LESSON NO. 4
                                                                                  More Embroidery/Applique - Part 2
                                                                              by Ellen Mason - JOY Designs - 11/2003




NOTE:   Please  read all instructions  before  beginning.  Do a test stitch first before embroidering on your blouse.

This is
Part 2 of the lesson on embroidery/applique blouse.   The designs are on the New Designs page with the exception of the large group
applique.  This design is from Embroidery Library’s web site.  You may click on this link: http://www.catuspunch.com  and order this
design or use another one from your own personal files.  This is just another step of learning to obtain beautiful designs from companies through
the internet.

Refer to the drawing above for placement of the designs.   If you wish, you can make up your own design placement — it’s your blouse,
so be creative and do whatever you like.  YOU be the designer!                                     

SUPPLIES: (for blouse front and back)
Purchased blouse without a yoke and pockets - if you can’t find a plain basic blouse, you may want to remove the pocket and take the
stitching out at the back yoke seam.  If it has pleats, press them out and re-do small tucks on each side of the back after embroidering.
Download  large design and the leaves or use any fall theme design in your library
Sewing machine and all accessories
Embroidery attachment and hoops
Embroidery threads: Light, medium and dark in browns, greens, olive green.  Light orange, medium yellow, dark yellow, medium and dark red,
light gray, black.  (Hint: look at fall colors in trees, leaves, etc., and use those colors for your embroidery.
Bobbin thread
Stabilizer for embroidery - a cut away or tear away
Solvy water soluble stabilizer
Fabric spray glue
Fabric pieces - 5" square pieces of fall theme solids colors/small prints, i.e., oranges, rust, browns, greens, etc.  Red for the cardinal
Basic sewing items


1. Download designs to a floppy/card suitable for your machine.
2. Set up machine for embroidery.

APPLIQUE INSTRUCTIONS:   When the machine displays the color gray, place a small piece of fabric over the embroidery area.  Stitch
the gray “lay downâ€� stitching.  The machine should stop for a color change.  At this stop, Do not turn machine off, carefully remove the
hoop from the arm and cut the fabric close to the stitching - but do not cut any stitching.  Then replace hoop to the embroidery arm.  Continue
embroidery with the next color.   Do a test stitch.


Hopefully you have finished the back of the blouse.   You may want to press the front of the blouse before stitching - your decision.   
Also, you may wish to only embroidery the blouse front.

1. Re-read the directions from Part 1 lesson on preparing the blouse.
2. On the left side of the blouse, use the template and a fabric pen and make placement marks where you want the scattered leaves.
3.  If you have purchased the group applique leaves from Amazing Designs, then mark the right side of the blouse.  See drawing.


1. Hoop stabilizer and attached hoop to the embroidery arm.
2. Spray stabilizer with fabric spray glue.
3. Place blouse on the stabilizer in one area for the applique.
4. Baste stitch blouse to stabilizer if your machine has this function.
5. Place one piece of fall fabric (your choice) on top of blouse and under embroidery foot.
6. Thread machine with a complimentary color embroidery thread.
7. Select leaf design.
8. Stitch the lay down outline stitch of the applique - it will indicate gray thread but you can use the color of the applique satin thread.
9. Stop the machine.   
10. Carefully cut excess fall theme fabric away from underlay stitching.
11. Re-attached hooped blouse to the embroidery arm.
12. Stitch the satin applique stitches.
13. Upon completion, un-hoop and cut all jump stitches.  Cut away excess stabilizer.
14. Upon completion – set your machine for a satin stitch.  Thread machine with either green or brown thread.  Stitch between leaves as
though it was a connecting branch.  Don’t make your branches straight — curve them.

Ellen Mason - JOY Designs