July 16, 2019

Stunning Stitches winner!

We have our winner in the giveaway for Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy


If you didn't win this time, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.


This lucky person will receive a free digital copy!


I have done some embroidery and quilting. I have tried to make a crazy quilt but I didn't get very far. I took one of Kathy's online classes and it is very inspirational.

Shasta, please email me at unafloresita@gmail.com so we can get you your book!

Thank you to Kathy for making this blog hop and giveaway possible, and for writing such a wonderful stitching resource!

Don't forget Kathy is giving away one more digital download on her blog today, so you have one more chance to win: https://www.shawkl.com/

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 15, 2019

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts Blog Hop!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hello all, I am pleased to have Feeling Stitchy to be one of the last spots on the blog hop for Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw! Kathy sent me a free copy of this book, as well as a digital download, so I can assure you they are both equally stunning.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Just so you know, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.

Kathy is also doing a giveaway on this post - so stick around to win a digital copy of this truly stunning book!

Kathy Shaw teaches Crazy Quilt and Embroidery techniques on her site - you'll want to visit her for one more chance to win a copy of this book on her blog tomorrow: https://shawkl.com.

Now, some of you may be thinking - quilting? Crazy quilting? What does that have to do with embroidery? Crazy quilting remains a technique I have yet to try. But whether you are new to crazy quilting, seasoned, or have no intention of ever crazy quilting - this book is a wonderful title for you to explore!

Let's have a look inside!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

One of the strengths of this book, and what I know will interest all embroiderers, are the wonderful stitch templates!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

These stitch templates are easy to photocopy or print (I'll show you how I used mine later on) and they provide a very helpful framework for where your needle should go in and out of the fabric to achieve a perfect stitch.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

If you are a crazy quilter - these designs can be stitched on the borders of your fabric pieces to embellish them, and Kathy gives excellent instructions on placement.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

There are 36 stitch templates in all - with her directions they are all easy to achieve. I found myself drawn to stitches I had tried in the past, but wasn't happy with - like herringbone and feather stitch...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Kathy provides full instructions for using each of these stitch templates, so there is no guessing at all!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Now, here is the stunning part - using those base stitch templates, Kathy has created 480 different designs!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Each design is very carefully illustrated, and is a wonderful springboard to creativity!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

For each design, Kathy includes a detailed color-coded line drawing, stitches, and suggested materials used.

There are also stitched examples so you can know exactly what your finished stitching could look like!

My stitching

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I decided to explore a stitch I've never been comfortable with - feather stitch - and see if I could improve my stitching with the stitch templates...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I printed my templates on regular copy paper, then cut and taped them into place on my fabric. I used a large, thick needle to punch holes in every dot...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Then I used a chalk pencil to color in each dot on my fabric - you could also use a water soluble pen or heat erasable marker...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

A few hours later, I was stunned to see the neatest feather stitches I'd ever attempted!

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Then, using Kathy's seam designs as inspiration, I began adding embellishments...

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

Here are my three experiments with the templates - as you see I used templates 2, 3, and 4, stitching one unembellished row, and one embellished one.

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts

I had SO MUCH FUN with this project! Now you see why I would recommend this book to any stitcher, beginning or advanced - quilter or non-quilter - there are so many different ideas contained in this book to inspire your embroidery and embellishments.

Kathy has done an incredible job with this book, and I highly recommend it - if you're looking to improve your stitching, your crazy quilting, or just looking for some creative exercises, this book will do the job!

The Giveaway!

Kathy is giving away 1 free digital download of this book to 1 lucky winner on this blog!

To enter - leave a comment on this post and tell us: are you a crazy quilter, embroiderer, neither, or both? We will draw 1 winner and announce them soon!

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 12, 2019

Project a Month - Linladan Circle Kit

Project a Month July - Linladan Circle Kit as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This month I will be stitching a beautiful Circle Kit from Linladan. If you would like to stitch along with me, there are more lovely kits in her store, including alternate color ways of this Circle kit!

Here is an image from Linladan, tantalizing small, of what my finished embroidery might look like:


Isn't it gorgeous? First off, I'd like to give you a tour of the kit, so you can see everything that comes inside...

A Look at the Kit

Linen kit by Linladan

My kit came with a photo of the original Swedish kit from the 1960's that this is based on. On the left you see the stitched version, on the right, the drawing.

