Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Stitches & Little Stitches

It's a cloudy gloomy cold rainy day today. The kind of day that requires a large mug of tea, a good book, and a comfy snuggly blanket. I picked up a super adorable book at Barnes and Noble recently, and it's given me so much inspiration. Which means that on a day like today, I get to enjoy some stitching, in addition to the good book, while I wait for the rain to go away.

Aneela Hoey, of Comfort Stitching, published a book called Little Stitches. It is the most darling embroidery book I have ever seen! I almost shrieked in the bookstore, but because I didn't want to disturb other customers, I made sure to internalize my shrieks, ooohs, and aahhs. Incidentally, do the rules of the library apply at a bookstore? I am not sure, but I always try to be as quiet as I am in the library at a bookstore... why, I don't know. 

At any rate, I decided to use what has become one of my most favorite embroidery patterns - the snow globe! I am not sure what I will be using this finished piece for. I might gift it to somebody for Christmas... or I could keep it for myself...

 Little Stitches, is super adorable because in addition to offering you embroidery patterns, there are various sewing projects and ideas for where to place your stitches once you have finished. AND, there are even alternate embroidery patterns offered for the different projects. If you don't want a taxicab pincushion, Aneela offers various other patterns that would work just as well for each different project. 

This book is making me feel like I need to invest in a new camera, as well. The images of Aneela's stitches capture all the detail so precisely. I mean, it's just phenomenal!

The next two images are photos I took of the image in the book. It almost looks like the actual stitched piece is in front of me. 

Fantastic, right? 

The last few pages of the book have a ton of patterns. There are also iron-on sheets with all the patterns included as the last portion of the book. I decided to transfer a few to fabric. I am still not sure what I will be giving everyone for Christmas, but I am thinking some little stitches will be good. 

Until next time!


Monday, December 10, 2012

New Stitches

Stitching is my most favorite thing to do, so I make sure to do a little everyday. I received a packet of the new embroidery floss available over at Sublime Stitching in the "fruit salad" colors and proceeded to use them for this adorable house pattern. It's amazing floss and it didn't tangle or knot on me the way some other brands do. 

I found a pattern for a darling Unicorn courtesy of Andrea Zuill of Bad Birds. It didn't take very long to stitch, and I know exactly who I am going to gift it to this Christmas.

There's much more stitching to do! 

Until next time!