Monday, July 9, 2012

Bernina University–Day 2 -2012

This morning was my class on the new DesignWorks Suite. Sorry this blog is a little long, and I left out so much.

If you have the Cutwork tool and software you are a jump ahead. The Suite and accessories are made up of CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWorks.


This dress combines all of DesignWorks plus embroidery.


A close up. Really, really amazing.

Cutwork basically remains as the core - if you add any of the other components the information will be added to your dongle. If you don’t have Cutwork you could start just with and accessory and no software.

Works will be activated after purchasing an access card. It is like gift cards you purchase and are activated at a register. You will be able to select items singularly, in bundles or as the entire Suite. Confused? When it arrives in stores in September it will all start to make sense.

PaintWork Accessory_ Add colorful shapes, flowers, text or motifs to your projects with your embroidery machine. The embroidery foot is replaced with the PaintWork accessory tool and loaded with a drawing tool of choice. 830E machine using the Paintwork accessory:


Below are some shots of items shown in class.


This is on a t-shirt.


Yes that is a plate on the left. Imagine designing your own dishes, even if like me, you can’t paint. The mind boggles. And yes it was done on a BERNINA embroidery machine.


CrystalWorks allows precise placement of detailed rhinestone designs and embroidery enhancements. 830E machine making custom crystal template.


Applying the crystals to a template.


Ironing onto item, in this case a key ring. The artwork above the key ring was done totally on the machine.


Crystal items from class.  A t-shirt.


A fireworks inspired shirt.


Amanda and Sarah our amazing DesignWorks  instructors in their Artists Aprons.


BU is being held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC this year. It is above the Metro station which should make it easy to get around town.

Earlier this evening Becky from Strawberry Patches in Bakersfield and I went out on an adventure. For years I have had girlfriends tell me about G Street Fabrics. So we decided we would go on a little trip.

We did have a little trip, however we never arrived at the store. We were to get on the . Orange line headed west. It took us a while to figure out that we were actually on the blue line headed South. When we reached the National Airport we got off and got on the next train going the other direction. It ended up being the Yellow line. Oops too far again finally the Red line got us back to the hotel. So the moral of the story is don’t get on the Metro when you are too tired to pay attention. We are going to try again tomorrow so will file a report on the elusive G Street Fabrics then.

Stitch at you soon, Dawna


  1. his sounds very exciting.


  2. his sounds very exciting.


  3. Wow. Can't wait to see these things in action

  4. I wish I could have been there. I lived in DC for several years and I could have been a personal guide! Love your blog!

    1. I would have loved to have had you as a personal guide. We went out the second night on the Metro, got on the right train and off at the right stop. However, the bus we were told to catch did not stop there. So maybe I will make it to G Street the next time I go to DC. Thanks for your kind words about the blog. I really appreciate them.


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