July 4, 2015

Learn the Crown Stitch

Hard to believe it's already July! The summer is one of my favorite times of year. Everything slows down and with the longer days I seem to have all this extra energy to throw into my friends and family. And my stitching of course!

But seeing as how it's the Fourth of July, I'm guessing a lot of our readers have barbecues and fireworks to attend to when they're done here, so let's jump right in.

A bit of irony for your independence day: we're going to learn the crown stitch! As we've mostly been trying our hand at band and border stitches, this should be a nice change. The crown stitch is a isolated stitch that can also be used as a fill stitch when done together. It's pretty and as a bonus, super easy!

You can work this on plain or even weave fabric. It looks really lovely on linen with thin, delicate threads, but for today's lesson we'll stick with my standard cotton/stranded floss combo.

The base of the crown stitch is made up of three straight stitches. Start by making your first straight stitch in the middle of where you want your crown. Then, make one more stitch on each side at an angle, using the same hole as the top of your first stitch. Make your side stitches just a little shorter than the middle.

    

Then, pick a point above your left stitch and come up through the back of your fabric with your needle and thread. Thread your needle under the top point of all three stitches, and pull the thread through. Find a point above the right straight stitch to end your stitch.

         
 




And there you have it, a pretty little simple stitch! I must admit though, that to me this stitch also looks a good bit like a little dragonfly or butterfly! 


Above is one way you can use this stitch to fill in a shape, but you could also connect some of the stitches if you wanted your fill to be really tight. I didn't worry too much about that here in an effort to keep things simple, but couldn't resist adding some texture and extra color by scattering crown stitches throughout his wings.

I hope you enjoyed learning the crown stitch! How would you use this stitch in an embroidery project? Be sure to share some examples in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool, and enjoy your holiday!




Hi, I'm Whitney - I share a new embroidery stitch on the blog once a month, learning as I stitch along with the rest of the blog. Embroidery is my first and true crafty love, though I also enjoy painting, sewing and other crafts. My other loves include graphic design, craft beer and baking.

You can also find me on my blog Whitney Makes and on Tumblr.

July 3, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 11


On this Friday's edition of Friday Instagram Finds, we're going international (at least for me)! Today I'm featuring @olive7306 who, based on my intel from Google Translate, is from Korea. Olive creates hand embroidery, and also creates hardanger, which you'll see below. I'll use Google Translate to "write" this in Korean, too.

금요일 인스 타 그램이 금요일 에디션 발견, 우리는 (적어도 나를 위해) 국제거야! 오늘은 구글 번역에서 인텔 기반으로, @의 olive7306을 특징으로하고있어, 한국에서입니다. 올리브는 손 자수를 생성하고, 또한 당신이 아래에 볼 수 덴저를 만듭니다. 나는 구글이도 한국어로 "쓰기"로 번역 사용합니다.


This first hoop is uniquely beautiful in its simplicity. Equally appealing is the placement of the subject in the hoop. Placing it off center to the left creates visual interest. Olive's precise stitches are phenomenal!

첫 번째 후프 단순에서 유일하게 아름답다. 마찬가지로 매력적인 후프에서 피사체의 배치입니다. 왼쪽으로 중심을 그만 두는 것은 시각적 인 관심을 만듭니다. 올리브의 정확한 스티치 현상입니다!



Here is the promised hardanger! The first picture shows how Olive started out, and the second shows the work in progress. I've never tried hardanger, but seeing how beautiful it is makes me want to give it a try.

여기에 약속 덴저입니다!첫 번째 사진은 올리브가 시작하는 방법을 보여줍니다, 두 번째는 진행중인 작업을 보여줍니다. 나는 덴저을 시도,하지만 그것이 얼마나 아름다운 보는 것은 나에게 그것을 시도를 제공 할 수 없어요.




The bouquet of flowers below is so pretty! Again, Olive's stitches are so precise and beautiful, and her fill stitches are wonderful! 

꽃의 꽃다발 아래 너무 귀엽다! 다시 말하지만, 올리브의 바늘은 매우 정밀하고 아름다운, 그리고 그녀의 채우기 바늘은 훌륭합니다!


I had to include this piece because lavender is my favorite herb!

나는 라벤더는 내가 제일 좋아하는 허브이기 때문에이 부분을 포함했다!


I hope you've enjoyed this Korean edition of Friday Instagram Finds (FIF) on Feeling Stitchy, which is brought to you weekly, and you'll check out Olive7306's work on Instagram! And I hope Google Translate worked, and any Korean readers understand what I wrote. Please leave comments below to let me know what you thought.

