Friday, April 24, 2015

Embroidery

I have been bitten by the embroidery bug. I've been working on my April Showers sampler.



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A lot of embroidery inspiration has been popping up in my social media feeds lately. I just listened to the recent While She Naps podcast with Rebecca Rinquist. I signed up for the Freaky Flowers swap with &stitches. Sublime Stitching has a Moomin sale and contest going on. Alison Glass has an embroidery sale. So much to stitch, so little time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kids clothes week

Kid's Clothes Week is off to a good start for me! I finished an Oliver and S Field Trip raglan shirt for Ethan that he can wear NOW. It's the 6-12 month size, and it just barely fits over his big noggin. I shortened the sleeves about an inch. I used fabric I bought at the Textile Center garage sale a couple years ago.



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I also finished a second raglan shirt, size 12-18 months, for Ethan to wear later. These shirts take an hour or less. And I made these two shirts from scraps leftover from other projects.

 

Oliver and S field trip shirt.

 

And I finished an Oliver and S Secret Agent Trench Coat, size 4T, for Isaac. It's a little big for him right now, but I think (hope) he can wear it later this spring and into the fall.

Oliver and S secret agent trenchcoat, size 4T.

 

This trench coat was a warm-up for making a jacket/blazer/coat for myself. Some day. Soon. I hope. After finishing this I feel pretty confident about my top-stitching and button holes.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Showers embroidery sampler

I love embroidery. I'm always on the lookout for screenprinted embroidery samplers. My sister gave me a screenprinted Sea Captain sampler for Christmas and it's awesome. I'm a huge fan of iron-on transfers, and I pay extra for those if they're an option (vs digital downloads). If iron-on transfers aren't an option I'll settle for a PDF pattern but I'll be cursing the whole time I'm tracing it on to the fabric. I've tried everything short of buying a light table and Sublime Stitching's brand new fine-tip transfer pens. I refuse to breakdown and buy a light table, but I may be ordering the transfer pens soon.

Anywho, in my search for embroidery patterns that I don't have to trace I've discovered that Spoonflower swatches are only $5 and fit perfectly in a 6-inch embroidery hoop. I've found a few cute swatch-size embroidery patterns at Spoonflower like this and this. But there should be more.

There is one more now - my April Showers embroidery pattern. I ordered a swatch on Kona cotton and I love it. If you want to stitch one, you can find it here.

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I'm working on a color palette. Blue raindrops? Rainbow raindrops? I'm planning to do french knots for the cloud and satin stitch for the raindrops. I'll be an expert at both by the time I'm done!