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Dragonfly Embroidery Club with Yvonne Menear -Sept. 18 -- In the Hoop Zippered Pouches


Class time is 9 – 4pm. Bring a drink and lunch in closed containers for consumption during class.
Embroidery Club will consist of 1) stitch files provided by the instructor each month, 2) lesson on how to create the stitch designs including thread choice, stabilizer to use, and hooping techniques, 3) help with how to use your machine functions to produce the optimum stitch results.
Stitch files are exclusive to Dragonfly only and can not be acquired anywhere else.
Make sure you arrive early and be set up ready to go at 9am.

Supplies to bring every month of attendance-
• Machine in good working order (cleaned it lately?)
• Power cord for machine, extension cord, embroidery arm attachment, embroidery hoops, templates for placement if your hoops have them, appropriate embroidery feet, tools provided with your machine, machine user manual if you are not completely familiar all with the functions of your machine
• A spare bobbin case that you can use to change the tension settings that has been clearly marked so you know it is separate from the embroidery bobbin case that came with the machine
• Spare bobbins to wind. You can also use pre-wound bobbins. Black and white thread bobbins are used most often in stitching your designs. You do not need to match your color to your top thread unless you are creating free standing embroidery designs. Some machines require a specific bobbin so make sure your spare bobbins are correct for your machine.
• USB stick (2 gig or less is ideal for transfer of designs) with your name and file format needed for your machine clearly written on the stick for transfer of designs to your machine. (If you have an older model machine and use a reader/writer card or flash card to transfer designs you will need to bring that.) All Janome machines require that you format your USB stick to your machine before stitch files can be added to the stick.
• Assortment of needles for the machine. Embroidery needles size 11-16, topstitch needles size 12-16
• Stabilizer assortment including tear away, wash away, fusible web for applique patterns, and polymesh (all available at Dragonfly). Have at least 1 meter of each type on hand for classes.
• 505 spray adhesive (If sprays are compromising to your health, then you will need to use sticky back stabilizer for your projects.)
• Assortment of colours of threads for class. Rayon thread is OK if you do not intend to wash your finished designs (rayon can bleed). I prefer to use Polyester trilobal threads as they produce the high sheen that is desired and do not run when washed, will not melt when ironed, or won’t be effected when dried in a hot dryer. (All thread types are available at Dragonfly). Polyester threads do not have the lint associated with other threads. From time to time, we may indeed use a wool, specialty thread, or cotton thread to create the design we use, but it will be listed as a thread choice for the individual monthly class. Otherwise, trilobal polyester thread is a good choice that can be used in all classes.
• Bobbin thread is usually 60 -80 weight thread and is ideal in embroidery designs. The finer your embroidery thread, the less bulky and stiff your embroidery designs will be. (Bobbin thread sold at Dragonfly)
• Any specialty threads needed for a design will be listed in the monthly design supplies that are on top of any basic supplies needed for every monthly class.
• Background fabrics of your choice. Embroidery shows up best against solid or tone-on-tone fabrics that read as a solid. Printed fabrics detract from the embroidery designs. I often use muslin or plain white or black cotton fabrics when testing a design. Pure white fabrics work great when you want to add fabric paint to your embroidery designs. More expensive fabrics can be reserved for projects in which you want to create overall designs that coordinate with each other.
• Scissors, thread snips, applique scissors, along with a small cutting mat, rotary cutter, small ruler to have at your table. There will be a large cutting table in the class that is shared by all if you choose. Make sure all your tools have your name on them to identify them as your personal belonging.
• Ironing station will be available in class. Do not bring extra mini irons to use.
There are a total of 12 stitch files. Ten files are unique zippered pouch designs, and two files are for two different sizes of tassels. All the construction is done for these files in the hoop. The tassels only require a small bit of hand sewing when done embroidering to close the rolled-up tassel band.
We are using wash away stabilizer for the tassels and tear-away stabilizer for the zippered bags. Polyester thread 40 weight is good for the designs. Variegated threads will work.
The zippers you require need to be 9 inches in length and have a nylon coil for the closure. Zipper teeth will not work! It must be a nylon coil.
You will need an assortment of fabrics to create the pouches. You can make them with all the same fabric or use a mix of fabrics for the pouches. You do need to have a neutral fabric without a print for the embroidered designs to show. A fat quarter of fabric for each pouch is sufficient.
You will learn how to insert the zipper in the hoop and how to create the free-standing tassels in class. This zipper pouch is a great design for gift giving.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: All skill levels welcome
Materials Included: see the supply list
Requirements: supplies listed on the website
Instructor: Yvonne Menear
Includes all the design files for the pouches and the tassel

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
                 Dragonfly Quilting & Gifts
                 17802 B. 66th Avenue
                 Surrey, BC V3S 7X1
                 1 800 663 0226