Embroidery: Inch Stitch Along

One of the highlights of last year was the opportunity to be a part of the &stitches crew. After much discussion, the blog was shut down this year (the archives still remain) and it has been such a joy to get to know these ladies and even though we aren’t officially stitching together anymore I know we’ll stay in touch. Even though the blog is stagnant now, we all agreed that we wanted to go ahead with our little stitch along that we had been planning behind the scenes. Each of the crew has taken a few days throughout this year to present their prompts for this little stitch along. It’s meant to be a quick one, just filling in one little inch square and inching along in stretching your embroidery muscles.

The original post with the template is here along with links to the first 4 prompts. Today I bring you prompt 5…

stitch with something other than standard 6 strand floss!


Here are a few options that I pulled from my thread stash (starting on the left)
hand dyed cotton perle
wool thread
silk thread
and on the end is the standard, divisible thread that you can’t use!

I used the silk thread and stitched an initial A for my first name.


Stitch along with us and branch out into the amazing world of threads!

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a little stitching contest

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the chance to do a stitch-a-long or enter a stitching contest so I decided it was high time! I entered the &stitches back to school stitching contest and man it was a blast to sew. The requirement was that you design (or copy) a flashcard.

Me, loving all things Frenchy and vintage, found this little fox illustration and used it to draft up a little french flashcard. I did some searching online and this was the layout of my draft

fox WIP

A little stitching later…

WIP fox

And then finally this past weekend I finished him up

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

He is a mix of modified brick stitches, back stitches and satin stitches. And I absolutely love him!

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New Year, New/Old Mixed Media with Stitches Contest Entry

I’ve been busily stitching away the last few weeks on my entry into this awesome embroidery contest. One of my goals this year is the really participate more in online embroidery stuff. There is an amazing community of embroiderers out there and it’s been so fun to “meet” so many of them.

Vintage embroidery contest 2014

The contest had three different entry options and I chose the one where you had to embroider but also add some mixed media elements. The other rule was that you had to use a vintage embroidery pattern.

Vintage embroidery contest 2014

I made the little book out of some cardstock and vellum paper. I used a sewing machine to stitch the binding and then hand embroidered the book to the actual embroidery. The felt heart was stitched down with some lace behind it. The little shoes are actually a jewelry charm.

Vintage embroidery contest 2014

The baseball was a button actually in my stash (crazy) and I’m totally in love with the field of beaded flowers and the house is probably my favorite of all. The trees were stitched pretty much by sight and were one of those things that I hated them while I was stitching them, but once they were all done I loved them. I had hoped to originally make a thatch roof on the house with some wood, but it didn’t work out. Oh well.

Vintage embroidery contest 2014

I stitched the little doll onto some muslin backed with felt which gave it a stiffness. She is also one my favorites!

Vintage pattern contest entry 2013

The flowers are from the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and I made the little flower holder with some scrap white cotton and stitched some lace across the top and stitched it together.

Vintage embroidery contest 2014

Overall I’m pretty excited and can’t wait to see if I win!!!

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2013 starts with stitching

Happy New Year!

What a great holiday we’ve had here in our household. We’ve visited with friends, had great relaxing times at home and are on the tail end of our vacation before school ramps up again.

Never one to have an empty hoop I thought I would share some of the projects I’m working on in the coming month.

I’ve pinned so many quotes and inspiring illustrations over the past year and one of my goals for 2013 was to actually start taking some of those and get them designed and stitched! One of them was this quote I saw, looked up for more information on it and then got it all designed and worked out.

Jan: stars embroidery

I’m super excited to get started stitching on this one. The plan is to stitch the words in white floss, sew down the buttons and then add some more stitched stars in and amongst the buttons.


I’ve got one embroidery order on the table to start this year: a couched family plaque for my cousin. She picked out this fun variegated yarn and I’m excited to get started on another one of these fun embroideries.

Jan WIP: couching family plaque


And the biggest project is an embroidery contest I’m entering in. I’ve known this contest was coming for a few months and declared that no matter what I was going to enter it.

Jan WIP: embroidery with vintage pattern contest entry

The first rule is that you must choose a vintage embroidery pattern. I found this pattern in one of my flickr groups and just knew it was the one.

Jan WIP: embroidery with vintage patterns contest entry

There were three different categories to choose from and I chose this one:

New Year, New/Old Mixed Media with Stitches – This category is specifically for combining “media” with any vintage embroidery pattern of your choice. Entries in this category should have a significant amount of mixed media incorporated into their embroidery. Examples of “media” to add to your embroidery include sequins, buttons, home improvement hardware, fabric, decorative papers, random and surprising found objects, etc…. You may use any vintage embroidery pattern of your choice.

If you want to see my plan so far as to what mixed media I am using you can go to the photo on my flickr page and click on the boxes that are highlighted.

I can’t wait to show you all the finished projects in the coming weeks.

Welcome 2013!!!

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thursday threads {august stitch along}

thursday threads

Welcome back to Thursday Threads! I try to dedicate Thursdays to showing off either an embroidery project of mine and/or other stitching goodness from around the web. This week I’m so excited to share my latest stitch along.

If you haven’t visited the blog feeling stitchy and you embroider (or aspire to) it’s an awesome resource. They have a great community on flickr and I’m always amazed at the creations I see added in the group every day. Once a month they host a stitch-a-long. A free pattern is always offered (and boy do they vary!) and then you stitch it any old way your heart desires.

august stitch along 2012: the sisters

This month was a pattern by Cate Anevski and it was super cute. What was most amazing were all the different ways people stitched this one cute girl. One of my most favorite people is getting ready to move her girls into the same bedroom, so I decided to make some special embroideries for the occasion.

august stitch along sister #1

I decided to try some applique and she provided some scraps from their coordinating bed quilts.

august stitch along sister#2

I experimented a little with some different stitches and also combining floss colors to try and get their hair color. One is more of a red head and the other a blondie. The hoops are wrapped with some of those quilt scraps and measure about 8 inches. Not making this a great hang alone sort of hoop, but hopefully a great addition to some sort of wall collage in their new space.

This is a super fun pattern to stitch and easily lends itself to so many different variations. Why don’t you head over here and get your free pattern and get stitching yourself!?

And for fun…look at this awesome stitched door? Wouldn’t that be so cool to have?



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