February 21, 2019

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month 2 - Color Theory Class with Karen Barbe as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hello all, I'm here again with my progress on this month's Project a Month - a lovely Color Theory class with Karen Barbé (in Spanish) on Domestika.

As I mentioned last week, if you don't speak Spanish and would like to follow along, all you need is Karen's wonderful book Color Confident Stitching - it covers all the concepts here!


Color Palettes Based on Color Harmony

Now on to my favorite part of the class - selecting color harmonies using the color wheel! (p.50 in her book)

Project a Month 2 - Color Theory Class with Karen Barbe as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Here are the first 3 color harmonies I constructed, using paint chips. I hesitated at first, thinking, wouldn't it be more accurate to just use my embroidery floss instead? But I'm glad I did - playing with the paint chips to select my colors helped me see the colors in a new way, and think of them more as colors than as floss, if that makes any sense.

I chose my favorite color - a teal blue-green, and based all of my color harmonies around their relationships to this color:

Monochromatic

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé


Analogous

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé


Complementary

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé


Near Complementary

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé


Triad

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Wasn't that fun? As you see, I stitched a tiny portion of the final class project in each color harmony, so I could pick my favorite. but it didn't work - I liked them all equally!

Do you have a favorite? My Instagram feed is currently split between the Near Complementary and Analogous color schemes. :)

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Another thing I loved about building these color harmonies is that when I was done, I had a grouping of colors that all looked wonderful together. So, this is a great way to build up a color scheme if you aren't sure where to start - all you really need is 1 color you love to begin! Sidenote - it's also a great way to write a poem, if you use those marvelous color names as starting points. :)

So there we are - I hoped you enjoyed this walk through Karen's Color Theory class so far! Next week, stay tuned for my (hopefully) finished class project, in the color theory palette of my choice!

Last week's post: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2019/02/project-month-color-theory-with-karen.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!

February 16, 2019

Project a Month: Color Theory with Karen Barbé

Project a Month 2 - Color Theory Class with Karen Barbe on Domestika as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

A year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbé, and I was immediately taken in by her gorgeous book.

Last month, I was very pleased to discover that Karen was teaching an online Color Theory class on a Spanish-language site called Domestika.



I knew nothing about Domestika, but the intro video Karen posted on her blog really piqued my interest. Spanish was my first language, but my speaking ability is clumsy at best. But I took the plunge and purchased the class, which was on sale for half price, and decided I would use this chance to improve my Spanish AND my color skills.

Follow along with her book!

Don't speak Spanish? The good news is all of the concepts in Karen's online class can be found in her book Colour Confident Stitching, so if you want to try what I'm doing, I'll give you the corresponding page number in her book!

I am often pressed for time when I do book reviews and I find it difficult to do a thorough review. So there were many wonderful concepts in Colour Confident Stitching that I didn't have time to explore - this online class gave me all the inspiration I needed to take it all further!

Floss Color Cards - "Color Compasses"

My favorite thing about Karen's color theory class so far has to be her floss color cards:
(p.28 in her book)

Color Theory class with  Karen Barbé

With the color cards in the center, I sorted paint chips (the kind you find in hardware stores). Karen calls her color cards in Spanish, brújulas cromáticas - color compasses. They help you understand where a color sits on the color wheel, if the color is lighter, brighter, more muted, or dark, and by extension, whether the color is warmer or cooler.

I LOVED sorting colors, and it opened my eyes to color relationships I had never seen before!

Color Theory class with  Karen Barbé

Here I am, repeating this exercise with a bundle of fat quarters... I chose this fabric bundle randomly, but I love how closely they match the paint chips I brought home from the hardware store! It looks like I have certain colors I gravitate towards, and others I clearly do not (hello orange and medium green!)

Holding Karen's color cards against fabrics is a tactile way to measure color temperature:

Color Theory with Karen Barbé

These 2 fabrics are options for my final piece - pale blue and pale pink. I couldn't decide if the pink was warmer or cooler, so I included 2 color cards - red-violet and red - what would your guess be?

These cards have helped me understand color in a way I never have before - and I've been stitching for over 10 years now!

Stitch along!

If you are a Spanish speaker, I fully recommend Karen's class - Teoría del color para proyectos textiles. I was not paid to review this class, I found it on my own, I have already purchased 2 more embroidery classes on Domestika and they are gorgeous. I am very impressed by Domestika - the quality of the videos, the talent of the artists, and their site and forums are wonderful.

If you are not a Spanish speaker, as I mentioned earlier, and color theory interests you, I highly recommend Karen's book, Colour Confident Stitching, you will have all the materials you need to follow along!

Next week, I'll show you the 5 color palettes I chose, based on color wheel harmonies - here's a preview!

