September 30, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 72 with Thimble Thistle


How beautiful is this mini hoop?! Today we feature Jessica of Thimble Thistle on Friday Instagram Finds. Her feed is filled with the most lovely mini hoop necklaces (from @Dandelyne) that are miniature replicas of masterpieces, pets, animals, and other adorable motifs. You can buy her masterpieces in her shop.







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:
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September 28, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #20: Trellis and Thyme


I am loving this wonderful Eggplant Sampler pattern in Trellis and Thyme's Etsy shop. I really enjoy the delicate, subtle hues they've chosen for this pattern - beautiful!

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!

September 23, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 71 with Sweet Addie Beth


Hello stitchy friends! I hope you've had a great week :) Today we're featuring @sweetaddiebeth. Laura makes state hoops embellished with pretty florals and personalized hoops. I especially like her "I promise to put a smile on your face every day" hoop. The colors are so pretty, and her stitching is beautiful. You can find out more about Laura and her shop Sweet Addie Beth on her Instagram feed and Etsy shop.

A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on



A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on



A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on




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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

September 21, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #19: Namaste Embroidery


I've been admiring the gorgeous handwork of Namaste Embroidery for some time, so I was quite excited to see this lovely Floral Wreath PDF Pattern in her shop. This would make a perfect sampler for a birth or a wedding, or just something beautiful for yourself.

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!

September 20, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - 'Rag Face'


Yoon Ji Seon's 'Rag Faces' stare at you in vividly appealing colours that draw your eye in. Her series 'Rag Face' is an accumulation of three years of her work and has been on show at New York's Yossi Milo Gallery last year and the Gallery at BRIC House earlier this year.


The artist stitches into her photographed self portraits. Taking self portraits wearing a variety of different expressions, Yoon Ji Seon incorporates a lot of humour into her pieces:
"I didn’t just want beauty. I’m not against beauty, but I didn’t want to put a general beauty inmy work. I wanted to put some humour. One of my nephews, when he saw the work, said, “Aunt, you have noodles coming out from your nose.” It was fun, and I wanted to put some humour in it."


Stitching by hand and with her sewing machine, layer after layer rich textures are constructed. The layers of thread are combined and unite to create new tones and shades. The direction of stitches are changed to create shadows, depth and dimension in her pieces.


Yoon Ji Seon openly and humorously explains how she began working with the sewing machine and how she developed her style. "I never learned how to sew with a sewing machine. I tried to make stitches, and I made lot of mistakes. I mostly learned from the mistakes. It’s not normal sewing, like for clothes. It’s very different from that kind of sewing. The sewing machine broke many times. The man who fixes the machine insisted that I stop. I was torturing the sewing machine. It’s not a common way to use it. At the beginning, I’d stitch by hand, but those were small pieces. Now that my work is getting bigger and thicker, I mostly use the machine."


Yoon Ji Seon talks about her working process where she often works throughout the night. Her studio environment was very compact and she didn't have enough space to lay out her larger pieces of artwork whilst sewing at the machine and would frequently have to roll up her work and continue to stitch from memory. "I had to roll it while I was working. My room is very small, so I couldn’t unroll it to see the work. I had to remember everything I did. That’s why I couldn’t stop working and that’s why I didn’t sleep."


In Korean culture it is regarded a taboo to ornament or cover your body, for example with paint. Yoon Ji Seon's work has previously shocked local audiences as they struggle to can't understand her work and are fearful of it. Yoon Ji Seon states that "We think that hurting our body or destroying our body is not beautiful and very disrespectful to our parents.... It’s a taboo. I once planned a solo exhibition but it was cancelled because people were scared of what I did."


Inspired by traditional Korean masks, her needlework spreads and covers the original photographs often leaving only the eyes visible, thus forming a mask over the photographs. The artist explains. “Masks are very attractive because masks have various kinds of facial expressions and they usually exist as substitute personalities that express real-live people’s desires. I never tried to imitate these masks, but they often inspire me.”

I feel warmed by Yoon Ji Seon's striking 'Rag Faces' which are full of character and intrigue. I hope you enjoy them too!

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.

