As promised, here are the instructions for the little Christmas mitts. These were meant to be little tree ornaments. However, I made them large enough to take a gift card so you could pop them into some lucky friend’s stocking or use as a gift at the Christmas dinner table: our family has a little tradition where there is a little gift on everyone’s side plate. I think we started doing this when christmas crackers became more expensive and just contained silly junk trinkets. We prefer to give something different: sometimes it is a gift card; sometimes it might be that person’s favourite candy?
DIGITIZING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MINI MITT:
- Draw or trace a little mitt shape on a sheet of plain white paper. I used a black sharpie marker to ensure a clear, sharp line.
- Scan the page into your computer using your scanner as per the manufacturers instructions. Please select .bmp format if possible when you save the image.
- Save the design as a bmp and name it so that you know where it is & what it is called – important when you want to bring the image into your Digitizing software. Or play “hide & seek” on your computer’s C drive if you like!
- Open Easy design in your Janome Digitizing software and select the RE hoop for the MC11000 or the B hoop for the 350E etc.
- Click on Image: insert image on the top toolbar and go to the place on your computer where you saved the scanned image. Bring it onto the software screen.
- Adjust the size/zoom so that you have most of the hoop visible on the screen.
- Colour #1: Select a colour for the Placement line for the mitt. Select single running line & left & right click around the image of the mitt to create an outline. Remember that left click gives straight lines & right click gives curves so use the right click around the mitt. Enter to complete the running line and ESCAPE to deselect the function.
- Colour #2: Change the colour and copy this placement line as the second colour will be stitching line to join both layers together: front & back of the mitt.
- Now ensure this second line is selected and then right click to get the Object details: Change the single run line to a stem stitch line. Make any other changes you wish such as size or spacing. It will show in the little screen what you have done so go back & change again if you do not like it.
- Switch off the image if it bothers you while you are digitizing.
- Now go to the embroidery album or the CD that came with your Janome Embroidery machine or any other source of already digitized Christmas designs: select a snowflake or holly leaf or something suitable for your mini ornament. Be careful not to choose something too large or complicated: a simple, small one colour design will be quite adequate. Bring this design into the hoop using Embroidery: insert design in the top toolbar.
- While the design is still selected (will be magenta in colour & have black boxes around the design), resize the design and move it to a suitable spot on the mitt.
- Now go to the Lettering icon (looks like a baby block). Choose First Grade font. Leave sizing etc the same as default.
- Type in the lettering box: Let it snow! Leave orientation as ABC straight.
- Enter to create the stitches.
- Resize the letters as you see fit and reposition where you require on the mitt.
- Save the design as a .jan & .jef and name it stocking (or something you will remember.) If you intend to embroider it right away, then make sure you save the design as a .jef onto your USB stick – INSIDE the embf/embf5 folder.
SUPPLY LIST FOR EMBROIDERY:
- Red or white felt. No stabilizer is necessary if the felt is sturdy enough.
- Selection of rayon, polyester or metallic embroidery threads.
- Bobbin wound with thread same colour as felt and/or thread.
- Basic sewing kit including thread snips & sharp shears.
- Narrow cording or ribbon for hanging ornament.
- Hoop up the B or RE hoop with felt. Stabilizer is NOT required if the felt is sturdy enough.
- Stitch out the design doing the snowflake or similar & then the placement line for the stocking or the mitt.
- Take the hoop off the machine, DO NOT UNHOOP FELT.
- Turn the hoop over and tape felt to the back of the hoop to fully cover the areas covered by the mitt placement lines. Do not use glue as your ornament will stick together from the inside.
- Put the hoop back on the machine and embroider the final colour – stem stitch or candlewicking stitch around the mitt.
- Unhoop the felt and cut close to (but NOT through) the stitching. You may use regualr scissors or pinking shears – for a decorative edge.
- Thread up a needle with a large eye with the cord and thread through the top corner of the mitt ot stocking. Knot the two ends of the cord and hang up on your tree.
- You may also pop a small gift such as a candy or gift card inside the mitt and lay at each guest’s place at the Christmas table.