November 24, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #5 with The Needlework Finisher


I hope that all of my stitchy friends in the United States had a terrific Thanksgiving yesterday! Today is the day known as "Black Friday" here, and it's one of the biggest shopping days of the year! This year my husband and I decided not to purchase Christmas gifts for anyone...a strangely scary yet liberating feeling. Since our pup Sidney has cancer, his treatment has taken up all of our extra money, so we will be making our gifts this year.

I was looking at Instagram to find some ideas and came across @theneedleworkfinisher, Diana Sagmoe. I tried needlework once, and I was pleased with the results. After seeing the beautiful pieces in Diana's feed, I realized it's an art I need to add more of to my stitching. You can find Diana on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Here are some of my favorites from her Instagram account.





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

November 22, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday 56: Lolli and Grace

Wonderful Wednesday 56 - Lolli and Grace,  featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

This beautiful Home Sweet Home pattern by Lolli and Grace is such a holiday for my eyes. I love watching this designer's marvelous sense of color at work, and this latest pattern is no exception. There are so many beautiful new stitches you can try out, and her use of unusual textures and details is lovely.

I'm also loving This Home is Built on Love and Dreams, another PDF pattern in her shop:

This Home is Built on Love and Dreams pattern by Lolli and Grace
If it's holiday patterns you're wanting, there are plenty of adorable, colorful items to be found in her shop, like this lovely Joy to the World pattern:

Joy to the World pattern by Lolli and Grace

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!

November 17, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #4 with Le Kadre

Photo credit: Le Kadre Facebook Page

I have a special treat for you today, my stitchy friends! I went down a rabbit hole on Instagram the other day and found this delightful couple! Elin and Charles, who are recently engaged, share a love for each other, and for hand embroidery. Elin is Swedish and Charles is French, and their nationalities, cultures, and world travels come across in their artwork. They teach workshops and also have a monthly pattern program on their website, Le Kadre. Here is Elin's Instagram, @petronella.art, Charles' Instagram, @_charleshenry_, and their Facebook Page Le Kadre.

Here are some of my favorite photos from their Instagram feeds. I encourage you to follow both of them!









When my now husband and I were dating, I taught him how to embroider. He was very good at it, and it was a great way for us to spend time together and share a creative outlet. Some time after we were married I asked him if he wanted to do some embroidering with me. His words were, and I repeat them here verbatim, "I already got you (married you), so I don't need to do that anymore!" 😐  I still have hope that I can get him back into doing embroidery with me. Do you and your significant other share a love of stitching?

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

November 15, 2017

Enough

Enough embroidery by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This is a happy blog. Over the years, I've made it my mission to always focus on the positive, to highlight designers that bring me joy and show me a vision of life that is sweeter, kinder, lovelier, and more wonderful. It's what I typically write about every Wednesday - only wonderful things.

I still feel that mission is important, especially in trying and confusing times. I will continue to share wonderful things with you. But I've also been thinking about our role as artistic voices in the world, and sometimes, there are unpleasant things, not wonderful in any way, that need our thoughts as well. We just celebrated a remembrance day to commemorate all the men and women who gave their lives in service to their countries.

I think the people we have lost in America to gun violence deserve a remembrance as well.

As I write this post on Tuesday, there has been another elementary school shooting. Just a little over a week ago, a shooting in a church claimed the lives of 26 people. And in Las Vegas just a month ago, 59 people died and over 500 people were injured. Those who survived will carry the terror of what they've seen with them, for the rest of their lives.

How many more lives must be lost before change can happen in this country?

It's my birthday this week, which always makes me think about my life, my year, what I'm doing, and what I should be doing. It's also made me realize that my entire adult life has been punctuated by ever-increasing acts of violence. If you are over 40, you may remember a time you felt safe from gun violence as a very distant memory, just as I do.

But think about it- children and young people in America can never remember a time they felt safe from gun violence. Everywhere we go, be it church, school, concerts, movies, any public gathering of any kind, we are no longer safe from the threat of gun violence. And yet again and again we hear the same tired arguments that there's nothing we can do, that all we can do is offer thoughts and prayers.

