Monday, April 27, 2009

More Baby Gifts. . washclothes


I did a little embroidering last night. I have a baby shower to attend this weekend, and I was quite excited to be able to personalize some washcloths. I think they turned out adorable. I bought a pack of 12 washcloths at Target for $2.99. I thought I would split them into 3 packs of 4 washcloths, and they would make a great addition to any shower gift. I am sorry but it is another dark and dreary day here and the colors were not captured so well on my camera. The washcloths are really nice bright shades of dark pinks, green, and white. The designs are from embroidables.com. I love that site.

I was recently asked by someone relatively new to the embroidering world (and please
remember as I say that, that I consider myself in this same category) about how to choose what colors of thread you will need in your thread stash. I thought maybe I would blog about this in case any of you were interested or were thinking of purchasing a machine...so you could know what you were getting yourself into just to get started. Thread is expensive ($5)...but it lasts FOREVER. That being said, you do need quite a library collection of colors though. For example, when I first got my machine I remember thinking...I could do a soccer ball until I looked it up on my machine and was astonished to realize it was not just white and black, but also a couple shades of gray/silver! Here is a picture of my basic colors. I don't buy too much thread these days unless something I am making calls for a shade that I nothing even similar to.


Basically if I was starting. . .I would stock up on a white, black, at least 3 shades of brown (light, medium, dark) that compliment each other, and cream. Then I went by seasons. I chose bright, springy colors (you tend to make a lot of little girl projects from these) in green, teal, pink, purple, orange, yellow. Then I went fall with several reds, greens, golds, oranges. That would be my advice on the subject. As you can see, I still haven't used some of the colors I bought, but someday I will.

12 comments:

Carol said...

Oh how cute! Love the embroidery designs. Great gift. I always look for bibs to embroider but most already have embroidery on them, never thought to do wash cloths.

Jackie said...

Wonderful gifts! The threads are all just yummy colors for embroidery.

Loralynn said...

The washcloths are so cute! Great idea!

Sheri Howard said...

Those will be so fun, such great colors!

Carol said...

Those are so so cute! What a great gift. I just love them!

Dawn said...

Boy. oh. boy. Your embroidered designs always turn out sooooo wonderful!

These are gorgeous, Dandy. What an adorable gift...I know. I've been on the receiving end of these -- and love them! *grin*

PunkiePie said...

Love it! You are inspiring me to be "one" with the embroidery area of my machine. Yup. I'm going to play around with it.... as soon as I can figure out how to get the patterns off my laptop and into my sewing machine.

Thimbleanna said...

Well, first of all, let me join your Dr. in congratulating you on your weight loss. WooHoo!!!

Those little washcloths are A-Dor-A-Ble!!! I LOVE LOVE embroidables -- have you seen some of their cute new designs? If only I could think of stuff to make with them!!!

Oh p.s.... another alternative to all the expensive threads is to buy sulky at JoAnn's when they have their 50% off thread sales.

Thimbleanna said...

P.S. 2....where did you get your cute font? (I feel like I asked you this already, so just remember my aging mind...)

P.S. 3...did you see the adorable little ribbon block on Embroidables? Ack -- I sure wish I had a baby to embroider for!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Arent those the cutest little things? Good job. makes me wanna have a baby. lol Ok can I just have the shower please???

Vanessa said...

Your washcloths are just gorgeous, I bet the Mums will be very thrilled with them. Your embroidery is just lovely, I don't have a machine that does embroidery but one day!

Sheri Howard said...

These are so darling! What a fun gift!