October 30, 2011
October 28, 2011
Wanna stitch a home invasion this weekend? The awesome peeps at Arsenal Pulp Press are giving Feeling Stitchy readers a sneak peek of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery with this creepy cool bug and insect project. There's flies, roaches and spiders to cover every creepy crawly base...
This awesomely creepy arachnid would look great creeping over a pillow or camping out on an apron:
Or you could really freak people out by stitching it on an elegant vintage doily, as the project author, Sarah Terry suggests:
Want the creepy free patterns? Here you go!
Want to learn more about Hoopla? We're super proud that 3 of our Feeling Stitchy contributors - Penny, Jo, and Jenny Hart all took part in this book. And you know, maybe we have a bit of a giveaway cooking... just maybe. Guess you better stay tuned! :)
I know we have already featured some Fall themed embroideries in the past couple of weeks but I really wanted to show you all this fabulous flower stitched by charm.mama. The colours are so vibrant and well...autumnal. And the fill stitching (notice the different stitches she used?) is just lovely. Read more about this project here.
Are you still in 'Fall' mode with your stitching or already stitching up winter themed patterns?
October 24, 2011
You should check out Vicki's blog, Turkey Feathers. And her shop, PatternBee! PatternBee is a wonderful resource for vintage embroidery patterns which Vicki restores and sells both as PDF and iron-on patterns.
She is also an author of two books: Embroidery Craft: Stitching Through the Seasons and Blanket Statement.
I asked Vicki a few questions about the project and here's what she had to say. You can also read more about it on her blog. Thank you, Vicki!
(All images with kind permission of Vicki)
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Vicki Haninger, and I live in the beautiful Willamette Valley here in Oregon with my husband and two youngest daughters and various adorable critters, including some that run wild through my backyard on a daily basis!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been sewing and stitching. Like most stitchers, the biggest influences I had growing up, came from the women in my family who always seemed to have a project of some kind in their hands, mostly out of necessity. But there was also much joy in the making. I found this out early when at the age of five, I was handed a needle and thread and completed my first embroidery of a tiny cross-stitch chick. It was a defining moment for me I guess, because I can still remember the thrill of that simple task (over fifty years ago now, ahem!), and then, to realize where it’s led in terms of what I am doing today.
The State Flower Quilt Project was the result of a basic pattern restoration. (That’s primarily what PatternBee offers, in an attempt to keep the old vintage patterns, which are under public domain, available so that others can access and use them more easily.) Sometimes an old pattern has little things about it that could be made better though and this was the case with the state flower patterns.
So I tweaked the typography, changed the awkward shortened state names to two letter abbreviations, and made slight changes to the flower blocks themselves. Then I began stitching them, one by one, and sharing them on my blog as free pattern downloads. The finished blocks and free patterns can also be found on the Turkey Feathers Flickr page, and the pattern is also available from the PatternBee website as a PDF and as an Iron-On Transfer.
October 23, 2011
October 22, 2011
Stitched by moxiedoll77
My twin girls recently started watching reruns of the the mid-1980's cartoon classic Jem on one of our cable channels, so it's through new eyes that I see this totally rad (and truly outrageous) portrait of the young, misunderstood artist herself.
Don't know who Jem is? Whoa, you are in for a treat. Check out the Wikipedia page and you'll have a leg up on your competitors at the next 80's trivia night.
And for those who do know about the awesomeness that is Jem: go ahead, I dare you to get the song out of your head for the rest of the day.
As for me, I was always partial to the Misfits -- especially their Brit-punk-glam sax player.
October 21, 2011
The Octopus, or rather Kraken, is part of an absolutely stunning and gorgeous Pirate sampler that Robyn has put together from different pattern sources, old and new.
Apparently these 'pirates' originally were a bunch of patriots on a 4th of July pattern. Obviously the 4th of July pattern didn't include swords, hooks and mugs...The whole sampler has these little additions and alterations to fit the Pirate Theme. I particularly love the seagulls with chips in their beaks. Do check out Robyn's photostream for more photos and descriptions of all the clever details.
P.s. Submissions to our Covered in Stitches contest are accepted until November 7th, don't forget to post yours in the Flickr Group!
