June 13, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday: In Bloom

 Wonderful Wednesday 59 - Free In Bloom pattern by Jess Wariorka as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! It's been awhile since I've posted, and I thought a Wonderful Wednesday post was in order - today I am featuring a free pattern called In Bloom by Jess Wariorka that is available on the DMC site. I'll be honest, I wasn't immediately a fan of this pattern, although it's been very popular and stitched in so many creative and lovely ways, but my perspective on it has changed significantly in the past month.

As you all may know, who have followed this embroidery blog throughout the years, I tend to be a very private person because I have never wanted this blog to be about "me" per se, and always preferred it to be about crafting and embroidery. Aside from the fact that I love to embroider, and that my hands have gotten less attractive over the years, you probably don't know much about me, and I am fine with that! The camaraderie we've shared with each other over a love of crafting has always been enough for me.

But today, I feel it is finally necessary to tell you why exactly I've been quiet lately - I have breast cancer, a few weeks ago I had a mastectomy surgery on the affected breast, and I will be starting on chemotherapy next month. My cancer is hormone positive, and I have a very good prognosis for survival and recovery. This is actually my second time around with breast cancer - my first diagnosis was in 2015.

I've struggled with whether or not to share this with all of you, who don't know me personally, but I feel that it's time. My prognosis is very good, so I am doing my best to stay hopeful - my faith in God has carried me through this far, and I know it will continue to do so. I just wanted you to know why I might be quiet from time to time - my goal is to keep up with this blog as much as possible, but as I always share with any of the bloggers who volunteer with us - "life comes first!"

This pattern has begun to mean so much more to me after my surgery - when I first saw it, I felt a negative connotation which has since disappeared. Now, when I look at this pattern, I see the beauty of my own body, both before and after surgery. I see positive growth, inside and and out. I was never very proud of my breasts, which were always quite small and unremarkable, and I never could relate to women who were proud of their breasts, or who found them to be a large part of their identity. But as you all know who have had breast cancer, your relationship to your breasts and body changes when you lose one. Now, I see the beauty of us all, as women, a beauty that should be celebrated in ourselves.

I want to tell any of you who are going through breast cancer, or cancer or illness of any kind, that you are not alone. I hope this pattern and my story brings you hope and inspires you to craft and appreciate everything that you are. I'll continue to share bits of my progress when I feel up to it. I  just thought it was time to share this with you, and I wanted to offer encouragement to any of you undergoing a similar tough time. Love you all, my crafting friends!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

May 11, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Colly Bird

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! Apologies for my late post in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong - I have had a few health issues lately which kept me from adhering to my stitching schedule last month. The good news is I'll have some recovery time later this month, which will hopefully mean: more stitching! Up above you see my the results of my efforts on the Colly Bird pattern by Mmmcrafts. And yes, that's Colly Bird, although you may have heard "calling bird" as well, Larissa explains a bit of history on the song, in this post on her blog.

Here's how the set of first 4 patterns is looking so far:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I did a few things differently in my stitching, as I've mentioned before, I like to "wing it" with Larissa's patterns. :) I've once again left out the little bead on the bottom - why? Maybe just laziness? :) On the eye, I chose to use a sequin and bead, instead of a French knot.

I also cut a small oval shape for the eye area, instead of stitching around the eye:

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I added a little bit of extra stitching to visually "join" the tail section to the rest of the body:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Once again, I used metallic DMC threads, and a similar palette of felt and thread colors. All of the felt came from the Benzie Design felt bundle for Partridge and Pear, and that heathered light blue on the wings comes from their Healthered collection.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

A funny thing I am discovering as I stitch these is that sometimes I prefer the look of the ornament before I stuff it (particularly the birds). Maybe my stuffing method is just clumsy, but I feel it really changes the charm of the design when it's stuffed. I might experiment with stitching some "flat" versions of these, at some point. What do you think?


JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html. Next up is Gold Ring! Let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

        #1-2: Partridge and Pear; Turtle Dove;                  #3: French Hen

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

April 30, 2018

Free Handmade Tattoo Embroidery Pattern: Dream a Little Bigger


This week I am featuring a free pattern from the Dream a Little Bigger blog by Allison Murray.

Click here to be taken directly to the Handmade tattoo pattern and start stitching it now!!

For more from Allison - check out her Instagram and the Dream a Little Bigger blog for so many crafty ideas - including this great idea for DIY embroidery hoop orbs...



Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

April 16, 2018

Stitch On (Free Pattern!): Flamingo Toes

Stitch On Free Embroidery Pattern Feature Flamingo Toes


When I came across this really cute free "Stitch On" embroidery pattern from the Flamingo Toes website, I knew I wanted to feature it here!

Click on this link for the free pattern - and full stitching instructions - including DMC thread color suggestions.

For more from Bev at Flamingo Toes - check out her Instagram, and the Flamingo Toes website for all things embroidery, sewing, crochet, etc.

Oh - and the Flamingo Toes Designs shop for embroidery and quilt patterns!


Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

April 2, 2018

Silk Ribbon Daffodils Tutorial: Hearty Craft



This week I am featuring a great silk ribbon daffodil tutorial I found on the Hearty Craft blog.

Click here to be taken directly to the the daffodil tutorial.

Hearty Craft is run by Zinaida Kazban - check out her Instagram for amazing embroidery, the Shop for hand-dyed silk ribbons, and the blog for even more silk ribbon embroidery tutorials!






Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

March 31, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: French Hen

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

It's a wrap on the French Hen! Let me take you back two weeks previous, when I first began...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This messy progress shot gives a good idea of just how many threads and bits and needles are in play at any given moment...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I started off with the flower shape on the wing in another color, then changed my mind to this darker felt.

I sewed it on using 1 strand of metallic silver thread, which let me say can at times be disastrous, as you can see in the next photo...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Use short lengths of metallic thread, work slowly and carefully, and realize you can still have a mess! Deep breaths, the side not seen is not so important. Just wanted to show you my back, so you don't get frustrated when this happens to you. :)

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This photo reflects a full day of stitching, along with a few of the threads I used in the little teacup. I tend to find recurring colors around me as an unconscious source of inspiration in my stitching.

So, if you're uninspired in color selection, surround yourself with a few beautiful things you find inspiring, you'll never know what can happen!

This morning I was just about finished. All that was left was to add the gold pearl cotton to hang the hen, and stuff the shape and close it up...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I am glad I remembered to add the hanging thread before I sewed her up - I almost didn't, and that would have made things much trickier!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Although the French hen wasn't particularly hard to put together, I did find myself wondering at times if I was doing it right. With the wattle, comb, and little pantaloon-looking shapes above the feet, there are a lot more little pieces in play to sew and sandwich together.

Larissa's tip to use glue to hold the pieces together is perfect, but I'm too impatient to wait for glue to dry, so I haven't done that yet. I'm also messy, and could easily picture myself making a gunky mess of my sewing. :)

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I'm also fairly sure I botched the feet a bit, but I chose not to dwell on that tiny part of the process, instead enjoying the overall project. It's really fun to stitch these once a month, as it gives me time to really think about the colors and not get too frustrated working towards a deadline...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Here they all are together - I'm really enjoying how the colors are all coming together - I'm using the same shades of felt and threads on each piece, for the most part, for a few more details on the metallic threads I'm using, check out my previous post!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Join the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong!

Are you inspired yet? Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. Don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html. Next month is Colly Bird! Let's stitch!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

March 23, 2018

Feeling Random Friday No. 10 with Bobby Pin Bandit


Happy Friday, my stitchy friends! Do you have some fun stitchy plans for the weekend? I've been working on getting my embroidery floss organized. It's been a much bigger job than I anticipated, but I'm getting there. :)

Let's take a look at Bobby Pin Bandit today! I've followed Kristen for a couple of years now, and love her style. She embroiders and sews and more often than not combines the two - like in the picture above. What a gorgeous tote bag!! Her Instagram feed is always filled with such bright and colorful photos. It's a true pleasure for me when I see one of her pics pop up. And I love how Kristen is so quick to support other makers.

