Category: embroidery

Embroidery: New Pattern!

It seems like ages since I’ve worked on anything embroidery related. Once I finished up my last custom orders a few months ago, I had zero desire to pick up a needle and thread. It was by far the longest stretch I’ve ever gone with some sort of creative depression and just block. I did manage to work on a few things down in the studio, but the days of sitting and just enjoying stitching were not there.

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I decided last week to finally put out into the world this redraft of an old pattern that I made early in 2017 for a custom request. She really loved the Helen Keller quote, but wanted a design with mountains; so I drafted up this pattern for her and then it just sat on my computer. She sent me a photo of her stitching (super cute), but I had no interest in going anywhere else with it.

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In the end, I actually think this is a way better design than the original and it is a super pattern for beginners. It’s easy to trace, has some great stitches for beginners (backstitch, chain stitch and split stitch) and I’ve actually designed this pattern in two sizes – either for an 8-10″ hoop or a larger 10×10 square.

You can purchase your own copy here.

Happy Stitching!

Embroidery: New Holiday Kits!

These kits have been such a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally be offering an option for full embroidery kits again! Just in time for Christmas, I am offering up these two very popular designs as a limited run: My Luke 2 Christmas tree pattern and the Scroll Tree pattern.

Each kit contains a pre-printed full color design on cotton fabric, all the threads you need and a needle to get started. I’ve also included an instruction page with links to how-to videos.

Both of these kits are great for beginners and advanced stitchers alike!  I’ve included an option for you to purchase either a simple kit (without a hoop and buttons for the scroll tree) OR a complete kit that includes everything you need to stitch once it arrives at your door.

Coming in November to Instagram, I’ll be working through a stitch along of the Scroll Tree pattern. This pattern includes 3 basic embroidery stitches that everyone should learn and I’m excited to work through it together!

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Embroidery Tutorial: {buttonhole stitch}

One of my favorite things I’ve started making lately are little tiny dolls. The best stitch for making these sweet little stuffed treasures is the buttonhole stitch. It’s a pretty easy stitch to master and perfect for all your little stuffies to be!

Embroidery Tutorial: {a knotless start}

Here’s a short video on how to do a knotless start.
This is a great little tip to learn when working with dimensional projects, such as stuffies or even stitching pillows closed.

Tutorial: Thank You Teacher Gift

It’s hard to believe it, but the end of the school year is quickly advancing and it’s time to start thinking about thank you gifts for teachers. I came up with this quick little project that is a great beginner embroidery project. It uses a little bit of felt and embroidery floss to mimic a old fashioned slate board. The perfect little gift to tuck into a little basket for your teacher.

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First up, supplies. Here’s what you need:

A 6×8 piece of brown felt (wool blend felt is your best option if available)
a smaller scrap of black felt
white embroidery floss, divisible into 2 strands for stitching
black embroidery floss, divisible into 2 strands for stitching
an embroidery needle
wonderclips or pins
sulky solvy to print your pattern on

First up, print your pattern pieces.
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And cut out your brown and black felt pieces accordingly.

Then, print your embroidery pattern onto the sulky solvy.
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Cut out the center rectangle of your sulky solvy pattern and peel of the back paper. Place it, sticky side down, onto the black felt rectangle.
All the text and the apple are stitched with 2 strands of white dmc embroidery floss using a backstitch. You can fill in the apple leaf with a few satin stitches if desired.

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After you stitch your pattern, cut away as much of the sulky-solvy as you can. Follow the directions on the package and use water to soak it away.
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Once your sulky-solvy has dissolved and your felt has dried, place your black rectangle centered on top of your brown rectangle. Use wonderclips or pins to hold in place.

Take 2 strands of black embroidery floss and stitch a tiny whipsitch all the way around your black rectangle.

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Add it to a gift basket, wrap it up in a fun envelope and pass it off to your favorite teacher!

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