Color Theory with Karen Barbé

I stitched 5 small examples so I could decide on a favorite palette - do you have a favorite? For my final post, I'll show you my rendition of the final class design!

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, 2019

Feeling Random Friday with Laura Baverstock


When I first came across Laura Baverstock's account on Instagram, all I could say was - WOW! I'm pretty sure my mouth hung open in awe, too. Here's a description from her website as to what she does:
Laura Baverstock is a specialist hand embroiderer, textile artist and illustrator who mixes traditional stitching techniques with her contemporary design practice.  She creates embellished designs and bespoke pieces with modern materials and embroidery adding texture and interest.  Her use of strong shapes and silhouettes are contrasted against refined and delicate detail.
She is a Royal School of Needlework trained specialized hand embroidery artist who is a Trade Freeman of the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers. I don't know what that last part means, but it certainly sounds like an accomplishment. Instead of reading me blathering on like a fan girl, take a look at some of my favorite pieces from Laura's Instagram.









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 13, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday 66 - Cutesy Crafts

Wonderful Wednesday 66 - Cutesy Crafts a feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Isn't this Free Floral Hoop pattern by Jessica at Cutesy Crafts gorgeous? I adore the colors she's chosen, and of course how beautifully stitched (and photographed) her sample is.

Jessica has a video series on Youtube that walks you through every step of the stitching process for this free pattern!


Jessica also has a wonderful video on stitched lettering:

Backstitch Lettering


Unicorn lovers, how about this adorable free pattern? Her color choices are so sweet!
Free Unicorn Embroidery pattern by Cutesy Crafts as featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Beautiful work, Jessica!

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 7, 2019

Feeling Stitchy Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who took time to comment on our feedback and giveaway post this year! I really enjoyed reading everyone's thoughtful responses about buying local and deleting Facebook - I know everyone has different feelings about Facebook, but I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling that they could do much better to protect our private information and create a positive worldwide community. As for me, I'm done with it, and haven't looked back since deleting my account!

And now for our Giveaway winner!


Bluebird • 11 days ago

I like the idea of supporting small and local shops rather than the big stores. That is what we need more of and not just in the area of needlework.

I also like the shift to Instagram. I have just recently begun to use it more myself. Overall all of your ideas sound good to me.

As for a prize, I have had my eye on "RSN ESG: Stumpwork: Essential Stitch Guides (Royal School of Needlework Essential Stitch Guides)".


Bluebird, please contact me at unafloresita@gmail.com with your mailing address so I may send out your prize!



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!

Project a Month: Wrap up - SeptemberHouse Calendar

Project a Month featuring the SeptemberHouse 2019 Calendar Kit as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

And I'm finished! I'm quite happy with my stitching and the colors and stitches I chose for the SeptemberHouse 2019 Calendar Kit. I gave a brief overview of the kit contents in my first post here and an update of my stitching progress in my second post here.

When I last checked in, I was busy filling in the flowers, bemoaning my satin stitch, and enjoying the bright colors I'd chosen.

Then, quite suddenly, I hit a wall - does this happen to you when you're stitching a project over multiple days? First, I became bored with the colors I thought I loved, then, after looking at my calendar in different light I started feeling like I didn't even like my choices anymore!

Challenge: Choosing Colors

As luck would have it, I've been taking an online Color Theory class by Karen Barbé on a Spanish-language site called Domestika, which gave me the inspiration I needed to keep going!

I pulled out the little color cards I'd made for Karen's class, to "measure the temperature" of the colors I'd chosen:
Using Karen Barbe's color cards

Pink was really calling out to me, and I loved how it looked against the colors I'd already stitched. It was was a cool tone that I thought would contrast well with the comparatively warm colors I'd chosen for the rest of the stitching.

So I added a bright cotton candy pink as an accent:

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar
And suddenly, I loved my calendar a lot more.

I used DMC 504 to chain stitch the inner border:
finishing up the SeptemberHouse calendar
I had my stitching in my favorite hoop, stretched tight, which made chain stitching very uncomfortable!

Helpful Items

One thing I found very helpful was this Clover Coin Thimble I'd purchased some time ago...
Just so you know, the link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying does not cost any more for you and is one way to support our volunteer reviews.
finishing up the SeptemberHouse calendar

That coin tip on the Clover thimble bore the brunt of the pokes my needle gave me - it's a nice sturdy leather, a tad bulky, but really helpful if you're working on something large like this.

finishing up the SeptemberHouse calendar

I again used DMC 504 and a leaf stitch on the little leaves framing the 2019. I always forget how much I love that stitch - it gives such a lovely texture.