I believe prayers should lead us to actions. I believe our voices count and our words matter.

I use that voice right now to share one word:

Enough.

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!

November 14, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Tiny Textiles

Oringinal artwork by Amy Gross as featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

What do you think of these awesome, minature textile sculptures? They are created by Miami based Fiber Artist, Amy Gross. When talking of her work, Amy says, 'My hand-embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures are my attempt to merge together the natural world and my own inner life. Their symbiosis suggests not only what can be seen, but also what cannot.'

Initially, Amy decided not to use any elements taken directly from nature in the construction of her art, therefore all of the components are artificial. Amy explains that 'If there's a leaf it cannot be a leaf, if there's a twig it can't be a leaf because it's about fake nature and making stuff up ... it's not going to rot or decay.'

Some of the mixed media that Amy uses are: Styrofoam balls, synthetic yarn, plastic beads, paper and photographs. All of the elements are stitched together or connected with glue and many pieces incorporate intensely beaded areas which are extremely time consuming to create.

Here is a fantastic video which gives a greater insight into Amy Gross' work and her inspiration.

Oringinal artwork by Amy Gross as featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Oringinal artwork by Amy Gross as featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Oringinal artwork by Amy Gross as featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Oringinal artwork by Amy Gross as featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

November 10, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #3 with Bugambilo


Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing with you a talented hand embroidery artist named Sol Kesseler who goes by @sol.bugambilo on Instagram. I love the big and bold embroideries she creates! Sol is a talented artist, and she uses her skill to teach others. You can purchase her art here, and she also has a Facebook Page here.

Her work makes me want to create an embroidery of my husband with his epic beard :) Here are a couple of my favorites from 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

November 4, 2017

Saturday Stitches - Namaste Embroidery

I am really loving the sped up stitch videos Jessica of Namaste Embroidery has been posting on Instagram! It is such a treat watching other people stitch, and I always feel like I learn something new from other stitcher's methods.


Be sure to follow Jessica on Instagram to see more stitch video goodness: https://www.instagram.com/namaste_embroidery/

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!

November 1, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #55: Tamar Nahir Yanai

Wonderful Wednesday 55 - Tamir Nahir Yanai featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This beautiful Autumn Leaves Embroidery Kit by Tamar Nahir Yanai is so simple and perfect. There are several options offered by the shop - printed fabric, kit without hoop, or kit with hoop.

These delicate stitches and soft colors are such a wonderful way to remember fall.

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!

October 31, 2017

Stitchy Snippets- Edgy Embroidery

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope you are all feeling spooked! :)

Take a look at this fantastic collection of decorative embroidered skulls and bones by Moonrise Whims. I love the combination of the dark and gruesome with colourful, floral motifs. Renee Rominger, the great mind behind Moonrise Whims, has also published a book full of designs called 'Edgy Embroidery'. You can find out more here.

(Editor's note: By the way, the link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying is one way to support our volunteer reviews - we use funds in our Amazon account for new giveaways and reviews. Would you like us to review this book on Feeling Stitchy? Leave a note in the comments if so!)

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Edgy Embroidery by Renee Rominger of Moonrise Whims

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

October 28, 2017

Spooky Saturday!

Free Spooky Halloween Pattern by Cathy Gaubert for Feeling Stitchy

Hi all - in this last Saturday before the big spooky day, I am re-sharing another gem from a past stitchalong! This Spooky Halloween pattern by Cathy Gaubert is a super adorable.

Here's a roundup of all the different ways this wonderful little pattern was stitched, for inspiration: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2011/10/september-stitch-along-wrap-up.html.

Cathy's blog has since gone on hiatus, but she was happy to hear from us, and happy that her pattern has been shared and loved and stitched so many times. Thank you, Cathy!

