October 20, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Swan-a-swimming

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Here I am with #7 Swan-a-swimming from the 12 Days of Christmas patterns by Mmmcrafts, for our 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong! This stitch was great fun, and I was once again using bits and scraps, as this was before my new order of Benzie design felt arrived. In some spots, I got a bit... creative. :)

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Here I am, just starting out with the stitching, once again relying heavily on my OttLite lamp for all those early morning/middle of the night stitching binges. This is only a bit of the chaos - I find when I am working on these ornaments I have a huge mess of threads, sissors and felt around me. It's kind of like cooking, where I really must clean up as I go along, or the mess starts to discourage me! :)


Here is my swan with a bit more progress, and you can see a stealthy way I used felt scraps here - I knew the inner back wing would not be visible, and my yellowish felt was almost gone, so I just used a small scrap instead! I could get away with it because I have a nice heavy interfacing.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Here I am, sewing down the flower detail on the wing - this is one of my favorite elements of the design - so easy to stitch, and such a lovely look to it!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


Here's the back - I'm not a huge fan of the colors I chose, but I do love the front, and let's face it, that's what will be seen most!

Swan a swimming stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

And here she is, all stitched up! Someone with eagle eyes on Instagram noticed that I modified the water - the pattern called for a thin line of stitching, a water line, if you will. Instead, I layered the felt in 2 colors to achieve a similar effect, without the stitching. I like my result, what do you think?


JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

This stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html.

Next up is Maid-a-milking! Please join us - let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts


12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 5 Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 6 Goose a Laying pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


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!

October 17, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday 64: Hawthorn Handmade

Wonderful Wednesday 64 Hawthorn Handmade a feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Loving this beautiful Wildwood Embroidery Kit by Hawthorn Handmade - from the description, this kit includes: pre-printed fabric, 6 shades of DMC thread, embroidery hoop, needle, stitch guide, printed card pattern, and gift box. For a kit to include all of that, it looks to be a wonderful deal!

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!

October 10, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday 63: Lolli & Grace

Wonderful Wednesday 63 Lolli and Grace a feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

It's been awhile since I've posted a Wonderful Wednesday, but this beautiful pattern by Lolli & Grace on Etsy couldn't be missed!

Being on chemo, I've felt myself frequently enter a state of mind I jokingly call "survival mode" - but the joke isn't far off from the truth. What it is, is a paring down of everything I do on a daily basis, until I am left only with the things that bring me joy. Sort of like housecleaning, but the house is my soul, I guess. :)

This embroidery reminds me of everything hopeful in the world, and it's something I keep reminding myself of, as often as possible.

I think we're all in a bit of survival mode in different ways, every day, aren't we? If so, I hope this beautiful pattern brings you joy - thank you Lolli & Grace for designing it!

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!

October 9, 2018

Vote!

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Hi all - here's another friendly PSA to get out there and vote - for many states, TODAY is the last day to register to vote, if you're not registered already. There are plenty of sites to check your registration status, and if you're undecided (or decided), I urge you to read all you can about your candidates and make the best, most informed decision you can make.

NEVER DOUBT that your vote matters. NEVER DOUBT that it is your responsibility to vote, as a citizen of this country. NEVER ALLOW anyone to convince you your vote doesn't matter, that the odds are against you, that it's not worth the bother. NEVER TRUST any group that seeks to silence the votes of any citizen.

Ugh, sorry for the caps, it's just become so much clearer to me, just 2 years after I created that cute little Vote pattern, just how important it is to vote. We have a stake in our country, we have a stake in our future, but we will lose it if we stay home and don't exercise our right. Our democracy is fragile, and it takes work - our work.

Ladies and gentlemen, please - let's get to it and vote!

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!

October 5, 2018

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong: What felt am I using?

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Here's a brief, image-heavy post on the felt I just ordered to stitch the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong! I've already tantalized people over on Instagram with these images, but I'll go into a bit more depth  and description here.

This is the Mmmmcrafts Felt Bundle #2 from Benzie Design, specifically designed for the Turtle Dove and Maid a Milking patterns. I adore this felt - it's not 100% wool, but a wool and rayon blend that is thick, but not too thick, keeps its shape really well, and as you can see, the colors are just glorious:

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

Curated Mmmcrafts felt bundle #2 from Benzie Design

I also ordered this lovely Bejeweled felt palette from Benzie Design - although not specifically designed for the 12 Days patterns, I love to wing it with colors and try different combinations. I'm excited to see what I can do with these shades!

