Sunday, December 14, 2014

More Christmas Sewing

It's no secret that I love Aneela Hoey's Cherry Christmas fabric line. I made quite a few pillow covers a few years ago and had been saving the scraps for a while. I finally decided to do something with them. 


I am going to turn these scrappy wonky stars into a quilt. I am still trying to figure out how to place them, but I know I want to find some white fabric with red polka dots to frame each star block. 



I adore the clotheslines and snow globes on the fabric.  



I had enough to make myself a sewing pouch using the Zakka Style book that I have become such a huge fan of, as well. 


I had enough of the Cherry Christmas line left over to make a sewing pouch. I made a Little Red Riding Hood sewing pouch as a giveaway on Instagram, and I loved it so much, that I decided to make a second one for myself. I guess it's Merry Christmas to me, right? ;)





I know I have shared a few photos of this sewing pouch before, but I just love the Little Red Riding Hood fabric so much, I had to share more photos.





There's lots to finish and lots to keep sewing. I have so many projects I need to finish this week. 

Are your projects coming along?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Snippets from the Sewing Table: Christmas

I have been stitching and sewing Christmas-themed pieces here and there. It's sort of funny, because I have to bargain with myself - I can only sew or embroider if I finish XYZ. This time of year, I can only sew or embroider if I finish grading, preparing final exams, or finish a chapter of my dissertation. Everything is a work in progress, though, no matter if its on the sewing table or my writing desk - slowly but surely, it's all getting done.


I used up some Christmas fabric scraps for this trivet, made using a pattern from Ayumi Takahashi's, Patchwork Please, book. I think it's going to be a great mug rug, as well. 


I am using up some left over pieces of an Aspen Frost charm pack to create a larger table runner/centerpiece, perhaps an oversized mug rug might be more appropriate. It's been fairly cold in Tucson, so the whole "Baby, it's cold outside," theme seemed like a good idea to run with.


I found this darling mouse embroidery pattern via Feeling Stitchy. It's teeny (fits in a 3-inch hoop), and I love it! My plan is for it to become the front panel of a small pillow. 



I had some leftover fabric from a charm pack I bought last year from the Aspen Frost line from Moda Fabrics, and they made perfect mug rugs. I didn't get too elaborate or technical with them, just some simple HST's with a couple of the squares from the charm pack.




Here's the back of these two mug rugs. 


Aside from sewing, I have been embroidering, as well. I adore Aneela Hoey's, Little Stitches, book. She has such great patterns that are appropriate for the holiday season. I had to stitch up this clothesline pattern - it will become a zippered pouch. Aren't clotheslines just darling?




None of these projects would be complete without a Christmas-themed sewing pouch. I found the pattern and tutorial here. I didn't pay attention to the printing scale that my computer was set at, so it is safe to say that my version of the case turned out about 20% smaller than if I had paid attention and printed it at full scale... Oopsies!



The details are what I love most, I think. I adore the little tabs... especially when there's a cute snowman smiling at me every time I go to unzip the sewing pouch.


There are all my WIP's, for now ;) What are you working on this holiday season??

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Wonderland Embroidery & a Shop Update

It's safe to say that I think and dream in embroidery. I see potential for embroidery in everything, and the latest issue of Make It Yourself, was no exception. 


I didn't purchase the hard copy of the magazine, but I downloaded a digital copy into my Zinio library on my iPad. As I was flipping through, or in this case sliding through, the pages, I found this great feature on chalkboard text. 


The text template, available in the magazine, was perfect for embroidery. I transferred the text to navy linen using embroidery transfer paper and added a sashiko style snowflake that I found on Pinterest.


I really love the contrast of the floss on the navy linen, and I just love the curve of those W's. Isn't cursive writing beautiful? It's such a shame it isn't so common to use it anymore.


I decided to turn the embroidery into a banner to hang as part of my holiday decor in the house. 


I still haven't finished putting up decor, but this banner will definitely be a part of the holiday spirit in my house.


** Shop Update**

I have been busy stitching up miniature embroideries over the weekend and am happy to share a shop update with you all today. There are new brooches and necklace pendants in the shop


Hope your first day of December was lovely!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Prep & an Instagram Giveaway

I fear that I have been neglecting my blog in favor of Instagram. I share a lot of photos via Instagram and love that I have been connected to other makers and stitchers in such a portable manner. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been posting some recent Holiday/Christmas-themed photos. I didn't think the holiday bug was going to bite me this year, but it did, and in a major way.


I recently attended the Tucson Sewing, Quilt, and Craft Fair, where I found this adorable holiday pillowcase kit. It was only $9, and the fabric came pre-cut with a small set of instructions. I opted to use a different pillowcase assembly method - the tube method. When I shared this on Instagram, I realized, I should probably do a tutorial on the tube method, because not everyone knows it, and it's super easy and the pillowcase comes together very quickly with few seams showing in the inside. That being said, tube method pillowcase tutorial to follow shortly!


Here are a few photos of the pillowcase assembly and completion. The one thing I love the most about both the red and white polka dot fabric, is they have a little sparkle on them in the form of gold metallic dots. I have also started working on an appliqué table runner, but I can share more of that later.


In other Instagram news, I am hosting a giveaway over on my Instagram feed. I was about to post my 700th Instagram photo, and I had reached just a little over 700 followers, so it seemed appropriate to put together 7 goodies and call it the 777 Giveaway! Here's what is included in the giveaway: a zakka sewing pouch (made by yours truly), a matching pincushion (also made by me), embroidery scissors, measuring tape, pins, an embroidery hoop, and a pendant thread cutter. 


I dipped into my Japanese fabric stash and used some of my favorite Little Red Riding Hood fabric for the majority of the sewing pouch and pin cushion construction. 


The pattern for this zakka sewing pouch is from the Zakka Style Book. I used some cute red sail boat fabric as the lining. The pin cushion fits nicely into the large pocket, and the opposite side as three divided pockets for scissors, pins, thread, or embroidery floss. 


You can enter this giveaway over on Instagram. You can find the specific post here. I hope you hop onto your mobile and find me on Instagram! If you already follow me on Instagram, THANK YOU so much! It makes my day that I can share what I sew or embroider and you like it!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos Embroidery

I have been trying to work on this embroidery for quite some time. Dare I say - years. I am happy to share the finished product with you today, just in time for el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), that begins this evening. 


I took the pattern for this skull from my sister's original drawing/artwork. The Skelly Love print is available for purchase here


I transferred the pattern to fabric over two years ago, but only got to stitching it this year. I wanted to make the embroidery look as close to the print as possible, and the colors look great together... if I do say so myself ;)







There it is, the Skelly Love print in embroidered form. I finished it just in time for Dia de los Muertos!