Embroidery: Custom Family Portrait

I love stitching these little portraits, but the ones I love the most are the ones I get to stitch of people I know. This one is super special as it’s one of my closest friends. It’s always fun to figure out how to stitch hair, what sorts of clothes to put on them and just all the little details. In the end, it’s crazy to see what you can do with just needle and thread.

The whole crew:

The Flory Family 2016

The youngest kiddos:

The Flory Family 2016

The eldest kiddos:

The Flory Family 2016


Continue Reading

Embroidery: New Pattern

JE cover

I’ve got a new pattern in the shop and this is a great one for those of you desiring to stretch your stitching muscles and learn how to make some beautiful embroidered flowers.

Jim Elliot Quote 2016

The quote is from Jim Elliott who was married to Elizabeth Elliot. I think knowing their story makes these words ring even more true. Truly, wherever the Lord had placed them, I don’t doubt they were completely all there. Engaged and invested fully in the people and surroundings that they were in. I long to live with that kind of contentment and trust.

Jim Elliot Quote 2016

This pattern is a mix of simple embroidery backstitches for the text and some more advanced stitches like the satin stitch flower, the rope stitch for the vines and more. The downloadable PDF is enhanced with links to videos for how to do each stitch, in addition to stitch photos and descriptions. There is a complete color and stitch chart and lots of tips on how to transfer your pattern and finish your embroidery.

Grab the pattern here and happy stitching!

Continue Reading

Embroidery: Wedding Season Has Begun

Everyone in my house knows when wedding season has begun by the stacks of shoeboxes that show up on our front porch! I’ve been super busy trying to keep up with all these custom embroideries, but I love it. Here’s a glimpse at some of the shoes I’ve done so far this spring.

chambray toms

These TOMS came with a great story about that little owl up on the top. It was a tribute to the bride’s grandmother. I love little special touches like that!


Mrs. Wild custom converse

I wish I kept count for how many pairs of these mint colored Converse I’ve stitched over the past few years. Definitely the most popular color.


Mrs. Clark custom converse

Mrs. Clark is getting married 🙂


monogrammed converse

It’s not all just wedding shoes around here! These were some custom monogrammed shoes for a local 13 year old. I really love how they turned out!


something blue custom converse

Something blue…


lacey keds custom

These lacey Keds are some of my favorites. I’ve done a couple pairs of them and I love how they turned out.


Mrs. Deltoro custom converse

Exreme close up.


custom converse

Every wedding day should start with “happily ever after!”


his and hers custom converse

Custom his and hers.

I’m still taking orders for custom embroidered TOMS, Keds and Converse. You can check out my whole shoe portfolio on flickr.
Interested in a pair? Click here to head over to my etsy shop.

Continue Reading

Custom Embroidery: Parent’s of the Bride

I recently completed one of my first commissions this year and I’m so in love with how it turned out.

Custom embroidery. Parents of the bride gift.

Custom embroidery. Parents of the bride gift.

Custom embroidery. Parents of the bride gift.

The quote was a request from the customer and this is a gift from her to her parents on the eve of her wedding day.

Continue Reading

Embroidery: New Patterns

One of my goals this year is to start developing new patterns again. I’ve been working through the ins and outs of learning how to use Adobe InDesign and I was finally able to produce what I hope to be a new line of patterns. Each of these downloadable pdf patterns is interactive; meaning it comes with hyperlinks to recommended supplies, videos and step by step photos for different stitches and hopefully more. I’m working on adding a whole page full of how to start embroidery videos to this website at some point this year!

PeterPan 2016

The first pattern I finished this year was this quote by JM Barrie from Peter Pan. It was actually a custom pattern I made for a customer early in 2015 and I’ve been wanting to stitch it myself and offer it up as a pattern since then. This is a great pattern for a beginner. The entire pattern is stitched with a backstitch and there are so many ways you can go with this. Stitching it on dark fabric to give that illusion of the night or even stitching it with dark thread on a lighter background. You can purchase your instant download here.

Helen Keller 2016

The second pattern that I just released last week was this quote by Helen Keller. I love these words so much and I’ve claimed them as my quote of the year! Here’s to a daring adventure! This is a great pattern for someone wanting just a little bit more of a challenge. Most of it is stitched with a backstitch, except for the tree trunks. The trunks are filled in with a brick stitch, which is a super simple stitch that gives the illusion of something more challenging. Find the Helen Keller pattern here.

Continue Reading