April 18, 2019

Project a Month - Beginner Rose by Lolli and Grace

Project a Month 4 Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

We are well into April so I chose a smaller design this month, the Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace. The colors are gorgeous, and I like the idea of being able to finish quickly.

It's only fair to feature Lolli and Grace 2 months out of 12 this year, as I've been wanting to stitch up at least half her store! :) A few of the colors in this pattern are the same as the ones I used for the previous One Meaningful Word pattern, an added bonus for anyone wanting to stitch both patterns! This pattern can be purchased as either a PDF pattern or a kit in Anne's store.

I like that Anne suggests stitching this pattern 3 ways:
Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

From left to right - split stitch, chain stitch, and buttonhole or blanket stitch.

I loved the buttonhole stitch and I do want to try that one later, but for now I settled on chain stitch:

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

I am using 3 strands of floss, as Anne recommends in her pattern, and all the same colors she asks for. I am stitching on a very light blue quilting cotton, so light it barely registers as blue.

I absolutely love these colors in the daylight - so bright and vivid!

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

When I transferred my image, I reversed it, so the petals are not in the same color order - but I like this because it makes it more unique. I don't like to copy things too exactly.

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

Only 3 days of on again off again stitching and I am almost done! Can't beat that for a quick stitch! I highly recommend this pattern to any beginner, or to anyone looking to practice a specific stitch. I'm also thinking this will be a lovely Mother's day gift...

If you'd like to join in this very quick project, head over to the Lolli and Grace shop on Etsy to buy the Beginner Rose 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!

April 12, 2019

Project a Month: Wrap up - Lolli and Grace

Project a Month 3- Lolli and Grace
Well here we are at the end of stitching up this beautiful One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace! And here I am again, into the next month, finishing up the previous month's pattern, ha ha. Looks like I might have to stitch something simpler and smaller this month to get caught up and back on a proper schedule. :)

I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this pattern - this has to be one of the most consistently joyful embroidery projects I've undertaken in some time.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

When I last left you, I had stitched up 3 flowers and was starting on the leaves and vines. I LOVE that blue flower, by the way. I could take and show you pictures of that blue flower all day...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I mostly stuck to the Lolli and Grace pattern, but I did a fw things differently, I'll try to point them all out. Up above is one tiny difference - as I mentioned I used more of a fishbone stitch for my leaves as opposed to satin stitch. And on the leaf above, if you squint you'll see the tiniest sparkle- I blended 1 strand of Etoile floss with 1 strand of the yellow green the pattern called for. It was an interesting effect, but as you can see, so subtle it's hard to discern...

Next I tackled the largest pink flower - I was intimidated by the floss blending and wasn't sure if I'd like the finished product...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace


But I really enjoyed this too! It's really bright and graphic and much lovelier than I expected.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this project is how I enjoyed the colors in every light...
Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Do you know what I mean? Sometimes I choose colors for a project in broad daylight, and I only like my project in nice bright light, or vice versa, I choose my colors in the evening, and find I hate my project in bright light. Anne's colors were just consistently beautiful in every light, in my opinion!

You can see above that sometimes my fabric looks bright green, sometimes lime green or khakhi - and in every instance, the floss colors pop and work beautifully!

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I did a real cruddy trace job and my trace lines were all over the place - so I stitched a thin split stitch on the inside of that big pink flower using 2 strands of thread, to cover my messy trace job.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Here I am most of the way through, but at this point realizing I had LOTS of details to fill in. All the same, I loved looking at this project, no matter what stage it was in.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

These little red flowers were supposed to be Lazy daisy stitches in the pattern, but I decided to do clusters of French knots instead...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Progress on those tiny French knots was slow but so satisfying and restful...

French Knot Frustrations

I don't always enjoy French knots, however!

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I had a heck of a time feeling happy with the French knots in the centers of the large flowers - I just was never satisfied with my placement of them, the way I spaced them looked haphazard and messy to me...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

The French knots always looked ok to me in the beginning, when there was a good amount of space between them...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

But filling in the spaces made them look too cluttered and messy to me.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

More messy flower centers on those bottom 2 flowers - ok I realize I am nit-picking - but it's hard not to be obsessed with tiny details in such a lovely project.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

So I picked out all my French knots for the 5th time and tried again!

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I did a simple chain stitch in place of the French knot ring, and I instantly felt 100% happier with the look! This is an important lesson, I think - if you're not happy with a given stitch, don't be afraid to just try something different.

Choosing my One Meaningful Word

Choosing my one meaningful word for the year was hard for me - Anne offers plenty of options:

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

It was hard to choose the one word that spoke the most to me...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Well, this one fits, but as a cancer survivor, I am hesitant to use that label because I don't want cancer to define me. It was something that happened to me,  but cancer is not me - there was so much more before and after cancer to define me.

