September 27, 2008

Why I Love Embroidery

After reading Kathryn Estelle's blog post, I was inspired to ask, Why do You love Embroidery?

One: I love lining up all the colors and picking through them. I love buying the thread and choosing as many colors as I can find.

Two: I love expressing myself in thread, little quotes and lines that challenge my behaviour!

Three: Embroidery is a great rainy day project! I always have to be busy, and embroidery travels easy, so I can carry some in my purse for those times I have to "wait", and then I don't get crabby!

Four: Sometimes embroidery can remind me what's good for me. Slow down, look around, take notes, sketch, feel, dream, wonder............

Five: Embroidery can become addictive, but a good addiction........

Let me know why you love embroidery in your comments.

September 25, 2008

Monkey bag for 26 cents

This incredibly adorable monkey bag was created by Molly Chicken for 26 cents. Okay, pence. (?) Ignoring the tricky exchange rate, that is still wonderfully cheap. This is why I love crafting.

September 22, 2008

More Fall Embroideries

Inspired by the last post and the fact that it's the first day of Autumn (I'm a little early posting since I usually post on Tuesdays, but I was excited by what I found...) here are even more beautiful Fall inspired pieces from the Flickr Embroidery Pool! Happy Autumn!

1. Autumn Bag Embroidery, 2. Untitled, 3. Acorn Fairy, 4. Pumpkin Buttons, 5. acorn towel, 6. Purse for Children's Dramatic Play or Treasure Collecting, 7. embroidered pumpkin, 8. cuties, 9. Falling Leaf Placemats, 10. fall flower pincushion, 11. fall forest baby, 12. fall market bag 2, 13. fall_buttons, 14. mice: the acorn fairy stitchette, 15. IMG_0545, 16. Acorn Stump Embroidery

More Halloween ideas...

Cute free patterns from Amy (Quixotic Pixels). I have a crush on that little Dracula. :)

In memory of Bob, Howard, and Jerry

Bob, Howard, Jerry
from l33twave

As a former owner of an ex-lab rat, I'm in love. And in awe of this amazingly stitched awesomeness. :)

September 19, 2008

Fall Lovelies

One artist I spotted on etsy has an array of simple and wonderful fall lovelies. I am browsing while drinking my favorite fall drink---cafe mocha. Jenny reminds of windy, balmy days and cool cricket nights.

Whatever am I going to do with all these tomatoes? This has been an especially good harvest for me this year.......we have been BLT happy!

This weekend I am headed to Northern Wisconsin to view the leaf colors---affectionately known as Colorama Weekend. These leaves are a beautiful way to celebrate such earthly ornaments!

This reminds me of the chickory that lines the roadways here in the fall.

And, it is just a matter of time before the winter berries appear here in the North..........

September 18, 2008

Free ghosties

Free ghosties from the lovely Annie Oakleaves. She also has some dressed-up Halloween eenie patterns for sale in her shop.

Is anyone embroidering for Halloween yet?

September 16, 2008

September Craftster Feature Project ,Challenge and Shout out.

Wow! So much has been happening in September! To start off, we have a wonderful feature project from beelisty. If you are not familiar with her work, go on over to Craftster and check her out. Amazing, beautiful, inspiring are only a few words to describe her pieces. Her project being featured this month is of her grandparents.

Don't forget to hop over and check out her interview.

Also, this month, we have a new challenge. The theme for the challenge this month is "What does Fall mean to you". The entries are due October 8th-15th. The prize this time will be a lovely pendant from I Sew Cute and a $20.00 JoAnn's gift card. So, think about what fall means to you. Does it mean going back to school? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Leaves changing. Well, stitch it up and enter the challenge!

Last but not least, I wanted to give a shout out to Julie from Sew It's for You. She took out time from her busy schedule to stitch up some super cute baby stuff for the Safety In Numbers Auction for Portland Women's Crisis Line. She is a wonderful person and an awesome embroiderer. Thank you from everyone at PWCL!

Hi, I'm Pam - I've been a moderator for the Needlework boards on Craftster since 2004 and you can also see me in the Craftster Quickies video series.

I am a lover of all things vintage but I particularly have a fondness for vintage embroidery patterns, which I collect every chance I can get!

September 14, 2008

Sinister kitty

sinister kitty
from kunderwood

Kristi, you're not the only one who thinks kitschy vintage patterns like this kitty are a wee bit sinister! :) Read more about it on her blog.

By the way, is there something in the air? I keep finding so many amazing projects in the pool!

September 13, 2008

Hedgie love

Hedghog Love
from OrangeZoo

Want to embroider your own buttons? Try this embroidered button tutorial from PimpStitch!

Merci for Japanese cute


Read more about Amy's sweet project on her blog.

September 12, 2008

a Flickr favorite

I just had to pop in this morning to share an amazing embroidery project by Doe-c-Doe.

September 8, 2008

Home is where the ____ is

Visit Renee's Blog, the domestic scientist for this free pattern. If you're old school nerdy (like me) there's even a Super NES version. Oh yeah.

September 7, 2008

Jake's Cookies

This is truly making me hungry for cookies. What a fun surprise gift!!!

This work is done by nanaCompany found on Flickr.

And Nana has an etsy shop if you are drooling.......

I heart NY

I <3 NY
from Ma Magasin

September 5, 2008

Imaginary plants

from tiny happy
imaginary plants

I absolutely love the white thread on linen and the fact that she chose a chain stitch... And that her inspiration is: "the look of white paint on brown paper."

Sweating the Small Stuff.......

Will Mom Notice The Holes In My Sweaters

Actually Karna 1268 caught my eye on Etsy with her unusual doll sculptures she makes from sweater pieces. As usual, I am attracted by all the different techniques, colors and mediums used in one piece----sort of a three dimensional collage, if you will.

Desktop Forest Retreat


Fungi Study 1

Lil Cardigan Two

I don't know about you, but this surely gives new inspiration to those old sweaters you couldn't quite throw away! I do agree that Karna is extremely talented and original, so perhaps she makes it easier than it truly is. I hope you enjoyed walking through the forest of her talent as I did. Check out all her wonderful creations in the links for her Etsy and Flickr photos.

September 2, 2008

Buzz Buzz...

Some fun bee themed embroidered items from the Flickr Embroidery Pool - enjoy the last days of summer!

1. a closeup of my first crazy quilt block, 2. ATC Swap, 3. Bee Button, 4. It's a swarm!!, 5. beehive pincushion 30/365, 6. Ritapizza's Towel!, 7. Bee bird, 8. Queen Bee, 9. buzzing, 10. Baby- pink bee, 11. BeeWare, 12. Bzzz Bzzz, 13. cuteness galore!, 14. Bumble Bee, 15. bee, 16. los Busy Bees

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.