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:
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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  :)




A photo posted by Jackie | Forest Fibers (@forestfibers) on







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 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

February 1, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #30: February Flowers


How lovely are these February Flowers - the monthly PDF pattern by Sarah K. Benning, available in her Etsy shop? And even lovelier still, Sarah has pledged to donate from her pattern sales this month to the ACLU - bravo Sarah!

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, 2017

MooshieStitch Monday: Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch (& TAST Anniversary)



Have you heard of the TAST challenge?

It stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday and is found on Sharon B's Pintangle blog.


The basics of Take A Stitch Tuesday: to challenge stitchers of all skill levels to learn a new stitch a week or if you already know it, experiment with that stitch.


Why am I bringing this up?

Because in 2017, TAST is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary!!

How cool to think that a stitching challenge has been going online for a decade!


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, I completed the Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch.


I chose the Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch, because it is a stitch that I left off from when I was participating in the TAST challenge back in 2013 through 2015.


Here is a great tutorial on Pintangle from Sharon on how to work the Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch.

Need to learn the Cable Chain first? Watch Mary's video tutorial!

Just for fun, I decided to add onto the stitch - so I did another two rows of the cable chain above and below.


I like to draw a line in water soluble pen to keep my stitching as straight as possible.


Here it is finished.



Sharon re-started last week with stitch #69 - Magic Chain Stitch. Check it out!

More information about the TAST challenge, guidelines, and stitch list by number can be found here.

Have you ever participated in Take a Stitch Tuesday? Let us know!

And if you are interested -  all of my completed Take a Stitch Tuesday stitches can be found here.




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.

January 28, 2017

Bride and Groom Hoop - free pattern!

Bride hoop

So, I have a bit of exciting news for all of you - I'm getting married! And one thing I have noticed is there is a distinct lack of wedding embroidery patterns out there. I've seen all sorts of fun DIY projects on Pinterest, but very few that actually feature embroidery. Well, I'm gonna fix that!

Our wedding date is rather soon - May, but from now until then, my goal is to come up with one free project each month, to celebrate our wedding. Now I know that may be too ambitious, so I apologize in advance if I fall off the embroidery wagon, due to time constraints.


My first free pattern is a lovely Bride and Groom embroidery, to fit into a 5x9 oval embroidery hoop. I used the same stitching method on my lettering as I did with my free Vote pattern - this time I used 3 strands of split stitch for the thicker parts of the letter and 3 strands couched (how to do couching) for the thinner lines.

This is a quick, easy project that stitches up super fast, and a slightly more personalized alternative to the chalkboard signs I've seen all over the place.

I wrapped my Bride hoop in light grey bias tape to give it a more dressed up look:

Thread used

I used my wedding colors as inspiration for these hoops - Navy and Ivory. I used a nice Navy linen I also used in this wedding hoop, and DMC embroidery floss in Snow White for the Bride and 822 (an Ecru shade) for the Groom.

Here is the start of my Groom hoop - instead of transferring, I stitched over tracing paper, then used those lines to embroider my design.

Groom hoop

It would also be lovely to use a white fabric for the bride, with gold or ivory thread, and a gray suiting fabric for the groom, with black or navy thread. The possibilities to customize this project are endless!

Have fun with it! And please if you stitch up a version of this project, tag us on Instagram - #feelingstitchyIG, comment here, or email us a photo we can share on our blog!

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 27, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 85 with Katy Biele


Happy Friday! I've been waiting for this Friday for months because I'm on my way to sunny Florida! YAY! My son and I are spending a few days visiting my parents in the Orlando area, and we have our days planned out at Disney.

Today we're featuring Katy Biele @katybiele and her Instagram feed of gorgeous embroidery! I love her use of bright colors, fun stitches, and floral elements. The pictures in Katy's feed are so prettily staged with interesting angles and bright, sunny photos. You can also find Katy on Etsy. Take a look at some of my favorite pictures!

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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 24, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Lace Pictures


Stunning lace figures by artist Ágnes Herczeg, created entirely from organic materials such as: yarns, tree branches, roots, shell and clay. From her studio in Hungary, which is situated near the Danube river, Ágnes meticulously crafts these beautiful lace portraits using various traditional techniques. These include lace making with a pillow and bobbins, needle lace, macramé and braiding.

Ágnes forged her passion for 'almost-forgotten techniques' whilst majoring in textile conservation at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She takes inspiration from prehistoric art and the nature around her, admiring ancient knowledge of the manipulation and application of natural resources in art. Inherently inquisitive, Ágnes continues to experiment with different organic based materials to compliment her intricate lace work.







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 20, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 84 with Chawne Kimber


Last Saturday I went to a workshop presented by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild (which I'm a member of), that featured Chawne Kimber leading us in hand quilting. I'm not a quilter, but I want to be, and Chawne was the perfect person to get me started. Chawne is an artist who is well-known for her social justice minded quilts. It was fascinating to listen to the meanings of the various quilts she brought and get to touch them and feel the different textures. You can find Chawne on Instagram at @cauchycomplete and on her website at Cauchy Complete. Here are some of my favorite pictures from Chawne's Instagram.










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And here's a bit of the start of the mini hand stitched quilt I started under Chawne's tutelage.


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 13, 2017

Friday Instagram Finds No. 83 with Emma Mattson


A couple of weeks ago my son sent me a screen cap of some moss. I thought it was a little weird until I tapped the picture and saw that it was hand embroidered moss in an embroidery hoop! He thought it was neat and thought I would, too. And, boy, do I!

Emma Mattson's (@emmancipationx) Instagram feed is beautiful. In addition to being a hand embroidery artist and weaver, she's a fantastic photographer. She's got a great eye and the way she frames her shots are visually appealing.

A photo posted by Emma Mattson (@emmancipationx) on



And my favorite of her photographs...





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 10, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - All creatures great and small


Happy New Year Stitchers! I hope you like creepy crawlies. Here is a collection of Claire Moynihan's embroidered insects. Claire is a UK based artist and her affinity with nature led to her specialization of insect textile art. These beautiful little bugs are constructed with felting and stump work and embellished with embroidery. Both life-size and realistic these tiny creatures form an 'embroidered' entomological collection that could sit happily among a natural history exhibit.





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.

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