June 30, 2009

Taco Tuesday

This work belongs to mimilove forever from the Flickr group. It just cracked me up this morning when I was surfing and having my coffee. *added* Be sure to check out her blog and explaination.

I almost spit it out.........so.....you are wondering, what does that have to do with Taco Tuesday? *shrug* It's Tuesday, and when the kids were growing up, we had a taco tuesday and they were always looking forward to it....so naturally, it stuck in this mind........carry on.........

June 29, 2009

Poppin' poppies

poppies close, originally uploaded by jjjjo.

Oh look! Aren't these poppies just beautiful? The colours really pop! And how about the stitches? So perfect. :-)

June 28, 2009

Fab ferret!

In the title of this photo it says it is a ferret, but it reminds me of a panther - like an Inca type panther. Thpse spots and tail led me in that direction. Anyway, ferret or panther, it doesn't take away the fact that this is pretty cute and the stitching is fab!

June 27, 2009

Tasty deliciousness

mixed floss B
Photo by InWiththeOldVintage

In a silver goblet, no less.

June 26, 2009


frenchie, originally uploaded by mary's granddaughter.

Oh my goodness! How absolutely adorable is this little guy?!

I really love how expressive it is considering the relatively minimalistic use of lines...

Cute! :-)

June 25, 2009

Embroidered Shiva

I have been keeping an eye on the progress of this beautiful embroidery that Amanda Panda Pants has been making! Amanda, was this available as an embroidery design, or did you transfer it yourself? Do tell!


Blue fabric flower

Blue flower
stitched by thejoysofjess

I am simply aghast at this awesomeness.

June 24, 2009

Dainty flowers

How lovely! It's like a bouquet of pretty weeds!

Mrs Zombie

Mrs. Zombie, close-up
Stitched by LittleBeeThatCould

You peeps are really doing a lot of awesome Sublime Stitching lately! Every time I turn around there's new stuff in the pool!

Take this Mr and Mrs Zombie duo, made by LittleBeeThatCould for a friend who likes zombies. Oh yes. I can totally see a zombie wedding theme here. Or am I the only one weird enough to imagine that? ;)

June 23, 2009

First embroidery

My first embroidery -WIP
Stitched by xoxojessica

Here's another first embroidery - isn't this amazing? I'm staggered by how lovely this is.

June 22, 2009

Dwight pin

Dwight Pin
stitched by batzie09

Oh, I am loving this Dwight pin by Gwendolyn (her Etsy shop). And it cracks me up how many of us love to immortalize our favorite TV, movie, and random rock stars in felt. Too awesome.

June 20, 2009

Why internet dating sucks

why internet dating sucks 3
Stitched by screaming lulu

I cannot say Amen loud enough. Love this series of creepy, misspelled messages from internet romeos. Freehand machine-embroidered on vintage hankies. To see more of her work, visit her Etsy store and her Folksy store.

June 19, 2009

Perle Cotton Obsessed......

Seriously, if you were offered a deal to purchase these at 50 cents per, how many would you buy? I gleefully carried 57 spools home like a six year old with a candy bag.......I couldn't wait to sort them out and find a place where they would show off so handsomely. My current wool and fabric store that carried them closed and I was beginning to panic as to where to find them. My favorite quilt shop in Northern Wisconsin was discontinuing their Italian brand of perle cotton . I wanted to buy them all---would you have felt funny doing that? I wondered if I was showing an obsession or being smart.......we fabric, floss lovers do look obsessed at times, don't we? Look at our stashes.....lol. Of course, now I have to justify my purchase by lots and lots of embroidery........I am so upset...........not. What is the most floss /thread you have purchased at one time?

June 18, 2009


Randomwork embroidery
stitched by (our very own) Carina

When you have someone as awesome as Carina writing for Feeling Stitchy, you pretty much want to blog every single thing she makes, because it's all amazing. Case in point - her new Randomwork. I love the idea of just sitting down with a few colors and needles and just stitching whatever you feel like, no plan at all.

So, try it! And read more about her project on her blog.

June 17, 2009

Reuse! Recon! Revamp!

News from Craftster land! There is a new needlework challenge and the theme is reuse, recon, revamp. The theme was inspired by Maker Faire, San Mateo.

Reuse, Recon, Revamp
June 17th-July 17th
Posting your project July 18th-22nd
Voting July 23nd-28th
Winner Announced July 29th

We all have items laying around the house that we know we can make something out of or stitch something on. Now's your chance to do that and win some prizes! Do you have an old lamp shade that's just dying to be stitched on? What about a dated cross stitch that you found at a thrift store that needs to be updated? Let's see what those creative minds have in store for us!

The Specifics:
Post your craft during the period of July 18th-22nd. No sooner. No later.
Voting will happen from July 23-28th

On July 29th (pacific time) a winner will be announced

Each participant can enter ONE project.

The stitching can be any size and any style of needlework.

It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

Prize: To be announced (want to donate? Contact me)

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!

June 16, 2009

To Ms. Bullett, with love

stitched by Miss Annabelle

Made by a 10 year old for her teacher. Enough said. Awesome.

June 13, 2009

Helpfully labeled "floss porn"

photo by stashheap

Yes, this photo was in a wonderful set, helpfully labeled, "floss porn." Lovely. :)

June 12, 2009

Your Grandma's embroidery

Vintage Girl Embroidery
stitched by Susie's grandma

Check out Susie's grandma's embroidery - gorgeous! See more pics of her grandma's tea towels on Susie's blog. You can see where she gets her talent.

Did your grandma leave you any vintage gems? Why not snap a pic and add them to the pool?

Floss Box

Floss Box, originally uploaded by (muddlepud).

