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Painting and embroidery

Both are my great creative loves. I’ve had periods where I burn for one of them, and I’ve had long periods of rest from them too. These are often caused by some block, a limitation that creates a can’t-do mentality. I hope you aren’t afflicted by this, but if you are there is a way …

Turkey Knots

This is one of my go-to stitches for adding texture and dimensions. It’s even a favorite stitch, but I save it for certain types of areas. They do take a while to make. One tip I can offer is that I often put multiple strands on the needle so there is more thread on the …

Sheep in the Garden Embroidery

I finished something this week. Finally! I’ve been so busy taking care of sites and writing and getting things organized that I haven’t had a lot of time to work on new projects. I’m super happy to have finished this one. I thought a black sheep was missing from my little family of sheep. All …

Sheep in Embroidery

Sheep have turned out to be one of my favorite embroidery themes. I just like their fluffy wooly shapes. They must represent some kind of calmness for me. I really like seeing them in the countryside too. I’ve collected some of my favorite representations. I have three favorite stitches to use for filling them. This …

Embroidery Biscornu

Last post I showed off my cross stitch biscornu. I’ve also worked on making embroidery biscornu too, although I don’t have nearly so many completed. They are the same basic shape. The only difference is that I don’t make back stitch around the edge like for cross stitch biscornu, so I do the whip stitch …

Biscornu Celebration

I really do love biscornu. I have made a pile of them over the years. Not nearly enough, I know. I like the look and feel of them. They are colorful little pillows, perfect to hold in your hand. And they are compact art projects you can hold and interact with. And I can’t help …

Welcome to The Floss Box

Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve nearly completed the updates to this site. There are still a few things to fix, most notably the feature pictures on the blog posts and sort them into categories. I just imported them all from my old blogger blog and it’s nice they all made it over here …

Small Bees Embroidery Tutorial

Small Bees Embroidery Tutorial

I love to make bees! They are easy and fun, and I add them to many of my projects.  There are really only a few steps so this tutorial is simple and straightforward. First step is the body. I make two straight stitches in the same place. I use 3 strands of 310. It’s hard …

Catching up

Catching up

I’m back from my summer away and getting back in the rhythm and catching up with everything.  I spent several weeks in beautiful Utah taking in the mountain scenery. So inspiring! Some exciting news too! I have a deal to write an embroidery book!! But — it will be in French!! I cannot read a …

How to make an embroidery nest

How to make an embroidery nest

These little nests are so fun and easy to make, and I got a few questions about them, so I thought I would make a little how-to explaining how I do them. The eggs are made with polymer clay, in this case, I use Fimo.  I roll up a bunch at once, often of different …