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R & D Friday 29th March

R&D Friday
I know I haven’t quite finished the pirate pages yet, but I just had to get started on the farm pages.
It’s funny how my brain works, I can leave something for a bit, and then get more great ideas for activities and pages, so I have left 2 of the pirate pages for a few days, I am sure more inspiration will come.
Farm pages
I have started working on the pages, and as I go, I think of more activities and ways to do things.
As with the last sets there will be at least 4 pages of activities, make a cover and a back page and you have a small book.
I will be including SVG files for those who have cutting machines but these pages are not designed with 4×4 hoop in mind.
Some of the activities are:
Windmill that turns
a tractor letting off steam
fruit to snap and match to the correct trees
a pocket tractor to put the farm animals into
and a couple of extra activities that I am yet to finalise
A barn with opening doors,
pulling pitchfork
5 little ducks and Mother duck too, to play at the pond
And I am sure lots of others too.

Please bare in mind, these pages aren’t finished and still have a lot of work to do on them.

Farm - ITHWL
Farm – ITHWL
Farm - ITHWL
Farm – ITHWL

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Exciting news for those with only a 4×4 hoop

Kitchen quiet book pages - ITHWL

Exciting news!

For those with only a 4×4 hoop, we are working on the Kitchen quiet book pages stitched as a 4×4 hooping file.

There are full instructions, lots of photos and templates, SVG files for those who use them for cutting machines or just to cut out as templates.

Yes there will be some standard machine stitching, but with this file, you can still achieve an 8×8 page.

With help from Lesley Beech, who was helping me test stitch this file for 4×4.
As you can see in the photos, the same design stitched on a 4×4 hoop is the same as stitched in an 8×8.

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Stitchout Saturday 1st December 2018

Teddies flight 8x8 quiet book pages - ITHWL
Unfortunately, there is no Stitch out Saturday this week as we have had visitors and we are going out, so I thought I would share a little bit on how I have created the files for Teddies flight.
1 Firstly, I had to have line drawings to be able to create the designs.
2 I had to import the line drawings from the PDF into a drawing package to produce SVG files.
3 I opened the files in Inkscape, a free program un grouped
4 converted the line drawings to SVG files and saved them
5 Imported the SVG files into Embrilliance, my embroidery software.
6 Cleaned up the line drawings as there are a lot of words, double lines and black dots from the PDF
7 Planned the pages and placement of all of the little shapes to ensure the correct layout, eg, from the bottom to the top
8 Digitised every shape for each page, making sure double sided pieces had both sides
9 Assigned colours,
10 ensured the objects were all going to line up
11 Some pages had multi hoopings, which means I create 1 part of the page in 1 hoop, stitch it out and then attach it to another page in the next hooping.
12 When I have finished creating all of the designs for the pages, I then create new SVG files to suit the embroidery hoop size.
These are just some of the photos of the stitching files I have created to make the book.
As you can see, creating an embroidery stitch file is not as simple as bringing in a drawing and making it ready to stitch.
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New and exciting quiet book

Teddies flight

This week I have been working with a very talented lady who makes quiet books in German and English, Claudia Winkler.
This project is an interactive book with 10 pages and lots of activities to play and learn.

Teddy’s flight

Claudia has allowed me to re produce her book for machine embroidery. However, due to hoop size, the book I will be creating will be slightly smaller to fit an 8×8 hoop.

With this book Teddy checks in at the airport, goes through security, passport control, visits the pilot in the cockpit, sit with Teddy in his seat on the plane while he reads his book, looks out the window from the plan to see the runway an flight tower, puts his eye mask on and when he gets off the plan, collects his luggage from the baggage claim.

This is an exciting project for me to work on, some pages have 2 and more hoopings to complete a page, so far  there 23 hoopings

Check out Claudia’s page, link below and ride along with Teddy. Currently, the instructions are only in German, however, when I have finished digitising the files, test stitched them out I will be assisting Claudia with an English translation and SVG files. There will be SVG files to suit an 8×8 and 8×10 book.


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R&D Friday 16th November 2018

Play oxygen mask for quiet book - ITHWL

R&D Friday,

Play Oxygen mask.

Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan when designing and stitching out designs.

Today’s little exercise has had me back and forth to the computer and the machine several times already.

Something that works perfectly in my mind and on the screen, doesn’t necessarily work on the machine.

I will work it out, I just have to change it up bit.

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Medical themed quiet book

Medical - Doctors & scrub nurse quiet book - ITHWL

Medical themed quiet book

ITH (In the hoop) machine embroidery medical themed quiet book for kids, the pages are interactive and will hopefully help kids learn and help associate with some medical procedures.The pages also help with fine motor skills and pretend play.
Doctors, scrub nurse, kids in plaster casts and MRI machine coming this weekend the files will be 4×4 compatible, 
The doctors, nurses and kids in plaster (4×4 pictured) come in both 4×4 and 8×8 hoop.
The MRI machine is stitched in an 8×8 hoop and will come with SVG files for cutting machines so the page can be created on a standard sewing machine.
Skeleton, doctors office, oxygen mask, IV stand, wheelchair and more coming soon.
Thanks to Cathie Peters for test stitching these little guys out for me.
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Countdown to Christmas

R&D Friday - Days to Christmas
Countdown to Christmas
Finally getting back into sewing again after a couple of weeks being under the weather, and my machine decides to play up.
I am working on a countdown to Christmas hanger, a little like an advent calendar without the lollies and goodies.
Unfortunately, when stitching out sometimes, you have to change the process or design, in this case, I wanted to be able to use velcro to add the numbers for counting and the additional felties for the corner of the countdown.
I am also using the felties that I am making for the conical Christmas tree.
I love being able to multi purpose things and I thought this was a brilliant way of doing that.
The top page will be the page that has the numbers added to it along with a feltie to be changed each day.
This is just a few of the felties I have worked on.
R&D Friday - Days to Christmas R&D Friday - Days to Christmas
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Coming up with ideas for your quiet books

Some of the most common questions people ask when looking to start making quiet books, is where do you get your ideas, where do I start and how do I do…….

Some of the best places to get inspiration, tutorials, advice, templates are YouTube, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Pinterest has loads of photos, and inspiration, they all look fantastic, but are they easy to make, especially for the people who have never sewn before or made templates, so the next step would be to go to YouTube.

I am an admin of a quiet book group on Facebook Quiet Book hints, tips I ideas where we offer assistance with anything to do with quiet books. We have so many generous and talented ladies in our group who all love to show their craft and help others without asking anything in return.

Irina Sorokina, one our most inspiring members, has a YouTube channel that inspires, offers fantastic instructions and templates.



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