November 29, 2015

Patterns: Felt Farm Set

Felt Farm Set Hand Sewing Patterns
Felt farm set by the Little Softie Shoppe

It's not too late to make this lovely handmade gift for a little person in your life (says she who hasn't done half her Christmas crafting yet). This felt farm set by the Little Softie Shoppe is very cute and I think would be very well appreciated.

Hi, I'm Jo - I feature new embroidery patterns Sundays on Feeling Stitchy. I also post on our Twitter and Pinterest.

Is there a new pattern you'd like us feature? Email me!

November 27, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 31 with Maya Frost


How are you doing today? Here in the United States, it's the day after Thanksgiving, and is known as Black Friday, a day that retailers big and small offer up sales in order to get into the "black" (as opposed to being "in the red"). It's also a day to graze on the leftovers from Thanksgiving.

@frost.maya

I have a special treat for you today by introducing you to Maya Frost. Maya is an ex-pat from Portland, Oregon, USA who now lives in Mexico. You can see the influences of Mexico in her work, most especially in the vibrant colors she uses.

Maya uses unique and different materials in her embroidery. Yes, in the first picture, Frida Kahlo is stitched on a tortilla with hair of beans - how clever!! IN the other pictures, Maya uses pieces of brown paper, canvas, and pieces of clear plastic in which to stitch on. She uses paint and floss together to create vibrant and unique pieces of art.


Image by @frost.maya

Image by @frost.maya (On canvas)

Image by @frost.maya (On a brown paper scrap)

Image by @frost.maya (On a clear plastic remnant)

Image by @frost.maya (On canvas)


That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Maya's work at @frost.maya, and make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.

Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos like Maya did with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - Hi, I'm Amy. I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. I'm a hand embroiderer and maker.

You can find my embroidery and crafts on:
Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Facebook

November 23, 2015

MooshieStitch Monday: Needle Weaving Plaid

plaid embroidery



In my ongoing quest to find different needle weaving tips and techniques, I came across a post by the amazing Mary Corbet on the Common Thread blog.

In this post, Mary shares tips on how to add texture and patterns to your needle weaving. What caught my eye was the technique to create a plaid-like pattern.

So, I decided to give it a try by needle weaving a red plaid - because it's the fall season and red plaid reminds me of cozy flannel shirts.


plaid embroidery


For my plaid pattern, I stitched 2 rows red, 1 row black, 1 row white, and repeat.

DMC Floss used:
  • Red #817
  • Black #310
  • White ECRU

I chose a circle because originally I was going to put the finished work in a small round frame I have for an ornament (more on that later). So I traced the frame - which is a 3 inch diameter circle.






Here are the finished vertical stitches (warp threads).


needle weaving plaid


Now time to weave my horizontal stitches (weft threads).


plaid embroidery


plaid embroidery


I weaved over and under each vertical stitch - but I wasn't perfect. I sometimes missed a row or weaved over/under two rows by accident. But it doesn't seem too noticeable...


plaid embroidery


needle weaving plaid


What do you think? Does it look plaid to you!?!

I didn't like how it looked in the round ornament frame - it didn't quite fit right either - so I think I will keep it in a small hoop.


needle weaving plaid embroidery


plaid embroidery needle weaving


needle weaving plaid



Overall, I like how the plaid pattern looks. This is my first needle weaving using multiple colors and I will definitely keep experimenting.

Seriously, check out this needle weaving post by Mary Corbet to see her step-by-step tutorial and her awesome needle weaving sampler.

See you next time!



Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

November 22, 2015

Patterns: new designs from Kelly Fletcher Needlework




Designs from Kelly Fletcher Needlework

Kelly has some lovely new designs out; Wild Ferns, Wild Grass and Wild Pods, I think they would look great stitched up and displayed together on canvases on a wall, they look like they would be very calming. You can find these designs and more here.

Hi, I'm Jo - I feature new embroidery patterns Sundays on Feeling Stitchy. I also post on our Twitter and Pinterest.

