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EtsyNEAT August Challenge

5:08 AM

The EtsyNEAT team has a challenge every month in which members create artwork based on a particular theme.  This month's theme was "natural history".

When I read that I first thought of fossils and dinosaurs which is a throwback to my visiting the Natural History museum in New York.  Luckily for me though, it was defined by Etsy as:

"Woodland forest themes and animals, namely birds, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, bunnies, butterflies, feathers, nests, eggs, acorns, leaves, trees, branches, woodgrain, and natural colors"

Whew!  That's much easier. I didn't relish the idea of trying to embroider a trilobite.  I decided on something autumn-like.

The winner of the challenge (decided upon by the team members) gets to pick the theme for the next challenge.  A daunting task in my mind.  I was just happy to be able to participate. :)

Here is my entry:

Two Birds

Beads for musical notes

Celebrating fall

Beads for flowers too


I love trees and embroidering them. I hope to do more.  I'm thinking something pine-ish for winter this year. :)


If you love this design you'll be able to find the pattern in my Etsy shop later today!



If you're stopping by from etsyNEAT feel free to link to your own challenge entry!

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EtsyNEAT August Challenge

5:08 AM

The EtsyNEAT team has a challenge every month in which members create artwork based on a particular theme.  This month's theme was "natural history".

When I read that I first thought of fossils and dinosaurs which is a throwback to my visiting the Natural History museum in New York.  Luckily for me though, it was defined by Etsy as:

"Woodland forest themes and animals, namely birds, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, bunnies, butterflies, feathers, nests, eggs, acorns, leaves, trees, branches, woodgrain, and natural colors"

Whew!  That's much easier. I didn't relish the idea of trying to embroider a trilobite.  I decided on something autumn-like.

The winner of the challenge (decided upon by the team members) gets to pick the theme for the next challenge.  A daunting task in my mind.  I was just happy to be able to participate. :)

Here is my entry:

Two Birds

Beads for musical notes

Celebrating fall

Beads for flowers too


I love trees and embroidering them. I hope to do more.  I'm thinking something pine-ish for winter this year. :)


If you love this design you'll be able to find the pattern in my Etsy shop later today!



If you're stopping by from etsyNEAT feel free to link to your own challenge entry!

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Hula Hoops Weird Woolly Goodness

12:29 PM

This week I've been able to spend more time poking around the Hand Embroidery Network.  There are tons of creative people and I really enjoy looking at other people's work. :)

Yesterday I came across a forum post asking if there were stitchers willing to give feedback in exchange for a free pattern.  I was more than happy to help Stephanie of Weird Woolly Designs out!

I immediately checked out her pattern which was chock full of info, from a materials list & instructions on how to complete the pattern as she did, to links for stitching and product resources, and even finished design ideas.  It was very well put together and I'm sure when she starts selling her patterns she'll get no complaints.

I transferred the pattern onto a piece of fabric that I've been dying to use.


Notice the texture at this angle.. quite obvious!

But from this angle, not so much with the textture..


Here it is stitched in it's teeny tiny glory (I used a 3" hoop)

Redwork!

I worked each of the hula hoop sections with a different count of thread from one strand in the top right corner to 6 in the bottom right corner.  I also used fewer strands on the border to the left to give the design even more dimension.  I think I will work this around a small frame and hang it.. a touch of red is always welcome in my house. :)

You can visit Stephanie at her blog or her Etsy shop for beautifully finished artwork!

3:18 AM

everything is normal now except the size of this font!

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They're Coming For You Barbara!

7:45 AM

Two new owls have staggered into the shop today;  Zombie and Franken-Owl.  I think these will be the last of my owl patterns, at least for a time.  That means the next pattern will be a complete surprise to us both. lol


Zombie Owl is dying to be stitched!



Franken-Owl is looking for a bride!



Nifty Notions are coming along via Pincushions...here's a peek ...

