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Tutorial – Cutting Applique Shapes With Modern Tools and Software

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Today, I’m sharing insights on Modern Tools and Software that can be used for cutting fabrics for applique’, as well as cutting many other items.  I’m also sharing a tutorial to help you take a design created in various software (e.g. EQ7, machine embroidery designs or software, etc), or even sketched on paper, to create an SVG file that can be used to cut your shape on an electric cutter. And, there was a release this week of new software from Silhouette, that I want to increase awareness.

If you don’t have any of these tools, I hope you’ll still follow along and share your perspective on what you may like or dislike about applique.  And, if you do have these tools, or other modern tools, I’d also enjoying hearing your perspective on what you may like or dislike on using any of these tools.

TO START, WHEN YOU THINK OF APPLIQUE, WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND?

Machine Applique ?  Machine Embroidery Applique ? Needle Turn Applique ?All the work required to trace and cut your shape?  Using an AccuQuilt Die?  Using an electronic cutter, like a Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse, Brother SnC, etc.?  Using software to create your own unique design in EQ7 or other software?  Or do you think of doodling on paper to create your own design and manually transfer that design to cut your shape on fabric?

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the evolution of modern tools and their benefits for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts continues to grow.  It just seems that it was a few years ago that die cutting machines (e.g. Sizzix Big Shot, AccuQuilt GO!) were considered revolutionary and, for many, they are still a valued modern tool that help them be creative.

For those uising die cutters, AccuQuilt actually has many wonderful dies to cut applique shapes perfect for this time of year.  And, they make cutting such shapes easy, fast and fun.

 

Sizzix also has many wonderful dies, that are perfect for Fall theme projects.

But what about when you have a shape that isn’t available in a die or the die doesn’t cut the shape in a size that you want?

Maybe you have an applique shape you created using Electric Quilt/EQ7 software, or from machine embroidery digitizing software, and you want to cut that shape in fabric, for your project.  

dog paw

Maybe cutting one shape using manual tracing and cutting techniques would be ok.  But what if you need to cut hundreds?  Who would want to manually cut out dog foot prints to go around borders and sashing when you could cut them out on an electronic cutter that would be a perfect size for your project?

Within EQ7, as well as many other software packages by the Electric Quit Company, you can easily print your applique templates to cut your fabrics.  And, for those using electronic cutters, you can also print your applique templates (or Foundation Piecing Templates) to a PDF.  There are several ways you can then use this PDF, but in just a minute, I’ll share a tutorial to show an easy way.

Within machine embroidery digitizing software packages, you can also print your templates to cut your applique shapes using traditional methods.  Or, you can print to a PDF for use on an electronic cutter.

There are actually a variety of Electronic Cutters on the market, so the steps can vary with each:

And, while Silhouette, Sizzix, Brother,  Janome, Cricut and Pazzles all have their own software package to help you design your own shapes on their machine.  There is also a variety of other software packages that you could use to cut your shapes on these machines.  

Make the Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot are independent software packages that allows you to create your own shape and cut on many of the electronic cutters.

Again, each electronic cutter and each software package that connects with one or more cutters, all have different pros and cons.  And, different steps for how you can create your own design, or take a design from a machine embroidery applique design (or an EQ7 design file) to your cutter.  I’m not going to try to walk you thru all the options, but for those that may want to get an applique template or foundation (paper pieced) templates created in EQ7 (or other software by Electr

For those that have an electronic cutter and may find challenges with cutting shapes created in other software packages (e.g. EQ7, machine embroidery digitizing software), here is a tutorial that I’ve found to be easy to use and economical.  It simply relies on your ability to create a PDF (or you may already have one with your purchased machine embroidery design files), as well as use a free program called Inkscape to create an SVG file format that can then be used to cut on various electronic cutting machines.

If you do not have software on your computer, to allow you to create a PDF, here are two free programs that you may want to consider:

note;  You may have Illustrator, or other software packages that support Vector graphics that will allow you to create SVG.  But as these are typically expensive software packages, but if you don’t the free Inkscape program works great!

DID I MENTION A TUTORIAL ?

HOW TO CREATE AN SVG FILE FROM A PDF ?

Step 1

If you do not already have Inkscape installed on your computer, you will need to download and install this FREE progra from: https://inkscape.org/en/

Step 2

 

Within the Inkscape program, click FILE > OPEN and navigate to open the PDF created in V7.

