January 16, 2018

Stitchy Snippets - Matizes Dumont

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

The artistic collective called Matizes Dumont is formed by a group of artists of the same family from Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. The initial group was formed by 'Mother Dumont' - Antônia Zulma Diniz Dumont and her five children: Ângela, Marilu, Martha, Sávia and Demosthenes. The embroidery circle has since expanded with the participation of the third generation: Luana, Tainah, Maria Helena, Paula and Luíza.

In the words of Matizes Dumont, their 'Free and spontaneous embroidery breaks with the patterns of the original technique; using a mixtures of hues, fabrics, textures and strokes that mirrors visual art... Inspired by nature and diversity of Brazilian culture, they create art of deep delicacy.'

The children started embroidering from an early age and were taught by their mother. The family went on to exhibit and sell their embroidery art and Matizes Dumont was conceived.

In addition to their artistic group they have also formed The Institute for Cultural Promotion Antônia Diniz Dumont - ICAD. The main purpose of the institute is to share ideas and actions focused on culture, education, health and the environment. It is a place where the community of Pirapora, Buritizeiro and neighbouring municipalities in Minas Gerais can express themselves, create and coexist with creativity.

Here is a small collection of their beautiful embroidery.

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Matizes Dumont, 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.

January 12, 2018

Feeling Random Friday #8 with Lauren Tyger


On the second Feeling Random Friday for today I bring you Lauren! My friend Tasha tagged me in the above photo from Lauren's Instagram account, and I'm glad she did. The message, "Embrace the chaos" is one that I can definitely learn to embrace. I suffer from first child, type A perfectionism syndrome.

Lauren has a sassy feminist vibe and isn't afraid to put into stitches what we're all thinking. In addition to her embroidery, you can live vicariously through Lauren and her world travels and busy life via her Instagram feed. You can find Lauren on Instagram and Etsy. Here are some of my favorites.

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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:
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Feeling Random Friday #7 with Thread Duncan


Today you're going to see TWO Feeling Random Friday posts - yay! This first is one I was supposed to post last week. I featured Thread Duncan on the Feeling Stitchy Instagram last Friday and then spaced out the blog post. In my defense, the flu bug that has overtaken me this week was probably starting to affect my brain last week...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Thread Duncan is artist Brad from Oregon in the USA. Scrolling through his Instagram feed, you will see that he is a talented woodworker and embroiderer. His embroidery is colorful and abstract, and also reflects the natural world around him. I particularly love his unique method for mounting his finished embroidery pieces, as you can see in the photo above.

You can find Bard on Instagram and Etsy. Here are some of my favorites.

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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

January 8, 2018

MooshieStitch Monday: "Mountain Road" Vintage Embroidery Kit



Happy New Year Everyone! I am here today to share with you some photos of an embroidery kit I just finished!

A couple months ago, I decided to go on Ebay for embroidery stuff. I randomly searched for "vintage embroidery kits" just to see the results - and what do I find but this Sunset Designs Jiffy Stitchery "Mountain Road" embroidery kit (un-opened) from 1975!


The kit included instructions, wool yarn, needle, and fabric with the design printed on it.


The wool yarn was a 3-ply stranded Persian yarn. Most of the kit was stitched using 1-ply, with the exception of the French Knots, those are 2-plies of yarn.


Only three stitches were recommended: satin stitch, French knots, and Pueblo stitch.

I had never heard of the Pueblo stitch before, but from the stitch drawing included in the instructions, it looked similiar to the back stitch and split stitch combined?? I could be very wrong - and I didn't do much research on it either - so I just worked the split stitch wherever they said to use Pueblo stitch! :)


Here is a better view of the drawing included in the instructions - numbered with what color to use.



Here it is with all the greenery finished. I switched to an oval hoop because it was easier to use.


Making progress on the mountain...



Half way done with all those French knots!!


The finished product!


The fabric really puckers once I remove it from the hoop. I don't have a hoop that is the size or shape to keep the finished work in, so I am not sure what to do with it. Should I try to find a hoop to put it in or should I frame it??

Just for fun I took a photo of the of the finished piece next to the photo on the kit's cover to compare.



Up close!





The surprising thing about this kit was how fast I actually finished stitching it! In 2017, I barely embroidered. So when I got this kit, I used it as motivation to get stitching again and my goal was to finish by the new year. 

I really did enjoy the ease of it - no thinking about what stitches to use, the fabric and yarn were included, and having the kit tell me exactly what colors to stitch and where. (Can you tell I am new to the whole embroidery kit game?? ha ha Maybe I just need to get more kits to stitch....)



What's your favorite embroidery kit? Share in the comments, I would love to hear!





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.

December 25, 2017

Christmas Countdown #25: Tamar Nahir Yanai

Christmas Countdown 25 - Tamar Nahir Yanai Golden Deer Embroidery Pattern featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

This lovely Golden Deer Embroidery Kit is available in several different ways - as printed fabric, and as a kit, with or without the hoop. Isn't the effect of the gold floss just beautiful?