Linen kit by Linladan

Tanja includes some history on the Circle Kit, with a list of some of the stitches used, as well as their Swedish names!

Linen kit by Linladan

There's another list of stitches included, the screenprinted linen, and vintage linen floss.


About the Linen Threads

Linen kit by Linladan

Linen floss has a very different texture than the cotton floss I am used to using. They are stiffer, sort of the texture of unwaxed tooth floss, if anybody here remembers that! :)

Linen floss has a gorgeous sheen that lends itself really well to couching and satin stitch.

Linen kit from Linladan

I was so excited to get stitching with these new threads! I began with the darker teal - the name on this label says "Marks Linda Garn." It's about the weight of a size 12 pearl cotton, for comparison.

Linen kit from Linladan

After finding where the threads were tied together under the label, I clipped that, and was able to use this as a pull skein.

Linen kit from Linladan

Some skeins worked better than others as pull skeins. That could just be user error - pulling the wrong thread, I ended up with a tangled mess on 2 skeins! :)

All the threads in this kit had the same weight, except for the bright yellow skein:

Linen kit from Linladan

This label says 40/2, the others say 16/2, which I'm sure has something to do with the thread weight? It felt to me like between 1-2 strands of cotton floss. It felt softer, and produced a much smoother satin stitch.

Linen kit from Linladan

I cleaned up my tangled thread mess on the teal and yellow skeins by winding them on wooden spools...

Linen kit from Linladan

But I left some of the threads in the labels, because I think they're so nice looking. :)

Linen kit from Linladan

Here is my photo to compare thread weights on the thinner (yellow) and thicker (teal) thread... but they look the same don't they? Trust me, the skein marked 40/2 is much thinner!

Linen kit from Linladan

Here's another skein that functioned just fine as a pull skein. I'm fascinated by the different Swedish names, but have no clue what they mean.

Linen kit from Linladan

This is the full palette I am stitching with so far - I am using 1 DMC floss shade - that lightest teal - DMC 504, to add some contrast. Those 2 beige-ish skeins are so close in color that I will use them interchangeably, and I doubt anyone could tell them apart against the brown background.

Linen kit from Linladan

I'm doing a lot of couching with these threads - it shows up their sheen so well! Knots work just fine. Stem stitch has a very organic quality to it because of the thick and thin qualities of the threads. Everything done in this thread looks nubbly, but I'm enjoying that look immensely!

Linen kit from Linladan

On this yellow spoke, I used concentric lines of stem / outline stitch, with 1 strand of thread. I like the look of the brown fabric peeking through!

Linen kit from Linladan

Here's my progress so far - I moved my stitching into a large 14 inch hoop I found on Ebay:

Linen kit from Linladan

I am LOVING this project! It feels so distinct to anything I've embroidered yet - it's geometric, but vintage - I love the sharp lines and the organic quality of the materials.

Again, if you'd like to stitch along, I highly recommend a purchase from Linladan. If you'd just like to experiment with linen threads, she sells boxes of those, too!

Follow my progress on Instagram @nyfloresita!

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 8, 2019

Winners of All Points Patchwork!

We have our two winners! All Points Patchwork is a wonderful resource by Diane Gilleland on English Paper Piecing - see my review.

If you didn't win this time, I highly recommend this book, and there's a very good price on Amazon currently. If you buy no other EPP book, I think you'll do just fine with this 1 title!

All Points Patchwork a book by Diane Gilleland

Just so you know, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.

Our Winners!

Jeanette Cross • 7 days ago
I like the hexagon although would like to try other shapes. I am going to make a hexagon patchwork bag and this book would provide lots of inspiration.

Lee • 6 days ago
My daughter and I have been wanting to try EPP! Thank you for the review of the book! I would say my favorite shape would have to bee :) hexagon (in my last class to be a bee keeper!!)

Jeanette Cross and Lee, please get in touch with me at unafloresita@gmail.com so I can send out your copy of All Points Patchwork. Thank you to everyone who entered!!!

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!

June 30, 2019

Book Review: All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Book review of All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Today I'd like to feature a wonderful book by Diane Gilleland called All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects. This is a book I purchased myself, and I wanted to share it with you because it is an amazing resource for English paper piecing!

