June 13, 2010

White Category Winner - Rainbow of Stitches Contest

Wow, who knew that judging the Rainbow of Stitches contest would be such hard work? There were so many amazing and highly deserving entries in the white category that it was hard to pick a winner, but big congrats to Caitlin (saltyoat) for her winning entry.

Want to get to know Caitlin a little bit better? Here's how she answered our winners' questionnaire ...

What inspired your entry?

I was actually really inspired by this piece. I love doily and lace patterns, and knew I wanted to create a piece that reflected that. I also liked the idea of using the work to experiment with stitches and create a sampler of sorts. I started stitching the piece in an embroidery class at the Stitch Lab here in Austin.

What is your favorite stitch?

French knot

Who or what inspires you to stitch?

I'm really inspired by vintage embroidery transfers and fabrics. I also get a lot of inspiration from the blogs I read, Flickr, and the thrift stores I frequent.

How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?

I started cross-stitching when I was a kid, using premade kits (horses and Christmas ornaments were a part of my repertoire). I started doing embroidery last fall, using Jenny Hart's Embroidered Effects as my textbook.

Are there any stitchers in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool you have noticed?

I really love the white stitching on paper that jessicakelly entered in the contest (editor's note: we love it too and this entry was a close second!), and I'm a big fan of the work of septemberhouse, doe-c-doe, and the Pin Pals.


Thanks, Caitlin ... and good luck going up against the colors!

For some more of the outstanding contest entries in the white category, check out the mosaic below or browse our gallery.

White Embroidery Inspiration


  1. It's lovely!! Would love that on my wall :)

  2. Very pretty design! I too like all the different stitches, shows there's more ways to do a sampler than Victorian-style rows...
    Good luck in the final!
    Joey xx

  3. ooo, I want to make a bunch of these a little more snowflake like and use them as Christmas decorations. Absolutely stunning!

  4. I never thought of duplicating lace patterns in embroidery -- your amazing stitching and the subtle color scheme are so beautiful. It's a wonderful representative of white embroidery. Congratulations!

  5. I'm very curious as to how you can embroider paper without destroying the paper. I tried several times, with very thick papers: total disaster. I'd love a tutorial !

  6. Such a lovely piece.
    (I don't mind being a close second!)

  7. Wow, Caitlin's work is really marvellous!

  8. I LOVE this piece...it is so subtle & yet striking at the same time! beautiful work Caitlin - congrats :)

    p.s. *blushing* I'm very flattered at the shout out as well...thank you!

  9. aw shucks, everyone! thank you for the lovely comments! this piece was a lot of fun to make, and i'm so honored to have it featured here!