Under the PAGE SETTINGS option, Click the page that contains your appliqué template on the pdf and then click ok

Step 3

Click on the Select and Transform button on the left hand tool bar (arrow button).

And use your mouse to click on the template. Right click and select UNGROUP.  You may have to click the UNGROUP button twice, to ensure all the items are ungrouped as you may have a group within a group.

Step 4

Right-click the vector graphic and click “Ungroup” from the pop-up menu. This splits the image up into its vector components so you can extract the parts you require.

Step 5

pdf import settings for inkscape

For multi-page PDF files, be sure to use the PDF Import Settings to select the page for the shapes that you wish to import to Inkscape.  To clarify, if there are multiple pages, you will need to repeat this step by “Select page” under the Page settings option.

Step 6

ClICK on any item, other than your appliqué shape and delete. Note: You may need to click once and ungroup again, before you can delete the misc items that were on your PDF.  Goal is to get to the point that only your desired appliqué shapes are in view in Inkscape.

Step 7

CLICK FILE SAVE AS type the name of your design, which now has the SVG file extension. Save as to your desktop, or an area you will remember.

Step 8

Your SVG file is now ready to be opened in software for your electronic cutting machine, following steps unique to your software to send it to your machine to cut.

NEW SILHOUETTE DESIGNER EDITION PLUS SOFTWARE

For those that enjoy machine embroidery, Silhouette has released PLUS software this week that will allow you to open up machine embroidery designs and cut your applique shapes on your Silhouette machine:  This new PLUS software will work with the following machine embroidery file formats:

  • PES
  • DST
  • EXP
  • JEF
  • XXX

In addition to being able to open machine embroidery files in this new PLUS version, there is also functionality for creating Rhinestone designs.   Personaly, I’m delighted with this new PLUS software release and plan to not only use it to cut applique shapes for machine embroidery applique (MEA), but to incorporate sketch pens and/or rhinestones into my MEA designs, as well as use  MEA designs to create quilt labels and more.  The possibilities are endless.

While I am not an Affiliate for Silhouette, I honestly think their software is a good value.  This new PLUS version comes has two options to purchase:

  1. Standalone (you do not already have Silhouette Designer Edition) – $74.99
  2. Upgrade version (you already have Silhouette Designer Edition) – $25.00

 

note:  If you purchase the Upgrade for the new PLUS software, be sure you have the most current version of Silhouette Designer Edition (3.6.39).  If you do not, download and install the free upgrade to the most current version which you can get on their Silhouette-Studio page, by scrolling to the bottom and clicking the button that says download: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio   Once you have the Plus version successfully installed, your software will clearly show “plus” at the top.  You will then simply click FILE > OPEN and change the file type to reflect the file format of the machine embroidery design you want to open. Then, you can use the entire design to print, to change portions to rhinestones, or remote all but the cut line which you can use to cut your fabric with perfect alignment to your machine embroidery design.

I just purchased the Upgrade to PLUS and was able to quickly and easily open up machine embroidery applique files, to cut out the appropriate size applique shapes.  If there is enough interest, I may later record a video tutorial, but the steps are truly very easy.

While I’m a Silhouette owner and excited about the new Designer Edition Plus software, I am disappointed it does not pull in designs created in various Electric Quilt software (E.G. EQ7),.  Earlier insights on the Silhouette website had reported the Designer Edition Plus software would allow users to open up “stitching” files, which made me get very excited about the ability to easily create cut applique shapes created using EQ7 software.  But this week, they changed their website to reflect it would only open a limited selection of machine embroidery design formats.

For now, I’ll continue to rely on using PDFs and Inkscape for my EQ7 designs, to create SVG cut files for my Silhouette, but I do hope that one day there will be an easier way to turn my EQ7 applique shapes into cut files, as well as use my sketch pens for overall EQ7 designs.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if EQ7, or an EQ add on, would support creating SVG files?

To clarify, I’m excited about how the Silhouette Designer Edition Plus helps to integrate machine embroidery designs with the Silhouette ecutters, but I’d like to also be able to easily incorporate designs that are created in one of the most popular quilt design software packages – EQ7, eliminating the need to create PDFs and process them thru Inkscape, before we can cut them in our Silhouette, or other ecutters.  Electronic cutters are great tools, but if the manufacturers of these devices and the respective software companies of standalone software, want to embrace quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts, they need to help streamline the connectivity between our primary designing tools (e.g. EQ7) and the ability to cut on their electronic cutting tools.  So far, the hardware and software companies seem to be falling short of missing this opportunity.