Just so you know, the book link is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying costs no more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.

Here on Feeling Stitchy, we've been fortunate to receive many books to review over the years. Each one felt like a gift - and I will always be grateful to the authors and publishers who have shared the fruits of their hard work with us. This is not a book we received for review, but it definitely deserves a spotlight, both for the hard work of the author and the absolute gorgeousness of this book. I think it's so gorgeous - I'm giving away 2 copies!

A look at the book

I've seen many craft books over the past 13 years of craft blogging, I think I need to say this is the most beautiful craft book I have ever seen!

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

One of my favorite kinds of craft books is the kind that is full of life-sized images of fabrics and tools and projects - you know, the ones that make you feel like you could reach out and grab anything on the page?

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

The photos in this book are all like that!

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Everything is so well laid out and explained - there's nothing intimidating or scary about the process - you get the feeling you are crafting with a a really patient, wonderful friend...

And the colors!

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Everything just sings in this book - you get a sense of Diane's natural eye for color and print and texture.

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Hexagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, octagons, pentagons, and curved shapes like apple cores and clamshells - this book has sections dedicated to every EPP shape you can think of, with careful explanations of how to baste each and every one...

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

I love how the author also takes the time to explain the basics of color value and the importance of how you lay out your patches...

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

There's an entire section devoted to creating your own EPP patterns, either by hand, or on computer.

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

One area where this book really shines is in all the possibilities it gives you - there are no set projects, per se, but just limitless explorations of everything you can do with EPP - your imagination is the only limit!

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Everything is explained - even those funny little flags you see hanging off of everyone's points on Instagram - what do you do with those? Diane explains what to do with them!

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

Throughout the book you'll see numerous ideas, photographed so beautifully...

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

And no detail is too small. I really can't think of one question I had about EPP that this book did not answer...

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland


About Diane Gilleland

You may remember Diane Gilleland from Crafty Pod, a series of podcasts she did on crafting. I am probably the only craft blogger who never listened to Diane's podcasts - I have no idea what I was doing instead of listening to Diane's podcasts, I wish they were archived so I could enjoy them as so many of you out there did! Sadly for us, Crafty Pod is no longer around, and Diane has moved on to other pursuits - but how wonderful it is that she has inspired so many of us, and has contributed 3 wonderful books, of which All Points Patchwork is one.

After writing on this blog for so long, I am starting to think about the crafty legacy Feeling Stitchy has created, and the crafty legacy I have created individually, too. It's not something I ever get much feedback about, but I'd like to think we've inspired you over the years. I've been thinking of this for awhile now, and maybe that's why I found this interview with Diane Gilleland on Crafty Planner so moving: http://www.craftyplanner.com/2016/09/26/diane-gilleland/.

In it, she talks about a few of the reasons she stopped pursuing craftiness full-time. I think it is a wonderful discussion for anyone who is thinking of pursuing crafty goals full-time to listen to. One of the major limitations on the success of full-time craft entrepreneurs, I think, is that the traditional handwork of women remains undervalued - not just by others - but also by us! One of the loveliest takeaways I got from this podcast is that we must set the terms for how we want our work, and the handwork of others (male and female) to be valued. We must decide how much time we want to dedicate to our craft, and not take less than what we know our talents are worth.

It's another reason this year, I've set out to review, purchase, and enjoy things I did not get for free. Again, I value the work of the authors and publishers who send us titles to review (I'm featuring one later this month!) but I also think it's valuable to spend my hard-earned cash on the things I enjoy, so I can contribute to their presence and hopefully keep more of their magic in this world.

For the time being, the best I can do is use this space to say thank you to everyone who enriches our community with their talent, creativity and generosity, so thank you, Diane!

Giveway!

I loved All Points Patchwork so much, that I'd like to give away 2 copies! Seriously, if you have ever thought about trying English paper piecing but didn't know where to begin, THIS is the book to buy!

The rules: Please leave a comment on this post by telling us what your favorite EPP shape is (for me, it's a tie between hexagon, pentagon, and tumbler) , and/or what YOU would make with English paper piecing (assuming you had infinite time, energy and skills of course)!

I'll leave comments up through next Monday, July 8, when I'll close them and draw 2 random winners! Everyone can enter!

Edit July 8: We have 2 winners! Will announce soon!

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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