February 21, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday 58: Bloom Threads

Wonderful Wednesday 58 - Bloom Threads, a Feeling Stitchy feature by floresita

I am so inspired by this wonderful piece by Jackie, or Bloom Threads, as she is known on Instagram. The right side of the piece was inspired by an 18th century print of the Women's March on Versailles. Jackie paired this with the more recent Women's March, and the two together speak so eloquently to me.

Jackie says of her piece:

"The long-and-short is this... Women revolutionaries have often been devalued. They have long been told that they are shrill, irrational, misguided, and petty when they are actually the very heart of the revolution. Keep pushing forward."

Jackie is auctioning her piece this week to benefit Moms Demand Action, an organization which advocates for common sense gun laws in the U.S. Jackie has also arranged a variety of pieces from other crafters and artists, each to support the organizations of their choice, be sure to stop by #deedsandactionsauction on Instagram and see all the other auction pieces as well.

Thank you Bloom Threads, you are inspiring!

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!

February 15, 2018

Enough

Enough embroidery by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

3 months ago, I said Enough. I am not naive enough to think that the simple voicing of a desire we all have will be enough to change things.

But maybe we can change things.

Maybe we can do more than offer thoughts and prayers.

Maybe we can make it harder for the same gun to cause the same tragedies, over and over again.

Until that change happens, I will post this plea in remembrance of all the lives we've lost.

Yesterday, in a high school, 17 lives were taken, many injured, and so many were living in fear on a day which signified at once to the world, a time of love, and a time of remembrance that we are all but dust.

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!

February 13, 2018

Stitchy Snippets - Carpeting Landscapes

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

“It’s hard for people to understand that a rug can be art, but maybe that’s changing.” says Alexandra Kehayoglou who crafts beautiful landscapes into rugs! With a long family heritage of carpet making, Alexandra has forged her own unique style of rug making over the last ten years.

Surrounded by artisans throughout her childhood, Alexandra clearly garnered an abundance of knowledge whilst growing up amongst the family business. Her studio is based alongside the family carpet factory, El Espartano, where she spends weeks and months hand crafting her 'grassland rugs'. Created entirely from discarded textiles from her family's factory, these sustainable artworks have adorned galleries, fashion shows and luxury department store, Hermès.

Nature and its fragility is key to her work. "I feel I have a purpose to weave more greenery as a reaction to the gradual disappearance of our natural world" she explains. "Nature, and how to introduce that into artificial spaces, was always my starting point."

These rich tapestries lie between function and art and are so intricately constructed while inviting and cosy. "Being touched, walked on and dirtied, brings the works to life. The work then tells a story ... rather than serving purely as a decorative object." Alexandra states "I love that my rugs become a register of lives lived."

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield
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Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, 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.

Winner in the Reader Feedback Giveaway!

Thank you to all who left comments on our Reader Feedback post! It sounds like most of you love what we're doing already, many thanks from me and our volunteer bloggers for that!

One of the main things I heard was a desire for stitchalongs... so I started planning a stitchalong which I'll be unveiling to you all near the end of the month, stay tuned for that!

And now, our winner is:



Hay! I hope that you all have a wonderful new year. Thank you first of all for your wonderful blog. I love learning new and wonderful things. I would love to see some Stitchalongs with wonderful tutorials to go with. However I enjoy reading book reviews as well. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what is in store for us in the future.


Tina chose Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer, a very lovely looking book, which you might want to check out as well:

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 on Feeling Stitchy. This Reader Feedback Giveaway was funded from our Amazon account.


You all had so many good book suggestions that I put them all into an Amazon list, please explore : http://a.co/b1oYjDp

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!

February 5, 2018

MooshieStitch Monday: Goldwork Daisy Part 1

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy


My goal this year is to learn a new embroidery technique and one that has been on my mind for quite some time now is goldwork. I thought it would be fun to document my experience learning the new technique - so this post is Part One of my goldwork series.

