Wooly Mug Mat Series – January | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

Wooly Mug Mat Series – January | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial


[ Strumming intro ] [Jen] Hi! It’s Jen and Tammy back with the
Wooly Mug Mat for January, and we have just two more in our series.
[Tammy] That’s right! [Jen] Three on—six on the table behind here— [Tammy] Four…
[J] I hope you’ve been enjoying that. We’d love to get your feedback.
Of course, as the series ends, we’re starting to brainstorm
what we want to bring you next. We’d love to hear from you, to hear what
you’d like to see us do on video for more series coming forward. It—Just like before, we’re well into this. You know the drill.
You’ll need the download—two pieces. One’s reversed for fusible appliqué,
if you’re going to be using fusible. And one is your layout diagram,
which is so helpful, especially when you have a face.
[T] When you’re—you want his nose where his nose goes. That’s right, that’s right.
[J] Yes! [Laughter] Yes, definitely. So, if you’re brand new to that,
on the Shabby Fabrics homepage, at the very bottom there’s a—
it says ‘Free Downloads,’ click that. You’ll find the Wooly Mug Mat,
you’ll find the Wooly Mug Rugs, which are here, That was your first year—
[T] That was our first one, yeah— [J] and—where the kit made two.
[T] Yes. [J] And we thought ‘You know, it’d be fun
to do the bigger Wooly Mug Mat’, where your mug could go here,
you can still see your appliqué— [T] Don’t cover your snowman up.
[J] and your— all the beautiful stitching you’ve done.
[T] I like that. Yup. The stitching is nice.
[J] I love this one. I can’t wait to see how you did it.
Um— That kit makes, uh, one. And lots of hand-dye in this. [T] Oh, yeah.
[J] Like, almost everything, it looks like. [T] Everything is hand-dyed,
yep, except his face. And his arms. Yeah.
[J] Isn’t that so cool? So, once you get to the download,
again, two pages, and there’s others in the series. Plus quilts! [T] Oh, so much out there. Yeah.
[J] Oh my gosh, it just goes on and on. Um. You’ll want to go ahead
and have certain things available to you: Heat n Bond Lite, if you want to do fusible,
or your favorite fusible product; we like to use the CutRite Heavy Duty
Freezer Paper, we have literally used this— Notice the black? This whole time!
[T] Haha, yeah! [J] One pack, I think,
has lasted me like a year. [T] A year, I know! That’s a good investment.
[J] Forever. It is. Out of the, uh, freezer paper, you’ll be cutting two of your ovals. One we’ll be appliquéing onto,
which you’ve done. [T] Right.
[J] And of course you’ll see all of her stitches, and Tammy always likes to
cover everything up on the back, um, so that
[T] Yes. [J] you don’t see the stitching on the back.
[T] That’s right. [J] So there’s an extra piece on the back.
[T] Nice finish. [J] You’ll cut two of those out of that, and of course you’ll be cutting all of your wool out of your fusible webbing, roughly cutting around,
that’s not new to you. That’s where the Fusamat and the Lightbox
and layout diagram come into play. And that’s just—I love to be able to turn my Lightbox on, have this here, and be able to lay the pieces out, scoot them over and iron them down—
[T] I agree. Yeah. [J] —versus trying to do one by one, it rarely works out right.
[T] It doesn’t. That’s right.
[J] Because I have no guidance! I can’t see through the black wool.
[T] Exactly, exactly. Yep. [J] So once I’ve got everything down,
Tammy, where I’ve got my little snowman together
with everything, and I move him onto my background, what happens now? What are we gonna do?
[T] What happens now? [J] Yeah!
[T] I am going to then whipstitch him down, and I like to use these
Sulky 12 weight cotton threads and a little chenille needle. Um, I did thread one of these little guys. These little needles are so nice, these are the little Shabby Chenille needles
right here, that we have… I love these little needles.
They’re small, they’re easy to work with, and take those little tiny stitches.
[J] Yes. And they go just— easily through wool.
[T] They do, they just glide right through. And that’s what we’ve done,
is we’ve done all of our little whipstitches. Now if you really don’t like to do that,
you can do this by machine. [J] Ohhkay.
[T] Ahh, yeah. [J] There’s people out there going, ‘Thank you.’
[T] Hallelujah. I know! So you can do this;
we recommend a 12— the 12 weight cotton thread, go through your machine,
but you need a size 100 needle for that. You’re gonna want to use a much
bigger needle—whoops! —just to accommodate
that thicker thread, and the thickness of the wool.
And these are coated needles, so they’re gonna go through
the fusible easier. [J] Okay.
[T] Glide through. Okay?
[J] Because that’s the non-stick. Really meant for fusible, yes?
[T] Yes. Yes, Absolutely.
[J] Because I know I’ve seen that size needle, that’s the super—that isn’t the non-stick.
[T] It isn’t non-stick. Right. [J] It would work,
but I think this works better. [T] It does work better, because it glides right through.
[J] Okay. Cool. [T] Okay.
[J] Good to know. [T] All right. So, for this month, occasionally,
I do a little bit of work ahead of time. This month I did do that.
We are going to use a fern stitch on this one, and rather than doing a fly stitch,
or a fern stitch, I found an easier way to do that stitch, [J] Oh!
[T] and so I started with a lay— I started laying down a backstitch first,
and it’s gonna give you a really good base to put your little fern arms on. [J] I’ve done that too, where—
[T] So they keep straight and even. [J] Yes.
[T] ‘Cause if you’re just trying to do a fern stitch or a fly stitch and you’re
just going for it around a curve, everything tends
to go kind of wonky, [J] Interesting.
[T] and starts to sway. So, I did not like that. So I discovered that putting a backstitch down first is a good foundation stitch, and it keeps it straight.
[J] And then you’ll build on that. [T] Yes. And then we’re gonna build on that
[J] So you’re drawing your line like normal.
[T] Yes, correct. [J] Like about a half-inch inside?
[T] Correct. Yep. Uh, we can measure that here, you know.
I’m about 3/8 of an inch in. Yeah, yep, about 3/8…
[J] Okay. Draw the line, and then just backstitch the whole thing.
[T] Exactly, just to the center. I did leave a gap in the center,
[J] Okay. [T] ’cause I wanted to put a cute little snowflake
[J] Oh! Yep, yep, yep! [T] in the center. Yes.
[J] I see that here. [T] Yes. So we just
found the center of my wool and I just folded this
in half like this, just like this, and then I just mark it
with my white marking pen. I love these Dritz pens,
