Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Stitchy Crush


While there are a whole host of other stitchers out there that I have super big crushes on, I thought I would shake things up and share some supplies that I can't live without. 

I usually have at least 3-4 different embroidery projects going at the same time and last year I realized that I needed a better way to keep the projects and the threads separate from each other. I was walking through Target and saw these fun letter trays and realized that they would be a great place for me to not only keep a current project, but they are also great for holding in my lap when I'm working at a space that doesn't have a table or other flat surface. I'm pretty sure that you can find trays like these at any sort of office store.

Then came the question of what to hold all my threads in for a project. I found these little plastic boxes at Michael's Arts and Crafts and they are meant to store photos in. They are the perfect size to hold all your threads (even cotton perle balls fit in them), scissors and needles.

When it comes to transferring patterns I've come to rely completely on the carbon papers by Sublime Stitching. They have a white and a black carbon version and both are awesome. You can reuse them multiple times and honestly I've not come across any other carbon transfer paper that works as well as this. It stays on for a long time; as I have used it for all the huge wedding vows embroideries I've done that can take up to 5-6 weeks.

My other go-to pattern transfer crush is Clover's water soluble fine point pen. It's divine. I'm also super obsessed with Pitt pens. You can't use these for pattern transfer, but when it comes to sketching out new designs there isn't any other pen I want to use. And blessed be the child in my house that walks off with my Pitt pens! They know better.

I can't leave out my new pair of Gingher scissors that I got for Christmas. While they aren't shaped like pheasants or peacocks, they are pretty amazing.

Who's your latest stitching crush or what tools can't you live without? And what are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Found on Flickr: Stitched Pet Portraits

Customized Dog Portrait Brooch
I don't know about you guys, but I'm a bit of a sucker for pet portraits. I don't know if it's because I have a dog now. There is just something so heart warming about people having portraits made of their dog or cat or pet iguana.

It says: this being is dear to me, s/he is part of my family. I think that's a beautiful thing.

In the &Stitches Flickr group I came across the work of Makiko who stitches brooches with adorable quirky dogs and other animals. She even does customized portraits. Pop over to her Flickr page for more stitchy animal adorableness!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Villains Stitch-along Update: Liberty Skeletor

Liberty Skeletor FO

It was a while back now, but I thought you might like to see how Liberty Skeletor came out! I stitched this silly little piece for our stitch-along in October, and I think he came out quite fetching, don't you?

Liberty Skeletor FO

In case you missed our Fictional Villains Stitch-along, check out all the other awesome, evil pieces here!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Woolly Beetle


I love this Beetle stitched by Barbara on a textured fabric. The woolly looking background fabric somehow makes the Beetle looks softer too, almost cuddly!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Stitchy Resolutions

I have a couple of things I would like to do this year. The first is to loosen up! I have a certain style that I tend to stick to of detailed linear embroideries like my current moth work-in-progress. Recently however I've been admiring more sketchy, scruffy works on Instagram and really want to give it a try.
I want to stitch with big chunky threads and fine threads on the same piece and leave loose thread ends hanging down the front. I won't be abandoning my usual style completely, just experimenting with some different styles. Hopefully it will be fun; I can usually picture how a finished piece might look but I have an inkling that it might be much more exciting to make it up as I go along.

The other thing I want to do is to try some mixed media. I was lucky enough to get screen printing things and needlefelting stuff for Christmas and once I have worked out how to use them I would love to start incorporating them in my embroidery. So there is (hopefully) lot's of scruffy, printed, felted embroidery coming in 2016!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!