Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Embroidered Cocktail Ring

New Year's Eve calls for a fantastic cocktail ring! Head over to Feeling Stitchy for the embroidered ring tutorial.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Stitches & Little Stitches

It's a cloudy gloomy cold rainy day today. The kind of day that requires a large mug of tea, a good book, and a comfy snuggly blanket. I picked up a super adorable book at Barnes and Noble recently, and it's given me so much inspiration. Which means that on a day like today, I get to enjoy some stitching, in addition to the good book, while I wait for the rain to go away.

Aneela Hoey, of Comfort Stitching, published a book called Little Stitches. It is the most darling embroidery book I have ever seen! I almost shrieked in the bookstore, but because I didn't want to disturb other customers, I made sure to internalize my shrieks, ooohs, and aahhs. Incidentally, do the rules of the library apply at a bookstore? I am not sure, but I always try to be as quiet as I am in the library at a bookstore... why, I don't know. 

At any rate, I decided to use what has become one of my most favorite embroidery patterns - the snow globe! I am not sure what I will be using this finished piece for. I might gift it to somebody for Christmas... or I could keep it for myself...

 Little Stitches, is super adorable because in addition to offering you embroidery patterns, there are various sewing projects and ideas for where to place your stitches once you have finished. AND, there are even alternate embroidery patterns offered for the different projects. If you don't want a taxicab pincushion, Aneela offers various other patterns that would work just as well for each different project. 

This book is making me feel like I need to invest in a new camera, as well. The images of Aneela's stitches capture all the detail so precisely. I mean, it's just phenomenal!

The next two images are photos I took of the image in the book. It almost looks like the actual stitched piece is in front of me. 

Fantastic, right? 

The last few pages of the book have a ton of patterns. There are also iron-on sheets with all the patterns included as the last portion of the book. I decided to transfer a few to fabric. I am still not sure what I will be giving everyone for Christmas, but I am thinking some little stitches will be good. 

Until next time!


Monday, December 10, 2012

New Stitches

Stitching is my most favorite thing to do, so I make sure to do a little everyday. I received a packet of the new embroidery floss available over at Sublime Stitching in the "fruit salad" colors and proceeded to use them for this adorable house pattern. It's amazing floss and it didn't tangle or knot on me the way some other brands do. 

I found a pattern for a darling Unicorn courtesy of Andrea Zuill of Bad Birds. It didn't take very long to stitch, and I know exactly who I am going to gift it to this Christmas.

There's much more stitching to do! 

Until next time!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Embroidered Gloves

Make them as stocking stuffers or as your new accessory - Embroidered gloves. Head over to Feeling Stitchy for my latest tutorial.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Little Christmas tree

I was able to fix the technical issues I was having, and am back to blogging. Thank you to those of you who sent messages of solidarity and support. I am not good with technical issues like that, but it's over and I can get back to sharing some of my new crafting and stitching endeavors.

I had not anticipated the sort of excitement I was going to feel for the holidays, but it seems I am not as grinchy as I thought I was. Typically, I am more of a Halloween person, but I put my tree up last week, and even made some pom pom ornaments to add to the collection I have acquired. 

Everything is pink, white, and red. I guess it's sort of Valentine's Day-ish, but I don't care, I don't care that it's totally girly either. I just really like the way it turned out. 

All I need to do is make a tree skirt and then it's all finished! I just can't decide if I should make a pink and red tree skirt, or white and red... or red, white, and pink... thoughts?

Has the holiday spirit gotten into you, lately?

Until next time!