September 27, 2019

Project a Month: Stem Stitch Class with Gimena Romero

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

Folks, I apologize for my lateness this month, but I am excited to report that I am finally stitching on this month's Project a Month! This month, I am stitching along with the Domestika class by Gimena Romero called Técnica de bordado con paso atrás, in Spanish.

Paso Atrás are the Spanish words for Stem stitch. I mentioned Gimena's class previously, and how much I enjoyed it, and how it taught me that I was doing the stem stitch "wrong" before.


I was fascinated by Gimena's beautiful, unique embroidery pattern, the vibrant colors she chose, the rich texture of her stitches, her fabric choice of wool, and just everything about this gorgeous class. If you are not a Spanish speaker, Domestika does provide English subtitles on this class, and I highly recommend it!

I purchased this Domestika class on my own, this is not a sponsored post.


Choosing My Materials

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Light blue quilting cotton

First, I picked my thread - Gimena uses size 8 perle cotton in her stitching, and it adds such a lovely finish, so I knew I wanted to try that. I ordered a small batch on Ebay, then chose 7 colors that spoke to me.

Next, was fabric - I didn't have that beautiful dove gray wool Gimena used, but regardless, I would have wanted to try something different. The problem was, I liked just about every fabric option I found!

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Mustard linen

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Heather gray linen

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Chestnut brown

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Navy / dark gray linen

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Teal linen

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero
Pink linen

They all had something going for them and I just could not decide!

Then, there's lighting - under fluorescent light that chestnut brown looked yellower and the mustard looked olive:

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

But I finally decided! Heather gray linen, was my choice. I liked that it was neutral and looked good under fluorescent and natural lighting.

Transferring the Pattern

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

I whipped out my trusty Aunt Martha's transfer pencil, it's never failed me yet...

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

But folks, it failed me for the first time! I have been using this pencil forever, but I guess I've never tried it on linen before. I had a travel iron, but although it was small, it was very hot. I could not get the darn thing to transfer, as you see above. I tried another linen and got an even worse result.

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

So, light blue quilting cotton it was! As you can see, the image transferred very lightly, but at least I could make it out.

Thank you all for the MANY helpful suggestions of transferring methods you gave me on Instagram!

Stitching the Design

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

I started my stitching, and have been working at it, bit by bit. I love Gimena's technique of side by side layers of stem stitches - it looks so sleek and beautiful...

Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

Here is my progress so far:
Stem stitch class with Gimena Romero

I'm loving this project, and as you can see, I'll have to continue it into next month, to finish it.

Why I took so long to start

Why did this project take so long to get going? I've been stitching so consistently all year! I began taking Tamoxifen, as prescribed to prevent a recurrence of breast cancer, and the side effects were debilitating. I've put the medication on pause while I consult with my doctor - looking back I can see I wasn't myself, I was miserable, and I was totally unproductive. Sorry for this aside, but I wanted to be upfront with why I was so quiet.

Stitch along on Domestika

I'm really looking forward to seeing what I'll do with this design. As always, feel free to stitch along with me, by taking Gimena's class Técnica de bordado con paso atrás on Domestika. More updates on my stitching progress soon!


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!

August 23, 2019

About this month

weaving

Hello friends, my hands have been busy this month, just not necessarily with embroidery. Earlier this month I happened upon weaving when trying to come up with a craft for teens when helping my sister with Vacation Bible School.

It was a fortuitous discovery, as I had a death in my extended family- we lost my aunt, and spending time with my huge family from Texas and Mexico was wonderful and overwhelming. I took my rudimentary weaving with me and it helped calm me.

That same weekend, the shooting in El Paso occurred- Texas is big, but anything that happens on the border or in my state feels close to home. My heart had been heavy for some time with what was happening at the border, the detained families and children.

The pain of the shooting in El Paso flooded my heart with sadness. Texas is my home. I am Mexican American. This man wasn't killing indiscriminately. This man was hunting people who looked like me and my family.

Posting anything this month, just didn't feel right. I had one scheduled post, featuring Tamar, and I left it at that. I've spent the rest of this month praying, thinking, and mourning. And weaving. It has been calming and therapeutic in a time where everything feels so unhinged.

I know there is hope, and I know we as a country can do better. But this month, I am quiet, at a loss for words, and deep in thought.