So while I recognize the value of this term and all that it implies, I kept looking...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

This applied, too - after cancer treatment, I have experienced so many little moments of pure joy which are overwhelming. The smallest things that I never had the grace or ability to see as blessings or beautiful before, now move me. Life, and all its beauty, people in all their uniqueness and strength, overwhelm me with joy.

But still, I kept looking...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I settled on "Bloom" because I love this idea of not just surviving, but blooming - after all the pressure and worry and fear I've endured - to bloom more fully into a new creation, a new person I didn't have the ability to be before...

Finishing my Hoop

I purchased a smaller hoop to frame my finished embroidery...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I was inspired by the bright lime green of my fabric, and the way it matched this green patterned masking tape that was on the table... what if..

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I wrapped my wooden hoop in the patterned masking tape - which fit nice and smoothly...

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I love the bright pop of color, and how well it coordinates with my fabric.

Here's my finished piece!

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I chose to leave off many of the lovely details on the larger flowers- because I loved the large, unbroken areas of satin stitch and was just so proud of my work, I wanted to leave them undisturbed and as simple as possible.

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I decided to stitch my one word on a nice olive green felt I had leftover from last year's 12 Months of Christmas stitchalong. I used the suggested dark teal color and filled in the letters with the lightest yellow green in the pattern, I enjoyed the contrast.

Some last lovely details I enjoyed on my piece...
Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Progress on One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I haven't yet stitched the one word on - but I plan to either pin it or do a light basting stitch because I like the idea of swapping out words or displaying it without the word as I see fit...

One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

What a satisfying project this has been! Thanks to everyone who followed my progress, either here or on Instagram (@nyfloresita), and thanks especially to Anne of Lolli and Grace for designing this pattern and so graciously taking time to cheer me on!

First post: Project a Month - Lolli and Grace

Buy the pattern

You may purchase this pattern in the Lolli and Grace Etsy store, of course it has my very enthusiastic approval: One Meaningful Word 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!

April 3, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday 69: Moody Green Embroidery

Wonderful Wednesday 69 - Moody Green Monogram Pattern as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Just look at this breathtaking Floral Monogram Embroidery Pattern by Moody Green Embroidery! I've been eying this pattern for months now - I am in love with all the delicate lines and textured stitches. I love the subtle colors and the beautiful take on negative space - but do I dare?

Maybe a good way to test out my tracing skills and make sure I'm up to the challenge is to first tackle this smaller (but still beautiful and complex) Single Detailed Flower Pattern:

Single Flower pattern by Moody Green on Etsy as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

For more breathtaking photos of Sanita's embroidery, follow her on Instagram: @moodygreenembroidery

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!

March 21, 2019

Project a Month - Lolli and Grace

Project a Month- March - One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

Do you ever come across a pattern that is so perfect, so beautiful to you, that you say to yourself immediately, I need to stitch that, and I need to stitch it exactly as it is, no alterations needed? For me, that is rare - because one of the fun things about stitching is the chance to make a project truly your own by tweaking the colors, changing the fabric, etc.

But the second I saw this One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace, I knew I wanted to stitch it just as she did - I needed that pattern!

I mean, look at her stitching - all the bright colors, the green fabric, it's just an explosion of color in a way that is just perfect for me:

Project a Month- March - One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace

I particularly love Anne's Youtube video with detailed instructions of how to do the satin stitch portions. This video changed my satin stitch forever!


I HATE and dread satin stitch in general. I almost didn't stitch this pattern, because it was mostly satin stitch. But Anne's video truly made the difference for me - I learn best by watching someone else stitch. And Anne's directions are wonderful. I also love how no-pressure her style is, and that as lovely as her stitching is, she embraces imperfection and says there is no one right way to stitch anything.

Lolli and Grace also sells kits, with everything you need to stitch this pattern, but considering the fact that I now own every color of DMC floss, AND had just bought a stack of cotton fat quarters, with one in lime green, I thought, surely I can do this without a kit!

Project a Month- March

So I purchased the pattern, and did a MARATHON evening of tracing. I did a real meh job of tracing, because I couldn't see too well, but I decided not to care and proceeded forward, anyway!

Project a Month- March

Here is my first attempt at satin stitching, using 4 strands of floss. Not too impressive. I found that for me in particular, it was hard to control 4 strands of floss, so I tried again, on the right, with just 2 strands:

Project a Month- March

Maybe it's just me but I think it lays much flatter and looks better than my first attempt. So I restitched the other side, and decided to tackle all the satin stitch with just 2 strands.