I started to search online for beginners goldwork embroidery kits and came across Sarah Homfray's website. I decided to purchase her Golden Daisy kit because: a) it was affordable and included most of the materials I needed, b) it was a beginner level kit and c) she has YouTube instructional videos on how to stitch the daisy.

Getting started and gathering my materials:

I ordered the Goldwork Daisy Material Kit. It includes fabric with the design printed on it, backing fabric, gold threads, sewing thread, felt padding, and embroidery needles. (There are no written instructions since you will use her YouTube videos instead)

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy


I also ordered her Goldwork Essentials Starter Set because I needed some of the tools in it like the beeswax, mellor laying tool, and scissors. Here is a photo of everything in the starter set (I forgot to include the scissors when I took the photo though).

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Here is a link to all of her Golden Daisy YouTube Videos for this kit.  I watched all the videos in entirety before I began stitching - and rewatched them many times while I was in the process of stitching.

Today's post will be what I learned from the following videos:

Part 1: Introduction and Felt Padding
Part 2: Applying Pearl Purl
Part 3: Applying Bright Check Purl Chips


Let's begin Stitching!

I traced and cut the middle of the flower with tracing paper and then used that as my pattern to cut the shape out of felt.

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Here is the felt padding after it was sewn to the fabric.

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Next will be couching the pearl purl - which I thought was awkward at first. I think just because it was not as "bendy" as I thought it would be. It is a wire that is wound into a coil and resembles a string of pearls.

(FYI: Being a complete #goldworknewbie I had no clue what to expect from the the metal threads until I was holding them in person. For a great online reference, check out this metal thread info page.)

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Here is the outline of the middle and a few of the petals with couched pearl purl. At first I was not happy because I can see some of my couching stitches on the petals, but then again, I am new and just need lots more practice! :)

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

My next step was to fill in the middle flower felt shape with bright check purl "chips".

The bright check purl is a more flexible hollow tube shape that has a faceted (zig-zag) surface and is shiny. You cut the thread into "chips" and couch down onto the fabric. Below is a photo of a few of my cut chips for example. (Also the scissors that came in the Goldwork Essentials Kit - they have a serrated edge meant for cutting the metal threads)

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Then start to randomly couch down the chips to fill in the felt shape...

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

This is so far my favorite process in goldwork. It is really satisfying and almost relaxing to stitch down each chip and fill in the space! Or maybe that's just me :)

Here it is completely filled in with the chip work.

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Zoomed out - here is a look at what I have completed so far!

Goldwork Daisy Part 1 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy


First thoughts on goldwork:

1. I am very happy I chose Sarah's daisy kit as my first goldwork project. Her videos are excellent for a beginner - not only are they high quality videos - she explains everything so thoroughly.

2. It takes getting used to working with the metal threads. Each are so different in feel and texture.

3. I am using tools and tricks that I have never used before in my embroidery - like beeswax to coat my sewing thread (protecting it when sewing your metal threads) and also the mellor (it is really helpful to use in nudging your metal threads into place).


To be continued.....see you next time for Part Two ... but before you go...


Be sure to check out Sarah's Instagram , subscribe to her YouTube Channel for lots of video tutorials, and go to her website where you can shop all things embroidery, including kits and supplies.





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.

February 2, 2018

Feeling Random Friday #9 with Bobbin and Fred

Happy Friday to you! I hope that you're having or have had a great day. Today I want to share with you Shannan of Bobbin and Fred. She's a needlework designer who is also a craft project designer and writer specializing in hand stitch. She makes the most beautiful needlepoint pieces. I mean, look at that gorgeous needlework craft tote/purse! She also knits, sews, and embroiders. You can find Shannan on Instagram and on her website. Here are some of my favorites from her Instagram feed. I encourage you to go check her out!





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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February 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Does Anybody Blog Anymore?