While you're on Instagram, make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We're @feelingstitchyish. We'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

July 2, 2015

Thimblenest Thursdays: Summer/Winter Stitchalong, Week 3


Here we are, halfway through the Summer/Winter Stitchalong, though thankfully not halfway through summer itself! The next two weeks are all about stitching the letter "T", and is this ever a fun one!


First grab your AUTUMN "T" embroidery pattern, and then let's take closer look at the colors and stitches I used.


For the letter "T":

Outline: 3 strands, DMC 154, chain stitch

Inside of the T: 3 strands, DMC 154 and 720. I used "laid stitch with cross-stitch couching", which was really fun. It went quickly, but I think it gives a nice, clean look when finished. I followed these directions (scroll down the page).



Thistles: 3 strands, DMC 327, 728, & 3852, stem stitch.

As always please share this or any other Feeling Stitchy-inspired embroidery projects in the Flickr Group or on Instagram with #feelingstitchy!

Hi, I'm Wendy - I've been embroidering since age 9 when my grandma gave me some blank tea towels and a set of Aunt Martha’s transfers. I blog at ThimbleNest and create embroidery patterns for my shop.

You can also find me on: Flickr and Pinterest.

July 1, 2015

Craftster Hoopla Along: Hot Fun in the Summertime

I can't believe July is already here! We say goodbye to June and hello to July and a new round of the Craftster Hoopla Along. July's theme is Hot Fun in the Summertime. From dipping your toes into the ocean, to camping under the stars, to fighting off mosquitoes... summertime means fun time.  Stitch up your favorite or least favorite part of summer. 

Details: 
  • You have until July 31, 2015 to be eligible for the random drawing
  • You must post your project on the THIS THREAD at Craftster.org 


Prize for July:
A 20.00 gift card from Joann's or Michael's (your choice)

You can read more about this month's theme and see projects from past months on Craftster.org. 

Hi, I'm Pam - I've been a moderator for the Needlework boards on Craftster since 2004 and you can also see me in the Craftster Quickies video series.

I am a lover of all things vintage but I particularly have a fondness for vintage embroidery patterns, which I collect every chance I can get!

June 26, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 10


Hooray - it's Friday! The funny thing is that I'm writing this ahead of time on Sunday, and I haven't even started my workweek, but I'm already looking forward to the weekend :)

This Friday I am introducing you to Kelly Darke. She is an art therapist who works with fibers to create unique art.

@kellydarke
Kelly's embroidery creations are unlike any I've ever seen! They are unique and one of a kind. There is intention and design in each piece that she creates. The layers she puts into each piece give each piece depth, and visual interest.

I love the bright colors Kelly so often uses in her pieces, and the way that she assembles them.



The close up photos of her work that Kelly shares on her Instagram account are stunning! It is fascinating to see her process, and how she layers the fibers she uses to create her art.





I hope you've enjoyed this edition of Friday Instagram Finds (FIF) on Feeling Stitchy, which is brought to you weekly, and you'll check out Kelly's work on Instagram! Please leave comments below to let me know what you thought. If you'd like to be considered for FIF, or if you find a great embroiderer or stitch-related needle worker who you think I should feature, be sure to tag their pictures with #feelingstitchyig, and I'll take a look!

While you're on Instagram, make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We're @feelingstitchyish. We'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

June 24, 2015

Interview with Julie Sarloutte on El Blog de DMC


There's a fabulous interview with embroidery artist Julie Sarloutte over on the Spanish DMC blog, El Blog de DMC.

If you're not a Spanish reader, enjoy this handy English translation, from Google Translate:
Interview with Julie Sarloutte in English.

June 21, 2015

Patterns: Helen M Stevens


Vivienne Wells from Vivebooks, very kindly sent me a copy of the Tawny Owl pattern by Helen M Stevens, to have a go at, the above photo is my attempt. The pattern recommends using Piper Silks or other silk embroidery floss, however I used DMC. I also used two strands of DMC and not the recommended one (if you were to use normal embroidery floss). I also did change the colours a bit, you can see the pattern more expertly embroidered here.

Helen M Stevens has designed a wide range of nature and animal patterns, each pattern pack has very comprehensive instructions, with diagrams that clearly show which colours to use and which direction you should stitch in. Helen's patterns are subtitled 'one simple stitch' and that is very true, as the owl above is just created with one simple stitch, the satin stitch, which makes seemingly complex designs, quite achievable.

Hi, I'm Jo - I feature new embroidery patterns Sundays on Feeling Stitchy. I also post on our Twitter and Pinterest.

Is there a new pattern you'd like us feature? Email me!

