One of the things I love most about hand embroidery is all the different textures you can create with the same fabric and thread depending on what stitches you use. What’s even more fun is taking a traditional stitch and using it in a new way. Using the chain stitch as a fill stitch rather than an outline stitch is a beautiful way to highlight this stitch’s loopy lines.
Do you ever feel like with the start of a new year, there's all this pressure to make significant changes in your life? I know I do. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago, but I've tried to be intentional about setting goals (though even that can be daunting!) Recently, though, I discovered the Powersheets Goal Planner which is all about progress, not perfection. I love this mantra because I always have gotten stuck on doing things "perfectly" and been afraid of failure as a result. Can you relate? I bring this up because I think each time we think about learning or doing something new—even a craft like embroidery, for example—perfection can stop us.
I love to use words in my patterns, often in script or hand lettered styles. Today I wanted to share some tips for different ways you can stitch your words when the letters’ lines vary in weight. Plus download these free patterns to use on this colorful "Eat a Rainbow" fabric by Honeyberry Studios!
I’m a big fan of artist Yuko Miki’s work so when I saw she was coming out with a line of fabrics using her happy illustrations, I couldn’t wait to see them! I immediately fell in love with her watercolor succulent prints in an assortment of colors and knew I needed to create some embroidery projects with these beauties. I chose a basic appliqué technique so the beauty of the fabric could take main stage and I could experiment with layering fabric. I hope you enjoy trying this too!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! One of my favorite things to do in the summer (ok, pretty much all year round) is explore new ice cream parlors and try unusual flavors. Cinnamon Bourbon. Tahitian Vanilla. Lavender and Honey. Mmmmmmm. I’m not quite sure when I became such an ice cream addict, but it definitely influenced the creation of my most recent patterns!
I have to admit, it’s hard for me to resist a cute hat. Especially when the weather is sunny and I’m trying to keep my nose from getting sunburned! ;) So when I saw this beautiful baseball cap that Inna over at The Faithful Thread created, I just loved it! Adorable and practical? I’m sold! Inna was generous enough to share a step-by-step tutorial and pattern demonstrating how she embroidered this baseball cap so that you can make one as well!
Similar to embroidery, gardening is one of my favorite “creative outlets” for refueling. I love plants and although I wish I had my own urban jungle, my cats would make short work of anything inside! So I wait for the warm weather and my garden to enjoy being a plant mom. Are you a plant lover too? Enjoy these two free downloadable embroidery patterns with a glass of sangria for a relaxing project this summer.
In the places where all I could see were limits, there were countless gifts hidden for me to enjoy. Yet my fixation on my future, my “next steps”, my goals, my dreams left me completely missing the treasures I already held in my hands. My life had become all about the “shoulds” which I believed would affirm that I was moving forward in life.