Sunday, August 24, 2014

Calendar Embroidery

My sister gave me this super darling stitchable 2014 calendar for Christmas, and of course, I started it in January, but hadn't finished it. The new school semester begins on Tuesday, which provided me with a few days off, so I decided to stitch it up so that I can actually use the calendar portion of the panel. 

I used a combination of stem stitching and back stitching throughout the whole panel, with a few satin stitches and french knots. 

I am totally in love with the colors, which my sister helped me pick out. I feel like this will really brighten up my office space and be something nice to look at when I am surrounded by stacks of papers to grade. 

Do you have any projects you need to finish before the year ends?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

... and the winner is!...

Time to announce the winner of the cross stitch iPhone case kit! I didn't get too many entries for this giveaway... I know not everyone has iPhones... but it's lucky for those who entered because they had a better chance of winning!

I have used the random number generator to help me find a winner!

Comment number 2 was left by Samantha Miranda! Congratulations! I hope you'll have fun stitching this up! 

Please send email me your address and I can get this out to you straight away:

THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Embroidered Pencil Roll

Whether you are an artist or writer who needs to tote around pens and pencils, or a student heading back to school, this project is definitely for you!

Once complete, this roll holds ten pens or pencils. It's lightweight and easy to drop into a bag or backpack to head to work or school. 

The Ric Rac adds a fun accent to the stitches and wraps around the roll to keep everything snug and in one place. 

This is an easy tutorial that I created, it only requires sewing straight lines. Head over to Feeling Stitchy for the details

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cross Stitch iPhone Case & a Giveaway

I bought an iPhone at the beginning of the year and have been on the hunt for a case for quite some time. On a recent shopping trip, I stumbled upon these cross stitch iPhone case kits. I decided to give it a try. 

The kit comes with four different patterns and instructions, in addition to two blank charts in case you would want to design your own cross stitch pattern for the case. 

I opted for the chevron pattern that the kit came with, but I only used the white floss that came with the packaging. I used some of the gold DMC floss I had in my embroidery supply box in order to create this white, black, & gold look. 

The whole case was finished in one afternoon. I only stitched in white and gold. Because the case is black, I didn't think stitching in black would make a big difference, so I left it as is. 

I enjoyed stitching this case and using it so much, that I am giving one away to one of you! All you have to do is leave me a comment here telling me what you love about cross stitch or embroidery, and you will be entered to win!

Deadline to enter is Monday, August 18, 2014 by Midnight (US Pacific time). This giveaway is open to everyone! This giveaway is now closed. 

One winner will receive one cross stitch iPhone case kit that fits an iPhone 5 and includes: one perforated phone cover; 6 colors of 6-strand embroidery floss; 1 cross stitch needle; 4 patterns; Does NOT include the gold embroidery floss. 

Good luck!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Watermelon Day! & A Tutorial

According to Google, it's National Watermelon Day today! I now people in various countries enjoy a good slice of watermelon, so I am going to go ahead and say, Happy International Watermelon Day!

I created a quick felt and fabric watermelon bunting and I am happy to share it with you so you can create your own!

Supplies Needed:

- 4 sheets (9x12 inches) of red craft felt
- 1 sheet (9x12 inches) of black felt
- fabric or ribbon 90 inches long
- craft glue (I use this)
- scissors
- pinking shears
- rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
- iron and ironing board
- sewing machine and supplies

Step One: I bought the felt from the craft store that comes in 9 by 12 inch sheets. Using my rotary cutter I was able cut two pennants or triangles from each sheet that are 7 inches across the top and 9 inches from the straight edge to the pointed tip. If you don't have a rotary cutter, a pair of scissors work just as well!

Step Two: Using pinking shears, trim the angled sides of the pennants/triangles as close to the edges as possible. Repeat for each triangle and set them aside.

Step Three: Using craft or sewing scissors, cut rain drop shapes from the black felt for the seeds of the watermelon slices. I cut about 10 felt seeds for each watermelon slice. You can make the seeds larger if you don't want to cut so many. 

Step Four: Using small dots of craft glue, randomly place the felt seeds on the watermelon slice. 

Leave 1.5 inches of the watermelon slice bare near the top straight edge. This is where the fabric for hanging will go. Set the slices aside to dry.