June 20, 2015

Let's Meet: Hawthorne & Heaney

One of the nicest things about having a craft blog is the diverse and wonderful blogs one gets to "meet" in the process. The blog of embroidery company Hawthorne & Heaney is one such new acquaintance, as they reached out to Feeling Stitchy via email, very kindly introducing themselves...

As this lovely sampling of their projects indicates, they work in a myriad of traditional, gorgeous styles, scroll down for a visual sampler of their work...


Hawthorne & Heaney operate the London Embroidery School which offers numerous classes in beginner to advanced embroidery techniques.

A bit more on their company, in their own words:

HAWTHORNE & HEANEY are a London based embroidery company specialising in excellent, innovative design and rigorous production expertise. With 15 years collective experience of the industry we offer design, consultation, management and production services for couture fashion embroidery, military and ceremonial gold work, monograming and embroidery for interiors and art projects. We work from a studio in Islington, which is easily accessible via car and public transport or alternatively our designers can come to you to offer advice and help with design.

Our team includes specialists in various fields including military, tailoring, theatre, film, fashion and art making us superbly capable of taking on any project at any stage from design and consultation through to production.

We're very pleased to meet you, Hawthorne & Heaney!

June 19, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 9


On this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds I'm introducing you to one of my first embroidery friends on Instagram, Kristen of @heypaul. She has done so much for bringing hand embroidery into the public eye through public events called Eat, Drink, Stitch @eatdrinkstitch, and the video tutorials of stitches she creates. She's a dog lover, and has the cutest Puggles (Pug and Beagle mix) named Briscoe and Lollipop!

@heypaul

This piece that Kristen did of chromosomes is awesome on so many levels! First and foremost, the chromosomes shown bring Fragile X Syndrome to light, which is a great way to start a conversation about this syndrome. Framing it in this big frame (and painting it pink!) beautifully showcases Kristen's amazing stitches! It looks to me like the chromosomes are made of expertly stitched satin stitches in a variety of great colors.




Not the same piece, and it looks like a smaller scale, but here's a closeup of chromosomes that Kristen's working on.


It was seeing what Kristen was making with stumpwork that got me interested in trying it. (In fact, 2015 is the Year of 3D Embroidery for me.) Take a look at all of these French knots! Built up like this, the French knots make this look like boucle.


This last picture is of Truman and Clinton Lakes in Missouri. I'm glad this picture is a closeup because we can see her teeny, tiny stitches.


Okay, so I bet you've figured out by now that I'm a pet lover, especially dogs. So I'll leave you with this adorable picture of Briscoe and Lollipop. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


I hope you've enjoyed this edition of Friday Instagram Finds (FIF) on Feeling Stitchy, which is now brought to you weekly! Please leave comments below to let me know what you thought. If you'd like to be considered for FIF, or if you find a great embroiderer or stitch-related needle worker who you think I should feature, be sure to tag their pictures with #feelingstitchyig, and I'll take a look!

While you're on Instagram, make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We're @feelingstitchyish. We'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

June 18, 2015

Thimblenest Thursdays: Summer/Winter Stitchalong, Week 2



It's time for the second letter in our AUTUMN banner for our Summer/Winter Stitchalong. If you want to know more about the project, you can find the details in the kick-off post here.

MATERIALS

Linen rectangle
Embroidery Floss: DMC #350, 352, 720, and 779


PROCEDURE

Once again, this project is meant to be one means of having fun with your stitches and trying new techniques--we're not looking for perfection. I'm focusing on different ways of using the running stitch and cross stitch, but you can do whatever you like!

For this week's letter "U", I again outlined the letter with chain stitch, using 3 strands of DMC 779. For the interior running stitch I used 3 strands of DMC 350, and then wove 3 strands of DMC 352 through the running stitch back and forth from left to right in what I like to think of as a slalom pattern.


For the Mountain Ash berries (common during the fall in the Pacific Northwest) I outlined with 2 strands of DMC 720 using stem stitch. These are especially finicky and in retrospect, I think backstitch would have worked better here.

The stems were stitched with stem stitch (imagine that!), using 1 strand of DMC 779. I altered the berry bottoms from what you will see on the pattern--the 5-star type design on the bottom of the berries was too difficult to stitch nicely, so I changed mine to a simple cross stitch of 1 strand of DMC 779.

How are your Autumn banner designs coming along? We would love to see them, so please share in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr group or on Instagram with #feelingstitchy. There's still plenty of time to join in!

Our stitchalong will return in two weeks with the letter T! Happy Stitching!




