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!

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 15, 2017

Freebie Friday - Free DMC patterns

Inside the Greenhouse free pattern by Baobap on DMC site
Inside the Greenhouse - free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Hi all! In for a quick post to share some wonderful free patterns I found on the newly redesigned DMC site! The free patterns are a wonderful selection of many artists you may be familiar with on Etsy and Instagram (and possibly this blog)!

The free pattern pages do a great job of describing Level - from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced and give you an estimate of the amount of time it may take you to stitch them:

free pattern on DMC site

(This part is most valuable to me, as I seek to work wonders with an hour here and there!) You can also buy complete kits with all the DMC threads you need to complete the design.

The downloadable PDFs are really detailed and list all the colors and stitches you'll need to complete the design:

free pattern on DMC site

I really fell in love with these free patterns by Baobap - Floral Bouquet and Desert Landscape.

Floral Bouquet free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Desert Landscape free pattern by Baobap on DMC site

Lovely colors and they are just so gorgeously stitched! You can find more of Baobap on Instagram: @_.baobap._


Also love this Fractal pattern by Srta. Lylo, who is also on Instagram: @srtalylo

Fractal free pattern by Srta. Lylo on DMC site

Beautiful Floral Wreath pattern by Thread Honey @threadhoney on Instagram:
Floral Wreath free pattern by Thread Honey on DMC site

And these gorgeous foliage patterns by Sew and Saunders, @sewandsaunders on Instagram: Triple Fern, Rubber Plants, and Tropical Branch
Triple Fern free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site

Rubber plants free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site

Tropical Branch free pattern by Sew and Saunders on DMC site


I wanted to share a bit of inspiration and joy with you today, as so much of the world is filled with stress and fear and worry. Hope you enjoyed this bit of bright color to bring some hope and much-needed cheer to your day!

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 13, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #49 : Oh Sew Bootiful

Wonderful Wednesday 49 - Oh Sew Bootiful a feature by floresita for Feeling Stitchy
This is quite a lovely Hibiscus Embroidery Kit by Etsy seller Oh Sew Bootiful! I love the bold colors and the beauty of the design - this kit includes, according to the Etsy description: a 6 inch hoop, pre-printed cotton fabric, padding, how-to guide, illustrated stitch instructions, embroidery thread, 2 needles, and a paper pattern.

If you'd like to go it your own way in terms of threads, Oh Sew Bootiful also sells the pre-printed fabric on its own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/539450527/hibiscus-embroidery-pattern-tropical

To find more of Oh Sew Bootiful's embroidery patterns - follow her on Twitter: @ohsewbootiful and on Instagram: @ohsewbootiful.

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 5, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Fabrics of Sound


Innovative textile artist Nadia-Anne Ricketts incorporates digital technology, music and craft in her BeatWoven series. Nadia-Anne uses her unique audio technology to translate music into a woven piece of textile, transforming the intangible into a stunning solid form.

This fantastic video gives us an insight into the concept of Nadia-Anne's woven textiles 'BeatWoven'.




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 2, 2017

Giveaway: Rosie's House Plants Embroidery Kit

Rosie's House Plants Emmbroidery Kit by Bustle and Sew

We were recently contacted by the lovely ladies at Bustle and Sew, who have a treat to share with our readers - they are giving away 1 free embroidery kit of their newest design called "Rosie's House Plants." If you're not familiar with Bustle and Sew, they have been publishing a digital embroidery magazine for some time now, filled with lots of crafty patterns and tips.

This kit couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me - since I, like many others in the crafting world, have suddenly become crazy for plants.

This embroidery kit contains:

cotton panel pre-printed with the design to fit a 9" hoop
pink, green and black floss
a needle
full instructions for working the design, including stitch diagrams and photographs

How to Win

You'll be happy to know ALL of our readers can enter to win, including our international readers! To win, simply leave a comment on this post, and answer this question: Are you better at embroidering plants, or raising plants? (I know what my answer is, as do my plants. :)

I'll leave the comments open through Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 PM CST, when I will close the comments and choose 1 random winner.

Edit: 9/11/17 - Our winner is Silvia! Congrats, Silvia!

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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