I'd like to follow up with a special plea - do you see that sweet little pup in our sidebar? We are still raising money for Amy's sweet dog Sid, who is going through cancer treatment. If you have ever downloaded a free pattern from Feeling Stitchy, won a giveaway, or enjoyed a tutorial or article, we'd be so tickled if you contribute a little something to Amy's fund, no matter how small.

We'd love to let Amy know how important her voice has been here, and online. I know there are so many demands on your income and time, but just a dollar or two from many people adds up! Feeling Stitchy has always been free, we don't advertise, save for doing reviews and features of items we hope you'll like, and we're all volunteers. So please take a minute to support one of our wonderful volunteers, Amy!

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!

October 27, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #2 with Spincushions

Spincushions, a Feeling Random Friday feature by Amy Byrne for Feeling Stitchy

Welcome Back, Stitchy Friends! As promised in my last post, which was also my first Feeling Random Friday, this weekly post will explore all kinds of crafts that use a needle. Today let's take a look at Spincushions. I have followed Shelley on Instagram for a few years. She started out posting about hand embroidery, which later moved into a passion and focus on crochet and knitting. The thing I love best about Shelley's work is how bright and colorful it is with a whole lot of texture thrown in, too.

You can find Shelley on Instagram, her website, and Pinterest.

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

October 26, 2017

Free Needles from Tres Chic Stitchery!

Did you know that Tres Chic Stitchery gives out free embroidery needles? We previously featured one of their beautiful Sajou kits for a giveaway, and we were super-excited to learn about their free needles promotion!

Free Embroidery Needles from Tres Chic Stitchery, as featured on Feeling Stitchy

Visit their site to learn more - thanks for letting us know, Tres Chic!

Free Embroidery Needles from Tres Chic Stitchery, as featured on Feeling Stitchy


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!

October 25, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #54: MLM XOXO

Wonderful Wednesday 54 - MLM XOXO featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

What gorgeous Fall Leaf Embroidery Kits these are by MLM XOXO on Etsy! You may choose from a red leaf duo, acorns, or a dark chestnut leaf and the kits contain: a 4” wood hoop, design drawn on fabric, embroidery floss & needle, grosgrain ribbon, and card stock. I am loving the gorgeous, deep colors used on these!

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!

October 20, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #1 with Embroidology

Embroidology, a Feeling Random Friday feature by Amy Byrne for Feeling Stitchy

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I know I've been gone for a while...I've had some great and not so great events happen in my life, and I needed to take some time to sort my life out. I am so lucky to have an Editor like Floresita who is understanding and supportive.

I was getting a bit burned out on Friday Instagram Finds, and wanted to try my hand at something new. I tossed around some ideas with Floresita and my husband, and it became clear that I wanted to expand from solely focusing on embroiderers and cross stitchers to ANY art/craft with a needle. I also wanted to honor the Feeling Stitchy and my blog's name, Random Acts of Amy, somehow into the title, and thus, Feeling Random Friday was born!

In Feeling Random Fridays, I'll focus on embroiderers, cross stitchers, quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters (I know it's a hook, but needles are sometimes used.), tattooers, you name it - any art or craft that uses a needle. The world is big and varied, so why not try to see as much of it as we can?! If you come across an artist who uses a needle, tag #feelingrandomfriday for me so I can take a look!

Our first feature is @Embroidology! Steph is an ex-neuroscience student turned science embroidery artist. I follow her on Instagram, and love to see her science related works of art. The picture above is the anatomy of a flower, and some of her other pieces are closeups of plant cells, root vascular cells, and microglial cells. I recommend you check out her Instagram feed.

I will see you next week when I'll feature...another amazing needle artist!

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

October 18, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #53: And Other Adventures

Wonderful Wednesday - And Other Adventures featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Now here's a lovely treat you could stitch up in time for Halloween - this simple and elegant Halloween Bat by And Other Adventures on Etsy! It really has a very graceful simplicity going on, and is classy and spooky. You cloud also reverse the image with white thread on a dark background, or maybe glow in the dark thread for a spooky door sign.

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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