they are so nice. I’m just going to mark the center. There’s my white dot.
[J] That’s a good way to do that. [T] So you can see that.
So you know where you’re stopping, where you’re not—
[J] Yes. and I know about how big this little snowflake is,
and I want it to sit right there. So I just brought my line
to right there. Yeah. Okay?
[J] Okay, so— this is a little bit different
than what would be in the book. [T] It is a little bit different. This is a fern stitch, and—
[J] Okay. [T] the fern stitch they’re showing, they’re
having you make the arms and this leg all at the same time. But I found it more even if I do the backstitch first.
[J] Okay. All right. So keep that in mind.
[T] Keep that in mind! All right? Okay. So now I’m gonna show you how to
make the little arms on the side. All right. So before I start this, Dazzle thread
tends to get a little twisty, so I’m gonna take some Thread Magic.
You can see I’ve used this a lot. And we are actually going to
run our thread through this. This is just going to help
tame that thread down a little bit, and just kind of relax
all the twisting out of it, make my stitching
just a little bit smoother. All right. So I’ve done a backstitch all the way down
and that’s right where I ended. So now I’m going to come up, a little bit out, and halfway between the next stitch. Right here. And then just come down, straight down, right where the backstitches meet, like that, and then up again, right here, and back down again,
right in the same place. See how that just leaves
that little ‘V’ right in there? Exactly perfect, like I want it. So again, the next stitch,
I’m just going to jump up halfway in between, and come right down between my backstitches, just like that. And then the same thing
on the other side. Halfway in between, and jump down right to where they meet, just like that.
And I just work this stitch all the way up. Isn’t that cute? I love the way it’s—it’s perfect and it lays exactly like I want it. Okay? Then I’m gonna take a white thread, and I just did a little French knot in there. All right.
So to do a little French knot, I just did a single wrap French knot, like this, and I did a single wrap and came right back down. Just like that. I just went every other one
and just worked my way all the way up the line. Okay? That’s how I did this. Then I just repeated the same thing
and I just made my V’s go the other direction on the bottom. So then it was just a different—
it just kind of branched out. I like that. Kind of like icicles. Yeah,
[J] Yep! Yeah! [T] like icicles on a snowflake. All right? So now I’m gonna show you how to do this
snowflake in the center, and it’s the exact same thing
for this snowflake. So what I did was, I just drew my line, I just drew a star, and I tried to
keep all my legs about the same size because we’re gonna use this as a base. This is a fly stitch,
a circle fly stitch is what they call this stitch,
and this is in your book, and the page number again is on your diagram,
so you will have that. All right.
So to do a circle fly stitch, we’re just gonna do a fly stitch around this one. I’m just gonna come over on my line. I can see the top of my line here.
This is going to be my ‘V’, like this, the other side,
and then dive straight back to that line. Go right to your line. There we go. That’s where you’re gonna make your snowflake
right, like that. And you’re gonna just take it straight down in the center, like this. Perfect. All right. And now we’re going to come up
and do it again. Come up on this side. You just work your way around the circle, try to keep your distance
between your arms and your legs. That’s funny, between your arms and your legs! The arms of this, the arms of the snowflake
and the legs of the star— goodness. …About the same distance apart, dive right back to the center,
right back to your leg, and it just makes that
cute little V right there, and then straight down into the center.
And you just continue all the way around. You’d continue all the way around to make your big snowflake. Okay? [J] So Tammy, once again, you take this intricate-looking— [T] It does look intricate, doesn’t it?
[J] Yeah! [T] It looks like a lot of hard stitching. [J] Consistently in this series
you’ve shown us that while it looks— our friends, our family are gonna go,
[Both] ‘Oooh, wow, how’d you do that?’ [T] Yeah, exactly.
[J] But you break it down, and it’s very, very doable. [T] It’s very doable. This is achievable.
[J] So that is very fantastic. Now, once it’s all done?
[T] Yes. [J] we—that’s when this other piece of wool comes in to play—
[T] The other piece of wool comes in— [J] Okay.
[T] Yep, and I do take my Wonder Clips and I Wonder Clip this together. [J] I know you like to steam this
[T] Oh, yes I do. [J] I don’t know if I’ve got
any water in here today, but, this is where you like to—
[T] We do. We steam the back of it really well, yeah.
[J] And it just—what is it? It seems to like, ‘loft’ it, or something.
[T] It does. Using this wool pressing mat,
it’s so nice on this embroidery. It keeps your embroidery on top of the wool.
It doesn’t sink down into it. Yeah, that’s beautiful.
[J] Let’s see. [T] Oh, yep, it took off all the lines, all the FriXion marks came off.
[J] Yeah, it did! [T] There goes his face! [Laughter]
But that’s okay, we didn’t stitch that yet. That’s all right.
[J] Yeah, so that’s a good point, [T] Yeah, it is.
[J] is once—once you’ve stitched everything down and you want the lines to be gone,
[T] Exactly. [J] just in case they’re peeking underneath…
[T] That’s when you take them off. That’s right. It takes them right off.
[J] Yep. [T] And I’m just gonna
Wonder Clip this together. I don’t use pins. I— my thread gets caught on pins.
[J] Yes— [T] I like the Wonder Clip.
[J] I get poked. [T] Yeah, I know. I do too. I do too!
[J] [Laughter] [T] So our thread set consists
of just the two threads for the embellishing.
The black is not in your kit, because— that’s separate.
[J] Yeah. Well, you’d be—you’d be buying twelve of those.
Yeah, you’d have to buy twelve of those. That’s right. Always going to be the blanket stitch around the edge. [T] Exactly, exactly.
[J] Are you ready to finish the series in February the next month?
[T] The last one? [J] Huh?
[T] I know, it’s crazy. [J] Oh my gosh.
[T] Yes. Here we go! [J] We’d love to get your feedback, again,
love to hear from you, because we’re here for you! [T] Absolutely!
[J] Tammy already knows how to do this stuff! And I’m learning! But, uh—
[T] [Laughter] You are learning! we hope you’re enjoying this series,
and we’ll see ya for the Wooly Mug Mat for February.
[T] Yup. [ Fun strumming outro ]

