May 22, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday 72 - New Leaf Stitchery

Wonderful Wednesday 72 New Leaf Stitchery as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

How beautiful is this Gingko Leaves pattern by New Leaf Stitchery? If you were fans of Sew Jenaissance you'll recognize their lovely style, New Leaf Stitchery is their new name.

I love all the imaginative color combinations here:
Gingko leaves pattern by New Leaf Stitchery on Etsy as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Be sure to follow @newleafstitchery on Instagram - this year they've done some lovely stitchalongs with free patterns, which you can find as well on their site: https://newleafstitchery.com/.

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 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!

April 26, 2019

Project a Month: Finished Beginner Rose by Lolli and Grace

Project a Month 4 Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

Yes, that's right, this month I stitched three roses from the Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace! It was refreshing to tackle a smaller project that stitched up so beautifully and so quickly.

In my last post I was well on my way to finishing my Beginner Rose in chain stitch, and I'd only been stitching off and on for a few days!

Here's a tip that really helped in my stitching process...

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

Stripping Your Threads

Something I learned from one of Anne's videos that helped my stitching immensely - after her suggestion, I began stripping my threads.

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I had heard of it before, but it seemed so simple, I doubted it would make a difference - all you do is separate each strand, one by one, then put them back together. I thought it would take too much time and do nothing, but it makes a HUGE difference - my threads used to tangle constantly, now they hardly ever tangles.

Threads also lay a lot flatter for satin stitching, so I highly suggest giving this very simple trick a try!

Here's my finished chain stitch version of the Beginner Rose - isn't she a beauty?

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I absolutely LOVE the vivid colors in this pattern, take my word that they are even more lush and vivid in person - it was a joy seeing these colors each time I sat down with this pattern.

Blanket Stitch Rose

I decided I also wanted to try the blanket stitch version, so I tackled that next:
Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I used 2 strands of floss, instead of 3 as the pattern called for - this resulted in a very thin, sketchlike quality to my stitches that I really enjoyed.

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I was amazed at the neatness of the back on the blanket stitch version - through no special effort of my own, this is just what the reverse of a blanket stitch looks like!

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

Here's my finished blanket stitch rose - I was absolutely shocked at how quickly this stitched up! 1 night of stitching, that's all! If you're looking for a quick project, this is definitely the stitch and pattern to try.


Washing my roses

Once again I washed my projects using a little dish soap. I soaked them for 20 minutes, and can attest that the lines from my Aunt Martha's pencil and DMC water erasable pen came out completely.

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I turned them over on a towel to iron while still wet, to press out all the wrinkles, then put them in their hoops to dry.
Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

Here are my two lovely roses, finished in record time, and since I had plenty of time, I tried another!

Blanket stitch rose on teal linen

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

Once again I pulled out the DMC water erasable pen that DMC sent me recently (thank you, DMC!) I thought it might not show up on my teal linen since the ink is a similar color, but surprisingly, it worked just fine!

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I used a chunky #5 DMC perle cotton in white, with DMC embroidery needles (thanks again, DMC!) I don't use perle cotton often, but it created a really fun texture for this. Once again, I was done in one solid morning of stitching!

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

Here are all the DMC threads and colors I used in this piece:
#5 DMC perle cotton in white, DMC Etoile in Ecru, DMC 3813, 501, and 924.

Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

I love the ghostly, monotone mood of this piece, and how different it is from the beautiful color versions.

And here they all are, one last time:
Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace

So, 2 months of stitching Lolli and Grace has me confident that I could spend an entire year happily stitching her patterns. Not only do I recommend her beautiful patterns and store, Anne is a wonderful, kind, teacher and encouraging person - you won't regret a visit to her Etsy store!

More on Lolli and Grace

You can find the Beginner Rose pattern in the Lolli and Grace store. Follow Anne @lolliandgrace.

All my Lolli and Grace Project a Month posts:
Project a Month - One Meaningful Word by Lolli and Grace
Project a Month: Wrap up - One Meaningful Word by Lolli and Grace
Project a Month - Beginner Rose by Lolli and Grace


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 24, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #70 - Linladan

Wonderful Wednesday 70 - Linladan as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

How lovely is this vintage reproduction Leaf Swirl kit by Linladan? Using vintage Swedish kit patterns from the 50s and 60s, Tanja from Linladan lovingly recreates kits using screenprinted linen and vintage linen floss. Since we last spoke, I disappeared down a rabbithole of vintage Swedish embroidery from the 50's, 60's and 70s. This rabbithole led me straight to Linladan, who posts tantalizing photos of finished projects on Instagram @linladan.

I am fascinated by the gorgeous colors and unexpected sheen of linen floss - so fascinated that I ordered a small sampling for myself, and I can't wait to try them out!

Nordiska floss from Linladan, as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy
Nordiska Flax Flower set

Have any of you ever worked with linen floss? Aside from the discontinued DMC linen floss, which had a matte finish, I have never seen or handled linen floss, so I am excited to see how it stitches!

I fell in love with this Fairy Tale Castle screenprint, if you'd like to try your hand at this I would hop to it, as there are limited quantities available.

Fairy Tale Castle printed fabric by Linladan, as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

This breathtaking version of the Fairy Tale Castle was stitched by @clarkeandridley on Instagram using pastel linen floss from Linladan - isn't it amazing?

Don't forget to follow @linladan on Instagram if you love what you see, but fair warning - her mouthwatering images might make you want everything in her store! :)

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 18, 2019

Project a Month - Beginner Rose by Lolli and Grace

Project a Month 4 Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

We are well into April so I chose a smaller design this month, the Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace. The colors are gorgeous, and I like the idea of being able to finish quickly.

It's only fair to feature Lolli and Grace 2 months out of 12 this year, as I've been wanting to stitch up at least half her store! :) A few of the colors in this pattern are the same as the ones I used for the previous One Meaningful Word pattern, an added bonus for anyone wanting to stitch both patterns! This pattern can be purchased as either a PDF pattern or a kit in Anne's store.

I like that Anne suggests stitching this pattern 3 ways:
Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy Beginner Rose pattern by Lolli and Grace as featured by floresita on Feeling Stitchy

From left to right - split stitch, chain stitch, and buttonhole or blanket stitch.

I loved the buttonhole stitch and I do want to try that one later, but for now I settled on chain stitch:

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

I am using 3 strands of floss, as Anne recommends in her pattern, and all the same colors she asks for. I am stitching on a very light blue quilting cotton, so light it barely registers as blue.

I absolutely love these colors in the daylight - so bright and vivid!

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

When I transferred my image, I reversed it, so the petals are not in the same color order - but I like this because it makes it more unique. I don't like to copy things too exactly.

Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern

Only 3 days of on again off again stitching and I am almost done! Can't beat that for a quick stitch! I highly recommend this pattern to any beginner, or to anyone looking to practice a specific stitch. I'm also thinking this will be a lovely Mother's day gift...

If you'd like to join in this very quick project, head over to the Lolli and Grace shop on Etsy to buy the Beginner Rose pattern!

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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