Embroidered Handwritten Label
Beginner | 43 min 59 sec
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Whether used to attribute your quilt or explain the circumstances of its production, a personalized quilt label is a thoughtful addition to a quilt. In this class, Milwaukee artist and quilter Heidi Parkes teaches how to embroider text in your own handwriting, both printing and cursive, using the back stitch so that you can leave yourself or someone else a special fabric note. The sentiment can be personal or practical, mundane or historical; this embroidered handwritten label can be added to a quilt, article of clothing, embroidered art piece or really anything that can hold stitching. Heidi walks you through the basics of hand-sewing, her easy tracing and transfer technique, and how appliqué the label using a neat trick using aluminum foil. Once you get the hang of it, you can transfer any sentiment onto an embroidered label.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fabric, or a corner of the quilt itself
  • Needle - Heidi likes the Dritz milliners multi-pack
  • Size 9 DMC pearl cotton thread 
  • Tracing paper or tissue paper
  • Fine felt tipped pen Pigma marker
  • Embroidery hoop to fit the size of your label (4" to 12")
  • Scissors/snips
  • Straight pins
  • Thimbles, both pushing and pulling
  • Thin cardboard like a cereal box and aluminum foil, and iron and ironing surface (optional, if appliqueing the label in place)
  • Window or light table (optional, but this can help you see better)
Learn how to:
  • Design a quilt top as a personal memoir 
  • Appliqué using the running, ladder, whip stitches
  • Embroider unique shapes and objects
  • Tie a tailor's, quilter's and slip knot
  • Stretch your hands to prevent injury
  • Hand weave with embroidery thread
  • Sew a yo-yo
  • Assemble small patchwork

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to make an embroidered handwritten label
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Heidi Parkes
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Angelee Kumar
good tips including: knotting a quilt or sewing project with a Taylor's Knott, threading a needle best practices (needle to thread instead of thread to needle), ironing flat (optimized for tricky shapes with aluminum foil), transferring a drawing or signature to a sewing project
November 19, 2022
Pamela Privett
Great class! Love the personal touches!! Thank you
October 27, 2022
Alix Refshauge
wonderful.great instruction and inspiring
October 23, 2022