The Bernina 780 – Christmas Mantlepiece Decoration

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Note:  The winner of the previous giveaway is ikceb.  I’ll be back with another giveaway later this week. 
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  I saved this post especially for this day.  I wanted to show you how to make a festive mantlepiece decoration using PaintWork and embroidery.
I thought this Christmas card design would be a perfect vehicle for that exploration.  There were certain elements that led themselves to embroidery.

While other elements lent themselves to the delicate look of PaintWork.  What is PaintWork?  I’m glad you asked!  PaintWork is the added tool that allows the Bernina 780 to paint with textile pens!!!!  Yes, you heard correctly.  This machine can paint!  (Actually, with this tool so can the 580 and the 830 – I tried it on the 580 that I used to sew Modern Holiday and it worked great!)

So I digitized some of the elements in DesignWorks – the snowflakes and the branches in particular.

I fused the completed design on heavyweight interfacing and added a border and binding for a quick Christmas mantlepiece decoration. For more details, watch the video.

Happy sewing and very merry Christmas!

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