May 6, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds on the Mollie Makes Blog


Here's a little something extra for you today - Friday Instagram Finds was featured on the Mollie Makes blog! I was contacted by Editor Karen Dunn about #feelingstitchyig we use on Instagram. She was writing an article on the hashtags stitchers used on social media and saw that ours was quite popular. I was pretty excited since Mollie Makes is one of the premier crafting magazines out there.

#feelingstitchyig is the first hashtag mentioned, and you can read the post here.

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

Friday Instagram Finds No. 51 with Forest Chorus Studio


Happy May, Stitchers! The weather is slowly getting nicer here in the Midwest, and I've been finding all kinds of inspiration from nature. Unfortunately, I'm not able to stitch for a while per doctor's orders. I injured some tendons in my left hand and have to rest it for a couple of weeks - ugh!

On today's Friday Instagram Finds we're featuring Beth of @forestchorusstudio. I just love Beth's work! It's beautiful and colorful and so precise. You can tell that Beth takes great care in her embroidery. The way that Beth stages her pictures is lovely, too. She uses creative props to make her embroidery the star of every picture. Take a look!

@forestchorusstudio






That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Beth's work at @forestchorusstudio make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.

Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

May 5, 2016

10 Year Giveaway Update

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Just in case you missed it, we are doing a 10 item giveaway, in honor of the Flickr Embroidery group turning 10 years old in April!

Items will be reader's choice, based on your comments - up above are just a few of the many items that have been suggested so far. To enter the giveaway, please visit our post!

May 3, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Timeless


Amsterdam based embroiderer Alexandra Drenth creates vibrant and mystical textile collages. Taking inspiration from music lyrics and poetry, Alexandra combines old and new to create timeless pieces.


Re-cyling and re-working is often the starting point for her work; many pieces are appliqued with old, vintage fabrics adorned with embroidered line drawings and detailed cross stitch designs.


Drenth says she often retells stories of childhood memories, expressing themes of love and relationships entwined and enriched with elements inspired by nature such as flowers and birds. Her work takes one on 'a journey through time where no sense of time exists'.


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.

April 29, 2016

10 Years in the Flickr Embroidery Group Giveaway!

The first photo ever added to the Flickr Embroidery group!

I didn't want to let April go by without pointing out that our beloved Flickr Embroidery group turns 10 years old this month! Feel free to click through all 99,372 photos uploaded over the years for a trip down memory lane.

Many things have changed over the years, but one thing that has not is our common love of embroidery, fascination with all things thread and textile-related, and our celebration of color, friendship, uniqueness and camaraderie.

Cherry Blossoms
A photo from more recent times. :)

I was tickled to see a connection in the first photo that was ever uploaded to our group, and a lovely photo added to the pool this week (above) - we've begun and ended 10 years with cherry blossoms! Surely a sign of good luck and blessings.


To celebrate our momentous 10 years as a group, I'd like to do a very special giveaway.

10 Year Giveaway

 To enter our 10 year anniversary giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell us two things:
  1. How long have you been a member of the Flickr Embroidery Group (or, tell us how you found Feeling Stitchy, if not through the Flickr group)
  2. What is your favorite, go-to embroidery tool (a special hoop, a specific brand of needle, your favorite floss, a treasured book)

I'll leave the comment thread open through Friday, May 6, 9 PM CST, when I will close it, and choose 1 random winner who will win... 10 prizes!

The prizes will be a surprise, but here's a hint - I'll be using your comments as inspiration when I put the goodies together. Every prize will be craft-related and crafter-approved. This giveaway is open to all of our readers.

Are you ready to celebrate with us? Hooray for 10 years of the Flickr Embroidery group!

Friday Instagram Finds No. 50 with Stitchy Fox


Can you believe that April is almost over? We only have one more day, and it will be May - how did this happen?! Goodness...the time is flying by so quickly.

On today's Friday Instagram Finds we're featuring Cathy of @stitchyfox. Cathy has such nice looking stitches! I love her "Haters gonna hate" purple unicorn with, is that an eye patch?? So cool! I'm pretending that the horse piece is a mini horse :) Do you love cats? Cathy has two, and they are featured in Cathy's pictures too. Take a look!

@stitchyfox
A photo posted by Cathy (@stitchyfox) on



A photo posted by Cathy (@stitchyfox) on



A photo posted by Cathy (@stitchyfox) on



That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Cathy's work at @stitchyfox make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.

Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

April 26, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday: Internet round-up


There are so many lovely tutorials on the web right now, I thought I'd do a roundup to point them out!

Those gorgeous florals above come from Down Grapevine Line and include a free pattern and stitch guide. Click through the images for the free pattern!

This lovely Bullion Knot Rose tutorial comes to you courtesy of Mollie Johanson, on the About.com site:

If you're on the lookout for another knotted stitch, how about this lovely Danish Knot, as stitched by Kimberly Ouimet:

This gorgeous sashiko leaf pattern can be found on Radiant Home Studio:

There's also an adorable free pillow pattern on the DMC Commonthread site, to use with their new Coloris threads:

Hope you enjoyed this roundup!

April 25, 2016

MooshieStitch Monday: A Longer Woven Picot Stitch


Hey there! Remember when I showed you the woven picot stitch? Well, it got me thinking about stitching the woven picots a different length...


You see, the blue flower above from my previous post was stitched with a 1 1/4 inch pin.

I went to my local fabric store and found the longest pins available - which are 1 3/4 inch quilting pins.

See the difference below.


Here I used the longer 1 3/4 inch quilting pin for my woven picots.

Dark photo alert


Slowly adding more petals of the flower.


I stitched this with #5 pearl cotton on black cotton fabric.


Added french knots with white DMC floss for the flower center.


