September 19, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Cosmic Cross Stitch

Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy

Photographer Navid Baraty has embroidered a stunning collection of planets which include: Earth, Jupiter, Neptune and Mars. Baraty's love for astronomy led him to create this embroidery project. Using actual planetary images, for his source of inspiration, Baraty designed each cross stitch pattern. I would love to get the entire set! Navid Baraty has an Etsy shop for his patterns here. Or perhaps you feel inspired to create your own? I didn't find Venus on the list.

Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy
Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy
Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy

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.

September 16, 2017

Embroidering Fur: Bustle and Sew Tutorial and Giveaway!

Embroidering Fur- Bustle and Sew Guest Tutorial on Feeling Stitchy

Download the Free PDF Tutorial


Boy, do we have a treat for you all today! Helen and Rosie of Bustle and Sew have written a guest tutorial and free pattern on embroidering fur, for all our Feeling Stitchy readers! And, as a special treat for our readers, they are also doing a giveaway of a copy of their upcoming Bustle and Sew magazine to 1 lucky winner!

The free pattern shares all the stitches and colors you'll need to complete this cute "Bear in a Hat" design. It would make a wonderful ornament if you're looking to get started on your Christmas stitching, or simply a good way to practice stitching fur.

From Helen and Rosie:
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this short tutorial and found it useful. An expanded version, together with another furry pattern - this time for two little sleepy foxes - will appear in the October issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

Giveaway Time!

This giveaway is open to ALL of our Feeling Stitchy readers! To enter to win a free copy of the October Bustle and Sew Magazine - please leave a comment on this post and answer this question: what are you most afraid of stitching? As for me - it's probably fur, hence the question - do you agree, or is there something even "hairier" (pun intended) that you haven't brought yourself to try yet?

I'll leave the comments open until Saturday, September 23, 9 PM CST, after which I will close them and draw 1 random winner. Good luck, and thanks to the wonderful ladies at Bustle and Sew for sharing this tutorial and making this giveaway possible!

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 15, 2017

Freebie Friday - Free DMC patterns

Inside the Greenhouse free pattern by Baobap on DMC site
Inside the Greenhouse - free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Hi all! In for a quick post to share some wonderful free patterns I found on the newly redesigned DMC site! The free patterns are a wonderful selection of many artists you may be familiar with on Etsy and Instagram (and possibly this blog)!

The free pattern pages do a great job of describing Level - from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced and give you an estimate of the amount of time it may take you to stitch them:

free pattern on DMC site

(This part is most valuable to me, as I seek to work wonders with an hour here and there!) You can also buy complete kits with all the DMC threads you need to complete the design.

The downloadable PDFs are really detailed and list all the colors and stitches you'll need to complete the design:

free pattern on DMC site

I really fell in love with these free patterns by Baobap - Floral Bouquet and Desert Landscape.

Floral Bouquet free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Desert Landscape free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Lovely colors and they are just so gorgeously stitched! You can find more of Baobap on Instagram: @_.baobap._


Also love this Fractal pattern by Srta. Lylo, who is also on Instagram: @srtalylo

Fractal free pattern by Srta. Lylo on DMC site

Beautiful Floral Wreath pattern by Thread Honey @threadhoney on Instagram:
Floral Wreath free pattern by Thread Honey on DMC site

And these gorgeous foliage patterns by Sew and Saunders, @sewandsaunders on Instagram: Triple Fern, Rubber Plants, and Tropical Branch
Triple Fern free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site

Rubber plants free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site

Tropical Branch free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site


I wanted to share a bit of inspiration and joy with you today, as so much of the world is filled with stress and fear and worry. Hope you enjoyed this bit of bright color to bring some hope and much-needed cheer to your day!

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 13, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #49 : Oh Sew Bootiful

Wonderful Wednesday 49 - Oh Sew Bootiful a feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy
This is quite a lovely Hibiscus Embroidery Kit by Etsy seller Oh Sew Bootiful! I love the bold colors and the beauty of the design - this kit includes, according to the Etsy description: a 6 inch hoop, pre-printed cotton fabric, padding, how-to guide, illustrated stitch instructions, embroidery thread, 2 needles, and a paper pattern.

If you'd like to go it your own way in terms of threads, Oh Sew Bootiful also sells the pre-printed fabric on its own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/539450527/hibiscus-embroidery-pattern-tropical

To find more of Oh Sew Bootiful's embroidery patterns - follow her on Twitter: @ohsewbootiful and on Instagram: @ohsewbootiful.

