thursday threads {04.04.2012}

Covered in Stitches Entry: SNEAK PEEK

I have set aside Thursdays as day to share embroidery or hand sewn projects that I’ve been working on or patterns that I’ve come across.

This Thursday I don’t really have anything of my own to share. The needle hasn’t really touched the hoop for days as I’ve been working on a bunch of other things. So, instead I thought I would share a few patterns I came across this week…

If you’ve never heard of Urban Threads, you need to check them out. They have loads of awesome and different embroidery patterns (for hand stitching and machine) and most of them only cost $1 to download. They also allow you to use their patterns in items that you might sell, which is crazy generous and harder and harder to find.

These birdcages were posted this week and I.love.them!

…image from urban threads

This would be a super pattern for a novice or advanced embroider. These lend themselves to so many different ways of stitching.

This isn’t a pattern, but I saw this listing on etsy this morning and they were screaming “make an embroidery of me!”

 

…image from etsy.com

Actually, that yellow one up in the corner with the orange flowers was in my play kitchen when I was a little girl!

Lastly I wanted to share April’s stitch along with Feeling Stitchy.

…image from feeling stitchy

The official post isn’t going to be announced until Saturday, but they posted a teaser today. If there was anything I would aspire to learn how to do, it would be to create and sew even half as great as their guest artist is going to be this month. She is pretty darn amazing. It will be awesome to see how she goes about creating all the amazing stuff she does.

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march stitch along

I confess I never finished February’s stitch along. It’s still in the studio ready and waiting, but honestly I just can’t get into it with all the other projects I need to do too.

march stitch along WIP

This month was a little easier to get into and more fun to stitch honestly. The pattern is from Wild Olive, who designs the cutest embroidery patterns ever! This one is no different.

march'12 feeling stitch stich along

I opted to stitch the pinata onto a tee for my chick. I’ve tried stitching onto dark colored material before and I’ve never had luck with the transfer method I used. This proved to be just as frustrating as before. I tried the embroidery transfer paper that you lay down and trace over. The pattern went on just fine, but by the time I was half way through stitching the horse outline, most of it was gone. I ended up free-handing the rest of it. I’m interested in trying the sulky iron-on dissovable paper, but have read mixed reviews. Would love to know if anyone has had success with this?

march'12 feeling stitch stich along

This month’s stitch along is a great pattern especially for a beginner embroiderer! Now I need to remember it when it’s time to do some birthday stitching!

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saturday stitching

The winds are blowing outside and the balmy 60s have disappeared and left us with a freezing 20 degrees. It’s a perfect day to stay inside and catch up on some embroidery projects. I finished the blessing that was on my hoop (see sidebar) and it’s hanging to dry.

Next up on the embroidery front was my attempt at this month’s stitch along. I admit, this one had be quickly running the other direction. But I bought myself some wire and knew that I just had to try it out. Here’s a picture of my progress so far. I’m trying to make a “daisyeyes” nameplate to hang in my basement studio.

Feb Stitch along WIP

The Rooster got busy making an embroidery of his own today to deliver to his teacher on Valentine’s Day. He decided to make and “A” for the name of his school and quickly plowed through the straight stitch. I thought it needed a little something more, so I taught him how to do a chain stitch and I think he’s a natural!

stitching by the Rooster

What’s on your hoop today?

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January stitching

Here are a few glimpses of some projects I’m working on…

An etsy order of this Irish Blessing. This is by far my most popular item on etsy!

jan-feb 2012 on my hoop

a creation of my own, hopefully in the shop in time for valentine’s day or really for any sort of day you want to express your love!

jan-feb 2012 on my hoop

My immediate thought was to do some sort of applique for the “love you” in the background, but I couldn’t get it to lay out right. I ended up deciding to stitch them in white…you’ll have to check back to see how the rest of it turns out!

 

 

I’ve also been on the hunt for some sort of bag or something to carry my supplies around with me. I’ve been using a big ziploc bag and bought this red container for my scissors and floss a while back. I still needed something better than a plastic bag for my hoops and embroideries. Wandering around Michael’s Arts and Crafts yesterday I found this envelope in the scrapbooking section. It is absolutely perfect…and the price of $1.59 wasn’t so bad either!

WIP storage

 

 

And finally my January Stitch-a-long from Feeling Stitchy. I am challenging myself to do these every month, even if the theme isn’t really my favorite. This was one of those. But I am SO GLAD I did! I absolutely love how this turned out! The stitch is called couching and you basically take yarn or any other thick thread and stitch it down in any sort of design your heart desires. This was really easy to do and I love the folk-artsy, kind of Anthropologie looking style of it!

 

I’ve been wanting to try other methods of “framing” my embroideries and this time around I bought an empty frame and then stapled the embroidery to the back of it. It makes me so happy every time I walk past it!

family plaque (stitchalong 1-12)

 

Here’s the whole wall in action:

stitch along's new home (jan'12)

I’m thinking of offering these in the shop…what do you think? Is this something you would want in your home?

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stitching-along

It’s been a few months since I participated in a feeling stitchy stitch-along (say that five times fast!) and I am hoping to push myself to do each of them this year. I’ve learned more new stitches from participating in these than anything else I’ve done.

This month is about couching. Floresita challenged stitchers to make some sort of banner using couching. I thought about doing a letter by letter banner on felt, but it just wasn’t coming together in my head. I have this wall in the hall (tee hee) that has this big family photo of us and it’s just begging for one of those family name sort of plaques. So this is what I came up with:

Jan '12 stitch along: getting ready

I have this fabulous yarn that I bought thinking I was going to actually knit something (big laugh here) and rather than letting it sit in my box of yarn (why I have this box I’m not sure) I thought I would use it for the letters.

Jan '12 stitch along: progress

My hope is to actually find some cool frame, paint it black if needed, and hang this above our family picture.

Happy Stitching!

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