Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year & Thank You!

I can't believe it's already New Year's Eve again! I felt like Christmas, and the year preceding it, flew right by me! As I reflect on 2014 and all that happened over the year, a chunk of it makes me sad, I am so glad some of it is over, and am so grateful for the lessons learned and new life experiences that I can carry with me from now on.

As far as bittersweet events over the year go, I had to end 2.5 years of stitching and creating tutorials over at Feeling Stitchy , in addition to a short stay at the Craftsy Embroidery Blog, in order to take on a full time teaching position that would benefit my professional career. It was great being able to share my embroidery knowledge with so many people and have the great people who built Feeling Stitchy and Craftsy put their trust in me to create posts to share. 

Great things that happened over the year include opening my Etsy shop, Bobby Pin Stitches, having great adventures with my sister, and putting an end to my nomadic lifestyle by finding a nice little house to live in. 

Aside from everything that has happened, I really just feel grateful and want to say thank you to everyone who stops by my space here. I find so much support, inspiration, and encouragement here and on Instagram @bobbypinbandit - It is truly appreciated and I thank you for letting me share my stitchery and handmade items with you. 

I hope the road in 2015 holds only good things. I wish you the best in the New Year and look forward to all the items we'll continue to make and share in 2015!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Embroidered Hand Warmers

I have lived in Southern Arizona the majority of my life. I love the sunshine and heat. I tend to always feel cold, even in the summer time. Since it's been cold and rainy in Tucson lately, I have been longing for the heat and sun. Being it that our weather is always unpredictable, I decided that I needed hand warmers to help me through this bout of cold temperatures.

I spent a few years in Albuquerque, New Mexico while I was in grad school, and while it was lovely experiencing the change in seasons there, I found their winters to be much more rough than Tucson's. I hadn't realized the drastic difference between high and low desert until I experienced it first hand. Even though I try to remind myself that Tucson winter could always be worse, I am still cold!

I was excited to find a hand warmer project in Zakka Style. I suppose it's pretty clear that this has become one of my favorite pattern books. 

I am way too excited to use these! Hooray for warm hands!

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!