September 16, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 70 with Lolli and Grace


Good morning! This Friday we're featuring @lolliandgrace. Anne's Instagram feed is so colorful and beautiful! Her pictures are gorgeous and beautifully staged. I adore her Lady Flower Crown hoops that use appliques using pretty fabrics to add visual pop. You can find out more about Anne and Lolli and Grace on her Instagram feed and Etsy shop.







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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

September 15, 2016

Free Halloween Sampler Pattern by Amy

Halloween Sampler by Amy Byrne a.k.a. Random Acts of Amy

Hello, Stitchers! Our regular Friday Instagram Finds author, Amy from Random Acts of Amy, is offering a free Halloween Sampler pattern over on her blog. This is her very first pattern and it is wonderfully detailed - with a full guide to colors, stitches, and number of strands to use. She'd love to see you stitch it up! Follow the link above to get the pattern.

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!

September 14, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #18: Hawthorn Handmade


I adore the colors and stitches in this lovely Bear Embroidery Kit. The kits by Hawthorn Handmade look so detailed and a great place to start your stitching or a small side project for the more experienced stitchers.

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!

September 9, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 69 with Oh Sew Bootiful


Hello - it's Fri-YAY! This Friday we're featuring Steph and her Instagram feed @ohsewbootiful. Steph lives in Blackpool in the United Kingdom. Steph creates modern and fun embroidery kits and needlework patterns, and her kits come with everything you need to complete them. You can find out more about Steph and Oh Sew Bootiful on her Etsy shop and Instagram!




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A photo posted by Oh Sew Bootiful (@ohsewbootiful) on


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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

September 7, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #17: SweaterDoll


How adorable is this Fox and Bear pairing on Etsy by SweaterDoll? The shop also offers a pre-printed fabric design of the two, if you'd like to save yourself a fabric transfer. Sweetly simple and a fun-looking stitch for beginners.

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!

September 6, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Silhouettes


The French artist Nastasja Duthois explores silhouettes and shadows with needle and thread. Common themes occurring in her work are people, landscapes and animals and she likes to express the fleeting moments and surprises in everyday life.


Nastasja began incorporating embroidery into her artworks several years ago as a progression from her pictures using a biro or ball point pen. 'I have done a lot of art with ball point pen and I use needle and thread, in the same way, to trace contours or to fill areas.'
Nastasja creates beautiful line work in her unique style, often transferring techniques adopted with the pen such as cross hatching with thousands of individual hand stitches.


Currently exhibiting in Auray, France, it's exciting to see what she will produce next.



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.

September 5, 2016

MooshieStitch Monday: Plushwork (with cotton floss)

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Last week, I posted about plushwork with tapestry wool.

I decided to try the same technique with six strand cotton embroidery floss and thought I would share a quick post about how it turned out!


Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

I used the same template and a variegated pink floss.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Half way through my first layer of satin stitches - so far I like how it looks with the variegated pink.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

I completed 4 layers of floss on each petal.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Once again - the fun part - cutting through the layers.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Pull out the template...

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Here is what it looked like before I "fluffed" it ...

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

Here is what it looks like after.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

I really like the end result with the embroidery floss! I also thought it was easier to stitch with the floss than wool, since wool is much more bulky, but I am also new to wool stitching.

A few more photos of different angles...

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy


Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy

I see lots of possibilities of using this technique to add more dimension to my stitching too.

Plushwork with cotton floss, a tutorial by Michelle for Mooshiestitch Monday on Feeling Stitchy


What do you think? Which version do you like better - cotton floss or wool?

I have a few more ideas for plushwork, so you may be seeing some more posts about it in the future.....




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.

September 2, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 68 with Plaid Love Threads


Good morning, stitchy friends! This Friday we're featuring @plaidlovethreads. Valerie creates bright and colorful embroider. Valerie is based in the Bay Area, and - fun fact - used to be a Disneyland Tour Guide! I really like her necklaces where she layers lace and adds pretty embroidery. You can find out more about Valerie and Plaid Love Threads on her Etsy shop and Instagram!







Do you want to be featured on Friday Instagram Finds? Tag your best stitch-related photos 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

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