Project a Month- March

Looking at my finished first flower, I was completely blown away by how nice it was looking:

Project a Month- March
Perfectionists, look elsewhere! But for me, this was such a leap in my abilities and confidence, and again, it was Anne's video that helped me most.

Project a Month- March

With my confidence boosted, I proceeded to tackle the rest of the flowers!

Project a Month- March

I do think using 2 strands on these long petals did change the look a tiny bit, but I still think they look pretty good.

Project a Month- March


Project a Month- March

It's hard to stop staring at this project - the colors are just so lovely and the gleam of the floss looks so nice when stitched this way!

Project a Month- March

Next I tackled the orange and pink flower - it's not identical it Anne's because of my wonky trace job, but I still like it.

Project a Month- March

Currently, I am stitching leaves. Instead of satin stitch, I am doing something more like fishbone stitch for the leaves - because I love the texture and center line it creates.

Thoughts so far on this pattern

I am LOVING this project! I can't believe my perspective has changed so dramatically on a stitch I used to hate so much.

I thoroughly recommend this pattern, if you'd like to stitch along with me, you can find it in Anne's Etsy shop: One Meaningful Word pattern. the instructions are very precise, the colors are delicious, and Anne is a joy to work with!

 

Satin Stitch - Love it or Hate It?

What do you think about satin stitch? Is it on your hated list? What is your least favorite stitch, that you'd like to improve?

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!

March 14, 2019

Project a Month: Wrap up - Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month February Color Theory with Karen Barbe a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

How do you like that little peek of my Final Project for the Color Theory class with Karen Barbé? You'll see the rest of my project at the end of this post!

It's no secret now which color combination I chose, after a lot of internal (and external) debate on my last post...

Project a Month February Color Theory with Karen Barbe a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I chose the Analogous color scheme, with a nice blue-green, bright yellow-green, and dark forest green:

Progress on Final Class Project

DMC 597, 166, and 895 - you may notice one of these is a vintage floss that is likely well over 25+ years old. I love to use my vintage flosses if they are in good shape, as this one was.

Progress on Final Class Project

I transferred my design with my trusty Aunt Martha's transfer pencil - I have been using the same pencil since I wrote my original How to Use a Transfer Pencil post, oh about 13 years ago! I think it's funny how I used to love vintage transfers and embroidery, and now my own embroidery is old enough to qualify. Way to feel old. Wait, not old... vintage. :)

Hope you love chain stitch, because I used lots and lots and lots of chain stitch! I decided to do my entire project in only those 3 colors of floss - so I diverged from the whole point of Karen's class - as she does encourage you to create a whole palette of colors. But I was so fascinated with the 3 colors, I wanted to try it and see what I thought of the finished piece...


Washing and Ironing My Project

Since the pink lines from the transfer pencil were showing through, I decided to give my project a wash when I was finished:

Washing my final piece

I soaked it in regular dish soap and cold water, and all the transfer pencil lines came out.

Then I put it on a towel to soak up the excess water:
Progress on Final Class Project

Last, I turned it face down on the towel and ironed the back while it was still wet, to get it nice and smooth, without smooshing the textured stitches...

Progress on Final Class Project

If you have a sharp eye, you'll see that any long, unsecured stitches got all wobbly and funky. I had to pick some of those out and re-stitch them, lesson learned:

Progress on Final Class Project

My Finished Project

And here's my final project, all finished!

Finished Final Class Project

It was a fun experiment in simplicity, but I did get a bit tired of just 3 colors. I think an ideal number of colors for a larger piece like this is 5-6.

To make each area look unique, I used as many different types of textural stitches as possible!

Finished Final Class Project

Most of the piece was chain stitch, outlined in back stitch, using 2 strands of floss, but I also used stem stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, and my messy version of a Cretan stitch (see Mary Corbet's beautiful version on Needle n' Thread - Cretan Stitch). I had a lot of fun playing with texture in this piece, I think it made up a bit for the lack of variety in my color choices.

Finished Final Class Project

I really love how those little blue acorns look - I used split stitch with 2 strands of floss - time-consuming, but I think it's a lovely effect.

Finished Final Class Project

Here are all the other mini pieces I stitched, looking at them all together, I do think the best choice was the one I picked, or the one with red.

Finished Final project

And here is my finished piece! What a fun project, truth be told, the main reason I took this class, was to be able to stitch that pattern!

Final thoughts

I learned SO MUCH from this class about color, and I spent countless happy hours thinking about colors, playing with colors, and it was just an absolute joy for me. So, do I recommend Karen's Color Theory class - absolutely! As I mentioned before the class is all in Spanish, but if you don't speak Spanish all of the concepts are covered in her book, Colour Confident Stitching.

Thank you for following along with me in this class - and stay tuned for later this week, when I reveal this month's new project!

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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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