Here are some links to other sources of great information on various electronic cutters and software:

Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew has a great tutorial overview of various electronic cutters and software: http://www.seamstobesew.com/tutorials/cutting-machines/todays-cutting-techniques/

Jin Yong of Under A Cherry Tree has a blog that focuses on electronic cutters and has released many tips, tutorials and inspirational projects, although she is not a machine embroiderer, so will most likely never explore the new Silhouette Designer Edition Plus software:  http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/

As mentioned earlier, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this broad area of Modern tools and software and applique in general.  Are you excited about the direction these modern tools are going and their ability to help us create?

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

http://www.electricquilt.com
https://www.facebook.com/ElectricQuilt
https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricQuilt
https://twitter.com/ElectricQuilt/
https://instagram.com/theelectricquiltcompany/

#CHAShow 2015 – Highlights Part 1

CHAlogoQuiltShopGal was able to attend the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, January 10-14th.   This amazing event was packed with professional seminars,an exceptional trade show with over 400 vendors, inspirational make-n-takes, demonstrations,  and buyers and attendees from all over the world.  It was  packed with #CreativeGoodness and wonderful new products, which I want to share insights with you.  And I also picked up some SWAG that I’ll be giving away.  But I can’t do it all in one post, so I’m releasing a series of articles and giveaways all about the #CHAShow!

ABOUT CHA

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. The Association offers a broad range of member services, including market research, education, as well as operates award-winning trade show events, the CHA Winter and CHA Summer Shows that attract industry professionals from all over the world. See www.craftsupershow.com for more information.

 

If you are on a MAC or having problems watching this embedded video, here is the link where you can watch it directly via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLqPAiFff4

Many Vendors release new products at this show, as well as share inspirational projects and ways to use their products.  AccuCut, Adorn It, ArtBin, Artistic, Brother/Scan N Cut,  Clover Needlecraft, Craftwell, Dritz/Prym, F&W Media, Fairfield, Fiskars, Grace Company/True Cut, Jack Dempsey Needle Art ,Leisure Arts, RIT,  Silhouette, Simplicity Creative Group, Sizzix, Thermoweb, and Tombow  are just some of the Vendors that had amazing products and inspirational projects that caught my attention.

My goal for attending this event, was to learn about new products that enable #CreativeGoodness.  I also wanted to look for #KidFriendly products, gain more in-depth understanding on electronic cutters, as well as look for inspirational project ideas!  While at the show I noticed a few trends in creativity:  Zentangle is skyrocketing, electronic die cutting has gone mainstream, metallic foils are definitely going to be the rage, and chalkboard products have an expanded versatility of applications from cards, organization, home decoration, as well as gifts.

While I wish I could share insights on every booth that caught my eye, today I need to focus on the highlights.  For some of these businesses, I will later be sharing more insights on specific products and even host a few SWAG giveaways.

MY FAVORITE BOOTH DISPLAY:

 Spinrite comprises well known brands Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily Sugar N Cream. Spinrite researches, develops, manufactures and markets a variety of consumer craft yarns, online patterns and pattern books.  They also created this amazing display called “Yarnia”.

spinrite

CRAFTWELL:

The eBrush and the Cut ‘N Boss are versatile tools that enable fun and creativity.  They also released a new eBrush Siphon Adaptor Kit at the show, which  allows you to add liquid paints for a variety of projects.  You can also now use food coloring to easily decorate cakes!  For those that work with fabrics, don’t overlook the power of embellishing fabrics, quilts, clothing, accessories and more to create a unique look.  Can’t find the perfect color for a button ?  No worries, when you have an eBrush as you can easily paint one for the perfect color.  Also introduced were new embossing folders perfect for those that enjoy embossing paper, metals and more with the Cut ‘N Boss (or original eBosser).

