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December 24, 2016 06:16:43 PM by craftylittlemonkey
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ETA more pics of different techniques & more beads added to pages 2, 3, & 4.

I've seen some beautifully embroidered and embellished fabric beads online but no free tutorials so I thought I'd try to figure it out and share with y'all. After I'd made a few I wanted to see maybe what could be done with them so put together this little totem. I have a few other ideas but love this small being a lot.

Cut a small piece of fabric (square or rectangle, maybe even a long triangle like a paper bead!) and stitch/embellish/decorate however you feel like it.

I've read some makers use batting but thought a bit of felt would be easy and effective padding/stabilizing.

Wrap around a chopstick, pen, dowel, whatever and start stitching around the top edge.

I did this a few ways so however feels right to you is probably fine. Once I had some stabilizing stitches around the top I pulled the tube off the stick so it would be easier to stitch into.

You could leave your end with spaced out stitches or fill them in like I did. Then stitch around the other end of the tube and also close the side seam, you can make the side closure obvious or invisible.

See how great the felt is for the inside of the bead? I think this is so groovy. Really, as these came together I totally fell for them. I hope you'll try making some and post them here.

Here I'm trying it again but making the stitches close together the first time around instead of spaced out then going round again to fill them in.

I pushed the tube up so just the end was past the pen/chop stick/dowel. This helped the bead keep it's shape while I was stitching which was helpful.

I stitched down the side first this time.

I'm trying to make the stitches while the bead is on the pen here, it was awkward.

Easier to take it off.

I made a few.

Just one more...

One. More. Scraptastic little treasure...

Ack, stayed up way too late but, I hope you'll agree, it was worth it. Super fun, please give it a go Smiley.

October 05, 2016 12:37:07 AM by yoopidou
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As a beginner embroiderer, I often grab the wrong end of the floss and end up with a mess. So I made some kitty floss holders to keep the floss organized.

supplies needed:
cardboard- I used a piece of an old cardboard book.
felt tip pens or any medium you want to use to decorate your kitties
Scissors- Not the fabric ones

1. Cut a small rectangle about 1 1/2 inch by 2 1/4 inch.

Now, you are going to cute the kitty shape in the cardboard.

You may decide to draw it or just cut it without drawing before. Even not perfectly symmetrical, the kitty will be cute with floss around his belly.

2. Cut two triangles off the sides like a gift tag:

3. Make two symmetrical cuts to the ones you have just made

4. Cut in between. Now, you have the ears.

5. Cut the sides where you will put your floss so that the body is slender.

6. Add two cuts that will hold the beginning and end of the floss.

7. Draw a face on you kitty.

You're done!
Time to use your kitty floss holder.

Insert the beginning of the floss in the cut on the kitty's belly.

Wrap the floss around the kitty's belly. When you're done, insert the end of the floss in the remaining cut.

January 18, 2015 05:53:27 PM by AugustBell
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If you are anything like me then you lose your needle no less than 100 times per stitching session. It's been a source of constant frustration for me in the past. Last week I discovered a wonderful little creation called a needle minder:

 It sits on your fabric and looks adorable, and also holds your needle when you aren't using it! I'm sure many of you hardcore needle-crafters already know about these, but I figured there might be some others out there who haven't heard Smiley

Luckily it's super easy to make your own. Here are the supplies you will need to make a felt needle minder:

Wool Felt (I get mine on Etsy)
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Small ceramic magnets
Ballpoint pen

First I cut a piece of felt to an appropriate size for my magnet, making sure to leave a large enough seam allowance for stitching up. Then also a back piece.

Then using the ballpoint pen I drew my design directly onto my felt.

Then I stitched my design. You could also use fabric paints or pens!

Okay, I'm all done! Man, that was fast  Wink

Now it's time to stitch it together! I used a blanket all the way around stopping to leave about a 3/4 - 1 inch opening like this:

And then I popped one magnet inside the opening and continued stitching until I came to the end. Then you need a second magnet like this:

To use the needle minder take the back magnet off and place it behind your fabric. Then set your needle minder on top of the fabric and let the power of magnetism do all the work!

Now enjoy your stitching knowing that you won't drop your needle into the couch or shaggy rug a billion times. This is my first tute so I apologize if it's lacking. If further explanation is needed, just ask. And if you need help with the blanket stitch I highly recommend YouTube. It's one of those things you really need to see demonstrated Smiley Enjoy!

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