Is there a new pattern you'd like us feature? Email me!

November 20, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 30 with Beth Colletti


Hello! I hope you're having an awesome day. This post published at 6:00 am my time, so I'm sure I'm still fast asleep. But I know our readers in other parts of the world are more than halfway over with their days. Take a moment to sit back and relax, and look at some beautiful stitching.

@bethcolletti

The first thing I'm struck by when I look at Beth's Instagram feed is the color - bright, beautiful, and bold color. I love it! The next thing I'm struck by is her blending of nature in her work. Beth's sunflower hoo is one of the most amazing pieces of embroidery I've ever seen! Now those are some embroidery goals to strive for!

Her use of mixed media with embroidery is beautiful, and combines fabric, paint and floss with lovely quotes and typography. The last picture shown here gives a lovely closeup look.

Beth's pictures are beautifully staged, and light, bright, and beautiful! I cannot emphasize enough how important this is in a fantastic Instagram feed.

Image by @bethcolletti

Image by @bethcolletti

Image by @bethcolletti

Image by @bethcolletti



That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Beth's work at @bethcolletti, and make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.


Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos like Beth did with #feelingstitchyig!

Backside of the Hoop by Random Acts of Amy
Over on my personal blog, Random Acts of Amy, this month's Backside of the Hoop has been published this morning. I interviewed Mary Corbet of Needle 'n Thread, and you can read all about her embroidery story, process, and how she finishes off the backside of her hoops here.

Hi, I'm Amy - Hi, I'm Amy. I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. I'm a hand embroiderer and maker.

You can find my embroidery and crafts on:
Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Facebook

November 18, 2015

Have You Heard?



Have you heard about DMC's Common Thread site? It has been around for several months now and showcases their homemade brand, artisans and kits. While it emphasizes a more trendy look, it does give props to their history and what made them a household name in the stitching world. 

I really love the  unconventional DIY kits. The cross stitch vase and embroidery calendars are insanely fabulous! They offer knitting and crochet as well as cross stitch and embroidery. 

I know that a few people may grumble at the price of the kits or patterns but remember that you are supporting indie artist and handmade items and yes while it is through DMC, an independent artist created it. 

If you are interested in being a part of their creative team or programs, they are open to adding new artist all the time. 

Check out the site today and see what they have to offer. I  hope you are like me and are happy to see the direction Common Thread is taking. 

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!

November 17, 2015

Sujani


Born in Delhi, India, Swati Kalsi studied fashion design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. Since then she has developed her own fashion label and distinct style of embroidery design. Swati Kalsi's work highlights traditional Sujani embroidery which orignitates from Bihar in India. The designer works with local female artisans in Bihar to realise her elegant and modern embroidery designs.


Orignially this age old type of embroidery was applied to old sari fabric or any easily accessible cloth. The pieces of silk would be adorned in colourful embroideries using simple running stitch and chain stitch to illustrate typically distinctive motifs, often depicting the life story of the embroiderer. These embroideries were usually patched together to create family heirlooms such as a comforting quilt for a newborn. Sujani literally translates as 'facilitating or easy birth'.


Nature is a reoccurring theme in Swati Kalsi's designs: 'Rhythm and nature have always caught my eye and have gradually become my vocabulary for ornamentation.' The Anhad (boundless) collection is 'inspired by naturally occurring fractals. The embroidery spreads abstractly and seamlessly over the surface of the garments'. Through her approach to mark making a great beauty and cohesion is created.


Find out more about Sujani and Swati Kalsi's work here.

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

November 13, 2015

Friday Instagram Finds No. 29 with Girly Stitch


Hello, Dear Readers! If you're reading this, it must be Friday - hooray!! I don't know about you, but I have been So. Busy. I've been working away at my day job as a library branch manager, and I come home every night and stitch, stitch, stitch the night away. I have to set an alarm on my phone to go off at 9:30 pm every night to get myself in bed. (Just because it goes off doesn't mean I actually get in bed, but I shoot for it.)

