August 8, 2018

12 Months of Christmas progress... sale alert!

Goose a laying progress by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! Just wanted to update you on my rather slow progress for the 6th pattern in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong - Goose a Laying. Ok, so there's not much progress, I'll be honest, chemo really is just as tough as they say it is, and I didn't have much energy to craft for the past 2 weeks.

But I did get my pieces cut out, and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see my poky progress, stitching mostly during lunch breaks.

But there is some exciting news - the maker of the 12 Months Patterns, Larissa Holland is celebrating the anniversary of her MmmCrafts blog with a sale and a giveaway!

MmmCrafts giveaway on the MmmCrafts blog


Visit her blog to enter to win a $75 shopping spree (just saying, that would probably get you all the patterns) and she is also having a 20% off sale in her Etsy store. So if you've been on the fence about joining the stitchalong, that discount can make those pattern bundles that much more affordable!

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!

July 21, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Gold Ring

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Without further delay, here is the Gold Ring, all stitched up, #5 in the series of patterns in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong! Apologies for taking so long in my finish, but with 2 surgeries since we last spoke, and a week-long vacation, it was very hard to get motivated to finish!

I had all my pieces cut out before my first surgery in May, right on time:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

My motivation level was non existent however, as I recovered, and it was no fault of the lovely pattern! The pieces patiently waited until this week, when I picked them up and finished in a record 3 days!

Why so fast? This pattern has much less embroidery in it, and if you use glue, rather than hand-sewing little bits down, as I do, it could go even faster.

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I once again used many of the same familiar threads I've used in the previous patterns in this series. I love how the pink metallic thread looks as a bevel on the central gem:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


Here's a closer look at the metallic thread:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Overall, this pattern included quite a bit more hand-sewing vs. hand embroidery, but I found it very enjoyable and easy.

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I liked the ring even without the decorative bands sewed on...

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

I'm not impressed with how I stitched the band decoration - my stitches being rather uneven. Nevertheless, I was determined to press on!

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

A look at the back:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy


And the finished front:

Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Another ornament finished, and only 2 months late. ;) What do you think of this Gold Ring? My take on this one is that it is quick, and very beginner friendly!


JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html.

Next up is Goose-a-Laying! Won't you join? Let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts


12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

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!

July 18, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #62: Bumpkinhill

Wonderful Wednesday 62 You Grow Girl pattern by Bumpkinhill as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Thank you to Catherine at Bumpkinhill for telling me about her lovely new pattern You Grow Girl. I love the bright, cheery colors, and all the textures and stitches you can explore with this.

And even more, I love the message - this is a time of growth, isn't it? In so many ways - thanks, Catherine, this was just what I needed today.

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!

July 11, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #61: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Wonderful Wednesday 61 Free Mr. Rogers pattern by SeptemberHouse as featured on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

I am utterly charmed by this free Mr. Rogers pattern by SeptemberHouse, which was featured in her Spring newsletter. I, too, grew up watching Mr. Rogers as a child, and being fascinated by his gentle, kind manner which explained the world to me in such wonderful ways, awakening a sense of wonder for everything in the world around me. I am so grateful for the lessons of people who give back to their communities by sowing seeds of hope in young people, as it is undoubtedly children who possess the keys to our future.

Lately, I find myself encountering this idea of being a neighbor, over and over again. I see again and again, this guiding principle of being called to be a neighbor to everyone around us, because it is in remaining in community with each other, no matter how different we are, that we are made strong. Seeing this pattern, and the renewed interest in Mr. Rogers, reminded me that I was given this lesson at a young age, by someone who chose to call me part of his community, someone who chose to call me his neighbor. I am so grateful that I was able to grow up to be an adult, and seek to learn this lesson of being a neighbor, too.

Thank you Corinne at SeptemberHouse for this lovely free pattern! If you haven't visited her shop, I highly recommend a visit, too!

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!

July 10, 2018

Comments feedback giveaway winner!

Hi all, thank you so much for giving me feedback on Disqus, our commenting system. The majority of responses were favorable, but it sounds like people on tablets and phones do encounter issues. I received 1 comment by email, from someone who couldn't comment at all.

I'll continue doing research on our comments system - if anyone has any ideas to contribute, please feel free to email me at unafloresita@gmail.com!

Here's our winner in the comments giveaway, who will soon be enjoying, by request, her very own copy of The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki:



Hi - I have never had an issue leaving comments w/ Discus. I love the blog and the inspiration I find here! Have a great week.

Thanks again to all!

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!

July 4, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #60: Sarah K. Benning

Wonderful Wednesday 60 featuring the We're All Human pattern by Sarah K Benning, a feature on Feeling Stitchy by floresita

This Wonderful Wednesday, I want to share this marvelous pattern by Sarah K. Benning, called We're All Human.