And here she is, in all her finished glory:

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

DMC floss colors I used:
150, 605, 834, 832, 504, 3809 (2 skeins included with kit), 943, 926

I knew all along I'd hit a wall when it came to finishing the edges of the calendar - I'm no sewist - for some reason I have zero inclination to use a sewing machine. I've gotten some great easy finishing suggestions on Instagram, and I'll probably do one of those.

Finished SeptemberHouse calendar

For now, I'm just beyond pleased to have finished my first Project a Month for Feeling Stitchy!

More about SeptemberHouse

As I mentioned in my last post, the 2019 Calendar Kit is sold out, but you should definitely check out Corinne's shop for more of her beautiful patterns. If you love this calendar, get on her mailing list to find out when the 2020 calendar is in her store!

For more on SeptemberHouse visit:
Her Instagram: @septemberhouseoninstagram
Her Blog: https://soseptember.blogspot.com/
Her Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/septemberhouse

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 1, 2019

Scrappy Cross Stitch project by Laura Lupin Howard of Bugs and Fishes

scrappy cross stitch project by Laura Lupin Howard as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I am fascinated by this wonderful Scrappy Cross Stitch project by Laura Lupin Howard on Instagram (@lauralupinhoward)! Laura managed to find a use for all those tiny bits of embroidery floss left over when she was stitching:

scrappy cross stitch project by Laura Lupin Howard as featured on Feeling Stitchy

It's such a creative way to use up every last bit of thread, and it is so wonderfully done! For more on her process, including a plan of her design, visit her blog post: Creating Patchwork Cross Stitch from Leftover Embroidery Threads.

She recently finished a similar concept with a blanket, using colorful yarn scraps as well:
scrappy blanket project by Laura Lupin Howard as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I adore Laura's use of color and creativity, thank you Laura, for allowing me to share your projects here!

For more on Laura, visit the links below!
INSTAGRAM: @lauralupinhoward

Giveaway Extension!
For those of you who haven't yet entered our giveaway, you have a few more days - since I have not quite finished my Project a Month - so head on over and enter!
http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2019/01/feeling-stitchy-this-year-giveaway.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!

January 26, 2019

Feeling Stitchy this year? Giveaway!

SeptemberHouse calendar progress
Progress on my Project a Month feature

I've been giving a lot of thought to what I would like to do on Feeling Stitchy this year. Last year, cancer and chemotherapy slowed my schedule, but I realized, not in a bad way. Everything I've been through made me re-evaluate the direction of all my time, including this blog.

As you know, I volunteer my time here, along with our other volunteer bloggers, and aside from receiving free items, Amazon Associates credits, or books for review, I am not paid for any of the writing and crafting I do.

Removing our Facebook Page
Evaluating the focus of my time helped me decide to delete our Facebook Feeling Stitchy page - mainly because I was deleting my personal FB account, but also because I want to cut back on our social presence so that the areas where we are present, can be a richer, more community-filled experience.

Shifting Focus to Instagram
I've been very inspired by the wonderful community on Instagram, and as Flickr goes to a paid format this year, (there are few of you who may remember we began our crafting community on Flickr) I'd like to shift our focus to Instagram rather than Flickr or Facebook.

I've decided that the best thing about Feeling Stitchy all along, and what I most want to promote, is our shared community as stitchers. This year, I want to slow my focus, and work on projects that engage me, and hopefully all of you as well.

In the past, I did features like "Wonderful Wednesday" at a fast pace - featuring a different Etsy shop or pattern every week at times. What was missing was my own stitching element, as I rarely had time to stitch the patterns I featured.

Project a Month Feature
My new feature for the year will be called Project a Month, and in it I will feature a pattern from an Etsy shop or online store, and share my stitching experience with you. I want to engage with the seller and each pattern in a more in-depth way, my main goal is to explore what sets this pattern and shop apart, and to encourage and promote small business designers who work on Etsy and elsewhere.

I'd love for you to stitch along with me but that's not required! In the end, if I inspire you to stitch, buy from a small business, leave a comment, or just get inspired period, I'll have done what I set out to do.

Thinking Small vs. Big
My main goal this year is this idea of thinking SMALL instead of big. In my hometown, we have very few craft and yarn stores left, and we are down to 2 bookstores that sell new books, and very few used bookstores as well.

So this year, another goal of mine is to think small - to try my best to buy items in person rather than online- if I can, I'll buy at a small business, local business, or a local store. I'd also like to buy more patterns from small businesses with Etsy shops or online stores. This year, I'd really like to explore this idea of thinking small, as a way to enrich our communities.

Giveaway!
Okay, now for the giveaway! Please leave feedback on this post on any of the things I mentioned above, and tell me what you would like to see on Feeling Stitchy this year? Is there a book, pattern, or seller you'd like us to feature?

