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.
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!
What’s on your hoop today?
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!
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!
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!
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!
Here’s the whole wall in action:
I’m thinking of offering these in the shop…what do you think? Is this something you would want in your home?
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:
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.
My hope is to actually find some cool frame, paint it black if needed, and hang this above our family picture.
Here is my entry for the Covered in Stitches embroidery contest. The object was to take a book and stitch a “cover” for it. Where the Wild Things Are wasn’t my first choice. But after struggling for a couple of days with my first attempt, I opted to try something new. I’ve always loved this book and so have my kids.
I thought about doing one big cover illustration for it, but after working on some other big embroidery projects, I decided I wanted to do something small. So, I opted for three four inch hoops that tell a couple of different parts of the story.
Max and the boat: This is probably my favorite one. I love how the boat turned out. It’s always such a joy when something that you pictured in your head actually comes together as you saw it in your head! Max is stitched with a split stitch, as are the waves. I attached the felt sails with a blanket stitch and the rest of it is stitched with a plain back stitch.
Wild Thing and Max: I’m still kind of amazed at how the Wild Thing turned out. I ended up doing his stripes the same way I did the shirt for my gnome dude. I did his scales in a split stitch, which I’m not 100 percent thrilled with. The Wild Thing’s hair is a rope stitch, that honestly just about killed my fingers, but was so much fun to see come together! Max’s costume is stitched with a split stitch.
…and it was still hot: I knew starting out that my last hoop was going to be this last line of the book. I opted for just a back stitch, stem stitch and split stitch.
There it is…wish me luck!
The August Stitch Along is coming along quite well. I keep thinking I’m done sewing another bird and then I decided to do just one more. Here is a glimpse of the progress:
I’m still thinking this is going to be a skirt with some sort of ruffle or something along the bottom… more like a little A-line skirt for my chick or maybe for etsy. We’ll see.
Talking of etsy. I’ve updated the shop again. From now until October 31, 2011 you can get free shipping on any hand embroidered item in the shop. Just enter the code FREEFALLSHIP.
I am also working on a handful of new items to add. In the coming weeks look forward to seeing some boutique clothes for older girls (think ages five through ten) and also some fun embroidered wall hangings (along the lines of these that are all over Pinterest).
check me out…the biggest picture on the page.
a much needed sewing ego boost for sure!
thanks feeling stitchy!
and here’s the plan for the August Stitch Along. I must admit, when I read the guidelines for this month I was a bit intimidated and wasn’t even going to do it. But, since one of my goals is to start stretching my embroidering wings I figured I would have a go at it. This is Alexander Henry’s Starling fabric and it’s going to be a skirt (maybe even double layered) with embroidered accents when it’s all said and done.
It’s been slow going and hard to get “into it”, but as I saw this little guy finally take shape yesterday I got kind of excited. That’s what I love about embroidery: watching your creation come to life and take on a life of it’s own.
Now, here’s hoping I get it done before Sunday!