Category: embroidery


lotus02 I mentioned a couple of times before, that the process of assembling, sketching, matching colors and all the stuff you do before you actually start a project is the process I enjoy most. That's way I don't get tired photographing these stages where you don't see what it's going to be outside of my brain cells. My inner eye sees indian, rich colors, lotuses and full, circling lines. New to the process is an embroidery stitch dictionary I got from my mom to my birthday. Now I can finally see what all the cool stitches I see on Pinterest and other blogs are named in german! I write the english terms below the german so it's easier for me to track them down when I translate my patterns. I don't usually write in books, but this is a book I will keep......

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mandalasetb Mandala embroidery pattern SET available at Etsy, Dawanda and Craftsy I combined my 4 Mandala patterns to one set. Every pattern has a different approach: The flower mandala has some knots and different outline stitches, the gem mandala is a satin stitch and chain stitch practice, the star shaped mandala is chain stitch galore and introduces the star rhodes stitch as a centerpiece and the snowflake mandala is a cute little piece to try shadow quilting. If you want to give Mandalas a try, here is my free hearts mandala embroidery pattern: valentinesstitched click on the picture to go to the pattern  ...

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Last Tuesday over at the &stitches blog Carina wrote about the backside of embroidery pieces. My embroidery backsides look quite messy because I don't want to invest time and effort for something that's actually not relevant for me or others to look at. Nevertheless I developped some rules for the backside. 1. Every thread should be secure. That's one's obvious, but not so much when you start embroidering sometimes :D I start with a knot and end with weaving in the end by spiraling around the stitches I made before and go through it again in the other direction. When I do french knots or other stitches which include some vicious pulling through the fabric I start the knot somewhere else make a backstitch and go to the place I want to start. 2. No pulling the thread across the embroidery. When I started I simply hated ending and starting threads......

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Back in 2009 I did some scetches I originally wanted to lino-print. I wanted to create a small series of ABC - animals like "carl loves cabbage", "bodo loves boats" and so on. I printed carl the cabbage eater and realized I didn't like lino print that much and the scetches were tucked away in my big folder of unrealized projects. Some time ago I ran through that folder and found these little treasures, decided to give them a try again and stitched 2 of them up. The patterns are available in my shops from today. There are still some fellows in my scetchbook and I can't wait to show you! bodolovesboats fredda0  ...

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At the moment I have a new embroidery piece in progress. It's called "Horizont" (german for horizon, hard to guess huh?) and I tried another means to create the background this time. I like chaotic stitching, especially because it's not easy to make something look naturally chaotic. I tend to fall into a rhythm when I embroider, which is not good with chaotic stitching. If there is a rhythm, there comes structure. Sometimes it's best to step back for a moment and watch from the distance. One thing I love about embroidery is, that it looks differently depending from what angle you look at it. If I look at it from the front the colors and text are mixing up and it looks chaotic. Looking from the side the colors suddenly blend in and become more solid. Also the letters get more visible and defined. I used 4 shades of violett, creme,......

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I'm doing some sketches for new embroidery pieces and had fun doodling these different shapes of feathers. Next step is stitching a mini sampler table cloth on brown linen (about 40x40cm/ 15.5x15.5inch). Working with thick linen is always a big delight for me. The grip and coolness to the hand makes it a lovely alternative to cotton. I'm using my favorite vintage perle cotton in autumn colours in backstitch. ...

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