Sarah is generously donating 100% of the proceeds of the sales of this pattern to the RAICES Texas group, which is helping immigrant families that were separated at the Texas border, you can find more about their mission here: https://www.raicestexas.org/

There are so many things in the news today that claim our attention, fuel our rage, enhance our separation, and make us feel utterly helpless. So, on this day that celebrates the birth of our nation, I want to celebrate someone who uses their voice (and their embroidery) to show us that connection we all share as human beings.

I'm sure you all know there was a time in our history when women were expected to mind their needlework, and not have a voice and opinion of their own. I find it so inspiring that now we use our needlework to speak up about what we see in the world around us. I feel so hopeful and inspired when I see people speak up, in hope, showing us the connection we share as human beings, as neighbors, as families, as immigrants and descendants of immigrants, as Americans.

Sarah, you are truly wonderful, and I thank you for your wonderful work!

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!

July 3, 2018

Comments kerfuffle - we could use your help!

We're still hoping our winner in the Mandalas to Embroider Giveaway can contact me - Kristina this is your last chance to contact me by email at unafloresita@gmail.com, by 6 PM CST, after which time I will draw another winner from the comments!





Lovely book and review, thank you. I dread French knots. It seems the only way I can do them is to be watching a video tutorial.


Unfortunately, we've been using Disqus for comments for some time now, but a recent change means that I can no longer see your email addresses, which is why I couldn't contact our winner by email. :(

Disqus Feedback?

What do you think of Disqus? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Is there another comment system you might recommend?

I still get emails here and there from people who say they can't comment using Disqus, and that's something that worries me - I don't want anyone to miss out on commenting.

Comment Giveaway!

So, I'd like to ask your help - please try to leave a comment on this post, and give me your honest feedback on how hard/easy it was to leave a comment, and any other thoughts you have on Disqus.

If you can't leave a comment, please email me at unafloresita@gmail.com, and tell me what issue you ran into. I will choose one random winner this Friday, to receive the Amazon craft book of your choice, any embroidery or craft-related title under $25!

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!

June 29, 2018

Winner of Mandalas to Embroider

We have our winner! Kristina - please email me at unafloresita@gmail.com, and we'll get your book sent out to you!

Lovely book and review, thank you. I dread French knots. It seems the only way I can do them is to be watching a video tutorial.

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!

June 21, 2018

Book Review: Mandalas to Embroider

Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Hello all - here's a review I've been looking forward to doing for some time - Carina Envoldsen-Harris has created a lovely new title called Mandalas to Embroider: Kaleidoscope Stitching in a Hoop, with colorful, easy designs that can be adapted to any level of stitcher.

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.

This book is beautifully photographed, with lots of bright, compelling images of each project. Carina’s wonderful sense of color is evident throughout this book. It's a delightful book, and I recommend it to any stitcher! And stay tuned to the end of this post for a giveaway!

What's in the book

There are 24 total patterns with iron on transfers, and materials, stitch, and color guides.There are 12 large patterns made to fit in a 6 or 7 inch embroidery hoop, and 12 mini patterns for tiny Dandelyne hoops.

I love that the Table of Contents includes a visual guide of every project in the book, to pique your curiosity, and give you a clue of where you might want to start:

Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita
The intro includes a bit of info on the spiritual significance of mandalas, I must say it is wonderful that they included that, as those of us coming from another culture might be inclined to view them as merely pretty art. I appreciate that Carina takes the time to explore their significance.

Mandalas to Embroider
There's a Materials and stitches section which walks you through each stitch used, a brief guide on hoops,  and a how-to guide for mini Dandelyne hoops, which is a lovely plus.


Pattern pages

Each pattern page includes a color line diagram, with DMC floss suggestions, a stitch guide, and a large, lovely photo of the finished piece. One thing I love about the Winter Solstice pattern, is that it incorporates DMC Coloris floss, a bright variegated floss that looks quite nice stitched up as a mandala.

Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Each of the mini patterns have a common theme: The Explorers, The Gardeners, and The Artists, and I love that each of the mini hoops has a female name- it gives them a nice dash of personality.

Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita


The last section in the book contains the iron on transfer patterns, and a brief guide to using them. The book also has a handy large pocket in the back for storing your cut transfers.

 

What I made


Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Using the transfer patterns was a breeze - I used a hot iron with no steam, ironing the front and back of the fabric first, to heat it up, then pinning the transfer face down and ironing.

The transfer lines we nice and dark, no trouble at all! I wasn't happy with size of my fabric, so I tried again, and the second transfer was just as crisp and dark - I suspect each transfer is good for many ironings:

Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

On to my stitching - Carina's color palette was lovely, but I love to strike off on my own, so I decided to choose my own colors and stitches.

