March 12, 2012

February stitchalong update and a surprise!


Hey guys! It was really sweet that so many of you de-lurked and commented! It sounds like the comment issues may be with Blogger - I've been thinking about migrating our comments to Disqus for some time now, so I might go with that. In the meantime, I've enabled comments to appear as a pop-up window (thanks for the suggestions regarding that!) and we'll see if that helps.

Up above, you see my tardy contribution to the February stitchalong - I was determined to stitch along, even if I had to do it late! Like I do with most projects, I kind of winged it and modified it as I went along.

If you'd like to stitch a fuzzy pipe cleaner version like mine, here's the materials I used:

my february stitchalong supplies

14 ct light blue Aida cloth
12 inch hoop
pink yarn
black floss
pale pink floss
black pipe cleaners

bending the pipe cleaners

I can be very persnickety about perfection, so this step was surprisingly fun. I chose fuzzy black pipe cleaners- they sort of look like cute caterpillars. Not that I would ever sew with caterpillars - I certainly don't recommend it... :)

sticking it in the hoop

I used light blue Aida cloth, because it has a stiff texture right out of the package, which gives the pipe cleaners some support. I used a big 12 inch hoop from my (embarrassingly large) stash of embroidery hoops.

tacking em' down

Couching them was super easy and quick - since the pipe cleaners were bendy, I could smoosh or expand them as needed. I used six strands of black embroidery floss, but a contrasty color would work well, too.

pink yarn to couch inside the heart

I liked how it looked at this point, but it was missing some color, I thought. So I grabbed some pink yarn to couch inside the heart.

couching in the heart

This step was tricky, since the yarn I chose was very fluffy and a bit splitty - but all in all, I ended up with a fun texture I really liked:

all done

So, here you have it, my version of the February stitchalong. Feel free to stitch along with us, even if it's a bit late! :)

I hinted there might be a surprise for all of you who overcame your shyness, de-lurked, and commented - and here it is - I put together 2 mini kits with everything you see here:

a little prize?
1 mini hoop, pipe cleaners, floss, yarn and needle

I'm also sending 5 fiesta-bright colors of embroidery floss to 4 different people - you can use them to stitchalong this month, or for any of your own projects!

Here are the six surprise winners!

Luciana said...
I have no problems.
I love the blog.
March 10, 2012 1:46 PM

Kitsch and Curious said...
I've been able to leave a comment this time, but in the past, I have had problems on blogs like yours where the comments are on the same page as the blog post. On my blog, I have the comments box set to open in a new window, and that seems to be ok. I think it depends on the browser that people are using (e.g. which version of Internet Explorer, etc.)Let me know if you need any help with this.

I also agree that the new Captcha images are really difficult sometimes!
March 10, 2012 5:43 PM

Kaytea said...
Delurking to leave a comment. Love the blog :)
March 10, 2012 12:19 PM

crazycandigirl said...
Let's see if this works. I'm pretty quiet, but I love looking at the beautiful stitchy eye candy.
March 10, 2012 1:58 PM

Char said...
Ok I'm leaving a comment!
March 10, 2012 1:27 PM

Cheryl said...
I admit it, I'm a lurker. Everything you post inspires me tremendously, and I just wanted you to know. Thanks!
March 10, 2012 2:15 PM

If I drew your name tonight, please email your address to me: - and I'll get your surprise prize sent out to you! Thanks everybody! :)

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.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!


  1. Wow, I love this, I had some pipe cleaners but couldn't picture how it would turn out. I really wanted to add some colour to mine but there was no way I could satin stitch inside the wire, I did not even think of couching there, duh. Guess what is coming down off my wall today and being coloured in?

  2. Great I really love the way the stitches run... great work..

  3. Yay! I'm jumping around all my place. I'm so happy, and surprized!
    I'm sending to a email.
    Thank you so much!

  4. Yay! I'm jumping around all my place. I'm so happy, and surprized!
    I'm sending to a email.
    Thank you so much!

  5. Genius! Might be a great way to get kids started in stitchery too.

  6. That is so cool that you used pipe cleaners! I don't have the wired thread, but never would have thought of this. And it looks so great, too!