Wooly Mug Mat Series – June | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

hi it's Jan and Tammy back with a woolly mug mad series and we're now doing the June project already I can't believe I just said the word June this is fast I hope you're enjoying this series I know I'm loving I mean just look at these three projects we started with March April May and June and what we'll be doing for out the 12 months is this is going to be the same thing we're going to be doing applique on the one side and your amazing stitching on stitch on the other side great bus so if you are just jumping into the series for the very first time you'll need to download two pages well even if you've been doing this series you'll need those two pages you'll be getting a tracing diagram as well as the layout diagram again this is the wooly mug map for June go to the shabby fabrics home page at the bottom there's a link free downloads and be able to really get all of the downloads for all of this series we've done other series and there's so much there there's so many downloads if you've not already subscribed do that I've always come up with new projects that we want to share with you ok and of course when you subscribe you get actually an email to let you know that we there's a new video live um we went to into great detail Tammy in the very beginning that was one video arch one and so that was yeah we originally did that in February yes so we're going to just very rapidly move through just reminding you the steps you'll need to do to get your applique down to the background and then I'm gonna bring it over to you Tammy because the new thing each month is your stitches correct what I'm showing them over here is the same every time so just a reminder download the two pages if you like to use fusible applique for your wool and we do we like this down to the background I like it down yeah absolutely we love to use heat Vaughn light it has it's it's just seems to work well and the needle doesn't get stuck if you're gonna be doing this either by hand or by or by machine right so we like this product you'll also need some freezer paper and we're using the cut right heavy-duty freezer paper that you'll be using for your oval and what I love about this we talked about this before is you can use it multiple times again yep yes so for each project you will be using your black wool and you'll be cutting out two of those with your oval one is gonna be for the front for your applique and of course you want to show them the back of that you got all your stitching here you want to be able to cover that up with another piece of black wool they're kind of hide your stitching and it sandwiches them in there too so they also don't fray out so go ahead and cut your oval out two of your out of your wool black wool you'll get two of those and you'll be using the heat and bond light to do the applique that's where you'll be using the tracing diagram because these are reversed your fusible applique if you do not want to use a fusible applique product you don't like maybe using feasible you'll be using the layout diagram for your shapes correct I love to use my applique pressing sheet and my lightbox – pre-assemble like my flowers my beehive and my bees and move everything to the background again if that's new to you go back to the beginning of our series which was the March project where we show you how to use the lightbox we show you how to use the applicator pressing a sheet and move everything onto the background as a units so once that's done Tammy and we've moved everything onto the background take us to what we would do next what you would do those little antenna next next what I would do is we're gonna take the thread here this is the petite cotton thread by Sookie it's a twelve weight so it's a heavier cotton thread and we are just gonna whip stitch that down we did ours by hand if you don't like doing handwork you are welcome to put this in your machine this cotton thread is on a spool this goes in your machine not a problem you're gonna want to use a heavy-duty needle though I would recommend the size 100 super non-stick needles yep these are really nice I love those needles so you can see our stitches on the back where we have done that and then I would give this a good press okay make sure we're all heated up here sure we turned on yet it up yep and I would definitely use seam when you're doing this beautiful in the beginning when Tammy was using steam with wall Mike what are you doing and you know she's taught me that I don't need to be worried about that not at all really seats everything just perfectly the wall pressing Matt seems to not flounce it up down it doesn't all my applique is still raised yeah it just didn't smash it flat like it would on a normal iron.most of a couple of things I use I like this white mark be gone pen this works really nice on wool it does really even cotton even on cotton asserts it's hard to find a marking tool to mark on dark fabrics it is you can find lots of products to mark on light fabric any mini suction pen yeah great but dark fabrics dark fabrics very limited very difficult so I'm gonna use a shabby ruler and we like our stitches to kind of begin and end at the same point so I'm gonna mark that beginning and end point with this white marker just so I know about where I'm gonna start and stop because sometimes I just get to stitching and I'm like woah I went way too far right and then I have to rip it out I don't like to rip out stitches no I like to put them in and leave them there exactly alright so I have my beginning start and stop here I'm going to take my oval that I used to cut out my background it's already in the shape that I need it so I'm just going to set this on here and just begin marking this and I came in a little bit deeper on this mat then I did on the others the other mats I think I was about a half an inch in I think this one I'm probably even deeper than that four to five eighths of an inch because of the flowers why I see how it goes out like see how that down wait a half an inch yeah we're getting there they are bouncing out there all right so you can see we'll let that dry a little bit so you can easily see your white lines I love that I noticed how when you first draw the line it doesn't appear immediately it so just write a little bit just just like a second or two later it appears let it dry a little bit that ink has to dry and it comes right visible and then if we miss draw the line I know we get this question sometimes do I know there are permanent marking pens what is your preferred way to get rid of those lines steam oh I like steam okay just do the bottom on though don't take my top ones off okay then I have to reduce steam or just a damp cloth correct that is correct okay you can iron them away just like that okay and I like that okay sometimes I use a micron pen on permanent there forever okay so let's talk a little bit about stitching all of our stitches are found in our book this book is the embroidery crazy and quilt tool we also have the stitches listed on our downloads so that you don't have to remember what I'm saying you can just look at your download and they're listed with the page number right there for you so that you can easily flip to the pages this combination of stitches is actually a combination of several simple stitches that I found in the very back of this book that I'll reference you to and I just kind of did a