 

craftwell copy

FAIRFIELD:

Introduced  two new products:

Oly Fun, a water resistant, indoor/outdoor, no hemming needed, does not frey available in 18 fun colors that are solid-colors throughout with no front or back. There is no grain, and in turn, no selvedge edge to manage. It does not fray, so it makes for incredibly easy sewing with no hemming required. It can be die-cut, and because it doesn’t fray, has a clean and crisp look that stays that way over time. It can be folded, cut, glued scored, colored on, painted and so much more

Foamology – Just Peel, Stick, and Wrap.  A line of bio-based foams that can be used for cushioning or wall art and home decor.  One product, in this line, is Design Foam tiles and panels with stickybase adhesive on one sidewhich enables th maker to create decorative fabric or paper covered canvases with hardly any tools.  You wrap it like a present.

fairfield

ELECTRONIC DIE CUTTERS VS ELECTRONIC CUTTERS:

While there were five brands of electronic cutters (ecutters) at the show, Cricut, nor the new AccuQuilt GO! Big.      Both the Craftwell Cut ‘n boss and the GO! Big are electronic “die” cutting machines where you need to purchase dies that can cut ~8-10 layers of fabric.  The cut ‘n boss also allows use of various brands of embossing folders, perfect for paper or metal embossing.

The Brother Scan N Cut, Silhouette Portrait and Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse 2, Artistic and Cricuit Explore are all electronic cutters that can allow you to cut an endless number designs, one layer at a time (e.g. paper, plastic, fabric, etc.). Each also have some form of proprietary software that will allow you to combine, create your own unique designs and more.   While I do not have hands on expertise with each of these machines, I have been researching e:cutters for a long time.  Each of these machines offer #CreativeGoodness, but depending on your objectives and computer skills, you can match the best one to your individual needs. In the future, I’ll share more insights, but today I simply want to share some highlights of what I saw at CHA:



 

 

BROTHER SCAN N CUT

An e:cutter with a built-in 300 dpi scanner that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. This was the only scanner that accepted my challenge, at the #CHAShow to cut a heart out of blended wool felt, and it did an excellent job cutting it in one pass!  Felt is a difficult item for e:cutters, which with patience and the right stabilizer most of these machines can cut, but may not provide as clean a cut as what the Scan N Cut did on “unstabilized” felt!

The Brother booth was also packed with inspirational project examples, using a variety of materials for broad scope of Crafters. And they also showed how the cut fabric shapes can be beautifully embroidered, as demonstrated on their embroidery machines.  They also had a demo of their Heat Press Machines, which I must confess I was drooling over.

Brother also has Cloud based software for creating your own designs on the Scan-N-Cut. List price $499

brother

SIZZIX ECLIPSE 2

An e:cutter that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. There booth was absolutely packed with #CreativeGoodness and so many inspirational project examples, it made it a challenge to leave their booth vs stay and playing.  List Price on the Eclipse 2 is $299.

sizzix

 

SILHOUETTE

An e:cutter than can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc.  At the #CHAShow, Silhouette had a fun make-n-take where you could write out your name, take a picture of it, and use the Silhouette Cameo to cut it out on vinyl to make an iron-on tote with your name on it.  Needless to say, that make-n-take was very popular at the show.  And, I know of two quilt shops that were inspired to now carry the Silhouette Cameo for sale in their shop.  One, will even be giving a demonstration, using this same make-n-take, at the upcoming Road to California Conference and Quilt Show this month in Anaheim, CA..  List Price on the Cameo is $299 and the Portrait is $199.

In addition to the make-n-take, Silhouette showcased their new accessory to help with cutting rolls of vinyl. appropriate called a “roll feeder” which will retail for ~$40.

silhouette

ARTISTIC (Janome)

An e:cutter, The Edge, by Artistic is a versatile electronic die cutting tool. It comes with software that allows you to create your own designs that can be shared (or sold) in SVG file format, as well as other formats. The software will also allow you to easily digitize your designs for machine embroidery applique. Also, you can create print-n-cuts, cut templates for crystal applications, emboss craft metals. and much more. While I do not have hands on experience with the software or machine, it feels like a great product with a good value

There are two models of The Edge, a 12″ version with a MSRP of $799 (typical retail is $399) and a 15″ version with a MSRP of $899 (typical retail is $499).

Artistic

 

I’ll be sharing more insights on the #CHAShow, and many new products introduced at this show, as well as hosting some giveaways for fun SWAG, very soon.

You can find CHA at:

http://craftandhobby.org
http://craftandhobby.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CraftandHobby?v=wall&ref=ts
https://twitter.com/CraftandHobby

Mark your calendars:  Jan 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of CHA!

 

 

#CHAShow 2015

Here is a list of previous posts about the annual #CHAShows:

 

QuiltShopGal is interested in knowing if you have an electronic cutter, what brand you may have.  And, if you don’t if you are considering getting one (or not).  e:Cutters are growing in popularity and I’ve certainly found they enable #CreativeGoodness for a large variety of creativity.FairFa

#CHAShow – CHA Mega Show 2014

CHAlogo
SewCalGal was able to attend the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, January 10-14th.   This amazing event was packed with professional seminars,an exceptional trade show with over 400 vendors, inspirational make-n-takes, demonstrations,  and buyers and attendees from all over the world.  And, I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you about this show today.
 