In 2007, just as Feeling Stitchy was beginning, I did a series of posts called Crafty Blog School:

Crafty Blog School screenshot

The topic was relevant at the time - I remember spending HOURS combing through crafty blogs back then, finding them the old-school way, painstakingly hunting for links in Flickr profiles, and cataloging them in old-school feed readers which often went caput, taking all my joy with them.

Do you remember any of that experience, or am I getting a bit too old? :)

Anyhow, the ancient Photobucket links on my Crafty Blog School have long since expired, so I restored them to their former glory. These posts are an amusing trip back in time, to the early days of the internet, when so very few things looked polished and cool, so you could more generously appreciate the things which did. :)

All of which leaves me with a burning question:

Does anybody blog anymore?


Seriously, readers, help me out here - do you blog? Why or why not? If you did or do blog, share a link with us, so we can all stop by!

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!

January 31, 2018

Reader Feedback Giveaway!

Hi guys! Every January, you don't see much of me, and that is intentional. Each year I tend to take that month off of posting to step back and think about the direction for the blog the next year, what I would like to try, what is missing, etc. Feeling Stitchy is an all volunteer blog - we are not paid for our work, and aside from featuring products we like we do not do advertising -we love blogging and embroidery, so we do this all for the joy of doing it.

This year, I thought YOU would be the best people, of course to chime in and help us out.

What would YOU like to see more of on Feeling Stitchy?

Book reviews? Tutorials? Stitchalongs? Blog crawls? Etsy spotlights? Features of interesting embroidery on Instagram, Twitter, or somewhere else entirely?

What is YOUR embroidery blog wish - if you could have anything in an embroidery blog, what would your wish be? Granted we may not be able to grant every wish, but what is it that you're looking for here? Inspiration? Joy? Something new?

Tell us all about it in the comments please, and for helping us, we'll give one random winner the embroidery/craft related book of their choice from Amazon - anything, $25 and under! This applies to ALL our readers, don't worry, I will foot the bill for the shipping if it has to go to Timbuktu. :) Don't forget to also mention the book you'd like to receive - if you're not sure what to pick, just say Surprise Me. :)

We'll leave the comments open through Feb 11, 9 PM US CST, when I will close the comments and draw one random winner. Good luck 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!

January 30, 2018

Stitchy Snippets - Raw Denim

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Ian Berry is an extraordinary textile artist, who is known for working exclusively with denim cloth. Berry uses discarded denim to create detailed art including portraits, urban landscapes and installations. Initially, whilst observing the contrasting blue tones in heap of old jeans, Berry was inspired to use these household items to create stunning pieces of art.

This universally, commonly worn item provides a perfect medium for Berry's diverse city scenes and portraits of cult icons. Painstakingly cut, layered and fixed by hand, these art works have so much detail and depth that from afar they look like paintings.

'To see them up close, you become aware of the depth and texture and see how each small piece of denim has been considered and crafted out of jeans with washes, and fades, which help create that painterly tone.'

Check out a selection of these awesome pieces of textile art.

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

Original artwork by Ian Berry, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield for the Stitchy Snippets series

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 25, 2018

Sampled Lives: Exhibit at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Mary Livermore Sampler featured in Sampled Lives, an exhibit at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Just one of many breathtaking samplers in the Sampled Lives Exhibit, found via a post by the RSN yesterday. I have always had a deep love and appreciation for samplers, cross-stitched or otherwise, just not necessarily the patience needed to complete one.

The online portion of the exhibition contains numerous beautiful photos of samplers and an extensive backhistory of the craft and its role in contemporary women's lives and educations, I highly recommend a visit - visit here.

This Church Times article on the exhibition is also very fascinating, as it draws in aspects of faith and stitching, something which means a lot to me personally, and which I've seen more and more of in the craft world lately:
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/6-october/features/features/sewing-stories-unpicking-the-faith-of-girls-past

This 1815 sampler is even more gorgeous and impressive when you have a look at the enviably neat backside:

Mary Livermore Sampler featured in Sampled Lives, an exhibit at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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!

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:
Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Facebook

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.

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