25 thoughts on “Wooly Mug Mat Series – January | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

  1. You always supply great ideas and suggestions. Tips n tricks. And explain clearly how to accomplish great results. Thank you Shabby Fabric. And. NADOLIG LLAWEN Y BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA. Happy Xmas and a joyous new year to you both.

  2. Jen and Tammy, Those are so so cute!! They look like such fun to make! Thank you for your tips too. Merry Christmas

  3. I love watching all the wooly mug mat videos because I’ve learned so much about embroidery stitches! I have yet to make a mug rug but I will in the future. Here’s my question, when your project is complete what stops them from sliding around on a tabletop/desktop?

  4. I love watching the way you work together. Tammy is awesome with needle work. I never understood the u stitch thing ,but now I do thank you.

  5. Boa tarde, o seus trabalhos, são lindos, eu sou do Brasil, gostaria de saber se tem algum vídeo em português, obrigada um abraço.

  6. LOVE the wooly mug mat series and am very curious of what’s to come after the completion of this series. Tammy, your instruction on the vine stitch is brilliant 🙌🏻! Merry Christmas and thanks for bringing great content for us to learn from.

  7. Hi! I just recently discovered you on YouTube and have been enjoying your videos. I love to sew and embroider. I’ve been working on penny rugs recently and your mug mats remind me of them. I’d love to see more of that. Thank you for sharing so many fun, pretty, and charming projects!

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