Monday, April 28, 2014

Stitching with Studio MME

Have you ever happened upon an embroidery or sewing pattern, or any piece of art that just really speaks to you? When I saw this pattern for Reginald the Hummingbird, destined for a life of flower piracy, created by the very wonderful Megan from Studio MME, it really tugged at my heartstrings. I have a major appreciation for anything and everything that Megan designs. 


There is this textured quality that Megan infuses into her patterns and illustrations that gives each image just the right depth and realistic feeling. She's found a way to take a basic running stitch and make it appear to be an elaborate combination of stitches to construct an image. Finished versions of her patterns are just really fantastic to look at... and, if you are anything like me, you'll want to stare at each stitch enjoying the imaginative nature of Megan's designs. 



The best part about it, is that she now has embroidery kits with the pattern already printed on fabric! That means you will be able to bring one of her patterns to life with your own imagination and wonderment in each stitch!


If you want monthly inspiration from Megan, check out her embroidery club! You can choose between a 6 or 12-month subscription. A new pattern is sent out each month and all the members of the club get to share their progress in order to inspire and bounce ideas off one another. 


If her embroidery wasn't enough of a treat, head over to her shop ASAP! She has illustrations, book marks, AND interchangeable locket necklace sets so you can feature any of her dreamy illustrations on a daily basis. 


Head over to the Studio MME site to see everything Megan has been working on. She's inviting you all to rekindle your wonder, and I promise, your imagination will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Embroidered Jar Labels

I shared a new tutorial over at Feeling Stitchy today! I don't know about you, but I am definitely in the mood for Spring cleaning. 


Embroidered jar labels sounded just right to help me organize all my sewing and embroidery supplies.


Head over to Feeling Stitchy for the embroidered jar label tutorial!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! 


Randomly picked winners are:

The Blakk Duchess

CozyComfyCouch

Kerry Frances

MargoGibb 

Pink Kitchen Studio

I have emailed the winners. Some entries didn't have return emails, so if you haven't received an email from me, please send your contact information to bobbypinstitches@gmail.com and I can send your goodies along!

Thank you all again for entering!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Springtime Giveaway

How do you all feel about a Springtime Giveaway? I know I am all for it!


I had to de-stash some of my fabric collection, which also includes finished prototypes I have created for sewing and embroidery tutorials and hand embroidered pieces of fabric. 


This is a grab bag giveaway of sorts, where winners will receive a parcel with surprise contents! 

Parcels could include: fabric pieces (scraps good for small sewing projects), hand embroidered pieces, finished hand embroidered items (mini easter baskets, luggage tags, wine tote, embroidery project tote, apron), there is also a cross stitch kit in there for one lucky winner.


Five lucky readers could win a parcel. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite thing about Spring is! 

Everyone is invited to enter. I'll ship internationally and within the U.S.


This giveaway is open until 5pm on Thursday, April 17th, 2014. 

This give away is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Sorry if you missed it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Craftsy News

There have been some very exciting happenings lately, and I am delighted to share some of this news with you today!

Have you visited Craftsy.com yet? If you haven't you really should, and if you have, then you know how wonderful and inspirational it is.

Machine Embroidered Applique with JoAnn Connolly
 
 At Craftsy.com you can find online delivered classes, patterns, projects, fabric and crafty supplies... basically you can find tips, techniques, and inspiration for any kind of craft you may be into, whether it's baking, sewing, cooking, gardening, quilting - and that's only naming a few!

Mexican Street Food with Deborah Schneider

They have a very wonderful embroidery section, as well. I am thrilled to be joining the many talented hand and machine embroiderers over at Craftsy by contributing to the embroidery section of their blog! Check out my contributions here.


I hope you have a chance to head over and check out everything Craftsy has to offer, in addition to reading posts by yours truly. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments, either. If there is ever a topic you would like for me to cover, please send me an email and let me know!

 Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stitched Swans

When I was a girl, my grandmother would always tell me a bedtime story about seven swans. I don't remember the details anymore, but I can still feel that comforting sound of her voice as I dozed off.


I think her story might be the reason why I always loved swans. I find them so beautiful. 


I think my love of swans had something to do with the Ugly Duckling, as well. That poor baby swan always broke my heart. I wish I could have had him over for tea to help him feel better.


I sketched and stitched these swans onto brooches and pendants as a way to commemorate my grandmother's swan story. 


Now if only I could remember the details of the story. I'll have to ask my sister if she remembers. 

Please stop by my shop if you would like to pick up a brooch or pendant.