August 15, 2014

Giveaway - Hand-Dyed Threads from Colour Complements!

Earlier this week, Lorraine from Colour Complements wrote to ask if we'd be interested in doing a giveaway of her lovely hand-dyed threads - well yes, absolutely!

Aren't they amazing? Part of me would like to snap them up just to stare at them, and not do any stitching with them at all!

I mean really, how gorgeous are they?

Lorraine hand-dyes DMC perle cotton in sizes #5, #8, #12, and her Etsy shop also features fibers like silks, rayon, and other deliciously sparkly stuff.

I think you'll agree her shop is like a candy store for thread-lovers!

One lucky Feeling Stitchy reader will receive the 5 threads of your choice! Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, August 22, when I will choose one random winner. This giveaway is open to all of our readers!

In your comment, please tell us which of her threads is your favorite, and what you think you'd stitch with it!

August 13, 2014

Watch Out! It's CATZILLA!

I'm pretty sure this is why we can't have nice things...Catzilla always playing around, wrecking a city or two. Melani stitch up Catzilla for her two year anniversary. Although it is an inside joke between her and her "better half," I'm sure we all can appreciate the cuteness of Thurston aka Catzilla. He is just too cute and fluffy to be mad at, I mean, we can rebuild, right?

August 12, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It's back-to-school time for many of us and today's tutorial is a fun way to add some stitchery to the school supplies either you or the kiddos might have to tote around. This pencil roll came together in one afternoon, it fits 10 pens or pencils, and is a fun way to keep all your writing instruments in one place.

To make your own pen/pencil roll, you'll need the following supplies:

- Two pieces of fabric for the exterior and interior measuring 12 inches wide by 7 inches tall
- Two pieces of fabric for the interior pocket measuring 12 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall
- 30 inches of Ric Rac or ribbon  
- Embroidery hoop, floss, needle, and scissors
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine with necessary supplies
- Scissors

I used the "Make Something" pattern available from Urban Threads, and only transferred the pencil, marker, and felt tip pen. The pattern was only $1 and is available as an instant download. 

Step One: Print out your pattern, make sure to select that it is at 100% scale and not scaled to fit the page. Transfer the pattern to one exterior piece of fabric, keeping it one inch or more away from the edge of the fabric. I used osnaburg for the exterior because I like the natural look of the fabric and it's great for embroidery. 

Step Two: Embroider your pattern. I had to use a smaller hoop and embroider the pattern in two sections since it was on the edge of the fabric here. I used a back stitch for the whole pattern with 6-strand floss in 3-ply.

Step Three: For the pen/pencil pocket, take the two 12 by 4.5 inch pieces of fabric, place them right sides together, and stitch along the top long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Press this seam open.

Fold the fabric in half with the wrong sides together and press. 

Top stitch the folded seamed edge. 

Step Four: Place this pocket piece on top of the interior piece of fabric. Using a ruler, mark one inch lines along the pocket to create spaces for the pens and pencils. I used a pencil to mark the lines so they would show up in the photos, but I recommend using a water soluble pen to mark these lines.

Step Five: Stitch the pocket lines. These will create pockets for each individual pen or pencil and firmly attach the pocket piece to the interior piece of fabric. 

Step Six: Fold the Ric Rac in half and place it at the center of the short edge near the embroidery. With right sides together, place the fabric with the pocket on top of this. Pin in place. 

Stitch around the exterior of the fabric, leaving a 2 inch opening for flipping. 

Step Seven: Clip the corners of the fabric and flip so the right sides are facing out. Use a blunt object to push the corners out. Press the corners and use a pressing cloth to lightly press the side with embroidery. 

Step Eight: Top stitch the exterior of fabric. This will finish of the exterior edge, close up the space used to flip the roll, and add a second secure stitch to the Ric Rac.  I switched my sewing machine thread out to white, so that the edge along the outside wouldn't be too noticeable. 

Step Nine: Add pens and pencils, roll it up, and you are ready to go!

Hope you give this tutorial a try and have a very happy Tuesday!

August 10, 2014

Patterns: Don't Leave Home Without It

Don't Leave Home Without It
Don't Leave Home Without It by Cate Anevski

A useful reminder, specially as before you know it Autumn will be upon us (the Northern Hemisphere anyway) again. I think this would be great piece of art for the hallway or maybe upon a nice Autumnal tote bag. You can find the pattern here.

August 6, 2014

Craftster Hoopla Along: Whimsical, Nonsense, Free Range.

Craftster is hosting another round of its famous Hoopla Along. This month's theme is anything whimsical, nonsense or free range stitching.

Have you been dying to try doodle stitching? Do you have a pattern that is a little quirky or better yet, just want to do some "free range" stitching to save your sanity? This month's Hoopla Along is perfect for you. You can stitch anything you want from snarky to sweet, a little off or just downright weird. 

You have until August 31st to post your project on the THIS THREAD. If you are a new member and haven't posted before, just provide a link and the images will be brought over for you. 

There will be a random drawing at the end of the month. This month's prize is: 2 tea towels, DMC floss and needles. 

Time to have some whimsical fun and get your stitch on! 

August 3, 2014

Patterns: Sweet Song

Sweetsong, a Modern Jacobean hand embroidery pattern 

 Sweet Song by Kelly Fletcher

Sweet Song is a Modern Jacobean pattern from Kelly Fletcher Needlework Design. Revisiting old embroidery techniques can be a great way to learn new stitches and I love how Kelly has given Jacobean style designs a modern twist. You can find the pattern here.