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 5, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Fabrics of Sound


Innovative textile artist Nadia-Anne Ricketts incorporates digital technology, music and craft in her BeatWoven series. Nadia-Anne uses her unique audio technology to translate music into a woven piece of textile, transforming the intangible into a stunning solid form.

This fantastic video gives us an insight into the concept of Nadia-Anne's woven textiles 'BeatWoven'.




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.

September 2, 2017

Giveaway: Rosie's House Plants Embroidery Kit

Rosie's House Plants Emmbroidery Kit by Bustle and Sew

We were recently contacted by the lovely ladies at Bustle and Sew, who have a treat to share with our readers - they are giving away 1 free embroidery kit of their newest design called "Rosie's House Plants." If you're not familiar with Bustle and Sew, they have been publishing a digital embroidery magazine for some time now, filled with lots of crafty patterns and tips.

This kit couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me - since I, like many others in the crafting world, have suddenly become crazy for plants.

This embroidery kit contains:

cotton panel pre-printed with the design to fit a 9" hoop
pink, green and black floss
a needle
full instructions for working the design, including stitch diagrams and photographs

How to Win

You'll be happy to know ALL of our readers can enter to win, including our international readers! To win, simply leave a comment on this post, and answer this question: Are you better at embroidering plants, or raising plants? (I know what my answer is, as do my plants. :)

I'll leave the comments open through Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 PM CST, when I will close the comments and choose 1 random winner.

Edit: 9/11/17 - Our winner is Silvia! Congrats, Silvia!

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 31, 2017

Review + Giveaway: Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch

Book Review of The MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch, post by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I've been a fan of Jamie Chalmer's site MrXStitch since I first discovered it, years ago, so I was really excited to receive The Mr. X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch for review from the publisher - what a treat!

Just so you know, the book 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.


In a nutshell - Jamie's book is perfect for those of you who would like to see cross-stitch through a unique lens - Jamie's book is all about modern, unexpected, and unusual cross stitching. If you're widening your sphere of interest from very feminine or cutesy stuff, this could be a good place to start - this book also has interviews of numerous stitchers to get you inspired to see embroidery and cross stitch in a new way. I think it could also make a great gift for a beginner to embroidery, and particularly a male beginner to embroidery who might enjoy a male perspective on stitching on trains, for example. :)

One of my favorite features of this book was seeing Jamie's decidedly not-female hands getting his embroidery materials together and stitching:

MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch, review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I'm not sure why I got such a kick out of that, but I think it might also help a reluctant male stitcher to see that embroidering isn't merely a girly act - it's about creativity and art form, neither of which need to be manly or feminine, but can take something from both of those tropes.

What's in the book?

MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch, review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

This book is divided into 6 large sections (with nicely photographed section titles) which include patterns, tips, and interviews as follows:
Tools and Materials
Colour
Glow in the Dark
More Than a Hobby (embroidery as therapy, craftivism, and art form)
Pattern Design (create your own cross-stitch patterns)
Thinking Outside the Hoop (includes projects stitched on leather, plastic, and metal)

With 23 cross stitch projects and 4 cross stitch alphabet fonts, there is quite a bit of variety to be found here. There are also 5 interviews with embroidery "outliers" Zoe Gilbertson, Kate Blandford, Severija Inčirauskaitė Kriaunevičienė, Lord Libidan, and Les Deuz'Bro.

I really enjoyed the Pattern Design section and how it walks you through all the considerations you might make in terms of stitch count and the number of colors used:

MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch, review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Most impressive is that every example along the way was stitched, so you can compare and contrast. I found it fascinating to see that you don't need a ton of colors and stitches to get the basic idea down, and it's a great argument for approaching one's custom pattern as simply as possible. Plus, the project is a pineapple, and who doesn't like pineapples?

My favorite pattern of all was of course the squirrel pattern. Alas, poor squirrel, I know I'll never finish thee, but it won't stop me from loving thee from afar. :)

MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch, review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


Giveaway time!

The MrXStitch Guide to Cross Stitch
The publisher has generously offered a free copy of The Mr. X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch to one of our lucky readers in the US and Canada! To our international readers, just stay tuned - we have some upcoming giveaways that include you, too!

To win a free copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post, and answer the following question - what is the weirdest place you've ever stitched in? As you read above, Jamie is fond of stitching on trains. I'll leave the comments open through next Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 PM US CST, then close the comments and choose 1 random winner.

Edit: 9/11/17 - We have our winner! Thanks all for entering!

