January 17, 2019

Project a Month: SeptemberHouse 2019 Fabric Calendar

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy
Hello stitchers! I'm excited to be beginning a new year, and a new series on Feeling Stitchy called Project a Month! In it, my goal is to to stitch one embroidery project a month, and share my progress here on the blog (and on Instagram).

With the Project a Month feature I would like to highlight small businesses on Etsy or elsewhere, my goal is to think SMALL and focus on small businesses this year!

First up, is this beautiful 2019 Calendar Embroidery Kit by SeptemberHouse! At last look, it was still available for purchase in her store, but I have a feeling they may sell out soon... I have long admired Corinne's beautiful patterns and fabric calendars, but this is the first one I have ever attempted.

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

My first impressions of the kit:
The kit came with preprinted fabic, basic directions, and two skeins of matching floss, in this case DMC 3809. There were 4 colorways to choose from: Midnight, Juniper, Lemongrass, and Smoke, but I settled on Juniper because I'm a sucker for teal.

2019 Calendar embroidery kit by SeptemberHouse on Etsy

I love the fabric - it's a perfect weight for stitching, in my opinion. The edges are unfinished, so you will need to finish the edges with either machine or hand stitching. I also love that the kit includes 2 skeins of floss - for the price, I think it's a great deal. The bag the kit comes in is resealable - something I love since I usually keep my WIPs in plastic baggies - perfect size to tuck in my tiny pink scissors and threads, as you see here.

You can stitch this design as simply or as in depth as you like - either use the 2 skeins to stitch up just the outlines, or fill in the lines however you see fit! Corinne provides a list of suggested colors to inspire you.

I decided I wanted to stitch something like the example photo - which looks so lovely, but I was curious about the colors Corinne used and the stitches:
2019 Calendar embroidery kit by SeptemberHouse on Etsy

Lo and behold, Corinne was kind enough to send a PDF including all the DMC colors she used in her example photo, and the stitches. She also included suggested DMC shades for all of the calendars.

My stitching progress so far:
floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I used the included floss for most of the outlines and a nice greyish blue - DMC 926 for some contrast. I would like to stitch something like the example photo, we'll see which colors I choose!

floresita's progress on Septemberhouse 2019 Fabric Calendar as featured on Feeling Stitchy

I'm loving this calendar so far!

What are you stitching this month?

Have you stitched a SeptemberHouse calendar?

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!

January 11, 2019

Feeling Random Friday #5 with Mia Winston


I can hardly believe it's already 2019!! As someone born at the tail end of 1969, I've gotta tell you I honestly thought we'd have flying cars by now, and everyone would have a robot butler. Joking aside, I've been thinking about 2019 a lot in terms of my life, relationships, career - everything. For over a year and a half I've only been partially living. I've been getting by day by day without really enjoying life. I've had a lot of obstacles to overcome that were emotional, mental, and physical. I'm tired of being tired, and I'm tired of not living my life to the fullest!

I L O V E New Year's Resolutions. Do I always keep them? No. Do I even remember the goal I set in January in December? Goodness no! But the ritual of thinking about my life, making an outline of where I'd like to go, and thinking about the possibilities for my life recharge me. I have been sick with bronchitis for over a week. Besides the time I had mono when I was 16, I cannot ever remember being this sick for this long. I took a full week of antibiotics, didn't start to feel better for three days, and still don't feel near being 100% well.

On thing I can be certain of in my future is that my soul will be uplifted by the stitching community, and I will do my part to uplift others. That's why I like writing this segment each week - it gives me an opportunity to lift up the art of others, and share their work with the world.

First up for 2019 is Mia of @winstonsart_ ! Mia combines mixed media elements to create texturally and visually beautiful hoops. She uses touches of sparkle with beads and sequins amongst the stitches. The hoop above reminds me of either an underwater reef, or a little pond with lily pads, tadpoles, and grasses. What does it remind you of?

You can find Mia on Instagram and Etsy. Here are some of my favorites from Mia's Instagram feed. I encourage you to check her out!



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

January 8, 2019

Final post: the Twelve Days of Christmas

Finished 12 Days of Christmas ornaments - pattern by Mmmcrafts, as stitched by floresita and shared on Feeling Stitchy

It took me long enough, but I couldn't help sharing one final photo of all of my completed ornaments!

What took me so long? Just that I am a recovering perfectionist... :)

Finished 12 Days of Christmas ornaments - pattern by Mmmcrafts, as stitched by floresita and shared on Feeling Stitchy

I love the phrase "recovering perfectionist" because it describes my crafting nature perfectly (pun intended). :) I waited for days to get good light (artificial light just isn't the same). I moved each ornament around, futzed with little gold hanging strings (which would always tangle and bend the wrong way. In the end, I was NEVER HAPPY, I just had to suck it up and post a photo.

As luck would have it, I just happened to post the photo to our Instagram page on the actual 12th Day of Christmas, yesterday. :) It occurred to me that I had never known when the days of Christmas really are - my Google search confirmed that they actually begin on the 25th and continue through Jan 6, celebrated by some as the Feast of the Epiphany.

I really like this idea - because I don't know about you, but I always have this uncomfortable feeling of loss the day after Christmas - that strange time between Christmas and early January, I always want to continue to be filled with Christmas joy, so I leave my tree up - this year I even left my opened gifts under the tree, so I could see them and be thankful. I mailed late Christmas cards, because, chemo, but I enjoyed extending my observance of the holiday season. I think I'll use this definition of the days of Christmas from now on, to celebrate and appreciate the season more deeply.