Simple and functional


There may also be some crocheted items as well as we get nearer to fall. :)

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August Stitchalong Update

4:15 PM

After hours of staring at the fabric that I previously posted about, I remained uninspired as to how to embellish it. Consequently, I picked something else. lol.

Here's a preview as to how it's going:


Flower Fairy Fabric by Michael Miller

I barely had the fabric down before I knew I wanted swirls behind her.  I also plan on adding some beads at the end. 

I still love the other fabric and have something in mind for it. Perhaps a nifty notion! lols.

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Embroidery Design Transfer Tutorial

12:22 PM

I've been printing my designs directly onto fabric since I heard about the technique and thought it would be a good topic for a tutorial.  I'm sure there are many other ways to do this, most of which are probably more finicky, with proper measurements and such; this is my way.. personal flaws included. :)

**A note about fabric:  I have been using linen and muslin in my printer.  I have noticed a marked difference in how the printer handles each type of fabric.  It seems that for my printer, the thicker the fabric is (linen) the smoother it's fed through the printer rollers.  The muslin is the one that tends to get caught most often, though I have had outstanding success with each.

Let's get started!

You will need:
♥ Hot iron (set to temperature for your fabric)
♥ Freezer paper
♥ Ruler
♥ Scissors
♥ Fabric
♥ Digital Design
♥ Cutting surface
♥ Rotary Cutter (optional!)
♥ 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. (optional!)


Here I have everything laid out:

Supplies


The first step is to cut your fabric to about 8.5 x 11.  I could measure it exactly but then I would not have an overage in case of accidents.  Plus, exact measurements are kind of a downer. I like to eye ball things. It's not always the best use of resources but that's how I roll.

Paper laid on fabric for cutting


Once the fabric is cut out, I then cut out the freezer paper in the same way. 

Cutting paper is serious bizness!

The freezer paper roll is wider than 16" so laying out a piece of freezer paper and cutting it to the 11"-ish length, I can get enough for two sheets across.

Now it's time to put the two together by using our very hot iron.
 
Shiny side to fabric is essential to the whole thing!

Place the shiny side of the freezer paper against the fabric and iron directly onto the paper.  I find that a couple of passes will do the trick.  You just want to make sure you go over the whole thing at least once.  Don't worry about freezer paper that overlaps onto your ironing board.  It will peel right up!

See? Peels up, no problem!


Now that you have your paper stuck to your fabric, you will want to get it ready for the printer.

Fancy measuring tools don't mean a thing to me...

I line up the printer paper and just zing away with the rotary cutter. Whee!!!  After it's cut I lay down my chosen size embroidery hoop and check out the area I am going to want my design to reside in.  I call that the "sweet spot".

I'm aiming for the middle of the page.


How the fabric feeds through the printer will determine where on the fabric your design will wind up.  I've had the whole shebang get stuck in the printer and when that happens I yank it out (probably shouldn't) and then zippity do, cut the ruined bit off and try again with a version of the design that will fit my now smaller fabric paper.


Before we get to putting our fabric into the printer, I always do a design test.  This printed out version is where I make all my pattern notes while stitching.


Yep, fits just right!
**Note that I first save my design and then insert it into a word program like Open Office and position it to where I'd like it to print out on the paper.  For smaller designs it's possible to fit two images in one printing.

Ok, here we go!  Put your fabric paper into the printer so that when it feeds, the fabric side will get the ink. Mine happens to be fabric down.

That cute lumberjack was a gift from Oma's Patch!

This is always the hairiest moment. Will the printer grab the paper right? Will it get caught right off the bat? Will the corner bend? Will the ink leave lines?  *Biting nails*

Yay!
Perhaps hard to see, but trust me when I say the top of those owl ears are showing. It worked exactly as I expected it to!  Now all we need to do is pull the fabric off the paper...

Thanks to my volunteers!

And now you have a completed design, on your fabric, perfectly detailed and ready for stitching!