Hi, I'm Wendy - I've been embroidering since age 9 when my grandma gave me some blank tea towels and a set of Aunt Martha’s transfers. I blog at ThimbleNest and create embroidery patterns for my shop.

You can also find me on: Flickr and Pinterest.

June 14, 2015

Patterns: Tuesday Bassen and the Sublime Stitching Transfer Pen


Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching very kindly sent me the new fine tip iron on transfer pen to try. Now I've always been a tracing my patterns with a light box kind of girl and lately I've been using Sulky Solvy, but I've been falling out of love with that. So I was very keen to try a new (for me) method, specially as the pen seemed to be nowhere near as thick as other iron on transfer pens I've seen (the tracing paper in the photo has been in my stash for a long time, as I've always been put off by the thick pens previously).

Now of course to try a Sublime Stitching pen I thought I might as well try it with a Sublime Stitching pattern, now I've got lots in my stash and I had a look through them and some of them are quite simple, like the Heavy Metal Alphabet and some of them are more complicated, with more fine lines, like the Shy Boy and Girl pattern. So I thought I'd pick something a bit more in between to test the pen, so I plumped for the Tuesday Bassen pattern set, which I thought would be perfect for my pre-teen's bedroom.

I was still quite ambitious though, the Tuesday Bassen pattern set it pretty large and I wanted to stitch it almost like a sampler, stitching lots of the designs together. So I transferred the designs I liked onto two sheets of tracing paper and I was already appreciating how much easier that was compared to juggling the patterns and the fabric on a light box. And of course tracing on fabric is always a bit of a nightmare. Also I found that the pen was really nice to use, it has the sort of thin nib you normally find in artist drawing pens and it felt like in handled similarly too.


When ironing on the pattern I hit the normal problems I usually get with iron on transfers, as I find I can struggle a bit with either not ironing it enough or ironing it too much or the pattern shifting and causing double, blurred lines. I got a bit of all three problems when transferring the pattern and I also got a few small scorch marks, oops! But still, I was fairly pleased with the results and the lines were just as thin as I'd expect with a commercially made iron on pattern.


Then it came to stitching it up, which was great fun, Tuesday's pattern is really lovely and for someone who normally tries to embroider with a restricted palette, I used it as an opportunity to go really mad with colours. I didn't really hit any problems with not being able to cover the transfer lines, it does show a tiny bit in places (I, as the stitcher am probably more aware of it than anyone else looking at it) but that was due to the pattern shifting a bit in places when I ironed.


I used two strands of DMC embroidery floss throughout and although I was mainly using back stitch, there's also some satin stitching and french knots.



I will definitely be using the pen again to transfer more patterns, so thank you again Jenny for letting me have a go with the new pens!

Hi, I'm Jo - I feature new embroidery patterns Sundays on Feeling Stitchy. I also post on our Twitter and Pinterest.

Is there a new pattern you'd like us feature? Email me!

June 12, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 8


Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you've had a great week, and will have any even better weekend. This week I'm going to introduce you to @threadthewick! I found Chels because she used #feelingstitchyig to make sure I saw her work. This week, instead of using the embed code from Instagram, I am going to screen cap the pictures from Instagram. You can get to Chels' Instagram account to see all of her work by clicking on her user name below. I hope this fixes the problem that many of us have when viewing Friday Instagram Finds in Feedly or email. Spoiler Alert: I included a bonus account at the very end :)

@threadthewick
Chels creates pretty embroidery and cross stitch creations. One of the things she does is blend pop culture phrases with classic-looking cross stitch, like this, "I regret nothing" piece. I love how the colors pop on the black Aida cloth.



As a mother, these are words that we all long to hear! Again, I love how she created this phrase with cross stitch.


If you've seen my IG account, you know that I have a thing for delicately embroidered flowers. I just love them! These embroidered flowers Chels created are so dainty and pretty, and her stitching is beautifully precise.


Here are some more pretty flowers with, "I love you" stitched above them.


I hope you've enjoyed this edition of Friday Instagram Finds (FIF) on Feeling Stitchy, which is now brought to you weekly! Please leave comments below to let me know what you thought. If you'd like to be considered for FIF, or if you find a great embroiderer or stitch-related needle worker who you think I should feature, be sure to tag their pictures with #feelingstitchyig, and I'll take a look!

While you're on Instagram, make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We're @feelingstitchyish. We'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Bonus IG Account!
I have a bonus Instagram account for you! This account doesn't have anything to do with needlework of any kind, but it's one of my favorites. It''s @tunameltsmyheart, which follows the life of Tuna, a beautiful Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Dachshund (Weiner Dog) mix) who leads a charmed life. He even has a book written about him!!



Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

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