March 24, 2017

Feeling Stitchy Friday with Regena Florenti


Regena Florenti @the_daily_stitcher
Regena Florenti @the_daily_stitcher on Instagram is participating in 1 Year of Stitches, a project started by Hannah Claire Somerville. Regena has been stitching this 14" hoop since the first of the year, and I love what's she's done. The miniature motifs she's stitched will be a keepsake for her for years to come. You can also find her on her blog, The Distracted Domestic.

And now a message from Amy...
"The best laid plans of mice and men" as the (modified) line from Robert Burns goes. I had grand plans for Feeling Stitchy Fridays where I would tease you throughout the week with snippets of that week's featured needle artist all to a big buildup on Friday. The only thing missing from that plan was time. So until I can figure out how to get more time in the day :) I'll continue to post our featured needle artist on Fridays.

March 20th was my two year anniversary writing for Feeling Stitchy! I have met so many lovely people from around the world, discovered needle artists I might not have otherwise seen, had the opportunity to sample great products, and made a lovely friend in the Feeling Stitchy Editor, Floresita.

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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March 21, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Blossom


Dancing in a soft breeze, Laurence Aguerre's incredibly delicate flowers are hand embroidered, woven, braided and shaped into form. The process is lengthy as well as a journey of exploration for Aguerre. 'Sometimes I have in mind the idea of a specific flower, sometimes I create very freely, and let myself be guided by the materials and techniques.'

These beautiful floral displays perfectly encapsulate fleeting moments in time and appear to preserve the fragility of nature. To find out more about Laurence Aguerre's stunning work check out her website here.




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.

March 17, 2017

Feeling Stitchy Friday with Deroui Safaes


Deroui Safaes is a self-taught embroidery artist who creates beautifully detailed and often thought-provoking pieces of embroidery. In looking through her Instagram feed at @d_safae, she shares with us a bit of her process - an image on a computer screen or picture from a book. Take a look at 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

March 10, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 91 with Sheryl Kessler


Happy Friday! I know I said that last week was the last Friday Instagram Finds, but life got away from me, and I didn't have time to do what I wanted to this week. Do you ever feel like maybe you've bitten off more than you can chew? That's me right now :)

Let's take a look at Sheryl Kessler from the Instagram account @fairisle37 ! Sheryl creates beautiful hand stitched fabric collage art. Sheryl tags her pieces with #slowstitching, which according to the website The Slow Stitching Movement is:


The Slow Stitching Movement is an illuminating revolution within the stitching and fiber art  industry, launched by international quilting personality Mark Lipinski. Modeled after the international Slow Food movement, The Slow Stitching Movement is open to all fiber and needle artists and will prepare you for a higher form of creativity and important work in the needle and fiber arts, be it quilting, knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, rug hooking, weaving, needlepoint, cross stitch, etc. 
I love this movement, and love what Sheryl has done because of it! The variety of stitches and layers of fabrics that Sheryl uses create textured pieces with depth. Here are some of my favorites from Sheryl's Instagram.


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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

March 7, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Animated Embroidery


Now for something a bit different. Irish artist Logan McLain has fused his love and skill of digital art with his passion for textiles by creating animated gifs of his embroidery. Sometimes a message or word appears amidst a whirling background but this textile animation of a lone deer is my personal favourite.



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.

March 3, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 90 with Tweet and Hoot

Photos by @tweetandhoot

Hi my stitchy friends! Well...today is the last Friday Instagram Finds. But don't be sad! I have something SO FUN in store for you! Buuuttt....you'll have to wait until next week to read the details :)

Let's take a look at @tweetandhoot. Katie creates the best pop culture-inspired hand embroidery! While I thoroughly enjoy her work, some of our more sensitive readers might be offended by some of the phrases in her Instagram feed. One of the things I really like about Katie's feed is that she shows us her works in progress. I think it's so cool when artists show us their work from beginning to end. You can buy Katie's embroidery in her Etsy shop Tweet and Hoot. Let's take a look at some of my favorite pictures from her Instagram feed.








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

March 1, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Tutorial roundup

A little wedding stitching

Well, my goal to give you a new free wedding-themed pattern each month was challenged by the actual wedding process. :)

Up above is a small wedding project I fit in - a simple ribbon belt, made (with some alterations) from this Martha Stewart Weddings tutorial.

I made my belt smaller, using 5/8 inch ivory ribbon, so I also made my loops daintier and smaller. I may try another in a thicker ribbon, once I get my dress - which currently is - too small! Ack! I had it taken in and it was taken in too much. Breathing is important, so I'm hoping they can fix it on my next visit.

Adding Cap Sleeves to a Strapless Dress
 
My dress is strapless, which had me scouring tutorials for adding sleeves. We're getting married in a church, and I wanted to be as respectful as possible, plus, I think my bare shoulders are not the most attractive, let's face it.

If alterations can't fix the unsightly armpit fat-bulge caused by my too-tight bodice, this will be a helpful camouflage. :)

Here are two nice tutorials I found for adding simple cap sleeves:



That's all for now - how about you? Did you do any last-minute alterations to your wedding dresses? Are there any tutorials you can recommend, or something you'd like to see here? Just leave a comment below! :)

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 24, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 89 with Errant Hart


Anna Hart Turner is a mixed media embroidery artist whose art is intricate and bright - I love it! You can find her on Instagram @errant_hart and her Etsy shop Errant Hart. Her use of color and texture make me want to reach through my computer screen to feel the fabrics and stitches she uses. Check out some of my favorites below, and then head over to Anna's Instagram account @errant_hart.