Step Five: I used fabric to encase the watermelon slices, but you can use ribbon or fabric with the raw edges exposed for a more shabby chic look. 

To make the sort of binding I made, take a piece of fabric 6 inches wide by 90 inches long and fold in half the long way and press. 

Then unfold and fold the long edges in toward the center crease you just created, and press. 

Fold in half again, and press. The raw edges will be completely encased in the fold now. 

Step Six: Place the watermelon slices in the fold of the binding, sandwiching the bare edge of the watermelon slice in between the fabric, and pin in place. Using a sewing machine, stitch along the folded edge of the binding to encase and attach the watermelon slices, and finish off the bunting. 

Step Seven: Hang the bunting and enjoy a watermelon break!

Hope you enjoy and have a Happy Watermelon Day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vintage Vogart Embroidery Patterns

Last summer, I stitched up some retro-style Aunt Martha Towels using some vintage patterns I had found around the internet. This summer, I have more!

I have a wonderful friend, Nick, who really knows me and what I like. He found these vintage Vogart patterns somewhere in Los Angeles and gifted them to me. I shrieked with excitement when he gave them to me, because I just love these animals!

We both love Vintage sort of kitschy designs, so these embroidery patterns were right up our alley. I tested out the iron-on transfer ink, which just left a pink blob on the fabric... tsk tsk... I know I should have used a test fabric before trying it on the towel.

 I ended up having to scan the patterns I wanted to use, converted them to black and white in photoshop, then printed them and used my LightTracer to transfer the pattern to the fabric.

I didn't stitch them all, but I picked my favorites... Sly as a Fox and Hungry as a Bear.

When I scanned the patterns, they ended up printing a bit larger than the original pattern. It worked out great, though, because they fill this front area of the towel very nicely.

I enjoy stitching on the Aunt Martha Retro Towels because the weave is really easy to stitch through. I think the vintage striped sides accent the vintage patterns very nicely, as well. 

Do you enjoy vintage patterns? Which are your favorites?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Anatomy of a Sewing Kit

Things have been very busy in the world of me, lately, but I guess that's what happens when I decide to take on four jobs in addition to grad school. I was so busy, I missed my sister's Mad Tea Party!! Which is a shame, because I love her Tea Parties and I collect tea pots. C'est la vie. There will be other tea parties, right?... Maybe I'll just make my own and sit with my dog and sip tea.

Whenever things get really busy in my life, I usually have to take a minute, step back, and ask myself, "what's important and what can I remove?" Which usually ends up with me getting back to basics or the bare bones of things. 

This brings me to my sewing kit, or sewing box. I have a large sewing box that is sort of packed beyond reproach. Why I think I need so much in one sewing box is beyond my comprehension. That being said, I decided to pare down my larger sewing box into a smaller more portable sewing kit and I am sharing it with you today. 

I found this miniature suitcase at Target for $6.99. It measures about 9-inches wide by 6-inches tall. It's not terribly bulky, just a child-size accessory. I fell in love with the polka dots, of course, since polka dots seems to be my latest obsession... wait, did I say latest... no, it's a lifetime obsession with polka dots!!

I purchased the dresden pin cushion from the Happy Little Cottage shop on Etsy. I highly encourage you to browse her other items, because everything she makes is wonderful! In addition to the pin cushion, I gathered together the items I felt belonged in a sewing kit. 

Here is the anatomy of my sewing kit: 

- Pin cushion                                    - Straight Pins                                       - Needles for Hand Sewing
- Needles for Hand Embroidery      - Measuring Tape                                  - Buttons in various sizes
- Scissors                                         - Embroidery hoop                                - Thread cutter
- Needle Threader                           - Seam Ripper                                       - Zipper
- Ric Rac                                         - Small Crochet hook                            - Safety pins
- Thread in various colors               - Iron-on Bias Tape                               - Ribbon
- Thimble                                         - Embroidery floss in basic colors

I know this seems like quite a bit of stuff for a small sewing kit, but these are all tools or supplies I need on a daily basis. What I enjoy about this small suitcase, is that it's small enough to fit under the seat in my car or in my desk drawer, so I can always have sewing supplies at the ready, if need be.

What do you like to keep in your sewing kit?