First, for those of you not familiar with CHA it is an association of Craft and Hobby Professionals from around the world.  It is an International non-profit organization with members involved in the design, manufacturing, distribution and retail sells of products in the nearly $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry.  And while they host many professional events throughout the year, the annual CHA Mega Show in Southern California is one of the largest and most opportunistic for “those in the business” to participate in.  To clarify, CHA is a great organization and SewCalGal highly encourages those in the business to become members, if you are not one already.  
 
Before I share insights on the Mega Show, I want to share that this is such a large show it is impossible to see everything in a day. Plus, there are multiple days of workshops and professional presentations.  And I’m only going to share glimpses of new products that caught my attention at the Trade Show.  While I attended this event to search for new products, I was also highly interested in learning more about ecutters.  In this post I’ll share some insight, but I’ll be writing a separate article about ecutters in the very near future.  
 
Here are highlights of what caught my attention at this show:
june tailor hexie
June Tailor has new tool for cutting Hexies: “You Hexie Thing – Hexie Ruler”  can easily cut perfect hexagons in nine sizes; 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 3-1/2″, 4″, 4-1/2″, 5″ and 6″.  And, like their  Shape Cut Ruler, which cuts perfect strips of fabric in various sizes, you can cut multiple layers of fabric using your rotary cutter.
 
There are also free quilt project instructions you can download for this ruler: The Hexie Thing Strip Quilt, The Oh So Hexie Quilt, and other Hexie projects too
 
And June Tailor has a new Diamond Ruler that will also easily cut diamonds in 1″ to 6″ diamonds in 1/4″ increments without measuring.
 
 

CRAFTWELL

ebrush

The new eBrush, by Craftwell, was introduced at CHA and was also honored as one of CHA’s top 20 products at the show, with a 2nd place award.  It is an airbrush compressor that turns markers, by various manufacturers, into spray art. The eBrush will be available in early April for retail purchases.  

While this product is clearly going to be popular with crafters, SewCalGal also anticipates it to quickly become popular with fibre artists and quilters alike.  Think of the fun and creativity this new tool will unleash to allow quilters to use stencils to paint on fabric, to free-form embellish fabrics, or to complete paint your own fabric and create your own unique piece of art!  

I also thoroughly enjoyed the ebrush demonstration by very talented Debi Tullier and artist “Slive”.   And, I thought you might also enjoy this youtube video by Noel Hyman.

This product will be on HSN for $150 late spring, making it a reasonably priced air brush tool that you can use to paint on fabric, paper wood, food or more.

LION BRAND YARN

lion brand exhibit at CHA

Lion Brand Yarn had a spectacular booth that was decorated with the “Seven Wonders of the Yarn World”, all made with beautiful irons.  I hope this exhibit travels to other shows, as it was super cute!

BROTHER SCAN N CUT
brother scan n cut

Brother has recently introduced a new ecutter, called the Scan-N-Cut.  It is the first ecutter that includes a built in 300 dpi scanner.

Like other ecutters, this product is marketed for scrapbooking and other crafts, but unlike other ecutters this product has done the best job SewCalGal has seen to-date to build in functionality that makes this product perfect for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts.   There are many options for how you may want to use this product to create.  

For example you may want to doodle on paper, scan it and cut out part of that design.  You may want to scan and cut a shape on fabric for applique.  You can even cut out quilt block pieces, where you set the size that you want your block to be, and stitch out your blocks.  

There are over 600 built-in Designs, including 100 quilt patterns, plus 5 fonts.  And don’t forget you can scan designs and cut, as well as use various software packages to create designs that you can create SVG files to cut using this device. 

 Like other ecutters it can accomodate 12″x12″ and 12″x24″ cutting mats, as well as rolls of vinyl.  Retail is $499.

 
 
 

SewCalGal also wants to point out that this amazing 3D swirly snowflake creation is designed by the very talented Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero (Kaleidoscope Collections).  Jeanie has been using the Scan-N-Cut to create a variety of designs and sharing insights on her blog, which you may want to follow to also see what she creates with this ecutter, as well as see how she uses it combined with her super fun and creative Kaleidoscope Collections software.

