February 26, 2011

February Vintage Pattern Stitchalong: Week 4

Well it's the final week of the Vintage Pattern Stitchalong and I am all done! I popped in a cheesy movie this morning and put the final touches on my second pillowcase.

Then, I crossed my fingers, turned them inside out, and washed them. I usually don't turn my stitching inside out, but I wanted to be extra-careful because I'd done so many French knots...

Voila! I was fortunate and the faint charcoal lines washed right out and the stitches held up perfectly:
pillowcase #1 detail

I ran out of a couple of colors, so I swapped colors between the two pillowcases, which would make for a good game of "spot the differences," if you are very, very bored. :)
pillowcase #2 detail

I added some extra french knots around the large flowers in the middle of the design - I used to hate French knots, but once you get the hang of them they are very addictive.

So, here they are washed (ahem: unironed - a girl can only get so much done in time for same-day blog posting) and ready to go:

But, sheesh, next time I choose colors for a blog post to photograph, I think I'll stay away from teals and fushchias! They look so pretty in real life, but it's almost impossible to capture true-to-life shades of pink and blue in photos. I did tons of monkeying around with my camera settings just to get these pics.

But now, on to my favorite part - your stitching! :)

Ninimakes gets double points for creativity by stitching on a shirt she made herself (from a Built by Wendy pattern):
Stitchalong top in sunshine

I love how elegant the design looks in one color and it contrasts so well with the subtle pattern in her fabric - gorgeous, Ninimakes!
Stitchalong complete

I love the placement Avrienne chose for her t-shirt stitching, and the pretty autumn palette she used:
Feb Stitchalong Shirt

Aimee also stitched her design on a t-shirt - I really, really love the details in this progress shot:
feeling stitchy: stitch along take 2

Speaking of in-progress, I also love the details in this project by hannita - can't wait to see it finished!
stitch-along start

Lisa chose light colors that show up well against her blue fabric:
february stitch along - close up

I love how everybody approaches their stitches in a different way - I love the loose, open stitches and extra French knots in this version by Megan:

Last but certainly not least, 2 of our own bloggers at Feeling Stitchy joined in...

Jo also stitched her design on a pillowcase:
Feeling Stitchy Feb 11 Stitch along 2

And Carina stitched up her own modified version of the pattern, with lots of lovely pastel colors:
Feeling Stitchy - February stitchalong 2011

I wish I could have featured every single one of you - but HEY, why don't you help us make a list of everyone that took part? If you joined the stitchalong this month (even if yours is in progress), please leave a link in the comments!

Thank you so much for stitching along with us! I hope you all had fun and were inspired, even if you couldn't join along. This was super fun and inspiring for me - I pulled out embroidery I literally have not touched in years.

Be sure to check back with us for more stitchalongs - I happen to know that there's a really, really, really good one coming up.... :)

Recap of the February Stitchalong:
Download the pattern (thanks, Claudia!)
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

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.

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  1. Yes! More stitchalongs please, this was so inspiring!

  2. These patterns are great, and seeing some other people's interpretations was just what I needed to feel inspired to use these. Once I'm back to stitching again, I'll be sure to share the pix. Thanks for this fun activity!!

  3. I wish my bed linen was a cheerful as yours Floresita (and I love those extra French Knots you put in)!
    Thanks for hosting this, it was great fun making all those lazy daisy stitches.

    P.S. Thanks for double points too :)

  4. Hi, I did do one, but I am not happy with the colours.... it was fun though and I will probably do another as it was nice and quick...

  5. Oh - I forgot... I love all the ideas... especially cheering up a T shirt - I would never have thought of it...

  6. Your pillowcases are so pretty! I like seeing how everyone did the design also, Avrienne's is my favorite! I think I'd like to try that out on a tank top!

  7. everyone did a lovely job with their embroidery, especially like the one on the back of the tee.

  8. This was so much fun.... here is a link to mine...


    I'm excited for the next one.

  9. This project was actually my first real embroidery project ever. I definitely need to learn more stitches (currently only using back-stitches), but I really enjoy these projects. Please, let's do one (at least) every month! Thanks for encouraging me to try something new.

    Here's a link to my blog post featuring my finished pillowcase:


  10. thanks for the shoutout...can't wait for the next stitch along :)
    aimee aka daisyeyes

  11. this was fun- i definitely want to do it again.
    avrienne- i never would have thought to do the back of a t-shirt. that's a brilliant idea; i may steal it :)

  12. This was so much fun. I love seeing how everyone else used the pattern. Very inspirational.

    I'm not quite done with my little pillow yet as I have no stuffing, but I'll be sure to post pictures to my blog as soon as its done. :)


  13. @Casey - thanks, I'm blushing!

    @Lisa - steal away, it's not like I'm the first to ever do it! I just like to have some plain-fronted shirts with surprising stuff on the back, since I almost always have my hair up.

  14. I thought my transfer pen was going to work, got it out along with a scarf and it was dry as a bone! weep! I can't wait for the next one... I will be all set with my transfer pencil by then! I love how creative people get with the same pattern!!!

  15. Thanks for hosting this stitch along, I can't wait for the next one. It was so much fun! Everyone did a beautiful job! :)

  16. I've been so busy I haven't had chance to even start mine, but I still plan to! I'll add a link when I get some photos :-)

  17. Loved the stitch along! I was getting frustrated with my main projects that I have going and needed something fun to stitch- This stitch along came when I needed it! Thank you!


  18. I just love it ! congratulations and thanks for the link to the pattern !

  19. Just found you on True Up (Embroidery feature) and so happy I did. Just printed off the pattern to start tomorrow. Now subscribed in GReader, hope you'll have another stitchalong soon, I love seeing everyone else's take on a design. thanks!

  20. Oh, I love them all!
    This was a fun stitch-along.