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 30, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #48: Sweater Doll

Wonderful Wednesday 48 - Sweater Doll a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I love this Free Adventure Embroidery tutorial on the Sweater Doll blog! If you've been on a summer adventure, this looks like a wonderful way to memorialize it.

Allison, who blogs at Sweater Doll, wrote to us recently to tell us about her new digital magazine, Stitch Cafe:

Stitch Cafe magazine by Allison at Sweater Doll

She was kind enough to send us the first issues to look over, and there are loads of cute projects, recipes and ideas to be found there. Instead of having to subscribe, you can purchase issues one at a time from her shop, and at $6 an issue, there are a quite a few nice projects to be had in there.

There are also many wonderful free resources Allison so kindly provides on her blog, like an Embroidery School series that walks you through a lot of invaluable beginner information. I really enjoyed the first post on materials:
Lesson One Embroidery Materials by Allison for Sweater Doll


Thank you Allison, for sharing your wonderful talent with us!

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, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #47: Joelle Gebhardt

Wonderful Wednesday 47 - Joelle Gebhardt a Feeling STitchy feature by floresita

Adorable Sushi Roll PDF patterns are now in Joelle Gebhardt's Etsy shop! So cute and so much fun to stitch, and such a great way to practice one's French knots, huh?

Joelle is an artist and illustrator from Berlin, and I was happy to feature her embroidered artwork on on our blog some time ago: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2015/10/lets-meet-joelle-gebhardt.html

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 19, 2017

Review: Stitcharama Embroidery Transfers

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hello all, today I have the pleasure of doing a review of Stitcharama embroidery transfers, which you can find at www.stitcharama.com. They were kind enough to send me the embroidery transfer you see, so that I can try it out and report back to you with my findings.

Well, I suppose I can tell you the end at the beginning if you have no time to read this - I was very pleased with my results, and I do recommend them. But let me walk you through my process!

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I started off with a regular flour sack tea towel and my transfer pattern. I did a quick read through of the instructions, and I wondered how well it would transfer. It looked just like a regular medium weight sheet of paper, and the lines didn't look particularly thick or dark.

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I pinned the transfer into place and started ironing. After a few passes with a hot, dry iron, I pulled the transfer back to peek and I did indeed see some very faint lines appearing...

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

And after a few more passes with the iron I began to see darker lines appearing.

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

And voila! After working at the fainter lines for a bit, I was rewarded with a very nice transfer, and nice clean lines - not too thick or inky. I really like that the pattern is still clearly visible on the paper, which could be really handy if you wanted to re-trace the pattern to use it again.

I was curious to see if the ink had passed through the tea towel fabric, as the directions warned me it might, so I flipped over the fabric...


Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Indeed, I did see a very ghostly image on the back, but it did not transfer to my ironing board, which was nice.

In summary, I am really happy with the transfer, as I mentioned above. When purchasing a transfer pattern, you also receive a nice PDF with a finished image and stitch and color guide. I like how Stitcharama promotes the work of many artists through its patterns and credits them. Just FYI, this particular Kasia Jacquot pattern is no longer available.

But there are many lovely patterns and kits still up for grabs on the Stitcharama site (including some really cute Mollie Johanson patterns). Here are a few of the latest patterns that I think are adorable:

Screenshot of Stitcharama store, as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
I wholeheartedly recommend the transfer option for your lighter colored fabrics, and the PDF pattern option if you'd like to do your own transfer method.

Thank you Stitcharama, for sharing this lovely pattern with us. For more on Stitcharama, you can follow them on Instagram @stitcharamacraft, or visit their site: www.stitcharama.com.

Stitcharama embroidery transfer review by floresita 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!

August 16, 2017

Find Kindness

Find Kindness embroidery pattern by Sarah K. Benning, featured on Feeling Stitchy
Find Kindness pattern by Sarah K. Benning

I had a post planned and scheduled for today, but in light of all that has happened in the US as of this morning, it just didn't cover what I was feeling. I have re-scheduled that Wonderful Wednesday feature for next week, and my apologies to the wonderful artist I was featuring.

I am not going to lie, I am discouraged. I am deeply ashamed of the fact that white nationalists march in our country again. There is nothing good or right about their march, and I find nothing to support in their evil views. Their words and actions are truly evil, and I cannot believe we are here again, as if the pages of the history of our country have been flipped back, some 50 years, some 100 years, or more. I am ashamed and discouraged that all the progress we have made seems like it was reversed overnight.

So all I can do is one thing - and this pattern by Sarah K Benning puts it best for me: Find Kindness. Find Kindness in myself, and find kindness in the world.