I wanted to thank everyone who has sent me their own versions via email - they've been so lovely to see!

#twelvedaysornaments on Instagram

I was so inspired throughout my process by Larissa's hashtag #twelvedaysornaments on Instagram - there are SO MANY beautiful versions there, I thought I'd share a few of my (many) favorites here:







A post shared by Cindy Cameron (@cindy_makes_things) on


Hope you enjoyed this feature, as I plan for the new year! Did you know about the history of the days of Christmas?

And just out of curiosity - do you have a favorite, out of all the ornaments I stitched this 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!

January 3, 2019

12 Months of Christmas: Lord a Leaping

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 12 Lord a Leaping pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

Last up is my final finish, #12 in Mmmcraft's 12 Days of Christmas patterns, Lord a Leaping. Yes, I made it! If you follow me on Instagram (@nyfloresita), you'll see I finished on Christmas morning, in my pajamas, meaning I completed 3 of the more complex final ornaments (Piper Piping, Lady Dancing and Lord a Leaping + complimentary Heart) all in 1 month, nothing short of a miracle for me, being that it was December and my last 2 weeks on chemotherapy.

All that said, in my final rush to complete Lord a Leaping, I'll admit there were elements I would do differently in the future, but I am just happy I finished!

Lord a Leaping

Here is the mess that is typical of my ornaments in progress - actually I am being kind, and if I zoomed out a bit further you'd see even MORE mess on our sad coffee table, with threads, stuffing, scissors, and needles galore.

Lord a Leaping

Remember the mod I did because I didn't have a black pipe cleaner for Lady Dancing? Well I did it again with Lord a Leaping's Elvis-like front curl - I wrapped the same black crochet thread around my green pipe cleaner. Making his hat was tricky, because his head was bigger than the pattern due to my larger wooden bead. I had to improvise making the hat a bit bigger, but not too big. I did ok, but I wasn't a huge fan of the burgundy color I chose, it might have been better to tie in the color of his pants again... Minor self criticisms for next time!

Lord a Leaping


I once again used most of the same threads as I used on Lady Dancing, including the DMC Etoile floss in C915 and C471, and regular DMC floss in an Ecru shade for the vest and heart detail. All felt was again Benzie Design, and again a mix of a few different palettes I purchased from them.

Lord a Leaping

All in all though I was quite charmed by all the little details in this pattern, particularly those tiny boots and the movable legs! One thing I love about Larissa's patterns is that I find myself sewing things I never thought I'd be able to, because she gives such excellent instructions.

Lord a Leaping

I love how simple and pretty the additional heart was to stitch - I can see myself making lots more of these when I need a lovely quick finish ornament for gifts.

Lord a Leaping

I can't believe it is a wrap on all of the ornaments, and that I finished them ALL before Christmas!

What a wonderful journey it has been, and as I did on Instagram, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who tagged along on this quest, left a kind comment, or shared a word of support. This project helped keep me going in a time of intense physical struggle - it kept me hopeful, focused, and calm in the eye of the storm. Thank you for coming along with me in this stitchalong and through every week of my chemotherapy - you all meant so much to me! I'm so thankful to God for bringing me through to the finish line, healthy, happy, and well.

Thank you of course to Larissa Holland of Mmmcrafts for designing such beautiful patterns which inspired me and gave me purpose throughout this year. Her 12 Days patterns are available to purchase in her Etsy store, and she has discounted bundles of some or all of the patterns as well.

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 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 5 Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 6 Goose a Laying pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy
12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 8 Maid a milking pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 9 Drummer drumming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 10 Piper Piping pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 11 Lady Dancing pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for 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!

January 2, 2019

12 Months of Christmas: Lady Dancing


Here is Lady Dancing, #11 in the 12 Days series of patterns by Mmmcrafts - and I couldn't be happier with how I stitched her! Sometimes, not always, I was very happy with the colors I chose, and this was certainly a happy moment in my choices.

ld1

I did a few thing differently in my stitching of the pattern, if I don't remember something and you have a question, please point it out in the comments! First up, I couched the lines at the bottom of the skirt and on the edges of the shawl, because I couldn't stitch a straight line for some reason! I blame chemo. I also used felt pieces for the "leaves" under the flower on the skirt - thought that looked a bit bolder and more graphic (and neater, since I stink at straight lines). :)

You may also notice that in the overskirt above, I have the position reversed! I noticed my mistake too late, tried to make it work, and ended up having to re-stitch it. Chemo brain struck here, too. Be careful to check the alignment of your pieces, don't be like me! :)

I didn't have a black pipe cleaner for the hair, so I got creative:
ld3

I braided black crochet thread and glued it over a green pipe cleaner - I like the way it turned out!

ld4

You may also recall that the wooden beads I am using are larger - no reason other than wanting to use what I have rather than buy more. I didn't enlarge the hairpiece any, so it fits a bit smaller, but I didn't mind the look.

Here was my partially finished lady - I rather liked the color contrast here:
ld2

Here is my finished lady, with a few of the threads I used:
ld5

You'll see I once again used DMC Etoile floss in C915 and C471, and a few other shades of regular DMC floss. All felt used was Benzie Design, I mixed and matched from a few different palettes.

ld9

So it's a wrap on Lady Dancing - stay tuned for Lord A Leaping next!

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 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 5 Gold Ring pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 6 Goose a Laying pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Christmas Stitchalong 7 Swan a swimming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy
12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 8 Maid a milking pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 9 Drummer drumming pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy 12 Months of Chrsitmas Stitchalong 10 Piper Piping pattern by Larissa Holland as stitched by floresita for 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!

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