Below you can see some of my favorite projects from her feed. Click on them to go straight to her Instagram.





Hi, I'm Amy - Hi, I'm Amy. I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. I'm a hand embroiderer and maker.

You can find my embroidery and crafts on:
Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Facebook

March 19, 2018

MooshieStitch Monday: Goldwork Daisy Part 3

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy



In case you missed it, check out Part One and Part Two of my Goldwork Daisy series.

Todays' post will be what I learned from the following video:

Part 5: Cutwork and Finished Piece

The cutwork technique is used to add veins on the leaves. In the video, Sarah uses both bright check purl and wire check purl for the veins, but I decided to just use wire check purl.

Wire check purl thread is very similar to the bright check purl - but it is less shiny. More on the different purl threads can be found here.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Then it was on to finishing the flower petals.

The remaining three petals are stitched with couched down Japanese thread (the same technique as the flower stem) and I used a purple thread for the couching stitches. I really like the way the different color thread looks with the gold.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

I added one couched row of pearl purl in the very middle petal and then bright check purl chips  randomly within the other petals.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

This is where I didn't follow the exact instruction Sarah gave in the video. She adds more couched Japanese thread rows in the petals, but I thought I would try something different and I wanted to practice couching more pearl purl.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

I will say again that I really liked this goldwork kit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn goldwork.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Thanks so much for following along with this series!

One last time before you ... 

This goldwork kit is the Golden Daisy by Sarah Homfray.

Be sure to check out Sarah's Instagram , subscribe to her YouTube Channel for lots of video tutorials, and go to her website where you can shop all things embroidery, including kits and supplies.



Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

March 16, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Mmm Crafts Stitchalong

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! I'm excited to finally unveil the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong for all of you! This stitchalong is for anyone who has ever gotten to Christmas and realized they have no time left for Christmas stitching, or for people who wish Christmas could somehow, magically last all year. Well, it can! I am a huge fan of Larissa Holland's beautiful Christmas ornaments patterns - and I have religiously stitched her Snow Bird pattern each year for my friends and family. In honor of her completion of the Twelve Days Ornaments Patterns, I thought I'd stitch up each one for you to see, and hopefully inspire you to stitch along with me!

This stitchalong is totally voluntary and no-pressure - to join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. You don't have to stitch all 12, of course, but she is doing a special pricing for a bundle of all 12 patterns, if you are interested. I believe Larissa's patterns are well worth the price - they are beautifully designed, with lovely stitch guides and color photos.

I will do at least 2 posts per month here, with a few photos of my process, as well as sharing anyone who has left a link to their blog or Instagram showing off their Twelve Days patterns progress. You can ask questions, brainstorm, or just feel happy and Christmas-y and admire. Ready? Here we go!


#1 - Partridge & Pear

For the first pattern, Partridge & Pear, I chose some bright colors from the Benzie Design felt which Larissa suggests using:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I never feel too pressured to use the typical red and green in my Christmas stitching, choosing instead shades I can enjoy all year. I used lots of satin and metallic threads - the shiny pink on the pear center is DMC satin floss (a pain to work with, but worth it) and the thin, shiny silver on the partridge wing is DMC metallic sewing thread. Instead of using running stitch, I did a fair amount of couching - that's my tip for working with hard to handle metallic threads - couch them instead of stitching with them.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I'm not confident of my French knots - so instead of a French knot for the partridge eye, I stitched 2 sequins, using a bead to hold them in place (a technique I learned from Larissa's Snow Bird pattern).

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I think I went a bit too thin on the lettering on the back, but onwards and upwards! I'll be using at least 4 strands for lettering from now on...