Oh my! Isn't that a lovely shot? I mean, you can practically feel the floss, can't you? :-)

June 11, 2009

Embroidered Fortune Teller

I think this goes nicely with the previous post of embroidered, lined school-paper. The favorite playground activity: the fortune teller. Penny Nickels stitched up this naughty version with quotes from Anaïs Nin. Fantabulous. She says they're available in her etsy shop!

Link (Thanks Mary!)

Embroidered love note

stitched paper [embroidery]
stitched by katie.cupcake

It's not just an embroidered lovenote, people. It's an embroidered lovenote on embroidered notebook paper. Terribly sweet! If you'd like one of your own, try Katie's Etsy store.

so...i think i love you. [embroidery]

June 10, 2009

Interview with Porterness

A few days ago I got a chance to interview Porterness. She does AMAZING inventive work. I was blown away by the beauty of her stitching. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Jennifer L. Porter, but in my imaginary Etsy and embroidery empire I go by Porterness. I currently live in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with my partner in fur Winifred, a muted Calico cat named after my grandmother. I have a Maters of Fine Art from Calarts where I studied photography and video art. When I’m not stitching my brains out I teach analog and digital photography at Chaffey College.

2. How did you get started stitching?

My grandmother taught me the basics when I was 9 years old. I picked up embroidery off and on over the years for little for projects. Reform School, in Silver Lake, was offering an embroidery class taught by Erika of My Imaginary Boyfriend so I thought I would dust off all my grandmothers’ embroidery floss and learn the difference between a running stitch and the backstitch. It was a dark and raining night when I finally learned the magical ways of the French knot and once again became addicted to the meditative quality of embroidery.

3. What inspires you?

I'm inspired by Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow, collective unconscious, and archetypes. Oh, and then there is Spencer Krug of from the bands Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven and Wolf Parade whose cryptic lyrics create images that baffle and enlightenment me while leaving me completely confused. Is it illegal to stalk a rockstar through embroidery and did I just say that out loud?


4. What advice do you have for other needleworkers out there?

Dig deep into your own experience and imagination to create something you love.

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!

Avert your eyes if you hate Twilight

a work in progress
stitched by savvystitcher

I was wondering if there were any embroiderers out there feeling the pangs of Twilight angst-mania, when I found it - in the pool - Twilight love in progress! Thanks, peeps, for making me a little less ashamed of my love of Twilight. :)

I'm sucked in and kind of ashamed of myself. Every fine-literature loving cell in my body cringes. (Also, all the feminist ones and the ones that find vampire baseball highly implausible.) However, after reading ALL 4 books during my summer vacation I was hooked. I even initially scoffed at the movie. Sigh, no longer.

So if you, like me, hate yourself for loving Twilight, here are some awesome links (courtesy of my best friend) to get you through this. Warning! Some have strong language not meant for the teeny-boppers. Enjoy... :)

Any more of you Twilight lovers want to come out of the closet? We won't judge you! ;)

Veggie Holdup

Veggie Hold Up Embroidery for Rectangel
stitched by ritapizza

Can this get more hilarious? I love the guilty looks on their veggie faces. :)

June 9, 2009

Bee Happy towel

Bee Happy Tea Towel
stitched by s@r@lynn

Really loving all these cute projects by s@r@lynn, many, like this one, are stitched from Sublime Stitching patterns. Sweet.

June 8, 2009

Viking Owl embroidery

viking embroidery
stitched by banquopack

Simply awesome.

June 7, 2009

Variegated lovliness

Beautiful. No other words necessary.

June 6, 2009

Fancy Embroidery Cards

Set of 25 Fancy Stitch Happy Embroidery Cards
Photo by MarieLynn

Ooh la la. These beauties (alas, without the thread) are for sale in the Petit Coeur Etsy shop.

June 5, 2009

Tuff Betty Bags

Lo, these many years ago (okay, like, four) I blogged on Sublime Stitching about Adrien Lucas' unbelievably dense and gorgeous hand-embroidered Tuff Betty Bags. Adrien emailed me recently and I was thrilled to see she is still embroidering beautiful purses within an inch of their lives and selling them on Etsy!

Link: Tuff Betty Bags on Etsy

Upcycled linen whale

Stitched by La Bestia Gallery


June 4, 2009

Screaming bunny

scream bunny  (3)
Stitched by saintlucybelle

Is there something wrong with me? But this screaming bunny, a la Edward Munch, really rocks my world. Awesome.

Perfect Chrysanthemum

Braided Chrysanthemum, originally uploaded by Nejiribana.

How beautiful is this? The stitching is amazing. I know I could never do anything that perfect.

And it is only a work in progress - imagine what the finished piece will be like!

June 3, 2009

Pursue happiness

pursue happiness cuff 2
Stitched by septemberhouse

A perfect motto for summer, no? Lovely.

June 2, 2009

Seed, leaf, bark, stone

seed, leaf, bark, stone
stitched by knitalatte11

Amazingness! Your eyes do not fool you, Margaret of Resurrection Fern has indeed, embroidered a stone:

stitched by knitalatte11

She says she will never reveal her secret method. Sounds like a lot of peeps are going to be asking "pretty please." :) Bravo Margaret!


Dalek, originally uploaded by Kitschy Galore.

I am not that into Doctor Who (unless David Tennant is in it!), but even so, this Dalek is pretty cool.

Heck, I think even my un-crafty husband would appreciate an embroidered Dalek!

June 1, 2009

Anthropoid Elvis

Goodness me, there's just sooo much good stuff in the pool lately. And here's another excellent specimen.

The image in itself is great but I also really, really like the combination of the all black image with the 'splattered' background.


Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father, originally uploaded by bcampbell_to.

OMG! This is amaaaaazing! Embroidery will never be the same again for me.

Darth Vader! Embroidered!

This amazing design courtesy of tattoo artist and Graphic designer Gabby Moore. See original design here.