Can you see the difference in lengths of the woven picots as compared to the blue flower?



I love how this turned out and now I want to experiment more with different lengths of woven picots.

I am on the search now for longer pins... Let me know if you have seen pins longer than the 1 3/4 inch quilting pins.






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. In my spare time I'm hanging out with my dog Sega, planning my next hike, or trying to convince my husband to draw me embroidery patterns. You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch and Flickr.

April 22, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 49 with @siwooinparis


Happy Friday!! I hope you've all had a wonderful week, and are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend! Weather permitting, I'm going to spend much of it outside planting flowers and herbs and finding inspiration for embroidery patterns.

@siwooinparis
Today on Friday Instagram Finds we're featuring Siwoo whose Instagram handle is @siwooinparis. Siwoo is a Korean living in Paris. Her photos have multilingual captions, many in French, English, and Korean. Siwoo creates beautifully detailed and colorful hand embroidered pieces. And her feed is filled with beautifully staged photos. Take a look!

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A photo posted by @siwooinparis on



A photo posted by @siwooinparis on



That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Siwoo's work at @siwooinparis make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.

Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

April 19, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Dreamlike Embroidery


Canadian based artist - Amanda McCavour creates beautiful, dreamlike, large-scale embroideries. Her basis in drawing led her to experiment with various mediums to create line and she was intrigued to incorporate embroidery in her drawing. Shading and colour are worked into her embroideries as one would do with a paint brush or pencil. Drawing and line remain fundamental to her work 'I would describe my work as being drawings that are made out of thread. I am interested in thread as both drawn and sculptural line.'



Amanda uses a sewing machine to create her pieces and embroiders free-hand onto water soluble fabric. Once the fabric is dissolved in water only the thread is left and these thread lines form the structure of the installations. Amanda 'is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.' The embroideries appear delicate however the countless, layered stitches create a new fibre and the pieces hold strong without a base cloth.


Amanda's knowledge and experience of printmaking is also apparent in her work. One particular installation is influenced by doodling. Amanda explains 'I made more than 400 neon orange thread "scribbles" and hung each from the ceiling with a pin and a piece of thread. I was hoping that this repetitive imagery and action would create a mass of thread, a giant scribble. It was all of these similar repeating parts that created a larger whole. Some of the repetition in my work relates back to these ideas which are present in printmaking.'


Amanda talks about the impact of fibre in contemporary art. 'It seems to be that the possibilities for fibre in contemporary art are endless and that the role it might play is one of expanding and broadening the boundaries between art, craft and design.'

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.

April 15, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 48 with Stitch Culture


Happy Friday, Stitchers! I hope you've all had a fabulous week with big plans for the weekend. I checked the weather for where I live, and it's supposed to be beautiful. I have plans to work in my yard this weekend.

@StitchCulture
On this week's Friday Instagram Finds we take a look at Devin of @stitchculture. Devin creates clever embroidery that features pop culture sayings and graphic fabrics. My husband loved this first hoop. I had no idea what it meant until he saw it (Any Billy Madison fans out there?). I just love the Holly Hobbie-esqu fabrics. It reminds me of my girlhood years in the 1970s :) Take a look at a few of Devin's pictures, then head over to her Instagram account @stitchculture

A photo posted by Devin W. (@stitchculture) on



A photo posted by Devin W. (@stitchculture) on



A photo posted by Devin W. (@stitchculture) on



That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Devin's work at @stitchculture make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.

Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

April 11, 2016

MooshieStitch Monday: Woven Basket with Flowers

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Spring has officially begun here in the Pacific Northwest and to celebrate, I stitched this little woven basket with flowers! 

To start, I drew a small basket outline.



My basket is a simple rectangle but your basket can be any size or shape.

Let's weave the basket....

First the vertical stitches (warp threads).


Then start weaving the horizontal stitches (weft threads).



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All finished weaving the bottom portion of the basket.


I stitched the handle of the basket with chain stitch.

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My flowers are simple lazy daisies and the leaves are detached chain stitches.

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The flowers can be any stitch you like.

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needle weaving

I hope you stitch your own basket with flowers! If you do, leave a comment, post your photos in the Flickr group or tag your photo on Instagram with #feelingstitchyig!






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. In my spare time I'm hanging out with my dog Sega, planning my next hike, or trying to convince my husband to draw me embroidery patterns. You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch and Flickr.

April 8, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 47 with Heart of the Heart Embroidery


Hello Stitchy Friends! I hope you're all having a fabulous day so far, and you have some fun stitchy plans for the weekend.

@heartoftheheartembroidery

Take a look at @heartoftheheartembroidery by Vanessa. I absolutely adore her whale and narwhale mini hoop necklaces! They are quite detailed, and look perfect in Dandelyne mini hoop necklaces. She also used a mini hoop necklace to create a lovely bolo tie, which is very clever! I found Vanessa's Instagram because she used #feelingstitchyig. Take a look at Vanessa's work.







That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Vanessa's work at @heartoftheheartembroidery make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.


Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. Use #feelingstitchyig on Instagram for pictures you want me to find.

Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

April 5, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Needle Lace Sculpture


Floating, intricate, lace sculptures cast vast shadows which expand across the wall. Dorie Millerson first developed this inventive technique and approach to sculpture some ten years ago. Millerson works predominantly in needle lace forming her pieces one loop at a time thus creating chains of thread and fibre to build the detailed structures.


The practice of creating the sculptures from needlelace often influences the subjects of Millerson's collections such as attachments and connections between people and places.


These themes are reflected in her choice of medium; creating links in thread and through the 'making' one experiences a journey. Millerson explains "The thread, as it loop by loop creates a bigger piece is a bit like the experience of travelling and the experience of remembering visiting a place. I often look at themes like memory or travel or relationships with people in the past in my 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.

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