March 20, 2017 is the two year anniversary of Friday Instagram Finds - woo hoo! I'm going to switch things up a little bit, so you might want to start tagging your photos with #feelingstitchyfridays  :)

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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

February 21, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - On The Button


A real master of buttons, artist Ran Hwang, constructs awesome art works made up of hundreds of buttons, pins and yards of threads. Hwang takes something so ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary by manipulating and arranging these common household items into stunning, colossal images.



Ran Hwang likens her artistic process to meditation as she labors for many hours with intricate precision which requires focus, calm and fluidity. Each button is accurately attached to the flat surface with a pin, also many of these buttons are handmade from paper.



Subtle meanings are key to Hwang's work which she explains: "pins hold buttons that remain free to move between the surface of the wall and the pinhead. The constricted movement of the button, an everyday object as numerous and “ordinary” as people, as it is caught within the confines imposed by the wall and the pinhead, suggests the tension between the human desire for freedom and the limitations imposed by society."
Hwang's incredible collection of work is displayed worldwide and can be seen in many international museums. See more of her work here.

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.

February 17, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 88 with Maryke Dolls


I was looking through our #feelingstitchyig hashtag when I came across the beautiful dolls that Robyn Maryke creates. You can find her on Instagram at @marykedolls and her online shop Maryke Dolls. Robyn's handmade dolls feature recycled wool, and they are beautiful! I don't have a daughter (unless you count my three female dogs :) ), but I want one of these for myself! The Frida, in particular, is my favorite. Take a look at some of my favorite pictures, and then go check out her Instagram feed @marykedolls.

On March 20, 2017 we have our two year Friday Instagram Finds anniversary - woo hoo! I'm switching things up a bit, so you might want to start using #feelingstitchyfridays on your best needle art photos on Instagram  :)




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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

February 15, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #31: What She Said Stitches


Absolutely. This free pattern by What She Said Stitches is perfectly inspiring to me. There are so many wonderful quote patterns in this shop, I highly recommend a visit!

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, 2017

MooshieStitch Monday: Valentine's Stitching Project Ideas


I love searching the Feeling Stitchy archives to find inspiration and project ideas.

Recently I searched the blog for Valentine's Day and found some really great tutorials I thought I would share!

But first - here are a few photos of the heart I stitched.


I traced a heart, worked the outline in stem stitch and added detached chain stitches around it for leaves.


Then added a red flower in the center and french knots around the leaves.



Now here are those tutorials I found...

Up first - this Valentine's Day treat bag with a cool negative space heart.

Tutorial Here



Make your self a Cupid's Arrow pin!

Tutorial Here



I love this silly skunk pattern  - stitch it up with your own personalized Valentine's Day message!

Find It Here




How about stitching a Valentine's Day coffee cup cozy?

Tutorial Here



Or try experimenting with wire! This "All you need is Love" project looks quick and easy - especially if you already know the couching stitch - and could be also be personalized with your own message.

Tutorial Here



Happy Valentine's Stitching!!





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 10, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 87 with Forest Fibers


Today we feature the hand embroidery of Jackie of @forestfibers. I love how she fills the space in the fabric with paint and lots of little stitches like those in the examples above. She goes outside the hoop with wall hangings that have beautiful meaning. Jackie is 21 years old, but definitely has an old soul. Check out some of my favorite piece below, and then check out her Instagram feed @forestfibers.

You can also purchase Jackie's art on her Etsy shop Forest Fibers Studios.

March 20, 2017 is the two year anniversary of Friday Instagram Finds - woo hoo!! I'm going to do something to switch it up a little bit, so you might want to start tagging your photos with #feelinstitchyfridays  :)




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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

February 8, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Bride and Groom Hoops

Finished Bride and Groom hoops!

Just a quick post to update you on the Bride and Groom hoops I shared with you as a free pattern!

I just happened to be working on a veil project (more on that later, I hope) and had some scraps of pretty ivory Chantilly lace and tulle leftover, so I used them to embellish my Bride hoop. I also used ivory bias tape to wrap the hoop (I originally used light gray in my first post).

On to the Groom hoop - I wanted to embellish it, but not too much and not too flowery, so I stitched some very delicate branches on each side in DMC 822 and white sewing thread. I used the original light gray bias tape, and DMC 822 for the lettering.

The difference in color on the bias tape and stitching is very subtle, but I think it works well:


Here are the links to the free Bride and Groom patterns, by the way:

Would you like a pattern version of the very simple branches design I added to the Groom hoop? Leave a comment here, I'll be happy to draw it up later!

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 3, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 86 with Justyna


Hello Stitchy Friends! On today's Friday Instagram Finds we feature Justyna of @nibyniebo_.  Justyna has a fun and bright style that uses hand embroidery AND polymer clay! I've never seen anyone else do this, and the results are stunning. Her clocks are so much fun.  I just love how she describes her work as "slowly crafted." In this rush around world, it's great to see someone who revels in taking her time to produce beautiful pieces of art.

You can purchase Justyna's works of art in her Etsy shop here. Take a look at some of my favorite pieces from her Instagram feed.

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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

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