I grew up in my father's church, a small one room sanctuary with a handful of wooden pews, with everything sung and spoken in Spanish.

The last video is a song I remember from that time, sung at my aunt's funeral - the piano is played by my cousin and the lovely soprano you can hear is my mom's voice:

"Maravilloso es, maravilloso es, cuando pienso que Dios me ama a mi." 
"How marvelous it is, how marvelous it is, when I think of how God loves me." 

Listening to this song has provided me with comfort and healing in these confusing times.

I hope to resume my Project a Month posts next month.

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!

August 7, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #78: Tamar Nahi Yanai

Wonderful Wednesday 78 - Tamar Nahir Yanai Cats and Houseplants embroidery kit as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Tamar's artwork and embroidery patterns are so charming - like this Cats and Houseplants Embroidery Kit. I've featured Tamar numerous times on Feeling Stitchy - because her work just has a uniqueness and cozy feel. Delightful!


Discount Codes for Feeling Stitchy Readers!

I had this post planned and ready to publish when Tamar just happened to contact me! She generously offered a discount code to her shop for Feeling Stitchy readers!

10% off - TAMAR10PFS
15% off when you buy 2 items or more - TAMAR15PFS

Thank you Tamar! Be sure to check out out Tamar's shop and use those discount codes! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TamarNahirYanai.

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!

July 30, 2019

Project a Month - Completed Linladan Circle Kit

Proejct a Month Linladan Circle Kit as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report my Linladan Circle Kit is finished!

I really enjoyed this kit, let me take you through some moments of my stitching...

Linen kit by Linladan

When I last checked in with you, I was less than halfway done. I looked at my linen skeins dubiously, wondering if I would have enough to finish such a large project... Do you know that feeling? I bet you do!

Linen kit by Linladan

But I kept plugging away, doing my best to keep my color selections random, and limited to the skeins I had, as as not to make it too busy. I used just about every stitch in my repertoire, so it was fun to just do something different each time if I wanted to...

Linen kit by Linladan

Stem Stitch Inspiration

I became very inspired by a Stem stitch class by Gimena Romero on Domestika last week, which gave me that extra boost to finish! The class is Spanish language, but it is subtitled in English, if you'd like to check it out.

Linen kit by Linladan

I'm not sure how I learned to stem stitch originally, but I recently learned I was doing it "wrong." The Domestika class really helped me grasp how to really refine what I was doing, and I used the rest of this kit to practice!

Linen kit by Linladan

Linen kit by Linladan

Which meant much neater stem stitch than I'd ever done before!

Linen kit by Linladan

Here was a check-in I did on Instagram, a bit more than halfway done...

Linen kit by Linladan

And here was a bit more progress...

Linen kit by Linladan

Getting close to done...

Linen kit by Linladan

And here was my finish!
Linen kit by Linladan

Threads Used

Remember when I was stressing about having enough linen thread to complete my kit? Tanja from Linladan did a perfect estimate - with the skeins she included, I had more than enough!

Linen kit by Linladan

I used up 2 linen skeins (medium teal and silvery beige), used most of 2 more (yellow, and dark teal), and a small amount of DMC 504, which was the only floss I added to my kit.

Linen kit by Linladan

Stitches Used

In terms of stitches used, it was the kitchen sink - a little bit of everything!

Linen kit by Linladan

Stem stitch, couching, split stitch, chain stitch, French knots, back stitch, satin stitch, blanket stitch, and whatever you want to call this wavy, woven stitch I pulled out of my hat:

Linen kit by Linladan

The colors, the textures, the linen, it all just sings to me...

Linen kit by Linladan

I love the look of all the different textures coming together, and how perfectly random it is.

Linen kit by Linladan

Stitching with Linen threads

A few considerations when stitching with line threads: these threads are quite distinct to cotton floss, as I mentioned in my previous post. You will need a needle with a large eye, to keep this comparatively bulky thread from wearing down as it passes through your fabric.

Linen threads have a thick and thin, organic look to them - they don't lay completely flat, and you will notice they kind of do their own thing. But that's part of the charm of stitching with them - you can forget about perfectionism, and just embrace its random, organic feel instead...

Linen kit by Linladan

I hope you enjoyed following along with this project as much as I enjoyed stitching it!