October 19, 2011
I'm saying creepy and posting it because Halloween is coming! Maybe she'll become the flying monkey of the embroidery world...(not responsible for ensuing nightmares).
With kind apologies to G.C. Williams, rip.
October 17, 2011
Priest stitched by David Hill
Penny Nickels just announced the winners in the PUSH Stitchery Contest on her blog and I have to say I'm pretty blown away by the submissions - you're looking at the 2 winners of the contest, David Hill and Lord Libidan. Penny commented on the beautiful, painterly Van Gogh lines in this piece, and I have to agree with her - I'm in awe of David's skills. Truly painting with thread here.
Transformer stitched by Lord Libidan
Yeah, your eyes do not fool you - that is a fully transforming Transformer, stitched painstakingly on plastic canvas. Seriously, think of the architecture that went into that piece.
But every bit as amazing are the 2 runner-ups:
Tattoo sleeve stitched by Di Ellis
Hair stitched by Stefanie M.
Penny is featuring essays by the stitchers on their work on her blog - go on over there and check it out.
Thanks, Penny, for hosting such an awesome contest - be sure to check out PUSH Stitchery the next time you're in a bookstore - it looks like MrXStitch and amazing contributors like Penny have made an awesome book that will not disappoint!
October 16, 2011
October 15, 2011
(Don't forget: you can still find the pattern in our kick-off post!)
First up, the finished piece by the pattern artist herself, Cathy Gaubert! A felt ghost? Black & white stripey tights on the cat? The cuteness is almost too much to bear!
We're loving this little mini quilt by Flickr user suesueb, who machine quilted a little label right on the front of the piece!
This embroidery on black fabric is especially effective. It almost looks like it's glowing! (by letscallitlove):
October 14, 2011
October 11, 2011
We love small businesses and frequently feature them here, but there are other ways of getting our attention - post a link to your Etsy or small business site in this thread. (You'll need to be logged in to Flickr and a member of our Embroidery group to see that). Or just post a few of your best (embroidered) items to our pool, and let us find you!
Thanks everybody! :)
October 10, 2011
Maybe you can help elliefunkhandmade? Over in the Flickr group, she's asking about restoring and cleaning older embroidery pieces:
[...] an advent calendar my grandmother made close to forty years ago - it is very special to me. I was wondering whether anyone had some ideas or tips about how best to wash it. It needs some minor repairs but the fabric has also stretched in places. I don't know for sure - but I think it is all cotton fabric (but I'm not sure of the stitched thread - I assume they are DMC)Here and here are some photos of the calendar.
I'm sure others have the same question/problem, so if you have any suggestions for how to care for older pieces, please share them in the comments. :-)
October 9, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 7, 2011
This is some serious gorgeous stitching by Anne (aka Dozydotes on Flickr)! An abundance of lovely satin stitches, French Knots, Lazy daisy stitches and a few other stitches as well. The flowers seem to be bursting from the hoop and I love that the stitching nearly covers all of the fabric. The autumnal colours Anne used for this piece are also spot on: rusty brown, yellow, orange and even a hint of pink. Do check out Anne's other 'Flower Power' pieces here.
October 5, 2011
Stitched by poppet with a camera
This makes me want an iPhone - because I'm just the sort of dork that wants a thing just so I can cross-stitch a cover for it. :) It also made me curious about the history of Nyan Cat.
Want stitchable covers? I hear you can find them here. And those free patterns they have to stitch? Also to die for:
Purl Bee also just posted a sweet free pattern for an iPhone cover:
October 2, 2011
Love Marianne's coordinated fabric selection for her Halloween wall hanging:
A green ghost? Sure, why not?! : )
Blown away by this amazing fill stitch:
October 1, 2011
Photo and Pattern by Flossbox
Looking at the pool and seeing all the entries for our September Stitchalong has really gotten me into the Halloween spirit. Also, this awesome cross stitch by Flossbox, of course. :)
Looking for something quick and fun and free to stitch (assuming you've already done our Stitchalong pattern by Cathy Gaubert, of course)?
Here's a few of my free faves:
Free pattern by Badbird, stitched by onetomatotwo
Free pattern by Annie Oakleaves, stitched by yours truly
Free pattern by The The Treacys