October 20, 2017

Feeling Random Friday #1 with Embroidology

Embroidology, a Feeling Random Friday feature by Amy Byrne for Feeling Stitchy

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I know I've been gone for a while...I've had some great and not so great events happen in my life, and I needed to take some time to sort my life out. I am so lucky to have an Editor like Floresita who is understanding and supportive.

I was getting a bit burned out on Friday Instagram Finds, and wanted to try my hand at something new. I tossed around some ideas with Floresita and my husband, and it became clear that I wanted to expand from solely focusing on embroiderers and cross stitchers to ANY art/craft with a needle. I also wanted to honor the Feeling Stitchy and my blog's name, Random Acts of Amy, somehow into the title, and thus, Feeling Random Friday was born!

In Feeling Random Fridays, I'll focus on embroiderers, cross stitchers, quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters (I know it's a hook, but needles are sometimes used.), tattooers, you name it - any art or craft that uses a needle. The world is big and varied, so why not try to see as much of it as we can?! If you come across an artist who uses a needle, tag #feelingrandomfriday for me so I can take a look!

Our first feature is @Embroidology! Steph is an ex-neuroscience student turned science embroidery artist. I follow her on Instagram, and love to see her science related works of art. The picture above is the anatomy of a flower, and some of her other pieces are closeups of plant cells, root vascular cells, and microglial cells. I recommend you check out her Instagram feed.

I will see you next week when I'll feature...another amazing needle artist!

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

October 18, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #53: And Other Adventures

Wonderful Wednesday - And Other Adventures featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Now here's a lovely treat you could stitch up in time for Halloween - this simple and elegant Halloween Bat by And Other Adventures on Etsy! It really has a very graceful simplicity going on, and is classy and spooky. You cloud also reverse the image with white thread on a dark background, or maybe glow in the dark thread for a spooky door sign.

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!

October 17, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Quirky Curiosities

Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

With Halloween approaching, it's time for some peculiar curiosities of the textile kind. Take a look at these creepy but also charming, little creatures crafted by Annie Montgomerie.

Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield
The figures are skillfully constructed by hand using a combination of textiles including muslin, 100% wool felt, ‘up-cycled’ garments, velvet, leather and cotton.
Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

Original artwork by Annie Montgomerie, featured on Feeling Stitchy by Julia Titchfield

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.

October 13, 2017

Freebie Friday: Kitsch Witch and Kitsch Witch, Too!

Kitsch Witch free Halloween pattern by Bridgeen Gillespie for Feeling Stitchy
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Over the years, we enjoyed having so many wonderful patterns designed as free patterns for our stitchalongs.

This adorable Kitsch Witch pattern was designed by Bridgeen Gillespie - among other things, Bridgeen has written for MrXStitch and Craftsy, as well as designing her own patterns over the years.

I had a lot of fun stitching the Kitsch Witch, using a lovely floss palette from Sublime Stitching called Parlour.
more witchy detail

When I checked in with Bridgeen this month, to ask if I could re-share her lovely pattern, she responded by designing another free pattern for Feeling Stitchy!

So here's a new free pattern by Bridgeen, in honor of Halloweens past on Feeling Stitchy, called Kitsch Witch Too!


Kitsch Witch Too Pattern

Kitsch Witch Too free Halloween pattern by Bridgeen Gillespie for Feeling Stitchy
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Kitsch Witch Too Color Guide

Here's a complimentary color guide by Bridgeen, but she invites you to stitch up the Kitsch Witch in any combination of skin tone and color that you see fit!

Kitsch Witch Too Color Guide by Bridgeen Gillespie, a free pattern on Feeling Stitchy

Thank you so much Bridgeen!

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!

October 11, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #52: Satsuma Street

Wonderful Wednesday 52 - Satsuma Street featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I am absolutely charmed by this witchy Halloween Cat Cross Stitch Pattern by Satsuma Street. And I apologize, because there's probably no way (unless you went on a total stitching bender) that you could have this done by Halloween. But you could just grab the pattern and be all set for next year!

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!

October 10, 2017

Twitter Tuesday: Claire Buckley

Twitter Tuesday 6 -
 textile artist Claire Buckley featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Textile artist Claire Buckley has been sharing some absolutely phenomenal stitching on Twitter this year, in her 1 year of stitches project. If you're craving some daily embroidered inspiration on Twitter, I highly recommend a follow of her beautiful feed!

Would you like to be featured in our Twitter Tuesday series? Then follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/feelingstitchy and tag your embroidery photos with #embroidery or #feelingstitchy so we can find you!

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!