#2- Turtle Dove

For pattern #2 - Turtle Dove, I again used lots of metallic and satin threads:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

The blue running stitch on the Turtle Dove breast and wing is DMC satin floss, and I again used 1 strand of DMC silver metallic sewing thread on the wing and neck band.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I didn't have Sulky Fabri-Solvy on hand, so instead I am stitching over tracing paper, which is laborious to pick out, but otherwise works fine. This time I used 4-6 strands of floss for the lettering, and it stood out much better, don't you think?

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I chose not to add the bead for the foot, mainly so I could speed on to the next ornament. Although my stitching of the bird's beak looks a bit wonky to me, I am overall quite happy with my Turtle Dove!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

#3 - French Hen

For pattern #3 - French Hen, I cut out my pieces and started on my stitching. Can't wait to show you my finish later this month!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Join the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong!

Remember, joining up in this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. Don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html. Let's stitch!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

February 26, 2018

MooshieStitch Monday: Goldwork Daisy Part 2

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

In case you missed it, check out Part One of my Goldwork Daisy series.

Next up will be couching the flower stem with gold Japanese thread and leaves with silver Rococco thread.

Todays' post will be what I learned from the following video:

Part 4: Couching Gold Threads

Here is a photo of the Japanese thread that was included in the daisy kit and the sewing thread I used to couch it.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

The Japanese thread has a main thread core with a metal foil wrapped around it - which will unwrap at the ends if you are not too careful! Click here for more information on Japanese threads.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

To stitch the stem of the flower, you couch down two gold Jap threads at a time. You want to cut them longer than the length you need because to finish off the ends, you will be "plunging" the thread through the fabric to the back....

See the photo below - I left a lot of length on my ends, which Sarah explains in the video is good for beginners until you get used to it.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Let me just say as a goldwork newbie, plunging the threads is so intimidating at first! I watched the video over and over again before I attempted it. Sarah shows the lasso technique on how to plunge the threads through the fabric - and I highly suggest watching the video to see it done if you are unfamiliar (skip to minute 12:30 to jump right to the plunging!)

Here are my first few threads of the stem after plunging on the front side...

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

My first thread I accidentally pulled through too far and it came out of the couching on the other end! After a mild panic attack - I very gently pulled it back through to the front - but it was no longer couched at the bottom. So when I eventually added my next rows of Jap threads, I added a couple couching stitches to fix the mistake.

Once you pull them through to the back of the fabric, you need to then stitch down the ends and trim them up. Here is so far what the back looked like.


I then needed to repeat those steps of couching down additional threads to fill the entire stem. You will see below I left very long end tails to plunge to the back.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Here is the stem complete and the ends plunged and finished!

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Next was couching silver plated Rococco thread with a silver colored sewing thread for the leaves.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

The Rococco thread is very different from the Japanese thread. It is like a thin metal wire wrapped around a main thread core, has a wavy appearance, and is more stiff. (More on Rococco threads here)

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Again, I left long ends of thread for plunging. I found Rococco to be more difficult to plunge also - I am guessing since it is thicker and stiffer?? I actually used a larger crewel needle to poke a hole in the fabric to make it easier to plunge the Rococco thread through.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Here is the back of the fabric after all my ends have been sewn down. I will admit this is my least favorite part of goldwork so far! I thought it would be the plunging - it does get easier each time you do it - but then having to finish off the ends on the back of the fabric - it is very time consuming! I can't imagine doing this step on large goldwork pieces ... but I understand that it needs to be done.

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

There you have it - my golden daisy with my first couched gold threads!

Goldwork Daisy Part 2 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

To be continued.....see you next time for Part Three ... but before you go...

This goldwork kit is the Golden Daisy by Sarah Homfray.

Be sure to check out Sarah's Instagram , subscribe to her YouTube Channel for lots of video tutorials, and go to her website where you can shop all things embroidery, including kits and supplies.

Thanks for following along!




Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

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