About Linladan

Once again, I highly recommend Tanja's shop Linladan - as you see from my stitching, Tanja's kits are beautiful and vibrant, colors, vintage threads and fabrics are excellently put together, with a natural feel for color and texture. Stop by Tanja's shop if you'd like to stitch a bit of Swedish history for yourself!

Ready for August Project a Month? Coming soon!

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!

July 24, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #77 - SeptemberHouse

Wonderful Wednesday 77 - Septemberhouse Calendar Kit on Etsy as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

In case you're not on Corinne's mailing list - there's a new 2020 Calendar Kit available now from SeptemberHouse! You'll want to jump on this purchase, as Corinne's kits tend to sell out!

I really love her use of purple in this one, and the way she's spelled out 2020 - it looks so grand and formal.

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!

July 16, 2019

Stunning Stitches winner!

We have our winner in the giveaway for Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy


If you didn't win this time, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.


This lucky person will receive a free digital copy!


I have done some embroidery and quilting. I have tried to make a crazy quilt but I didn't get very far. I took one of Kathy's online classes and it is very inspirational.

Shasta, please email me at unafloresita@gmail.com so we can get you your book!

Thank you to Kathy for making this blog hop and giveaway possible, and for writing such a wonderful stitching resource!

Don't forget Kathy is giving away one more digital download on her blog today, so you have one more chance to win: https://www.shawkl.com/

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!

July 15, 2019

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts Blog Hop!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hello all, I am pleased to have Feeling Stitchy to be one of the last spots on the blog hop for Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw! Kathy sent me a free copy of this book, as well as a digital download, so I can assure you they are both equally stunning.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Just so you know, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.

Kathy is also doing a giveaway on this post - so stick around to win a digital copy of this truly stunning book!

Kathy Shaw teaches Crazy Quilt and Embroidery techniques on her site - you'll want to visit her for one more chance to win a copy of this book on her blog tomorrow: https://shawkl.com.

Now, some of you may be thinking - quilting? Crazy quilting? What does that have to do with embroidery? Crazy quilting remains a technique I have yet to try. But whether you are new to crazy quilting, seasoned, or have no intention of ever crazy quilting - this book is a wonderful title for you to explore!

Let's have a look inside!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

One of the strengths of this book, and what I know will interest all embroiderers, are the wonderful stitch templates!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

These stitch templates are easy to photocopy or print (I'll show you how I used mine later on) and they provide a very helpful framework for where your needle should go in and out of the fabric to achieve a perfect stitch.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

If you are a crazy quilter - these designs can be stitched on the borders of your fabric pieces to embellish them, and Kathy gives excellent instructions on placement.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

There are 36 stitch templates in all - with her directions they are all easy to achieve. I found myself drawn to stitches I had tried in the past, but wasn't happy with - like herringbone and feather stitch...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Kathy provides full instructions for using each of these stitch templates, so there is no guessing at all!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Now, here is the stunning part - using those base stitch templates, Kathy has created 480 different designs!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Each design is very carefully illustrated, and is a wonderful springboard to creativity!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

For each design, Kathy includes a detailed color-coded line drawing, stitches, and suggested materials used.

There are also stitched examples so you can know exactly what your finished stitching could look like!

My stitching

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I decided to explore a stitch I've never been comfortable with - feather stitch - and see if I could improve my stitching with the stitch templates...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I printed my templates on regular copy paper, then cut and taped them into place on my fabric. I used a large, thick needle to punch holes in every dot...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Then I used a chalk pencil to color in each dot on my fabric - you could also use a water soluble pen or heat erasable marker...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

A few hours later, I was stunned to see the neatest feather stitches I'd ever attempted!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Then, using Kathy's seam designs as inspiration, I began adding embellishments...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Here are my three experiments with the templates - as you see I used templates 2, 3, and 4, stitching one unembellished row, and one embellished one.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I had SO MUCH FUN with this project! Now you see why I would recommend this book to any stitcher, beginning or advanced - quilter or non-quilter - there are so many different ideas contained in this book to inspire your embroidery and embellishments.

Kathy has done an incredible job with this book, and I highly recommend it - if you're looking to improve your stitching, your crazy quilting, or just looking for some creative exercises, this book will do the job!

The Giveaway!

Kathy is giving away 1 free digital download of this book to 1 lucky winner on this blog!

To enter - leave a comment on this post and tell us: are you a crazy quilter, embroiderer, neither, or both? We will draw 1 winner and announce them soon!

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!

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