October 8, 2017

Please help Sidney! Fundraiser for Amy's sweet pup

Amy and Sidney, fundraiser for Amy's pup on Feeling Stitchy

For many of our long time readers, you know Amy from her wonderful Friday Instagram Finds posts on the blog. Some of you first found your way to Feeling Stitchy via her posts on Instagram as well! Well, Amy and her sweet chihuahua Sidney are now in need, and I wanted to ask that if anyone can help, even just a little bit, to please help!


In addition to being an awesome crafter, embroiderer and maker, Amy and her husband are very dedicated to animal rescue, both by adopting rescues like Sidney and volunteering and donating to animal rescues and shelters. They have helped so many, in the crafting and animal world, and now they need some help.

Sidney is a sweet chihuahua who is in treatment for lung cancer - everyone knows that cancer treatment is no picnic, but imagine how difficult it is for such a tiny being, or to be the owner who has to watch over your little pup enduring these treatments.

If all you can offer is prayers, I believe those are helpful, too! But if you can at all help, even just a bit, it will go a long way to helping a couple who have already given so much of themselves to the crafting world and the animal world!

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!

October 4, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #51: Samantha Purdy Textile

Wonderful Wednesday 51 - Janet Purdy Textile featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

What a delightful, unique little pattern by Samantha Purdy Textile on Etsy! I was immediately enamored with this charming, simple Raking Leaves pattern, from the fall colors and the leaves, to the cute acorn hat.

There are so many unique and gorgeous little Fall and Winter themed patterns in this shop, that I thought I'd treat you to a few more peeks:

Fall Day Cross Stitch Pattern by Samantha Purdy Textile, featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Fall Day

Apple Cider Cross Stitch Pattern by Samantha Purdy Textile featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Apple Cider


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!

October 3, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Applique Art

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

This beautiful and charming textile art is by illustration artist Mika Hirasa. Combining a collection of antique cloths with decorative embroidery, Mika Hirasa creates playful characters and stories in her art work. Much of her art work is commissioned for advertising and magazines and book covers. Talking about her art, Mika Hirasa states that her 'fabric art gives off a warmth that can only be felt from hand-made works'.

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

Original artwork by Mika Harasa, featured by Julia Titchfield on Feeling Stitchy

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 30, 2017

Book Review and giveaway: The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki

Book Review of The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden, a beautiful book by embroidery artist Kazuko Aoki. Overall, this book is a wonderful advanced addition to your embroidery library - if you are a beginner, this book is a great way to expand your skills and hone your attention to detail.

Just so you know, the book link above is an Amazon Affiliate link - clicking through the link and buying is one way to support our volunteer reviews - we use funds in our Amazon account for new giveaways and reviews.

This book review has been long in the making, as any of you who follow me on Instagram have seen. I am embarassed to say I received this book more than a year ago from the publisher, stitched up my project, then life took over and I never posted my review. Well, this is a beautiful book, so not another fall will go by without me posting my review!

What's in the book

As a gardener, Kazuko Aoki has created wonderfully organic designs incorporating the flowers that inspire her into each season - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. There are 4 large wreath designs for each season, and 4 smaller band-size designs, as well as a series of small projects for each season - about 29 patterns total.

You will quickly learn that nothing in this book can be categorized as "easy", every line counts - and what looks simple has an underlying attention to detail that results in something quite extraordinary.

Here's a brief peek through the book:

A peek through the pages of The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki

A peek through the pages of The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki

Spring wreath
Spring pattern

Garden diary
Garden diary project

Butterfly brooches in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Butterfly brooches

Summer wreath in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Summer wreath

Autumn wreath in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Autumn wreath

Winter wreath in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Winter wreath

Extra techniques in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This tips and techniques section is very helpful - but you may need to whip out your magnifying glass - the pictures and text are teeny-tiny!

example of a pattern page in The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki, reviewed by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

The pattern pages are very complex, and depending on the stitcher, somewhat overwhelming. They are scaled smaller than the finished project, which will necessitate a trip to the copier. My approach to the patterns was to use them as a general guide to stitches and color, but not to follow them too religiously.

My Project

Tip: If you trace directly over the wreath pattern image it will fit perfectly into an 8 inch embroidery hoop.

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I had a wedding to go to, and I wanted to have a present that was unique and extraordinary - I found just that in the Winter Wreath pattern.

Although the pattern was undeniably gorgeous as is, I really wanted to approach this in a unique way, and tailor the project to the bride's wedding colors, which were navy blue and gold.

re-tracing over pattern - book review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I was very fortunate to find some beautiful navy blue linen in my mother's fabric stash, and chose that as my background. Of course the dark fabric produced a series of challenges - I initially used white carbon paper to transfer the image, and yellow chalk pencil to refine the lines.

