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Japanese Style Projects with Cranes

Here we offer some project ideas on how to use the Crane Set, the machine embroidery designs in the satin stitch technique.

Our first project - a kimono style silk gown decorated with embroidery.

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Use any water-soluble stabilizer and either rayon or polyester 40-weight embroidery threads.

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The second project is a quilted wall hanging. The finished size of it is 27" x 27"

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To make this quilt, we first drew waves on a 18"x 18" square of light-weight cut-away stabilizer; cut 1" and 1 1/2" wide strips of six blue fabrics, then machine-stitched the strips onto the picture one by one. It's important to press the seams after every strip is attached

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When the piece with waves was ready, we pressed it, hooped and embroidered the cranes one by one.

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Then we pressed the piece again and squared it to get a 16 1/2 x 161/2" piece.

The borders are pieced out of 3 fabrics. The first strip is 1" wide (cut 1 1/2"), the second strip is 1 1/4" wide (cut 1 3/4") and the last strip is 3" wide (cut 3 1/2"). First we stitched all the strips together, then sewed them to the embroidered part and made mittered corners.

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We quilted the wall hanging with invisible thread. The quilting line goes around the embroidery and several times along each wave; the first and the second border strips are quilted in the ditch, the third border strip is quilted along the pattern of the fabric.

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We hope that you like our ideas and will come up with many of your own.


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