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Bejeweled felt palette by Benzie Design

Beautiful colors, huh? And you even get a peek of my ratty carpet behind my white posterboard background, because I'm just keeping it real for you. :)

I also wanted to add that although this post might look like an ad, it is not - I was not compensated in any way or asked to post about Benzie Design - I just did it because I love their felt so much, and I ordered and paid for these bundles myself. At $10 each, I think they're a wonderful deal.

The same goes for this stitchalong - I paid for all the patterns myself, and am only doing this stitchalong because I love Mmmcrafts patterns so much.

Here's a sneak peek of my next post in the stitchalong, coming soon - Swan a swimming! I think it's my favorite stitching I've done in this series yet!

Swan a swimming pattern by Mmmcrafts stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

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!

September 26, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Goose a laying

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 6 Goose a Laying pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! Here I am with #6 Goose-a-Laying from the 12 Days of Christmas patterns by Mmmcrafts, for our 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong. Sorry again for the delay, what can I say here, but chemo? I am hanging in there and doing all my stitching on my best days!

Goose a laying

I had a really hard time deciding on colors for this one, probably because I am trying my best to use what felt colors I have, rather than buying more, and what I have at this point are largely, unmatched scraps. :)

Honestly I'm not very happy with the colors I picked for the front of my egg, but I do love my goose. I once again used a turquoise sequin and gold bead for the eye, rather than a French knot, simply because I'm not very confident of my French knots.
egg in progress

And I do want to say that I owe the entire finish of this project to my OttLite! I received a free OttLite several months ago from OttLite to do a review (which has been slightly delayed due to my chemo schedule) and I whipped it out during one of many early morning chemo-induced insomnia wakeups.

goose in progress

I still intend to do a thorough review of my OttLite, but I just wanted to say I was very impressed with the amount of light my lamp produces, and the way it just makes colors and details pop. These in-process photos were taken in the middle of the night with my OttLite.

goose in progress

One of the many side effects of the AC chemo regimen I was on was trouble with my vision - blurry, itchy eyes, and it's just never bright enough for me to craft - this lamp really helped with that.

I really enjoyed working on this pattern - the egg works up super quick, and there's so many lovely shapes on the goose as well - I think it would work in so many different colorways. Again I used felt from Benzie Design, and stuck to a similar palette of teals, pinks and metallics for my threads.

What do you think of my stitching so far? Inspired yet to join me?

JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html.

Next up is Swan-a-swimming! Please join us - let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts


12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 5 Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


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!

August 8, 2018

12 Months of Christmas progress... sale alert!

Goose a laying progress by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! Just wanted to update you on my rather slow progress for the 6th pattern in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong - Goose a Laying. Ok, so there's not much progress, I'll be honest, chemo really is just as tough as they say it is, and I didn't have much energy to craft for the past 2 weeks.

But I did get my pieces cut out, and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see my poky progress, stitching mostly during lunch breaks.

But there is some exciting news - the maker of the 12 Months Patterns, Larissa Holland is celebrating the anniversary of her MmmCrafts blog with a sale and a giveaway!

MmmCrafts giveaway on the MmmCrafts blog


Visit her blog to enter to win a $75 shopping spree (just saying, that would probably get you all the patterns) and she is also having a 20% off sale in her Etsy store. So if you've been on the fence about joining the stitchalong, that discount can make those pattern bundles that much more affordable!

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 21, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Gold Ring

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Without further delay, here is the Gold Ring, all stitched up, #5 in the series of patterns in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong! Apologies for taking so long in my finish, but with 2 surgeries since we last spoke, and a week-long vacation, it was very hard to get motivated to finish!

I had all my pieces cut out before my first surgery in May, right on time:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

My motivation level was non existent however, as I recovered, and it was no fault of the lovely pattern! The pieces patiently waited until this week, when I picked them up and finished in a record 3 days!

Why so fast? This pattern has much less embroidery in it, and if you use glue, rather than hand-sewing little bits down, as I do, it could go even faster.

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I once again used many of the same familiar threads I've used in the previous patterns in this series. I love how the pink metallic thread looks as a bevel on the central gem:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


Here's a closer look at the metallic thread:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Overall, this pattern included quite a bit more hand-sewing vs. hand embroidery, but I found it very enjoyable and easy.

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I liked the ring even without the decorative bands sewed on...

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I'm not impressed with how I stitched the band decoration - my stitches being rather uneven. Nevertheless, I was determined to press on!

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

A look at the back:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


And the finished front:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Another ornament finished, and only 2 months late. ;) What do you think of this Gold Ring? My take on this one is that it is quick, and very beginner friendly!


JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html.

Next up is Goose-a-Laying! Won't you join? Let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts


12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

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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