Flower Petal PillowBlooming embroidered silk petals adorn a simple project, transforming the ordinary into something charmingly romantic. Discover a new way to use button cover embroidery designs to create pretty in-the-hoop flower petals using the same technique employed in sewing garment facings. Read more »

A Quick In-the-Hoop Project

In the Hoop Embroidery ProjectWhat's still hot in the embroidery world? Gifts you can make in minutes. Quick projects are still vogue and like a good Chanel suit, they never go out of style. Today, I'm sharing a project for a quick and easy scissor case that is made in minutes, and best of all, it’s created entirely in the embroidery hoop. Read more »

Combine Scrapbooking with Machine Embroidery

Using SVG files for ScrapbookingHave you ever heard of SVG files? SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, a file format commonly used in the scrapbooking word. Combine machine embroidery designs with SVG files and a die-cutting machine, and you can get a whole lot more from your embroidery designs. Read more »

Machine Embroidered Prairie Points

Machine Embroidered Prairie PointsIn the hoop is what most embroiderers want to do for fun, so today's post is all about making an in the hoop project quickly and easily. Have you heard about prairie points? Prairie points are a decorative trim used in the quilting world to embellish the edge of quilts, pillows or wall hangings. Make them the traditional way or use your embroidery software program to make them ITH. Read more »

Not Your Grandmother’s Jeans

Embroidered PocketsI have always loved the look of machine embroidered jeans and remember a time when you could hardly find plain jeans in stores. That was many years ago when embellished jeans were all the rage. While fashion trends come and go, the good trends we all love eventually come around again, reinvented. Read more »

Create a Unique Wooden Embroidered Monogram

Wooden Embroidered MonogramOwn an embroidery machine and want to make a quick-monogramed letter to embellish a bookcase, shelf or to create unique wall art? Enjoy a crafting project that includes machine embroidery, fabric covered buttons and woodcrafts. Read more »

Heirloom Embroidery Techniques: Sew Easy!

Heirloom EmbroideryMost women are drawn to the romance of lace, ruffles and vintage reproductions so it’s a natural transition to translate traditional sewing techniques to new and exciting in-the-hoop techniques. Heirloom sewing is needlework that imitates the look of French hand-sewing styles created by women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While traditionally made on a machine, (though it can still be done by hand such as with beads and ribbon embroidery) it can now be recreated with the embroidery units on home-based embroidery machines. Let's get started with our step-by-step tutorial! Read more »