May 16, 2019

Project a Month: Wrap-up - Stitchalong with Beth Colletti

Project a Month May - Mothers Day Stitchalong pattern by Beth Colletti as stitched by floresita for Feeling Stitchy

When last I left you, I was all done with the center portion of Beth Colletti's Mother's Day stitchalong pattern and was ready to start the Pekinese stitch border - easy peasy, right?

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Wrong! :) I second guessed myself about a billion times when stitching this border!

Want to know how to do the Pekinese stitch? Try this Pekinese stitch tutorial by Mary Corbet.

In which I Stitch the border a billion different ways

It started out easily enough - I back stitched the simple pink border first, then I started looping the Pekinese stitch through:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Hmph. I used 4 strands of floss on these loops and was not happy at all with my first try. The strands did not stay together well, and it took A LOT of messing with the strands to get them to look kind of neat. I know, I know, I was a beginner with this stitch, but I wanted my finish to look less messy.

So I scrapped the regular floss and picked up some DMC perle cotton:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

What I liked about the perle cotton is that the strand held together much better and was less messy to work with overall. It gave a pretty, heavy braided look that I really enjoyed:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

I loved it! Until about midway through...

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

The more I looked at it...

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

The more I hated it. And here's where the entirely subjective matter of taste comes in - I asked for advice on Instagram, and plenty of people loved this look. But I didn't. The color was too pink (it was the only shade I had in a thin perle) and I thought it distracted from the center portion of the design.

So I scrapped the pink perle and decided simplest was best - I stitched a chain stitch border in off white instead and I loved it!

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Until I washed it. After squinting at it, I lost confidence in my decision. It's too plain, I thought, and decided to try whip stitching with a dark pink from the pattern:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

As usual, I liked it about halfway through, until I didn't like it at all:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

As cute as it looked, it didn't match the overall vibe of the piece - I loved the candy-striped effect of the whipped chain stitch, but I just didn't like it with this piece.

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

You can see what I mean here, zoomed out, perhaps. Or maybe not - maybe you like that look - and that is perfectly fine! I just didn't like it.

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Now in full wacko obsessive mode, I tried another woven option, which I also loved...

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Until I got all the way through, and I hated it. Sigh.

Why did I take you through all these silly twists and turns in my project? I think just to communicate that this is the creative process, and not to get discouraged when it happens to you. It happens to me, too. Not everything is perfect, you won't always be happy with your outcomes, but that's ok.

You can always take out the stitches, and try again!

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

I got a simple suggestion on Instagram of adding another line of chain stitch, which I did, in snow white.

And I loved it!

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

You know what? Not everyone loved this simple border on Instagram. Some people even took the time to tell me multiple times that they did not love it. :)

But that's okay! I realized that what I loved, someone else might not love. Another thing I realized is that all these complicated borders might look nice in a tightly framed photo, but too busy in real life.

What's more important? Real life or a photo? I choose real life. :)

This wasn't always my choice! As evidence I have tons of half-finished projects (or finished) tucked away in crates in my closet.

What was most important to me in the past was the finished product for the blog and the internet. But I see now that that's a stitching life half-lived.

From now on, the most important thing to me is how useful and lovely an item can be in real life.

I realized how few embroidered gifts I have given away lately and how few I have given to my mom, who has always encouraged me and loved every item I have ever finished.

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Into her hands it went, and I was joyful when I saw the joy on her face.

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My mom, the most beautiful woman I've ever met, and the woman who showed me the way I want to live, with her energy, her faith, and her determination to stick it out, do her best and never give up. Her life taught me wisdom and kindness, and I am so happy and proud that's she's my mom.

Stitch along with Beth Colletti

If you love this pattern, Mother's Day may have passed but you can still stitch along with Beth - purchase the pattern in her store and follow her on Instagram @bethcolletti to find all the helpful videos Beth made to walk you though each step!

Thank you to Beth for designing this lovely pattern and stitchalong at just the right time - it was perfect for my mom, and I know it can be the perfect gift for so many of you out there too, for whoever speaks wisdom and kindness in your life!

Previous post: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2019/05/project-month-stitchalong-with-beth.html

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 15, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #71 - Chloe Redfern

Wonderful Wednesday 71 - Blue Jay pattern by Chloe Redfern as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I adore this Blue Jay Embroidery Pattern by Chloe Redfern. Look at all the dense detail in those stitches! Her patterns look well-designed and give you a chance to practice some beautiful stitch filling techniques.

I have been keeping up with Chloe's embroidered bird series for some time now - and they just keep getting lovelier and lovelier!


If you follow Chloe on Instagram @chloeredfernembroidery, you'll get a wonderful window into her creative process as well - as she shares images of her sketches and preliminary designs, which are also delightful:



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 10, 2019

Project a Month: Stitchalong with Beth Colletti

Project a Month May - Stitchalong with Beth Colletti as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

The moment I saw this Mother's Day Stitchalong pattern by Beth Colletti, I knew I had to stitch it. The quote is from Proverbs 31, and I knew it wasn't chance that I had just come across this passage in my Bible and had been meditating on it. It didn't matter that I was in the middle of stitching last month's pattern, I just did double stitching duty! :)

Mothers Day Stitchalong pattern by Beth Colletti as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

I loved this quote, I loved the lettering, and I was fascinated (and terrified by) that Pekinese stitch border. But this is the year that I pledged to just try new stitches, even if they terrify me.

What's the worst that can happen? I don't do well at the stitch, or don't like it? The best thing about stitching is you can just pick it all out and start all over again... So I purchased my pattern from Beth's store and started on it right away!

Stitching along with Beth Colletti
Again, I used the DMC Water Erasable pen I showed you last month, and was really pleased with the clear lines.

I laid my fabric on top of the pattern and traced- it was see through enough that I didn't need a light source behind it.

I made sure to snap a photo of the fabric I used, as I sometimes get questions on that...

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

I picked this Ecru Fat quarter at Wal-Mart during some late-night shopping. I think it set me back a whole 97 cents, it's large enough for several projects, and there's lots of colors available. I am so glad I started embroidering on quilting cotton! I guess it's a totally duh statement, but it took me long enough to try it, and I'm so happy with the results.

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Stitching this pattern was so much fun - I love the vivid greens in Beth's color palette, and the way you blend two different floss colors for a lovely effect, like on that pink flower:

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

My favorite element, which drew me to this pattern had to be the lettering!

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

The technique looks complicated but it isn't - go to Beth's IG for detailed videos on how to stitch the lettering: @bethcolletti.

If you are stitching this pattern, make sure you have at least 2 skeins of floss for the lettering - I ran out midway and had to buy more. :)

Stitching along with Beth Colletti

Here it is, almost finished, all that's left to add is the border.

And because I spent a hilariously long day stitching and re-stitching different border options, I will leave that for another post! Because honestly I am still not sure what border to go with yet, ha ha!

Join Beth Colletti's Stitchalong!

If you love this pattern, it is available in Beth Colletti's store. Beth has posted lots of helpful videos on her Instagram to walk you through each element of this design, don't miss those: @bethcolletti.

See you next week, when I'll (hopefully) show you my finished stitching!

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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