@girlystitch
Today I bring to you Tamra from @girlystitch! Tamra has a lovely, clean style that features beautiful typography, pop culture fun, and gorgeously needle painted pieces of art. Like many of the needle artists I feature here, Tamra used #feelingstitchyig to get "discovered" for this weekly feature.

Tamra's pictures are always so beautiful. They're nice and bright and clear, and I particularly love the close up shots. Take a look at a snippet of her talent in the pictures below.

(Pansies are my absolute favorite flower, and have been since I first watched Alice in Wonderland. Wow, oh wow! Check out her pretty pink pansy below!)

Image by @girlystitch

Image by @ girlystitch

Image by @girlystitch

Image by @girlystitch




That's it for this week's edition of Friday Instagram Finds! Join in the conversation by commenting below. While you're on Instagram checking out Tamra's work at @girlystitch, and make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy! We'd love for you to stop by and say hello. You can find Feeling Stitchy on Instagram at the handle @feelingstitchyish. You can find Amy @randomactsofamy on Instagram.


Want to be featured in Friday Instagram Find? Tag your best stitch-related photos like Tamra did with #feelingstitchyig!

Hi, I'm Amy - Hi, I'm Amy. I feature interesting embroidery and stitch-related photos I find on Instagram. I'm a hand embroiderer and maker.

You can find my embroidery and crafts on:
Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Facebook

November 11, 2015

November Craftster Hoopla Along


Can you believe that it is November? Where did October go? This month's theme for the Craftster Hoopla Along is so easy and so much fun. It is: Your Pick! Stitch what you love! Check out the details below. 

Details:
Time to kick back and relax. Put your feet up on the table, grab a blanket, a beverage and stitch up your favorite thing. November is all about what you love. It's a wildcard! You can stitch anything just as long as it means something to you.

You have until November 30th to post your project and be eligible for the random drawing. 

Prize: 20.00 gift card to Michaels or JoAnn's (your pick)

Post your hoopla on THIS THREAD over at Craftster.org. 

Check out past hoopla alongs and more details about this month's theme HERE. 

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!

November 9, 2015

MooshieStitch Monday: Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

I recently came across Kamal Kadai Work when searching for different types of needle weaving stitches. 

Kamal Kadai is an Indian embroidery style native to the state of Andhra Pradesh that primarily uses needle weaving to stitch beautiful flowers. There is definitely a specific style to the flower designs used in Kamal Kadai. The flower petals kind of look like they have "steps" or "levels" (for lack of better explanation).

After reviewing a couple blogs that had step by step tutorials (here and here),  I realized you basically follow the same process as the woven trellis stitch to stitch the flower petals.


Let's get started!

I traced the pattern (found here) with a water soluble pencil.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

From the base of the first petal, straight stitch to each outer point.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

As with the woven trellis stitch - you will want to switch to a blunt tapestry needle for the weaving.

Cut a piece of thread that is long enough to finish a whole petal. I used regular 6 strand DMC floss.

Come up through the fabric to the left of the first straight stitch. Weave your needle over that first stitch, then under the next stitch, over the following - repeating over and under until you get to the last stitch and pull the thread through.


Next weave back the other way- always weaving over that first straight stitch - and pull the thread through.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Repeat weaving back and forth - never pricking the fabric with your needle.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Here is the first petal woven up to that first "level" of the petal.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

First petal complete.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Repeat the process for each petal.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

Kamal Kadai Work Flower

To finish the flower, I filled the center with yellow french knots.

Stitches used for the stems and leaves: satin stitch, detached chain, and stem stitch.

Here is the final flower after rinsed and dried to remove the blue pen markings.

Kamal Kadai Work Flower


Kamal Kadai Work Flower

So, that is my interpretation of a Kamal Kadai flower, I hope I did it justice!

If anyone has additional information on the technique or has tried it before, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!


See you next time!


Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss.

You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch, Instagram, and on Etsy.

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