It feels like forever since I’ve actually finished a new embroidery project. I’ve been in a total creative funk. Partially due to this year being stretched in so many other ways and partially reeling with the fact that my eyes just aren’t what they used to be.
I’ve been longing to do a series of hoops based off of the paper pieced Dresden plates idea. I spent most of the last few months stitching these circles together and finally was able to embroidery the quotes in the middle and finish them all up.
I live in Big Orange Country so I knew I needed to do at least one orange related hoop and I’ve long been wanting to do another yellow “You are my Sunshine” hoop.
In addition, I also finished up a little baby quilt for a friend’s newest little girl coming soon. My friend is from South Carolina and I stumbled upon this collection on Hawthorn Supply called “Charleston” and figured it would be a perfect fit.
I wanted colors that weren’t screaming girl, but just a simple feminine vibe. I’m sort of wishing that I would have chosen a different solid besides the white.
I pretty much followed the tutorial in School of Sewing for making the squares and I’m totally sold on this type of quilt to get rid of scraps for sure. It was super quick to piece together and I could see many more quilts happening this way. Binding a quilt has probably become my most favorite thing to do though. I could probably sit and bind quilts all day. It’s the most tension relieving thing ever.
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.
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.
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.
I’m on a new design team for the next few months with Buttons Galore. It’s a pretty great gig for me – I receive some great products and get to design a product with what I get. 🙂 Not a bad way to spend a summer.
Here’s a peek at my first project.
Head on over to the Buttons Galore blog for full details on how to make a patriotic hoop yourself – including a free pattern download.
I’m honestly still reeling over the fact that it’s November and I know I’m going to blink and it will be Thanksgiving. I went back and forth for the last few months trying to decide if I was going to do any holiday markets or not and finally decided to try the Holiday Shoppe at The Hive again. It’s such a great venue and so well run that why wouldn’t I?
I’ve been horrible about posting here and like always I’ve got great plans to become a better blogger…let’s hope. Just as an aside, this website space is going to look pretty wonky for a while. I’m in the process of redoing my website and until then I’m having issues with spacing and alignment and all sorts of other fun stuff.
Here’s a few new things hitting the shop and a few customs I’ve finished over the last couple of weeks.
This C.S. Lewis quote was on my to stitch list for.ev.er and I finally came up with a design I half liked and then it sat unfinished for months. I finally finished it this week and I do love how it turned out.
For once in my business life I feel a little bit ahead of the holiday game. This pattern is one that I’ve been working on for the past couple of months and is designed off of a vintage Christmas card I saw. The pillow will eventually be up for grabs in the shop (and there’s a tutorial coming soon on how to make it yourself), but for now you can grab the pdf pattern available in the shop. It’s a great pattern for beginners and those more advanced. I liken it to a stitch sampler – it’s full of many easy, yet common, embroidery stitches.