The winner of this giveaway will receive the craft or embroidery-themed book of their choice on Amazon OR the Etsy pattern of their choice - you choose!

Please tell me in the comments which prize you would prefer, and what Amazon book or Etsy pattern you would like as your prize! Leave a comment on this post by February 7, 2019, when I will choose 1 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!

January 24, 2019

Project a Month: SeptemberHouse Calendar WIP

Hello all! I'm here to report my progress on the SeptemberHouse Calendar...

SeptemberHouse calendar progress

As I mentioned in my update last week, the calendar kit has sold out. If you like this design I recommend a browse through Corinne's shop - she has many lovely patterns for sale! My personal favorites are her Solar Flare kit, Circus designs, Butterfly patterns and Modern Monograms. She has a beautiful sense of color, and unique color palettes in her designs, which I believe set her apart from other designers.

Up above, you'll see I added 2 new colors to the calendar, DMC 504 and DMC 832, in addition the the two I began with. I chose colors that would echo what Corinne had done in her example photo. I'm not reproducing all of her elements, but I did want to include some, as they are stitched so beautifully.

So, I used chain stitch and satin stitch where she did on this flower, and here I did buttonhole stitch as she did:

SeptemberHouse calendar progress

One thing I love about this project is the chance to try out stitches and colors I might not have chosen on my own, and see how it looks.

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

Next, I added a lovely cherry red shade, DMC 150 which called out to me from my pile of threads. I like the contrast, and I decided I was enjoying incorporating more satin stitch into this piece...

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

Next I tried the Circular Rhodes stitch, in the same spot Corinne did hers - but I'm sure I didn't get it quite right (although I started off well). No matter, I just kept going!

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

Then I added this bright teal, DMC 943 to the leaves, and loved how it looked (although my satin stitch is FAR from exemplary here).

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

I love that bright pop of color and the contrast with the other colors I've used!

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

I used a buttonhole stitch on the bigger leaves in the same DMC 943...

Progress on SeptemberHouse Calendar

Really enjoying how that looks! So, there is my progress so far, hope you are enjoying it, if you're on Instagram, feel free to follow my (somewhat) daily progress at @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!

January 17, 2019

Project a Month: SeptemberHouse 2019 Fabric Calendar

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy
Hello stitchers! I'm excited to be beginning a new year, and a new series on Feeling Stitchy called Project a Month! In it, my goal is to to stitch one embroidery project a month, and share my progress here on the blog (and on Instagram).

With the Project a Month feature I would like to highlight small businesses on Etsy or elsewhere, my goal is to think SMALL and focus on small businesses this year!

First up, is this beautiful 2019 Calendar Embroidery Kit by SeptemberHouse! At last look, it was still available for purchase in her store, but I have a feeling they may sell out soon... Edit 1/18/19 - The kit does appear to have sold out. I hope you'll enjoy following along with my progress nevertheless, and explore her patterns and get very excited about next year's calendar!

I have long admired Corinne's beautiful patterns and fabric calendars, but this is the first one I have ever attempted.

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

My first impressions of the kit:
The kit came with preprinted fabic, basic directions, and two skeins of matching floss, in this case DMC 3809. There were 4 colorways to choose from: Midnight, Juniper, Lemongrass, and Smoke, but I settled on Juniper because I'm a sucker for teal.

2019 Calendar embroidery kit by SeptemberHouse on Etsy

I love the fabric - it's a perfect weight for stitching, in my opinion. The edges are unfinished, so you will need to finish the edges with either machine or hand stitching. I also love that the kit includes 2 skeins of floss - for the price, I think it's a great deal. The bag the kit comes in is resealable - something I love since I usually keep my WIPs in plastic baggies - perfect size to tuck in my tiny pink scissors and threads, as you see here.

You can stitch this design as simply or as in depth as you like - either use the 2 skeins to stitch up just the outlines, or fill in the lines however you see fit! Corinne provides a list of suggested colors to inspire you.

I decided I wanted to stitch something like the example photo - which looks so lovely, but I was curious about the colors Corinne used and the stitches:
2019 Calendar embroidery kit by SeptemberHouse on Etsy

When I wrote to her to ask about her colors and stitches Corinne was kind enough to send me a PDF including all the DMC colors she used in her example photo, and the stitches! She also included suggested DMC shades for all of the calendars.

My stitching progress so far:
floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I used the included floss for most of the outlines and a nice greyish blue - DMC 926 for some contrast. I would like to stitch something like the example photo, we'll see which colors I choose!

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I'm loving this calendar so far!

What are you stitching this month?

Have you stitched a SeptemberHouse calendar?

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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