Here's some sweetness from Wild Olive. Click the image above to go to Flickr, and select "All sizes" to download the large size. Thanks Mollie!
March 31, 2009
I may have mentioned this before, but I just totally love Star Wars. Whenever I see something crafty Star Wars related/inspired my heart starts racing. Star Wars embroidery especially!
This one with one of my favourite Star Wars quotes ever just makes it even better. Check out krupp's nerdy stitching set for more nerdy and Star Wars inspired embroidery.
I feel like doing some stitching in the company of Darth Vader and certain wookiee now...
Via the Official Star Wars Blog - Bonniegrrl always finds the best Star Wars crafty goodness.
March 30, 2009
Be sure to check out this adorable free elephant pattern from Corinne. Download the free pattern on her blog.
There are so many wonderful free patterns in the pool that I'll be featuring one every day this week... so keep checking back! And, to top off the end of this week, I'll be doing a book giveaway!
March 28, 2009
March 27, 2009
stitched by Kittytown
I've been a huge fan of Megan (or kittytown, on Flickr) since I met her on Craftster a few years ago. That little embroidery above, for her store, just seals the deal. :)
She just started a new blog to feature items in her store, give tutorials, and share her crafty process. Check it out! You will not regret it!
March 26, 2009
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March 23, 2009
stitched by Penny Nickels
I was months late to finding this in the Embroidery pool but I'm completely floored. Keep in mind that this is a mere 3.5 x 2.5 in! And share in the awe. Be sure to click on the image to read more about the project.
March 21, 2009
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March 19, 2009
stitched by *Eeffie*
I'm really inspired by all the wonderful pieces stitched for the Red Velvet Art class, taught by Elsie Flannigan and Rachel Denbow. They must be inspiring ladies, because all the projects look amazing!
March 18, 2009
stitched by Artist Reborne
I am overwhelmed and charmed by the 50 State Stitchery series that Dawn is undertaking. Be sure to give her lots of support as you see her stitcheries pop into the pool - I want to see all of them! :) Read more about the series on her blog.
March 17, 2009
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March 13, 2009
stitched by PlanetCoco
Be sure to check out this t-shirt makeover tutorial by Kirsty Neale, on Bananafrog. She uses a combination of stamps and embroidery, but I think an all-embroidered version would be amazing, too. You might recognize her style - she crafted our Feeling Stitchy banner (click through to see if you're reading this post in a reader).
March 12, 2009
March 11, 2009
stitched by crf_kitty
And, this is stitched on knit fabric. Amazing skills, crf_kitty!
March 8, 2009
1. Tell me a little bit about the project.
I got the idea for this piece when I bought a load of picture frames from a charity shop. Quite a few of them already had cross-stitch in them, and I didn't want to just throw them away. Clearly someone had spent time and energy making them and I thought they deserved a second chance.
With this Victorian couple the idea came to me fairly early on, but it took a while for me to work out exactly how I was going to execute the piece. I knew how I wanted the disco floor to look, having watched Saturday Night Fever a few too many times in the past, and I knew I wanted a glitter ball, and the rest just happened. I sort of cheated with the background, although the "bar" at the back kinda worked. I achieved the depth perception I was after, and the glitter ball came out okay, despite the struggle of using light effects threads!
2. Tell me a little about yourself.
I'm Jamie, I live in Milton Keynes, England with my wife and three chickens. I manage an IT training team for a national children's charity for the day job, and then spend the rest of my time either a) campaigning on local political issues, b) running the town's farmer's market that my wife and I began five years ago or c) running the Mr X Stitch blog and pattern making empire.
3. What/who inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration from the Needlecrafters on here, to be honest. Finding Craftster was like a revelation to me, finding lots of other people who wanted to make new and funky things. I was always dissatisfied with the content of the mainstream cross stitch patterns - I'm not into flowers and kittens playing with wool - and that was what drove me to start making my own patterns. Coming on Craftster opened my eyes to what else you could do, and I've also met some terrific people on here. Big love to all of ya!
I'm also fascinated by the politics of crafting, and the very principle that if you can make your own things, you are less reliant on the system. Growing your own food is a very powerful thing, as is making things for yourself, and I think these are important skills that we need to continue using. I know there's a craft revolution happening and I'm glad I'm on board.
4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?
I've been stitching for about five years now. It started with a trip to Canada to visit the family of my wife - I wanted something to do on the plane and the justaposition between me (6 foot tall with a bald head) doing cross stitch was too good to miss. So I bought a pattern of an Art Nouveau woman and went from there. That piece is now framed and up in my Mum's house.
The thing that surprised me was how much I actually enjoyed stitching. I hadn't expected it to become such an important part of my life, but it is and I'm happy about that. I have an aspiration to do a degree in Hand Embroidery one day - possibly when the mortgage has been paid off - the thought of doing some high end Goldwork that says "Bastard" or something similar is really tickling my fancy!
5. What would you tell others who are just getting started?
Things I've learned over time - Make sure you're well lit (save your eyes!): use a frame if you can (for the tension); don't use shiny or light effects threads until you've had a bit of practice; and if it becomes a chore, put it down and do something else!
Bonus question: One quote that describes your life. Lots of people thoughout my life have told me: "You're so laid back you'll fall over" so I'll have that.
Thanks Mr. XStitch for the great piece and the awesome interview. Now on to stuff you can win! The new needlework challenge is up. The theme is one pattern, many stitches. You can find out more about it here. I know we will have some great entries!
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!
stitched by peregrineblue
Beautiful ATC's like this one by Constanza fascinate me. But I always wonder - how do all these talented people find each other to do exchanges? Flickr? An outside website? Any people in the know want to fill me in? :)
March 7, 2009
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March 5, 2009
stitched by Kitschygalore
I thought I'd seen a heck of a lot of perfect French knots when I saw this piece. But then I clicked next and saw:
Is there an Academy Award for Best Achievement in French Knots? I hereby bestow it on Kitschygalore.