I used a thick pale blue perle cotton, and couched it down with 2 strands of pale blue floss:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Next I chose a light taupe floss, and chain stitched all the little leaves. It took awhile, but I think it paid off well in texture and interest:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Next I chose 2 nice blues, and did a combination of split stitch and chain stitch for the centers:
stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Next, I followed up with a split stitch in a nice bright red:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

I could have repeated this same pattern for all of the cute radish-like shapes, but instead I chose to rotate all 3 colors is different combinations. Not sure if that was successful, but it was quite fun:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

I again used chain stitch on the petals in the center, and large lazy daisies in the thick perle cotton. I love the texture these different weights and stitches provided:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Overall, I'm quite happy with my stitching of this project - I love that the design is simple, but you can adapt it with any stitches you'd like to try out, as well as experimentation with color.

Here are all the threads I used:

stitching for Mandalas to Embroider book review for Feeling Stitchy by floresita

Again, I highly recommend this book - the patterns are enjoyable, intricate, and very adaptable!

The Giveaway!

Carina and her publisher kindly sent us this book for review (thank you!) and are offering 1 giveaway copy of Mandalas to Embroider to one lucky Feeling Stitchy reader! This applies to all our readers, no matter where you live!

To win, answer this question (from Carina herself): What's the stitch that you "fear" the most? I'll leave comments open through Wednesday evening (CST), June 27, when I'll close the comments and choose 1 random winner, and announce it here. Ready? Set? Go!

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!

June 13, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #59: In Bloom

 Wonderful Wednesday 59 - Free In Bloom pattern by Jess Wariorka as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! It's been awhile since I've posted, and I thought a Wonderful Wednesday post was in order - today I am featuring a free pattern called In Bloom by Jess Wariorka that is available on the DMC site. I'll be honest, I wasn't immediately a fan of this pattern, although it's been very popular and stitched in so many creative and lovely ways, but my perspective on it has changed significantly in the past month.

As you all may know, who have followed this embroidery blog throughout the years, I tend to be a very private person because I have never wanted this blog to be about "me" per se, and always preferred it to be about crafting and embroidery. Aside from the fact that I love to embroider, and that my hands have gotten less attractive over the years, you probably don't know much about me, and I am fine with that! The camaraderie we've shared with each other over a love of crafting has always been enough for me.

But today, I feel it is finally necessary to tell you why exactly I've been quiet lately - I have breast cancer, a few weeks ago I had a mastectomy surgery on the affected breast, and I will be starting on chemotherapy next month. My cancer is hormone positive, and I have a very good prognosis for survival and recovery. This is actually my second time around with breast cancer - my first diagnosis was in 2015.

I've struggled with whether or not to share this with all of you, who don't know me personally, but I feel that it's time. My prognosis is very good, so I am doing my best to stay hopeful - my faith in God has carried me through this far, and I know it will continue to do so. I just wanted you to know why I might be quiet from time to time - my goal is to keep up with this blog as much as possible, but as I always share with any of the bloggers who volunteer with us - "life comes first!"

This pattern has begun to mean so much more to me after my surgery - when I first saw it, I felt a negative connotation which has since disappeared. Now, when I look at this pattern, I see the beauty of my own body, both before and after surgery. I see positive growth, inside and and out. I was never very proud of my breasts, which were always quite small and unremarkable, and I never could relate to women who were proud of their breasts, or who found them to be a large part of their identity. But as you all know who have had breast cancer, your relationship to your breasts and body changes when you lose one. Now, I see the beauty of us all, as women, a beauty that should be celebrated in ourselves.

I want to tell any of you who are going through breast cancer, or cancer or illness of any kind, that you are not alone. I hope this pattern and my story brings you hope and inspires you to craft and appreciate everything that you are. I'll continue to share bits of my progress when I feel up to it. I  just thought it was time to share this with you, and I wanted to offer encouragement to any of you undergoing a similar tough time. Love you all, my crafting friends!

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!

May 11, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Colly Bird

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! Apologies for my late post in the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong - I have had a few health issues lately which kept me from adhering to my stitching schedule last month. The good news is I'll have some recovery time later this month, which will hopefully mean: more stitching! Up above you see my the results of my efforts on the Colly Bird pattern by Mmmcrafts. And yes, that's Colly Bird, although you may have heard "calling bird" as well, Larissa explains a bit of history on the song, in this post on her blog.

Here's how the set of first 4 patterns is looking so far:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I did a few things differently in my stitching, as I've mentioned before, I like to "wing it" with Larissa's patterns. :) I've once again left out the little bead on the bottom - why? Maybe just laziness? :) On the eye, I chose to use a sequin and bead, instead of a French knot.

