Tag: beaded thread

Design Team: A Patriotic Post

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.

Embroidery: Over here today….

Embroidery: Over here today….











I’m over at the &Stitches blog today sharing how to add beaded thread to your embroidery designs. Check it out! I even threw in a free pattern for you to stitch up yourself!


And if you love the pattern, but don’t want to stitch it – you can buy the trio yourself in the shop!

little gifts + another lesson in negative space

Earlier in the year I ordered a set of these awesome little pendants from dandelyne. They flew all the way from Australia to my doorstep, only to sit on my shelf for way too long. Back in the late spring I finally put a few together. Right now, these are all brooches (aka pins) and I’m working on a way to do necklace chains for them (that’s on the to-do list for the Fall re-boot).

Mini hoops

Each brooch is roughly 2 inches in diameter and is handmade by Ms. Dandelyne herself. They are great quality and such fun to design and stitch.

I think my favorite though is this natural one that I stitched up with this awesome beaded and hand dyed thread.

Mini hoops

Although this one makes me happy too..

Mini hoops

They make great little gifts for all sorts of occasions or just because.

My other little gift that I finally marked off my to-do list this past spring was my first set of bookmarks.

Bookmarks redo with velvet and lace elastic

These are elastic medallion style that are meant to wrap around the pages of the book. The elastic is a choice of either lace or black velvet and they are named after a few of my favorite classic books.

Great Expectations
Bookmarks redo with velvet and lace elastic

Pride and Prejudice
Bookmarks redo with velvet and lace elastic

and Emma
Bookmarks redo with velvet and lace elastic

Each one is a mix of lazy daisyes and vintage buttons all finished off with some great wool felt.

The last project is one that I was so crazy eager to stitch. I had this design in my head with these great words from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

Always and forever love - negative space outlining with lazy daisies and French knots

They sum up the Gospel in just a phrase…God loves us with a love that is never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love.

Always and forever love - negative space outlining with lazy daisies and French knots

I wanted to try my hand at another version of “negative-space” outlining; this time with lazy daisy flowers. I can’t tell you how much I love how this turned out. It’s another one of those that I’m content to look at up on my shelf (even though it is available in the shop to hang on yours).

Off to finish up my luna moth and get started on a couple of new custom orders.
I think my vacation is over.