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. …

Christmas Florals Embroidery

Christmas Florals Embroidery

I’m spending the week attempting to catch up on things, but still so far behind, and getting more behind. I spent a week stitching these Christmas Floral Embroideries, which was definitely a week well spent, but I let all else slide while I did that. I am so not a multi-tasker. I was trying to …

Top Three Favorite Embroidery Stitches

Top Three Favorite Embroidery Stitches

I really do have more than three top embroidery stitches, but this will get me started for now. More favorites are coming 1. Stem stitch This is my go-to stitch for lines of all sorts – stems, rings, swirls and more. It’s simple and relatively quick. I prefer it to back stitch for lines mostly …

Winter Wreath Crewel Embroidery

Winter Wreath Crewel Embroidery

My latest finish is done! This is a crewel version of my earlier winter wreath. I made a few changes to the pattern. Switching from white to tan fabric gave me some trouble, and I can’t tell you how many times I felt compelled to take out stitches and change colors. That’s sometimes the way …