I also cut a small oval shape for the eye area, instead of stitching around the eye:

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I added a little bit of extra stitching to visually "join" the tail section to the rest of the body:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Once again, I used metallic DMC threads, and a similar palette of felt and thread colors. All of the felt came from the Benzie Design felt bundle for Partridge and Pear, and that heathered light blue on the wings comes from their Healthered collection.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 4 Colly Bird, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

A funny thing I am discovering as I stitch these is that sometimes I prefer the look of the ornament before I stuff it (particularly the birds). Maybe my stuffing method is just clumsy, but I feel it really changes the charm of the design when it's stuffed. I might experiment with stitching some "flat" versions of these, at some point. What do you think?


JOIN THE 12 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS STITCHALONG!

Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. And don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html. Next up is Gold Ring! Let's stitch!


Previous Stitchalong Posts

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 1-2 Partridge Pear and Turtle Dove from Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, pattern by Larissa Holland, stitchalong is a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

        #1-2: Partridge and Pear; Turtle Dove;                  #3: French Hen

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!

April 30, 2018

Free Handmade Tattoo Embroidery Pattern: Dream a Little Bigger


This week I am featuring a free pattern from the Dream a Little Bigger blog by Allison Murray.

Click here to be taken directly to the Handmade tattoo pattern and start stitching it now!!

For more from Allison - check out her Instagram and the Dream a Little Bigger blog for so many crafty ideas - including this great idea for DIY embroidery hoop orbs...



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.

April 16, 2018

Stitch On (Free Pattern!): Flamingo Toes

Stitch On Free Embroidery Pattern Feature Flamingo Toes


When I came across this really cute free "Stitch On" embroidery pattern from the Flamingo Toes website, I knew I wanted to feature it here!

Click on this link for the free pattern - and full stitching instructions - including DMC thread color suggestions.

For more from Bev at Flamingo Toes - check out her Instagram, and the Flamingo Toes website for all things embroidery, sewing, crochet, etc.

Oh - and the Flamingo Toes Designs shop for embroidery and quilt patterns!


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.

April 2, 2018

Silk Ribbon Daffodils Tutorial: Hearty Craft



This week I am featuring a great silk ribbon daffodil tutorial I found on the Hearty Craft blog.

Click here to be taken directly to the the daffodil tutorial.

Hearty Craft is run by Zinaida Kazban - check out her Instagram for amazing embroidery, the Shop for hand-dyed silk ribbons, and the blog for even more silk ribbon embroidery tutorials!






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.

March 31, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: French Hen

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

It's a wrap on the French Hen! Let me take you back two weeks previous, when I first began...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This messy progress shot gives a good idea of just how many threads and bits and needles are in play at any given moment...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I started off with the flower shape on the wing in another color, then changed my mind to this darker felt.

I sewed it on using 1 strand of metallic silver thread, which let me say can at times be disastrous, as you can see in the next photo...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Use short lengths of metallic thread, work slowly and carefully, and realize you can still have a mess! Deep breaths, the side not seen is not so important. Just wanted to show you my back, so you don't get frustrated when this happens to you. :)

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This photo reflects a full day of stitching, along with a few of the threads I used in the little teacup. I tend to find recurring colors around me as an unconscious source of inspiration in my stitching.

So, if you're uninspired in color selection, surround yourself with a few beautiful things you find inspiring, you'll never know what can happen!

This morning I was just about finished. All that was left was to add the gold pearl cotton to hang the hen, and stuff the shape and close it up...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I am glad I remembered to add the hanging thread before I sewed her up - I almost didn't, and that would have made things much trickier!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Although the French hen wasn't particularly hard to put together, I did find myself wondering at times if I was doing it right. With the wattle, comb, and little pantaloon-looking shapes above the feet, there are a lot more little pieces in play to sew and sandwich together.

Larissa's tip to use glue to hold the pieces together is perfect, but I'm too impatient to wait for glue to dry, so I haven't done that yet. I'm also messy, and could easily picture myself making a gunky mess of my sewing. :)

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I'm also fairly sure I botched the feet a bit, but I chose not to dwell on that tiny part of the process, instead enjoying the overall project. It's really fun to stitch these once a month, as it gives me time to really think about the colors and not get too frustrated working towards a deadline...

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Here they all are together - I'm really enjoying how the colors are all coming together - I'm using the same shades of felt and threads on each piece, for the most part, for a few more details on the metallic threads I'm using, check out my previous post!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 3 French Hen, a feature by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Join the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong!

Are you inspired yet? Would you like to join in? Remember, joining this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! To join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. Tag your pictures with the hashtag #twelvedaysornaments and #12monthsofChristmas on Instagram so we can find them.

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog, or any space on the internet where you are tracking your progress. Don't miss the page Larissa has set up with lots of tips for stitching this series: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/twelve-days.html. Next month is Colly Bird! Let's stitch!

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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