Well, we've come to the end finally of our Christmas Countdown - I hope you enjoyed each day as much as I did, that you found new inspiration, new shops and friends to follow. Here at Feeling Stitchy we wish you the blessings of this season and the new year to come, may it be happy, golden, and filled with love and craft!

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 24, 2017

Christmas Countdown #24: Sew Jenaissance

Christmas Countdown 24 - Sew Jenaissance Merry and Bright pattern, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Loving this festive Merry and Bright Embroidery pattern by Sew Jenaissance - lots of fun colors and and items to 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!

December 23, 2017

Christmas Countdown #23: Linen Thread Timber

Christmas Countdown 23 - Linen Thread Timber Home Sweet Home pattern, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Love this Home Sweet Home pattern by Linen Thread Timber - the colors and textures make my heart sing - just lovely.

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 22, 2017

Christmas Countdown #22: Tinkin Stitches

Christmas Countdown 22 - Tinkin Stitches Be Still embroidery pattern, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Not sure why but I am all about the muted palettes this year - and this Be Still pattern by Tinkin Stitches has been calling out to me all season. I love the shiny use of pearl cotton in this piece.

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 21, 2017

Christmas Countdown #21: Six Little Stitches

Christmas Countdown 21 - Six Little Stitches pattern set, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Simple but sweet, this Modern Snowflakes Patterns looks lovely - I love the red and blue color palette!

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 20, 2017

Christmas Countdown #20: Purl Soho

Christmas Countdown 20 - Purl Soho Free Winter Flower Christmas Stocking Pattern featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

This free Winter Flower Stocking Pattern by Purl Soho is just gorgeous - and a wonderful way to craft something personal and elegant for someone new in your family.

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 19, 2017

Christmas Countdown #19: Cutesy Crafts

Chrsitmas Countdown 19 - Cutesy Crafts Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal free ornament, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Home Alone fans? You'll like this Free Christmas Ornament Pattern by Cutesy Crafts, say Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal, to whomever you please.

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 18, 2017

MooshieStitch Monday: Kamal Kadai Stitch (2 color with pearl cotton)


Hello there! One of my favorite embroidery techniques is Kamal Kadai work.

My previous attempts at Kamal Kadai, I stitched flowers using 6 strand cotton floss. I was curious to see how different it would look with pearl cotton and using two colors.

To start, I referred to this photo tutorial.


I drew a 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch square with a water soluble pen onto my fabric.

Find the center of the square - draw lines and create 4 boxes within that square.

Then I made a mark every 1/4 inch - so there were 6 marks total between the middle box line and each corner ... hopefully that makes sense and the photo helps with the explanation!


Starting from the lower left square, bring your needle up from the top mark and stitch over the lowest mark on the upper right square (as seen above).


Continue by stitching from the next mark in the upper right square and stitch down to the next mark in the lower left square. Keep doing this back and forth until you finish stitching to each mark (as seen below). You will then want to couch down in the middle.


Now it is time to start weaving with your second color.


If you want to see a more detailed tutorial on how to weave - check out my first Kamal Kadai flower post for more step by step instructions.



Once you have weaved both squares, you will repeat the steps.

Stitch your lines and couch them down in the middle.




All finished weaving! Now my favorite part - removing the pens lines with water!


There you have it - two color pearl cotton Kamal Kadai stitch.


I really liked how this turned out. I think pearl cotton is much easier to use for this stitch than the cotton floss.

The two color effect is great for this stitch also - I now want to try it with other colors. Black and white would be cool or green and red for Christmas!


If you want to see my other version of the Kamal Kadai flower in cotton floss - check out this post!

See you next time!




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.

Christmas Countdown #18: Bumpkin Hill

Christmas Countdown 18 - Bumpkin Hill Monty Mouse Felt Ornament Pattern, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

This sweet Monty Mouse Ornament Pattern by Catherine at Bumpkin Hill is delightful. Catherine is also offering a bundle of all her felt ornament patterns as well, check her shop to see them all!

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 17, 2017

Christmas Countdown #17: Plushwork Wreath

Christmas Countdown 17 - Mooshiestitch Monday Plushwork Wreath Tutorial, a Feeling Stitchy feature

Some of you may have missed this beautiful Plushwork Wreath Tutorial by Michelle last year, since it came a bit late in our December schedule.

Well, you really can't miss it, and I think you'll love creating a few of these, for sure! It's a good warm-up, as Michelle has a brand new tutorial ready for tomorrow!

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 16, 2017

Christmas Countdown #16: Mountains of Thread

Christmas Countdown 16 - Mountains of Thread Monogram Embroidery Kit, featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

I love this sweet, simple Christmas Monogram Embroidery Kit - it's such a fresh, uncomplicated design, with a lovely muted palette.

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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