Remember the 7 days of stitches blog series? Every day for an entire week, I showed you one embroidery stitch in detail - how it is done, what you can use it for and inspiration on how to use it in your embroidery. As you know, there are many more than 7 embroidery stitches around. So I thought it's time to make a part 2 of the 7 days of stitches! Only this time, it's time to get your embroidery needles out! During the next 14 days, I challenge you to use the embroidery stitch of the day to make a stitch sampler. Not any stitch sampler - a labyrinth sampler!
The labyrinth challengeSometimes the embroidery stitch world feels like a massive labyrinth to walk through without a clear path to follow. Every turn you take offers a new thing you should know or a new thing to discover. And just......
This feathers embroidery pattern is an oldie of mine. One summer I got really obsessed with doodling many many tiny drawings of one theme. One was wizards (think the surroundings of Harry Potter), then there were kitchen and garden tools, of course, a sheet with crafting supplies and one was this feathery one. It's so fun to brain storm the many shapes and sizes feathers can be. In the course of updating all of my older embroidery patterns, the feather embroidery pattern got a whole new make over! It now includes lots of additional instructions on how to transfer and embroider this pattern. Also, I wanted to make it in another color palette (it has been brown, yellow, and white before). How do you like the blue one?
I hope you are having a great summer time right now. Summer is not the ultimate time for crafting indoors (except when it's raining of course). Yet, there are days when the heat of the sun is just too much to bear. To have something to keep your hands busy is always a good idea. I have started some projects that are simple enough that I can pick them up when needed and without putting too much thought into it. Do you have any summer craft projects going? Or *gasp* have you started Christmas crafting already? Back to the topic: this is the 24th round of the stitch lexicon and it is filled with some incredible stitches.
The new embroidery stitches are:
On the weekend, I felt the urge to embroider something for myself. I had found my favorite black blazer I was wearing extensively before moving here. I don't know why, but it got buried in a box and it was not until now, that I discovered it again. So instead of stitching up the magpie pattern on yet another hoop wall art thingy, it wanted to be embroidered on this blazer! The blazer has a black and white stripe pattern which works so great with the magpie pattern.
1// With yellow transfer paper - I think it's chalk - I traced the magpie on the blazer. The yellow lines disappear very quickly, so I took a white chalk pencil and drew the lines that vanish too fast.
Currently, I'm working on a new part of the 7 days of stitches series. For this purpose, I'm looking for artists and designers who use these particular stitches in their work to show you how it can be used. It wasn't a problem at all to find embroidery art and patterns for the first 7 stitches (running, back, stem, chain, satin, french knot) with the exception of the herringbone stitch. Finding modern embroidery with the new stitches, however, proved to become a challenge - which came to a surprise to me because they are all basic stitches, no crazy variations and such.
What do embroidery artists and designers use?Many artists and designers use a range of 3-5 different stitches that everybody uses and 1-2 stitches specific to them. Specific to them means, they use stitches that not everybody uses, but of course, they are not exclusive to them. The variety......
Thank you!During the past months, the embroidery stitch lexicon has not only grown in tutorials, it has brought many friendly people into my life. I appreciate your kind words, interesting questions and words of encouragement so much! The people in the world around me often don't get the whole embroidery thing I'm into. Knowing there are people in this world who do get it, who pick their brain about which stitches to use with the same joy and enthusiasm like me, who sit over the choice of which color of thread to use, who love to sit for hours and move the needle up and down, up and down - to be part of this magical and great community of embroiderers makes me very happy. To celebrate embroidery and the stitch lexicon I have prepared a special goodie for you!
The Embroidery Stitch Family GuideThe Embroidery Stitch Family Guide is an ebook with......
Pimp your embroidery hoop - the ultimate toolbox to let your embroidery shine is launching tomorrow (Wednesday)! I'm so excited to share all the things I have learned about embroidery hoops and how to use them to your advantage.
Let's fast-forward the hoop mistakesYou see, I have done many rookie mistakes on my long embroidery journey. Like, getting the fabric tension wrong. I see this mistake very often on beginner embroiderer's hoops and it breaks my heart every time because I know that feeling. When you spent hours and hours stitching and in the hoop, it looks perfect, but when you take it out of the hoop the perfectly round shape suddenly tilts. This happened to me with a compass design that included hundreds of french knots. HUNDREDS! It was nerve-wrecking and so a.v.o.i.d.a.b.l.e!
What's in the course?Pimp your embroidery hoop is centered around that one thing: to make your embroidery......
Can you imagine half of the year is already gone? It always strikes me at this time of the year, that we are at the peak of summer (I'm writing this while it's raining cats and dogs outside) and that the crafting season of falla nd winter is not so far away anymore. For me embroidery is much more related to the summer. My mother used to sit in the sun and stitch flowers while my sisters and I were playing outside. I guess that's why I always relate embroidery to sunshine and warmth instead of a winter activity (also light is sparse in winter, too, so not as much daylight time to stitch). When is your embroidery season? Summer, winter, fall or spring? Or are you embroidering like mad all year round and see no difference regarding the seasons? Let me know in the comments!
Here are the new embroidery stitches:
Last week I had this crazy idea. A fresh load of shiny new fabric arrived on my front door and I guess the patchwork virus got me. Patchwork is not my strong suit. I ALWAYS manage to confuse something and end up cutting seams that should not hold together the pieces I just attached to one another. But - just take a moment and imagine a quilt or patchwork thing you have, shrink it in size and put it in a mini hoop - just for a moment - isn't it adorable? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Also, tiny things always look good even if you screw up something (which I did - it's me and patchwork, but we did fine this time, I did not scream ... as loud). So the idea of a patchwork mini hoop was born!
On Instagram, I asked if you would enjoy......
The embroidery mini hoop - my new obsessionCan you guess I'm into miniature embroidery right now? It's so fast to do, you don't need a lot of materials and you can even do some de-stashing of the tiny pieces of fabric that are too precious to throw away but too tiny to do anything with it. So, I did a little research and almost fell off my chair when I saw how many different embroidery mini hoop variations there are! Who would have known?! From the modern laser cut to the handcrafted hoop, there are so many options out there to make your own embroidery piece shine even more. Below you'll find a list of Etsy shops with the most gorgeous mini hoops ever. I don't get any money from showing this to you, I just love discovering shiny new things and sharing it with you.
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