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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 …

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 …

Lessons from a doodle cloth embroidery

Lessons from a doodle cloth embroidery

I think the last time I did one of these way back in 2009, and I didn’t complete it. And that’s a real shame, because after making this new one, I realize how much I love doing this sort of stitching. The great thing about this type of embroidery is what you can learn along …

April Embroidery Journal project

April Embroidery Journal project

Love! One of my favorite themes I thought it was perfect for the beginning of spring, and for a little April project. I kept a simple and uncluttered design for this in order to keep attention on the sentiment. I love these soft colors, and it suited the them so nicely. I’ll be sending this …

Project for February 2018

Project for February 2018

I’ve been continuing my embroidery journal projects. I was a little slow getting going with February, in fact it was almost over! But I’m glad I made an effort and got it done. Doing these is a good habit for me. I get to play around with different ideas inspired by what’s happening around me. …

Long and Short Stitch Demystified Part 1

Long and Short Stitch Demystified Part 1

Long and short stitch. This stitch I avoided for quite awhile when I was learning to embroider. I thought it was too slow and didn’t understand how to handle it so it looked reasonable. There was a period I didn’t even like how it looked.   I just didn’t want to do it. But somewhere my …

A word for the year

A word for the year

Hello! Welcome again to 2018. I’m saying it again because I’ve spent the last 3 weeks recovering from the wicked flu that’s going around, and I am still not quite at 100. I’m getting there. It feels like the year is just now getting started for real. I liked my elephants so well I made …

Creating into 2018

Creating into 2018

It’s that time of year to think of the changes we want to make to ourselves and our lives in the new year. I’m sure you know how it goes by now. Goals, resolutions, new schedules, all this is going to help us change for the better. It’s not quite enough though, it never is. …

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