When those lines faded, I traced the image, and stitched directly onto the tracing paper:
Using tracing paper and a micron pen - book review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Couching the stems - book review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Both techniques worked well, and both had their drawbacks - my advice if you are stitching on dark fabric is to be open to trying out a new technique, and see what works best for you!

I used as many types of floss as I could handle for my piece:
gathering threads - book review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

6 strand DMC embroidery floss, vintage floss, gold metallic floss and thread, white DMC pearlescent effects floss, and rayon floss. Everything worked out really well and added to the overall sheen of the piece.

Almost finished - book review by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

What I loved about this project was all the new things I learned - like using split stitch to fill an entire shape. I had never thought of doing that before, and I loved the organic texture it created. I also found myself relying on (and developing) my drawing and tracing skills. Visit my personal blog if you'd like to see even more process photos!

In patterns as complex as these, you must ultimately accept that reproducing it exactly is neither possible nor advisable - the magic of these patterns is what you bring to them yourself.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to lovers of Japanese craft books, and stitchers looking for an added challenge, but there are projects suitable for beginners as well.

Giveaway!

I enjoyed this book so much that we are doing a giveaway from our own small funds, so I will need to limit the giveaway to US only - so sorry!

Please leave a comment on this post to enter - and tell me - what is your favorite season and why? I'll leave comments open through Saturday, October 7, when I'll choose one random winner!

Edit: 10/9/17 - We have our winner! Sarah posted the random winning comment, please see below! Thank you all for joining in! :)

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 29, 2017

Freebie Friday - Fall and October

Free October pattern by Q is for Quilter, featured on Feeling Stitchy

There are LOTS of free resources for embroidery patterns out there - I thought I'd take you for a walk around them and explore all the lovely seasonal patterns! This lovely October pattern is in a set of monthly vintage patterns scanned by Q is For Quilter.

Free Autumn Embroidery pattern by Mollie Johanson for The Spruce, featured on Feeling Stitchy

I'm also loving this free Autumn pattern designed by Mollie Johanson for The Spruce. Those teeny maple leaves are adorable, aren't they? I'd love to see them even bigger. :)

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 27, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #50: Cinder and Honey

Wonderful Wednesday 50 - Cinder and Honey, a pattern feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I am truly taken aback by the delicate loveliness of this Butterfly Embroidery Pattern by Cinder and Honey. The beauty of this piece is undoubtedly in the masterful stitching, and yet it's encouraging to see that the stitches themselves are not difficult ones to try. Lovely!

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 19, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Cosmic Cross Stitch

Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy

Photographer Navid Baraty has embroidered a stunning collection of planets which include: Earth, Jupiter, Neptune and Mars. Baraty's love for astronomy led him to create this embroidery project. Using actual planetary images, for his source of inspiration, Baraty designed each cross stitch pattern. I would love to get the entire set! Navid Baraty has an Etsy shop for his patterns here. Or perhaps you feel inspired to create your own? I didn't find Venus on the list.

Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy
Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy
Cross stitch planet patterns by Navid Baraty, featured by Julia on Feeling Stitchy

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, 2017

Embroidering Fur: Bustle and Sew Tutorial and Giveaway!

Embroidering Fur- Bustle and Sew Guest Tutorial on Feeling Stitchy

Download the Free PDF Tutorial


Boy, do we have a treat for you all today! Helen and Rosie of Bustle and Sew have written a guest tutorial and free pattern on embroidering fur, for all our Feeling Stitchy readers! And, as a special treat for our readers, they are also doing a giveaway of a copy of their upcoming Bustle and Sew magazine to 1 lucky winner!

The free pattern shares all the stitches and colors you'll need to complete this cute "Bear in a Hat" design. It would make a wonderful ornament if you're looking to get started on your Christmas stitching, or simply a good way to practice stitching fur.

From Helen and Rosie:
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this short tutorial and found it useful. An expanded version, together with another furry pattern - this time for two little sleepy foxes - will appear in the October issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

Giveaway Time!

This giveaway is open to ALL of our Feeling Stitchy readers! To enter to win a free copy of the October Bustle and Sew Magazine - please leave a comment on this post and answer this question: what are you most afraid of stitching? As for me - it's probably fur, hence the question - do you agree, or is there something even "hairier" (pun intended) that you haven't brought yourself to try yet?

I'll leave the comments open until Saturday, September 23, 9 PM CST, after which I will close them and draw 1 random winner. Good luck, and thanks to the wonderful ladies at Bustle and Sew for sharing this tutorial and making this giveaway possible!

Edit 9/24/17:
We have our winner! See below in our comments - thanks all for entering the giveaway!!!

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!

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