December 6, 2019

Project a Month: Jenny Blair Owl Kit


I've had my eye on this Jenny Blair Owl Kit ever since I first saw it on Jenny's Instagram account - it is just lovely! I am quite behind on my monthly projects - this should have been October's - so I am hoping for a quick stitch on this one.


There are two versions of this kit, one with black fabric, and one with gray fabric (as above). After much deliberation, I chose the black, as it looked quite dramatic and unique compared to anything I'd done yet this year...

Project a Month October

There is something so lovely about this design, isn't there? My reason for choosing this pattern was a wonderful, vivid memory of joy I had from last year, in October when I was on chemotherapy. It was a cold night, and I was having trouble sleeping - I heard a strange barking sound high up in a nearby tree - I stepped out into the cool night air to see the large, mysterious shape of an owl, hooting back at me! It was truly magical, and such a comforting moment of beauty in a difficult time, so I chose this pattern to remember that moment forever. :)

About the kit

This is a lovely, well-designed kit - the hoop is nice and sturdy, and the screen printed fabric is very nice to work with, as it is so difficult to do a good transfer on dark fabric. The included needle is small and very sharp - I'll be using it for my stitching!

Project a Month October

The directions are very thorough - with suggestions for stitches to use in each area, and a nice, clear photo of the finished project. If you stitch the kit as Jenny suggests, you'll have a nice sampler of stitches done by the end.

As for myself, I am still on a stem stitching high after finishing my Gimena Romero class pattern, so I chose to do all the branches and leaves in stem stitch...

Project a Month October

I love that the threads are already cut in perfect lengths for stitching, so you don't have to fuss with tangling skeins or winding them onto bobbins - this would be a good, small travel project for a plane.

Here is my stitching so far!

Project a Month October

If you would like to stitch along (or get this wonderful kit for a friend), this is the Owl Kit by Jenny Blair. More 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!

December 2, 2019

Project a Month: Gimena Romero stem stitch class


And I'm finished with the Gimena Romero final project! Believe me, there were times I never thought this days would come - it was very slow going for me at 2 months, but the result was very satisfying! As I mentioned previously, this was the Técnica de bordado con paso atrás class by Gimena Romero on Domestika - the class and site are in Spanish, but there are English subtitles.

I cannot recommend this class enough! I thought I knew how to stem stitch (and that I didn't enjoy it) but there is something so informative about plunging into all the variations on the construction of this stitch that Gimena provides. I found myself enjoying this stitch so much more as I practiced it, and came to understand its architecture.

Threads I used

DMC perle cotton size 8: Ecru, 315, 503, 704, 754, 817, 922, 930, 950

Finished stem stitch class project

I also thought I didn't enjoy stitching with perle cotton threads - I've used them pretty sparingly over the years - but experimenting with size 8 perle cotton threads completely changed my perspective! They offer a marvelous sheen and texture that builds and builds...

When I last left you a month ago, I was about halfway through...

Gimena Romero class progress

I added a couple more shades to my original palette as I went along...

Gimena Romero class progress

Gimena Romero class progress

When I came to the hand, I stitched the outline in backstitch, just as Gimena had prescribed in her directions...

progress on Gimena Romero embroidery

progress on Gimena Romero embroidery

I loved the ghostly effect of the outline, unfilled, and could very well have left it like that...

Finished stem stitch class project

But I chose to fill the shape with stem stitch, and I think I like both effects. I actually used a lighter peach shade for the hand than I did for the peach roses - 950 - but the colors read almost exactly the same in the finished project.

Finished stem stitch class project

Thank you for following along in the snail paced progress on this one! Stay tuned for my next project later this week!

Finished stem stitch class project

Previous posts:
Stem stitch class progress
Stem stitch class first post

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, 2019

Project a Month: Stem Stitch class progress


Well, I am finally making headway with my Gimena Romero stem stitch class! As I mentioned in my previous post, this is a Domestika online class in Spanish (English subtitles are available).

Stem stitch class progress

It was great fun filling in the largest colored section in this piece - the greenery, even if it was quite time-consuming.

What drew me to this piece was the lovely texture that carefully layered stem stitch provides, added to the wonderful sheen and texture the size 8 pearl cotton already has...

Stem stitch class progress

My next favorite section in this pattern is that large, central rose. I was captivated by Gimena's red rose, so I decided not to stray too far, using DMC 817 for mine.

Instead of outlining with a lighter shade as Gimena did, I outlined with a wine color - I wasn't sure I liked it until I finished the entire rose. It's subtle, but definitely adds something to it, I think.

Stem stitch class progress

The central 3 petals of the rose, I used a new technique Gimena demonstrates in the class, a stem stitch that is worked on the surface, with a raised texture - I worked mine too tightly, so you don't see much contrast in mine...

Stem stitch class progress

Next I tackled the leaves underneath the large rose... I experimented with a light teal (left) and a very pale blue, which reads as white (right). I added a dark blue outline to add some further contrast and interest... I like how it came out.

Stem stitch class progress

One thing I am enjoying about this piece is seeing how the light blue of my fabric "changes" the colors of my threads.

I'm enjoying experimenting and finding color combinations I wouldn't ordinarily use...

Stem stitch class progress

Another thing that fascinates me is how different colors look from daytime to night time...

Stem stitch class progress

Here it is in dayight:
Stem stitch class progress

Stem stitch class progress

It is neither easy nor fast to stitch in concentric lines of stem stitch, but so satisfying to look at, I think!

I am running quite behind, although I LOVE this class. I am debating starting another project, to keep to my one project a month schedule... we shall see!

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!

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!

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