ECLIPS2 BY SIZZIX
Sizzix introduced eclips2, their 2nd and more powerful electronic cutting system.  Their first ecutter was actually introduced 5 years ago!  This version has an enhanced motor, industrial strength gears, reduced noise and other improvements to help get more precise cuts.  It is also accompanied with free eCAL lite software to allow you to create your own designs, plus cut, score, draw and edit unique shapes for unique projects.
sizzix eclips2
SewCalGal liked the preview feature that allows you to place cuts on materials that may have been previously cut, to allow you to place your new cut to be efficient and optimize use of your materials.  There are also two new models of the ECLIPS2, one of which, will incorporate bluetooth technology to allow users to use the ipads or tablets to work with the eclips2. To clarify, both models can be connected to a computer via a USB cable, but the bluetooth model will allow you to easily bypass the USB cable when used with your tablet.   Retail of the basic eclips2, which will introduce this Spring, is $299 and the model that is bluetooth compatible will be introduced at a slightly higher price (~$50-$60 more), early summer.

These ecutters are definitely marketed towards crafters, with less emphasis on quilters.  But they will cut fabric even though they do not come with a blade for cutting fabric (you simply adjust your settings to cut and need to make sure your fabric is starched well and/or stabilized with a good adhesive stabilizer).   They also come with a basic version of the software and the Designer software version can be purchased for a $25-$50 upgrade price (final price has not yet been determined).

The cutting size for both these new models is 12″x12″, 12″x24″, or a roll of vinyl.
 
Also, Sizzix will be releasing a new ESHAPE store this Spring which will offer pre-designed ecut files that can be purchased and downloaded for use on your eclips cutters.
SILHOUETTE

New accessories for the Silhouette ecutters were introduced:  a stencil material,  12″x24″vellum sheets and new adhesive mats that have less tack that make it easier when cutting vellum.

SIMPLICITY EZ QUILTING
There were many wonderful products in the Simplicity booth. SewCalGal was particularly drawn to the SewEZ Jelly Roll ruler, the Joseph’s Coat acrylic templates, and the Inkadinkado products.  The Inkadinkado products just seemed to be fun to be able to stamp and create your own fabrics and I think they would look wonderful with beautiful free-motion quilting.  SewCalGal definitely wants to spend more time playing with these products.
Simplicity EZI Quilting

TOMBOW
tombow at CHA 2014
Tombow had an inspirational booth filled with beautiful art made with their creative markers and other craft products.   

CHAMELON
cameleon pens

Cameleon introduced some very new marking pens that are alcohol based markers that are refillable and the pen nibs allow excellent control for marking, and amazing color range.  These markers and their gorgeous colors look like they’d be great with artists, crafters and mixed media artists. 

While SewCalGal was told, during a demonstration, that these markers are permanent on most materials, SewCalGal has not yet had a chance to test them on fabrics. But I want to heighten awareness of these new pens, as I think they are going to be very popular.  

CHAMELEON SKINZ 

cameleon fabrics

Cameleon Skinz introduced inspirational fabrics and tapes that change color based on temperature.  You can use your hands, ice, etc.to doodle on these materials.  

Fabrics by Cameleon Skinz have been popular for use in children’s hospitals, as they certainly are more inviting for children and they are easy to clean.  But, SewCalGal thinks there are endless possibilities for these products.

Custom fabric orders can be made for different temperature sensitivity, as well as colors.  You can even embed secret messages as well as specifications can be set to allow an initial writer to write a secret message that someone else can then reveal it!  

SewCalGal can certainly think of many projects that would be fun to create with these temperature sensitive materials.  But more awareness needs to be made to help this material cross into the quilting, sewing and even embroidery world.    

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing my insights on the CHA show. With over 400 vendors, it was quite a challenge as to which products I could share insights with you today. 

 

The NBC Today Show also attended the CHA Mega Show.

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SewCalGal also hopes to share more insights on many of these products in the near future and maybe a few sponsored giveaways too!  But, at a minimum I hope you’ll keep you eye out for these products as they appear in your local sewing and craft shops, or favorite online shops.  And, if you don’t see them do let store owners or managers know that you are interested in having them carry these products in their store.  After all, exceptional retail stores do appreciate hearing from customers as to what you’d like to have them offer for sale in their stores.

For more information on CHA:

https://www.craftandhobby.org
https://www.facebook.com/CraftandHobby
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