I wanted to make something to decorate the new house that my boyfriend and I just moved into (it's our first house together with just the two of us, no roommates), so I came up with this little design. I really like stitching this one, especially the satin stitch lettering, which I think I'm going to have to do more of.
I have a free pattern for this on my blog, too, if you're interested.
I've been having too much fun making miniature printable paper items! I think the best part is the fact that I use the office printer at work to print these, so it gives me a creative break from my day job as a tax accountant.
I have been making tiny printable miniatures for a group of friends who all collect Blythe dolls, and I thought it would be fun to share them here, too. All the printables are available on my blog, in case you want to print them, too.
First up is a coloring book. My friends and I had a tea party with a springtime theme, so I brought Easter eggs with little coloring books inside. Printable available here.
Before that, we had a little doll meet for Valentine's Day, so I brought everyone tiny Valentines. Making the teeny envelopes was so much fun! Printable available here.
The miniature that started it all was this tiny newspaper I made for a friend for Christmas. She did a lot of work to organize a Blythe doll convention here in Portland, and the doll made it to the front cover of one of our local newspapers, so I made her a tiny version for her doll. Printable available here.
All of these miniatures are 1/6 scale, so I create them by measuring the human-sized object and dividing the dimensions by six. It's lots of fun, and I have a bunch more ideas that I want to make. I hope you enjoy them!
I've had this image in my sketchbook for a long time, then sitting in my hoop for a little while as I worked up the courage to try long-and-short stitch, and now he's finally ready to meet the world. I love watching dogs (or any animal, really) chase their tails, and it always makes me think of the Ouroboros, the snake who eats his own tail, so I stitched up this little wiener dog Ouroboros for a fun project.
I've been embroidering a lot lately, and I thought I'd share my latest work:
The Dish & the Spoon:
These are all from my original designs, and I have free patterns available of the Clover and the Rabbit designs.
It's been a while since I've embroidered, but it's so much fun! I have a few more projects in the hoop at the moment, and I just can't seem to stop. Not that any of you other stitchers would understand that...
A while ago, I decided to find a use for all my Spoonflower swatches. (For anyone who hasn't designed fabric at Spoonflower, the swatch is a small 8 inch by 8 inch test print of your fabric design to test colors and other elements on the fabric.) I had to abandon the project for a little while when some other things got in the way, but I'm back on track now. This time, I created a tutorial to make a tiny drawstring pouch from your swatch. It's actually so itty bitty you can get two per swatch. Have fun!
Materials: Fabric (a Spoonflower swatch cut in half, or any 8" x 4" piece of fabric) Thread Ribbon or yarn
Tools: Needle or sewing machine Safety pin
Cut your swatch in half.
With right sides together, fold your fabric in half lengthwise and sew each side from the fold to approximately 1.5" from the top.
Flip your pouch right side out and press the seams. Stitch down the edges on both sides.
Press down the top edges and stitch down approximately 1/4".
Fold the top of the fabric all the way down the the sewn side seams. Press and stitch in place, as close to the folded edge as possible. This creates the channel for your drawstring.
Attach a safety pin to a ribbon or string. Feed the safety pin and ribbon through one of the channels.
Taking care not to twist the ribbon, feed the safety pin and ribbon back through the other channel.
Tie a knot in your drawstring ribbon to hold it in place.
Pull the drawstring to close the bag. Enjoy trying to find something small enough to fit into your new pouch.
I've created some new Blythe dresses that I'm excited to share. These are all made from custom-printed fabric from Spoonflower.com and sewn using this pattern. Comments, questions, critiques all welcome!
Last Tuesday was my boyfriend's birthday, which means that I can finally share the birthday present I made for him. A hand-embroidered heart on a thrifted shirt, using stem stitch and running stitch. So as not to overdo the sappiness, of course it's an anatomical heart.
I embroider almost constantly, which is all well and good, except that I wind up with massive hoards of embroidered bits of fabric with no clue what to do with them. Well, I decided to learn how to do something with them, and, voila, embroidered pillows were born.
I created all these embroideries over the past year from my own original designs. All the pillows measure 12" x 12", but I think I'm going to try some larger ones soon. I have a feeling I know what a lot of friends are getting for the holidays this year... Questions, comments, etc. welcomed!