Embroidery: Helen Keller Pattern

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Introducing the new and updated Helen Keller pattern. I’ve loved this quote for so long and last year I drafted up a pattern that wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. After some good Adobe Illustrator lessons, I was able to update and improve this pattern and really create what I had been longing for all the time.

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This is a great pattern for an advanced beginner looking to add some new stitches to their repertoire. It uses a backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, long/short/brickstitch and more.

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This pattern is available for instant download in my etsy shop.

The lovely Sarah from In the Quiet Hours stitched up a sample and I love how she modified some of the stitches and chose a different colorway. This year I am reaching out for pattern testings via Instagram. So far it’s been such a great experience and I’ve been so grateful for the comments and help they’ve provided as I seek to become a better pattern writer.

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Embroidery: New Pattern

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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!

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Shop Update: New stuff

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.

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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.

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I’ve done a few pairs of shoes… I love stitching shoes.

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I finished up this hoop for a customer’s teacher gift. I had so much fun stitching this little class. Untitled

 

I finished up a custom family portrait and this one with a little dog! (these make great gifts by the way!)

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And I introduced my new ornaments for the 2015 holiday season. These are available now at a reduced price for pre-order. Order yours before October to get the discount!

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an embroidery update

Some of the things my hands have been stitching lately…

I’m currently working on a 50th anniversary commission and I’m so excited with how these little people turned out. It was a rough start to figure out how to do their faces, but I think I got it figured out!

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Custom embroidery on a baptismal gown

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I’m still stitching up shoes

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An animal nursery set

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I updated a version of some lyrics from Hillsong United’s Oceans song.

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Another floral birth announcement

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Continuing with my button stars series, I stitched up a portion of a song by Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings

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And I participated in the Freaky Flower Swap on the &stitches blog

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And I leave you with a picture of my silly campers. This was my first time doing a sewing camp and wow! was it ever exhausting but fun. This one was called Mustaches, Monsters and Masks.

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custom birth announcements

The last few years I’ve stitched up quite a few of these original birth announcements mixed with embroidery, felt flowers and vintage buttons.

Birth announcement: flowers and vines

I had a customer approach me via etsy to ask if I could design a completely embroidered version of this spring flower version for one daughter with a matching winter themed one for her other daughter. Always ready for a challenge I eagerly accepted and I’ve spent the last month or so having so much fun stitching them up.

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Here’s a view of the set together. I ended up ordering some custom hand dyed threads from colour complements on etsy and they are amazing. I love them so much and I’m excited to have found another source for unique threads.

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For Willow’s spring themed embroidery, I stitched a mix of flowers and vines around the tops and sides.

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For Winter’s winter themed embroidery, I started with a pinecone and added a mix of evergreen and holly.

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Interested in a custom birth announcement of your own or for a gift? Contact me for more information!

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