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!

March 23, 2018

Feeling Random Friday No. 10 with Bobby Pin Bandit


Happy Friday, my stitchy friends! Do you have some fun stitchy plans for the weekend? I've been working on getting my embroidery floss organized. It's been a much bigger job than I anticipated, but I'm getting there. :)

Let's take a look at Bobby Pin Bandit today! I've followed Kristen for a couple of years now, and love her style. She embroiders and sews and more often than not combines the two - like in the picture above. What a gorgeous tote bag!! Her Instagram feed is always filled with such bright and colorful photos. It's a true pleasure for me when I see one of her pics pop up. And I love how Kristen is so quick to support other makers.

Below you can see some of my favorite projects from her feed. Click on them to go straight to her Instagram.





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

March 19, 2018

MooshieStitch Monday: Goldwork Daisy Part 3

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy



In case you missed it, check out Part One and Part Two of my Goldwork Daisy series.

Todays' post will be what I learned from the following video:

Part 5: Cutwork and Finished Piece

The cutwork technique is used to add veins on the leaves. In the video, Sarah uses both bright check purl and wire check purl for the veins, but I decided to just use wire check purl.

Wire check purl thread is very similar to the bright check purl - but it is less shiny. More on the different purl threads can be found here.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Then it was on to finishing the flower petals.

The remaining three petals are stitched with couched down Japanese thread (the same technique as the flower stem) and I used a purple thread for the couching stitches. I really like the way the different color thread looks with the gold.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

I added one couched row of pearl purl in the very middle petal and then bright check purl chips  randomly within the other petals.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

This is where I didn't follow the exact instruction Sarah gave in the video. She adds more couched Japanese thread rows in the petals, but I thought I would try something different and I wanted to practice couching more pearl purl.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

I will say again that I really liked this goldwork kit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn goldwork.

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Goldwork Daisy Part 3 by Michelle for Feeling Stitchy

Thanks so much for following along with this series!

One last time before you ... 

This goldwork kit is the Golden Daisy by Sarah Homfray.

Be sure to check out Sarah's Instagram , subscribe to her YouTube Channel for lots of video tutorials, and go to her website where you can shop all things embroidery, including kits and supplies.



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 16, 2018

12 Months of Christmas: Mmm Crafts Stitchalong

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Hi all! I'm excited to finally unveil the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong for all of you! This stitchalong is for anyone who has ever gotten to Christmas and realized they have no time left for Christmas stitching, or for people who wish Christmas could somehow, magically last all year. Well, it can! I am a huge fan of Larissa Holland's beautiful Christmas ornaments patterns - and I have religiously stitched her Snow Bird pattern each year for my friends and family. In honor of her completion of the Twelve Days Ornaments Patterns, I thought I'd stitch up each one for you to see, and hopefully inspire you to stitch along with me!

This stitchalong is totally voluntary and no-pressure - to join, visit Larissa's shop to purchase the Twelve Days pattern of your choice. You don't have to stitch all 12, of course, but she is doing a special pricing for a bundle of all 12 patterns, if you are interested. I believe Larissa's patterns are well worth the price - they are beautifully designed, with lovely stitch guides and color photos.

I will do at least 2 posts per month here, with a few photos of my process, as well as sharing anyone who has left a link to their blog or Instagram showing off their Twelve Days patterns progress. You can ask questions, brainstorm, or just feel happy and Christmas-y and admire. Ready? Here we go!


#1 - Partridge & Pear

For the first pattern, Partridge & Pear, I chose some bright colors from the Benzie Design felt which Larissa suggests using:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I never feel too pressured to use the typical red and green in my Christmas stitching, choosing instead shades I can enjoy all year. I used lots of satin and metallic threads - the shiny pink on the pear center is DMC satin floss (a pain to work with, but worth it) and the thin, shiny silver on the partridge wing is DMC metallic sewing thread. Instead of using running stitch, I did a fair amount of couching - that's my tip for working with hard to handle metallic threads - couch them instead of stitching with them.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I'm not confident of my French knots - so instead of a French knot for the partridge eye, I stitched 2 sequins, using a bead to hold them in place (a technique I learned from Larissa's Snow Bird pattern).

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I think I went a bit too thin on the lettering on the back, but onwards and upwards! I'll be using at least 4 strands for lettering from now on...

#2- Turtle Dove

For pattern #2 - Turtle Dove, I again used lots of metallic and satin threads:
12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

The blue running stitch on the Turtle Dove breast and wing is DMC satin floss, and I again used 1 strand of DMC silver metallic sewing thread on the wing and neck band.

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I didn't have Sulky Fabri-Solvy on hand, so instead I am stitching over tracing paper, which is laborious to pick out, but otherwise works fine. This time I used 4-6 strands of floss for the lettering, and it stood out much better, don't you think?

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I chose not to add the bead for the foot, mainly so I could speed on to the next ornament. Although my stitching of the bird's beak looks a bit wonky to me, I am overall quite happy with my Turtle Dove!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

#3 - French Hen

For pattern #3 - French Hen, I cut out my pieces and started on my stitching. Can't wait to show you my finish later this month!

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong of Larissa Holland's pattern, a series by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Join the 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong!

Remember, joining up in this stitchalong is easy, and no-pressure! 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. 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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