little differently I'm not surprised that's the Tammy way I know I have to kind of shake it up a little looks complicated to me it does because there's so much going on okay I know you're gonna break it down and show it break this not hard that's right okay so I'm gonna start with the green thread and this is a razzle thread and it tends to be a little bit squirrely so I like to use the thread magic on this okay alright so we're actually just gonna put this in here does this mean I'll be the boss of my thread this is really important to me I know I get to boss something around right I'm gonna boss around my thread I'm gonna use a shabby embellishing needle we got these from primitive gatherings these are amazing needle yes I also have the chenille needles that we use to do the hand stitching of the cotton thread oh that's the way to pitch yes to do the webpage yes this is a clover embroidery needle threader and it has a wire what would you call this just kind of opening an opening okay and this is going to go right easily into the eye of the needle and we are just gonna stick our thread right down in there like that and just pull it right back through well we've been using it wait we've been using the same threader for I don't know how many videos and it's just it doesn't break I mean I'm not being gentle with it either he's not I know ok so we are ready to go so we are gonna start stitching with a chain stitch all right so to begin a chain stitch we have our needle threaded we have a knot in our thread of course and I am going to bring my thread up right at the very beginning of this line right here alright and I'm gonna make my thread go to my right and I'm gonna put my needle back in where the thread came out and die forward about a quarter of an inch about like that and I'm gonna wrap my thread from the right to the left did you know Jen that if you wrap your thread from the left to the right that it's going to make a different type of stitch it's going to look differently why yes it's because you're wrapping it differently it's just the stitches look different so you can wrap your thread from right to left or left to right but do it consistent donees okay right don't mix because it will look different and your chain stitch will not have an even look all right so I'm just going to put about five little stitches in here and if these stitches try to misbehave don't worry about it you will fix them in a second he would just keep stitching here there we go see how we pull that and they all just kind of fall into line right they do even though you think right now you're like wow that is a hot mess it's not it's all good there we go oh I see that's important for importance just a uniform look of the right I love the chain stitch I think it's probably one of my favorites just to do is a chain stitch it does not take long though to do your stitches so if I was at the very end down here at the end to finish this stitch you just simply take it to the back right on the other side of your loop just like this to finish that stitch just like that okay nice nice alright so now let's grab a blue thread I have blue already threaded on a needle here and I'm going to show you how to do this little flower so I counted my stitches and I'm going to count two stitches in and start and when I start on this flower we're gonna bring our needle to the front just like this and again my thread is gonna go to the right because I want my stitches to all look the same so I pay attention to that back in we're gonna do a lazy Daisy stitch and I'm gonna come up a little bit deeper than it than 1/4 of an inch because I want that stitch to be a little bit longer because it's in the center mm right you want the center petal to be a little bit taller than your others then dip it down to tie that off just like that so now I want to come up back in my Center and we're going to come up down and up I'm just going to split the difference between these two we're going to loop our thread around right to left well I see why it's important to do the center pedal first so you know where your other petals even go right because they're not going to be even if you don't do it like that right okay so now I'll turn this around a little bit look at that and the variegated thread is starting to show I love variegated thread you never know what color you're gonna get this petal is gonna be a little bit darker than the others it makes it look like you've used several different threads and you haven't it's all the same thread I just love that that great look how beautiful that is and I believe that the variation is random is that right I'm on this one I believe it is which is really nice it's it is don't know what you're gonna get that's right yeah Dada beaut isn't that cool so now I also think that every flower needs a yellow Center so now I'm gonna do a French knot and to start a French knot I'm just gonna come up right in the middle just like this and now I'm gonna wrap my thread three times around and go right back down right next to there you need to hold this thread tight and I'm just gonna slide that see that pretty little knot right there so now I need to hold on to that thread as you're pulling that French knot through if you let that go those little loops are just gonna go crazy now I would just continue making flowers if my chain stitch was in there I just continue making my flowers back and forth back and forth once again Tammy you have you know if you if if I showed that to someone they'd be like oh no I I can't do that I know and thank you again for just those are actually basic stitches they are nation their present beautiful and then at the variation now I know there's one thing I do want to clarify have you've been getting questions on this okay about the embroidery thread first this is to clarify this is applicator and applique for stitching everything down to a background and we can use this on a machine yes this can go on a machine yes we normally do all of our embroidery with that but we did use this one just to do that yeah we'll be in the end we did yeah we did some people have been asking can I put these in my machine that's no okay yes I want it in a break alright just not gonna go through your machine at all alright I wanted to get that one out there and get the official answer issue and so I'm sure you're already working on the July one I know you alright so we'd love to hear from you would love to get some feedback Tammy and I love to bring these projects to you but we really do it for you and we love it when you engage with us and leave just join the conversation so we will see you for the wooly mug nap or July before you know it we'll be see you then thank you you


  1. diana diamond

    It's refreshing to see someone doing these items. I used to do these stitches when I was going to school. But you just brought back those years. Hock a bock was another one also cross stitch too. Love them all but haven't done them in a long while. But I love what you've done.

  2. Mary Moore

    Another great video and project! Question on the embroidery for the bumble bee. I know you say that you are using the applique thread (white). Do you stitch that with a single thread or do you double it?

  3. Bonnie Ambrose

    Thanks ever so much for your wonderful videos! I love to see how stitches are made – not just read them out of the little book! Love this series!


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