Tada!!

Your mileage may vary, but I do believe following these instructions should net you a nice result. :)


Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

♥ I adjust the opacity of the design before printing it so my lines are not black. Ideally I want to be able to just see them well enough to stitch over, but not have them so dark that they show through my stitches.

♥ Some fabric tends to fray at the edges even after it's been cut cleanly with a rotary cutter. Be sure you don't have any threads straggling when you put the fabric paper into the printer.

♥ You can iron the fabric side of the hybrid to be sure you have a good "seal" but I find that it will then leave residue on my iron.

♥ If you are going to print a color design, I find that I need to adjust the saturation of the image in a graphics program first.  My printer tends to print colors duller than they appear on the computer so I turn the saturation up quite a bit.  My Embellished Flower Hoop was made using this method.

I hope you have success with this tutorial. Please feel free to ask questions if you have them, I'd be happy to help if I can.   I'd love to hear how it works for you!   Feel free to share any tips, tricks, or other methods you have for design transfer via printers.



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Destash event - er, closing sale!

12:37 PM

After much reflection we've decided to shut down the jewelry portion of our business.  To that end, we're listing all of our jewelry stock in the Etsy shop.

The Vintaj items are going up first.  As this is a closing sale some items will be in groups of odd numbers.  I'm hoping to make up for that with the wholesale pricing.  We are listing stuff to move move move! 

We have many more things to come including Swarovski crystals, Czech glass beads, and natural stone beads.  Exciting eh?  




Marigolds



Hop on over for more items and be sure to check out our finished pieces too! (We'll be adding more of those as well!)


Thanks for stopping by and tell your jewelry making friends! ♥

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A Free Fall Sampler Pattern

4:51 PM

I've been super busy working up fall designs but I wanted to take the time to make a sweet design for fall that I could share with everyone.

This design features Ooni the owl who will have her own pattern coming up in the next week or so.

I hope you'll enjoy stitching up this little fall sampler.  If you do, I would love for you to join the Flickr group so I can see your take on the design. :)






Click image for full size


Enjoy!



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A Free Fall Sampler Pattern

4:51 PM

I've been super busy working up fall designs but I wanted to take the time to make a sweet design for fall that I could share with everyone.

This design features Ooni the owl who will have her own pattern coming up in the next week or so.

I hope you'll enjoy stitching up this little fall sampler.  If you do, I would love for you to join the Flickr group so I can see your take on the design. :)






Click image for full size


Enjoy!


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Halloween Matryoshka

9:40 AM

I finally finished my newest pattern.. the Halloween Matryoshka!  She is one of two that I'm working on for the fall season.

All dressed up to Trick or Treat!

This is the first time I've stitched a pattern that I'm selling on a darker fabric. I really love how she came out and will probably have to buy myself another 7" working hoop. :)

Here are a few close-ups of the details...


Wheat both in front and back of the doll

SpooOoOOoky bats!

Broom with thread "bristles" for dimension

Kissy lips and happy eyes with a lock of hair


She's listed and available for purchase in the shop now.   I've also started a Flickr group for anyone purchasing my patterns to show off their work. :)

And now for a Pinterest experiment... if you like my photo, why not Pin It? :D

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August Stitchalong

8:28 PM

It's time to stitchalong again :)  I love starting new projects and while I have a lot going on in the design department, I don't get to stitch nearly as much as I'd like.

This month's theme is to embellish a printed fabric.   So far everyone has picked a fabric with a bird in it... crazy coincidence? I think we must all be on the same wavelength ;)

Here's my fabric choice with my floss palette.



What a sweet little birdie!

I'm not sure where I'm going to go with this, but I'm not in any rush.. there's still plenty of August left. :)

To read about this month's stitchalong visit Feeling Stitchy.  To keep up with everyone's progress, check out the Flickr group

I'll also post updates here on my own wip. :)

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