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Some of my favorite stitching projects come about because of a need for a little something up on the wall. My daughter and I decided to paint her bathroom a few different shades of green and I stitched some daisies to brighten up the room. We did the whole project with just the purchase of a some paint and a bedsheet. The rest we had on hand. Here are the little details:

I bought an egshell colored bedsheet from Big Lots for the shower curtain and added this green shabby chic fabric that I had leftover.

I had this candle holder from a long time ago. It was gold so I painted it white and tied a velvet bow on it and placed a candle on it from the dollar store.

 

This towel holder was in another room in the house on a white wall of all things. It looks so much better on this fresh green wall.

 

This is my stitching project. I had a piece of linen, and an old frame that I wasn’t sure I would keep. I sketched some daisies and stitched them with crewel embroidery yarn. It’s whimsical and casual – fits in the budget too.

 

Close up of Daisies

This project was fun and we reused some things that were in the back of the closet as well as out in plain site but in the wrong room. We got a fresh look for under $30!

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I am finished with the sampler I have been working on for a few months. It looks good! I really enjoy stitching and have worked on it when I have some spare time. I posted my progress in an earlier post here. This was a fun little project and the directions were easy to follow; I would recommend it. I am planning on hanging it in my sewing room. I found a nice frame for it which I plan to paint a warm cottage white.

My z turned out a little bit different than the pattern, but that is what makes each sampler special – all the little changes that makes it yours!

A great resource for free embroidery patterns for personal use is flickr. You can join a group of fellow stitchers and share patterns with each other. There are a lot of vintage patterns and some talented people who create patterns to share. They have contest and stitch alongs so that you can upload your finished work for everyone’s enjoyment. If you love embroidery and are looking for some variety and inspiration, you should check it out here. Stitching is a relaxing hobby that produces a tangible work of art – you might as well share it!

 

 

Last Sunday my family participated in the Wharf to Wharf 10k in Santa Cruz. The run takes you along the ocean from Santa Cruz to Capitola.

There are bands along the way which makes it a really fun run. My husband is a runner and has been his whole life so it was great to see he and my daughter run it together this year. I walked it with my sister in law and nephew and we had a blast too.

 

One of my favorite things to do after the race is to visit Hart’s Fabrics.

It is an independently owned fabric store and they carry a lot of the fabrics that I love. They have Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Heather Ross and a wall of cotton prints that will keep you busy for hours. There are great linens and trims that I haven’t seen anywhere else. A must for me is the remnant wall in the back. I find small pieces of laminated cotton and oilcloth for make up bag lining. It’s like a candy store to a sewer. They also have home decorator fabric too – that’s another whole visit. Fabric overload! Is there such a thing though?

Sometimes when I stitch a new pattern it’s fun to play around with the colors to create a theme. I found a pattern that I really like which has everything I love – flowing lines, and nature. It is an Aunt Martha pattern and you can see it here for $1.50. The colors I decided to work with are a different palette than I usually use. I decided to go neutral in subdued greens and blues. I like the effect. I am probably going to make a pillow – this completed piece currently lays in the ‘now what?’ pile in my sewing room. I should probably take a weekend and have a ‘now finish’ party, but I haven’t been that ambitious yet.

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A fun book for stitching patterns is Doodle Stitchery by Aimee Ray.

There are many projects and the patterns are simple and adorable.

There are projects like a happy birthday banner

and also hoop framed embroidery art. You can mix and match the patterns

to create your own gift cards, wooden charms and anything else you can stitch onto.

I have stitched a few of the patterns and have been happy with the results.

This is the Chinese Lantern from the ‘Asian Chic’ pages.

 This tree pattern has a little bit of all of the seasons.

Aimee Ray is an illustrator and her drawings are very sweet – check out her blog here.

There are some projects that are just fun from beginning to end. My cat pillow was like that. I couldn’t wait to see it completed; mainly because of the cat’s face; so mischievous, and cute! Also because I stitched some of it with 2 strands and some with 3 depending on the item. The cat’s face was 2; and also the apron to lighten the details. Three strands seemed too heavy for those areas.. It’s stitched on linen – my favorite fabric and I pulled the colors from the border fabric which is pretty full of colors. The pattern is from Aunt Martha’s embroidery patterns, this pillow is in my shop on etsy; but if it never sells, that’s fine. That cat makes me smile, and I don’t even have cats!

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This is a little project I stitched a few weeks ago. It is from a coloring book, which is a great source for line drawings to stitch. I stitched it using the stem stitch which turned out kind of jagged but it could also be said it gives it a little ‘texture.’ Hopefully I will master the stem stitch like the ones in this tutorial from Mary Corbet’s Needle N’ Thread , but I must say that I love texture in everything, so I like it!

stitched using coloring book line drawing

Happy Friday! I have been working on this sampler and am nearing the end. I am really happy with how it is turning out and the pattern is available here. What attracted me to the pattern was the contrast of the yellow background and the colors Alicia Paulson used. She used crewel but I decided to use embroidery floss. I thought I would try it out with these colors, they are kind of  warm and cheerful. I think it may hang in my sewing room.Image

The pattern is the Daisy Chain Sampler by Alicia Paulson. She has a great blog named Posie Rosy Little Things. Check it out!

I purchased this vintage embroidered pillowcase in an antique store and gave it texture with some intense hand quilting.

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