Category Archives: Embroidery

Creating Christmas Cards!

November 20, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

I look forward to the month of December, because I love to plan for the Christmas presents (shopping), and what to give to each person. Hopefully we will be getting some snow soon, which will make the days a little lighter, as we now have less day light hours.

I do also love receiving beautiful Christmas cards from my friends, decorated with embroideries and lovely Christmas poems. This year I will make some of my own cards to send to my family and friends and I will share my ideas with you here. To sew your own Christmas cards can be fun, creative and easy. And it is a great way of using small scraps of fabric, felt, paper, buttons and ribbons.

My first Christmas Card

On the first card I embroidered a design on the inside. Since the design I used containe 3 angels, I cut out one of them by using the edit tab in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D™ Embroidery Extra. The embroidery design comes from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 70, “Happy Season”. As I have a handwriting that is difficult to read, I did also add text using the same software module. You can cut the design using a pinking sheer scissor or a rotary cutter with wavy blade. Sew it on the card with a straight stitch or a zig zag. I used a metallic thread that I liked.

On the front page of this card I did use Tear-Away Stabiliser underneath the paper when sewing the text: Merry Christmas. I used the possibility to program one single stitch with a tie-off in the beginning and at the end of the single stitch. That way I did secure the ribbon on the front.

My second Christmas Card

How to create the Christmas Card with the Christmas Tree appliqué:

Cut a Tear-away stabiliser as a template for the Christmas tree.
Then cut out the Christmas tree in a green silk fabric.
Use a narrow satin stitch 2mm, to sew the appliqué on the linen fabric, that is slightly bigger.
Sew the linen fabric on to the card, using a zigzag ¼” from the edge.
Pull the threads from the edges, to create the fringe look.
Sew on felt to write “Merry Christmas” and sew it on the card with a straight stitch.

Here are even some more Christmas Cards that you can try!

And don’t forget to check out the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Holiday website where you can find even more inspiration for some Christmas cards and a couple of free designs to download and a lot of other Christmas gift ideas.

I am sure you will come up with your own way of sewing Christmas Cards. Until next week, have some happy sewing!.

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Coming Up… time to personalize for the Holidays!

November 12, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

What a fantastic weekend I have had, parties two day’s in a row. My husband had his 50th birthday. Friday night we had a surprise party for him. All his colleagues, almost 30 people were waiting in our house when he showed up from a trip. 

What would have made it easier with all the glasses with drinks would be to create wineglass charms, as there were many who lost track of where they put their drinks. It would have been beautiful and at the same time we would have saved lot of dishes.

There are lot of holidays ahead, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Therefore I will make these wineglass charms starting now using HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Express Monogram Wizard. It will be easy to fit at least six of them in one hooping. I will decorate them with the initials of my relatives that will spend Christmas and New Year together with us in our house. To differentiate them more I will add different pearls and beads.

Of course there are much more possibilities with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D ExpressMonogram and Vision. I have included a few more samples I have made below.

Tip; One thing I did learn at a fair in  London, England, was to cut a yard of a light metal thread, and make it into a small ball, by rolling it like you would make a snowball. It is also a beautiful decoration for the wineglass charms instead of using the beads!

Next week, we will start to make Christmas gifts and cards.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Create the Folklore look!

November 5, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I was very happy the other day as I was organizing my sewing room in the basement of our house. I found a half-made sewing project in a paper bag that I did not have had time to finish last year. It is a skirt in medium weight wool, with two different matching fabrics. It is a lovely blue-green color (in Sweden we call this color Petrol), and the quality of the fabric is very easy and smooth to sew on.

Here is how I am planning to decorate this skirt:

I have the seams on the outside of the front and back pieces and I will make fringe of the seam allowance. It is very easy to sew the seams together with a straight stitch, wrong side to wrong side. To make the seam safer I also added a narrow three step zig-zag seam just outside the straight stitch. Finally, I pulled out the threads in the seam allowance, all the way down to the zig-zag seam.


The embroidery is chose to use on the skirt is the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  Design Collection #210, “Handlook Needlework”. I have wanted to embroider these designs for a long time, but have not had a project to sew on. Here is a picture of the first embroidery on the skirt. For this skirt I used stronger stabilisers; one layer of “Cut-Away” plus one layer of “Tear-Away”. To embroider this design you should use the “30 weight cotton thread”, but I couldn’t find a nice color to match the blue-green color of the fabric so instead I used 2 threads of the “Sulky Rayon 40” in the same needle.

My colleague Ingela has sewn a magnificent skirt too. Look at this picture how nice it is!

I’m glad I found this half-made project to sew on – maybe you also have something half-made which you should go back to and finish up today! Take a look in your wardrobe!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Creating a nice gift – fast and easy!

October 28, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

This week, all children that are going to school are having autumn holidays. My youngest daughter Athina, wanted to spend some time on her holidays to create a little garment for her youngest cousin Cornelia’s birthday. Cornelia will become 1 year old on Thursday. You can follow Athinas progress in the pictures below.

She started off with choosing a pattern for a little baby tunic and then she drew the pattern. After that Athina and I went to buy a fabric that she liked. She picked a pink velour for the tunic. Athina then cut out the little tunic and she also chose to have a small embroidery design on the front. Athina selected Design Collection #74, Fuzzy Wuzzy Bears.

Athina was so happy when she had finished her little baby gift – now she just have to wait and see if Cornelia likes it as well!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Majestic Bedcover!

October 23, 2009, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Quilting, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

One of my many ongoing projects is a bedcover that I am sewing in off-white satin, using the biggest embroidery hoop the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER™ Majestic Hoop. The size is 360x350mm/ 14.2” x 13,8”. I started to create these blocks at a quilt show in Gothenburg a couple of months ago. It was attracting a lot of people to see what I was doing.

The Design Collection “Majestic Yarn quilting”, #209 is what I selected for the embroideries. It is fabulous as it has got many possibilities and you can sew them with embroidery thread or sew the designs with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Yarn Couching Feet set. The design collection also includes designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Do All Quilters Hoop 150x150mm/ 6”x6”. What to choose is often the trickiest part!

I will use my new overlock machine, the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s25, with the large extension table and the large sewing area to piece the blocks together. After calculations I found that I need 20 blocks. I also plan to add a border around the edges that I will create in a new software module; the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Quilt Design Creator.

Come back next week and let me show you!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).


    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!

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