Clergy peaceful presence at the Charlottesville rallies

Here's where I find kindness and hope: In the faces of all the clergy and religious leaders who were willing to risk their lives and safety to stand in the face of evil, and pray.

In the account of one of the witnesses who stood in their midst, they were spat on, insulted, and subjected to tear gas. Yet still they were present and did not lose hope. If they didn't lose hope, neither can I. I find hope in all of those who peacefully protested that day, willing to stand against evil, willing to give their very life to stand against evil.

My prayer for all of us today is that we find kindness, and when we do not find it in this world, that we put it there, ourselves, with God's help.

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 9, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #46: Urbann Nest

Wonderful Wednesday 46 - Urbann Nest, a Feeling Stitchy feature by floresita

I adore this Floral Mandala pattern by Urbann Nest on Etsy, and how just a few colors can create such a lovely, robust design.

You can find more of Urbann Nest's embroidered creations on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urbannnest/.

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 2, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #45: Threadfolk

Wonderful Wednesday 45 - Thread Folk, a Feeling Stitchy feature by floresita

What a gorgeous Beetles and Moths PDF embroidery pattern this is - a wonderful artist series collaboration between Threadfolk and Oh Baby Bird. The stitching on this piece, and the colors are just delicious. I am itching to get my hands on this pattern - if only one could also buy the time needed to complete all my projects as well!!! :)

Update: I loved this pattern so much, I did buy it, and started stitching right away - and I love how it turned out!

Beetle embroidery by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I chose a deep navy blue thread and a pale silvery, almost white thread for contrast. The teal fabric you might recognize from my Vote pattern. :) I like revisiting and re-purposing the same fabric in different ways. And, it's thrifty. :)

Threadfolk pattern embroidery by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Actually having the pattern in hand I can speak to its beauty - there are plenty of detailed instructions on how to approach your embroidery. I used my go-to red Aunt Martha's transfer pencil (which I've sworn to use until it wears out) and plain tracing paper to transfer. The lines were very light, so I traced over them with a disappearing ink pen.

Beetle embroidery process by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I had never used satin stitch in this way before, and it's not one of my favorite stitches. I was intimidated by how small the shapes were (and the beetle I chose is particularly small) but it stitched up very quickly and looked surprisingly neat. Beginners, do plan to rip it out a few times if it's not to your liking - but I was ok with imperfection on my part.

I emailed Libby asking for her advice on stitching the flowers - if you purchase the pattern, note that the white flowers are stitched first, and the satin stitch around them. I wasn't sure how it would work, but it actually came out great!

Beetle embroidery by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I used a straight stitch outline on the inside of the beetle's wings, because I wasn't totally confident of the line my satin stitch made. Overall, this was a quick stitch and so much fun. I can thoroughly recommend this pattern, and I'd love to break it into small pieces, so I can slowly appreciate each shape. Thanks, Libby, for your prompt reply to my question, and thank you for designing such an inspiring pattern!

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 29, 2017

Très Chic Stitchery: Sajou Kit Giveaway!

Sajou Kit Giveaway by Tres Chic Stitchery for Feeling Stitchy

Today we have the treat of showing you some lovely details of this Sajou Embroidery Kit, courtesy of Très Chic Stitchery, who has also sent us 1 additional kit to give away to our readers!

Sajou Kit Giveaway by Tres Chic Stitchery for Feeling Stitchy

I have seen Sajou threads online, but never in person, so it was a real pleasure to take a look at these threads!

This kit comes with a small square of blue evenweave linen, a card with all the Sajou threads for the design, cotton batting, 2 paper strips with the Jouy fabric pattern to line your box, pattern instructions, and the little cardboard box itself, which looks very much like a little biscuit tin. It would be perfect for storing notions or little keepsakes.

Sajou Kit Giveaway by Tres Chic Stitchery for Feeling Stitchy
Sajou Kit Giveaway by Tres Chic Stitchery for Feeling Stitchy
Sajou Kit Giveaway by Tres Chic Stitchery for Feeling Stitchy

I'd like to thank Très Chic Stitchery for sending us this exquisite little kit, and giving us the chance to share one with you! I'd highly recommend a visit to their shop, if you'd like to see more Sajou items, like scissors, threads, patterns, and other kits.

To enter this giveaway - please leave a comment on this post - this giveaway is US-only, I am sorry for that but we wanted to make sure the winner gets their prize quickly! In your comment please tell us - have you ever used Sajou threads or kits before? Or, what is your favorite item in the Très Chic Stitchery store?

I'll leave comments open through next Saturday, August 5, 12PM CST, when I will close the comments and choose one random winner!

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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