July 30, 2014

Inspiration: Up Hoop

So many people love the Disney movie, Up. At our house, we still use the line, "cone of shame," when we see a pup in a medical cone. QueenNinjaMonkey at created this hoop based on the movie as a treat for herself. I am dying over the clever use of buttons as balloons. The blue felt background is a perfect contrast to the stitching. 

July 29, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today I have a round-up of some great tutorials with techniques and stitches that are definitely worth a try! If you are looking to diversify your stitches or exercise your stitching fingers, these tutorials are sure to be of interest.

If you have mastered the chain stitch, how about trying the Hungarian Braided Chain StitchSarah of Rocksea and Sarah has quite a few stitching tutorials for you to browse through, enjoy, and try out!

French knots are always fun and add great texture to an embroidered piece. The Colonial Knot, looks just as good, too! Monika Kinner-Whalen offers a great tutorial for Colonial Knots over at her Sweet Prairie Studio.

Tinting embroidery designs is a great way to add depth without having to layer on too many stitches. Urban Threads offers a fun tutorial for embroidery tinting with crayons!

A really great looking surface embroidery technique is the Casalguidi Stitch, or as they call it over at Needle'n Thread, the Really Raised Stem Stitch. There are quite a few steps involved with this technique, but the end result is phenomenal to admire. 

Hope you enjoy some of these techniques and tutorials and give them a try!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

July 27, 2014

Patterns: Stitch your cares away

All done! I'll work on getting a pattern ready tomorrow ✏️ #embroidery #handembroidery #sewing #sewingmachine #stitch #stitchyourcaresaway

Stitch your cares away by Felice Regina

I don't think there's anything much more relaxing than needle and thread, whether that needle is in your hand or attached to a sewing machine, so this pattern is a great reminder of that, a perfect pattern for the sewing room maybe? The pattern is by Felice Regina, aka Sew Scatterbrained on Craftsy and you can find the pattern there!

July 23, 2014

A Little Inspiration

I am obsessed with miniatures. Tiny little household objects just make me giddy. I was lucky enough to have Lisa from A Cuppa Tea with Me create this beautiful punch needle rug for my new dollhouse. I can not believe how detailed this little gem is! The French knot roses are the icing on the cake. You can read more about this rug and other creations on her blog. 

July 20, 2014

Patterns: Brick stitch

Brick Stitch complete

Brick stitch complete, stitched by Amanda Marksdottir

Amanda stitched this lovely pattern, using brick stitch, from the blog Medieval Arts & Crafts. It's based on a pattern from a 14th Century German embroidered hanging. I think it looks gorgeous and is definitely something I'd like to try. I think stitched like this it would make a great bookmark.

July 16, 2014

Christmas in July

Free pattern - reindeer mini stocking ornament

One of my favorite stitchy people, Wendi Gratz is in cahoots with Deby at So Sew Easy to create this adorable Felt Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Ornament. You can download the pattern, see step-by-step instructions and even get a video tutorial on making your own little ornament. As a crafty person, I know it's never too early to start planning for the holiday season. Check out both Wendi and Deby's blog post for this and other fab free projects. 

July 15, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today's tutorial comes to you courtesy of all the good things summer brings, especially camping, roasting marshmallows around the fire, and pitching tents in the woods. I like to call this the Summertime Campfire Shirt, featuring a free firefly embroidery pattern from the So September blog. Some of you may know Corinne's embroidery patterns from her September House shop.

Not only is today's tutorial good for making your own Summertime Campfire Shirt, it's also good for reviving some older shirts that need a little mending or brightening up. 

To make your own Summertime Campfire Shirt you'll need:

- a shirt that needs some new life
- an 8.5x11-inch piece of muslin or cotton fabric
- quilting ruler or ruler from a rotary cutting mat
firefly embroidery pattern from So September
- embroidery floss, hoop, scissors, and needles
- water soluble marker or pen
- iron and ironing board
- sewing machine and supplies

Step One: Print out your pattern and transfer to fabric. This particular pattern fits perfectly in a 4-inch hoop.

Step Two: Embroider your pattern. I varied my stitches throughout this pattern with a split stitch for the little branch, stem stitch for the leaves, french knots for the holes on the jar lid, back stitches for the jar, and satin stitch for the fireflies. You can choose any stitches you like and really have fun with it!

Step Three: Using a quilting ruler and cutting mat, measure out one inch away from the design. Use the cutting mat to ensure the line is straight, and mark with a water soluble pen. Repeat on all four sides. 

Step Four: Using the 1-inch line as a guide, measure .5 of an inch below the line you created in the previous step. You'll want to measure inward toward the design, and mark this line. Repeat for all four sides. You'll end up with a grid, that I am hoping you can see in the photo above. 

Step Five: Using a running stitch, trace the inside line to create a square frame around the main embroidery design. 

Step Six: Using a contrasting floss color, use a running stitch on the outer line to further frame the embroidery design. 

Step Seven: Lightly press around your embroidery to create a flat even surface. Trim around the edges of the fabric to create a 7.5 by 7.5-inch square. 

Step Eight: Fold over the edges of all four sides of the fabric by .5 of an inch and press. Fold this pressed edge over again and press to seal the raw edges. 

Step Nine: Take your shirt, and place the fabric where you like. I need to cover this hole I have above my pocket, so I am going to place the embroidered fabric just along the top edge of the pocket. 

Once you have your fabric where you like it, pin it in place and sew around the edges. 

Step Ten: Clip away the threads, and your Summertime Campfire Shirt is ready for the summer fun!

Hope you enjoy and give this a try!