Have you seen the new Stitch N Paint designs at Leah Day Designs? These are machine embroidery designs that stitchout beautifully, and perfect for using fabric markers to color, as you design. You can frame your works of art, turn them into greeting cards, mini-wallhangings, zipper purses, etc.. The possibilities are endless and they are so much fun they are downright addicting. Certainly a great family craft project and would also make a wonderful gift, finished or for someone who enjoys coloring.
Did you know these designs are perfectly digitized by Leah’s father, Max Gray? They truly are beautiful machine embroidery designs. Leah creates the design on paper, stitches it out with free-motion quilting, then Max digitizes her design absolutely perfectly. I’ve stitched out many of his work and they always stitch out beautifully. You can find his embroidery files at Leah Day Designs, under the embroidery tab.
Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design, showing how to stitch the design out, as well as color it:
I found this design stitched out perfectly, with amazing detail.
For coloring, I decided to use Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. When you first color your fabric (or paper) the color can look intense, yet has a dry look to it. While this is not a tutorial, I’ll try to share a few tips for using these water color pencils, but don’t forget just about any permanent fabric marker would work well for coloring these designs. Heck, even color crayons would probably be fun and you can heat set them on cotton too!
When using Inktense watercolor pencils, you can use a water brush (or lightly dip a small paintbrush in water) to paint where you’ve colored. Just be careful to brush lightly using minimal water, and you’ll see the colors become more vibrant. Keep a paper towel handy, to wip off your brush before changing to a different color, as well as using to press on your fabric should you accidentally add too much water.
Can you see how the colors really pop after brushed lightly with water? I’ll now heat set with a hot iron and I’m going to use this particular stitch n’ paint landscape to turn into a greeting card.
This is the newest design in this series that has just been released. Easy to fall in love with this design and I’m confident it will stitch out beautifully. And, it is on sale at Leah Day Designs thru next Wednesday!
Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design.
I’m already looking forward to seeing what future designs Leah’s dad releases in his new Stitch N’ Paint designs. I’m sure they will all stitch out beautifully and be fun to paint.
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