Embroidery

Stitch A Cat Portrait with Follow The White Bunny!

Cat Portrait Class - Follow The White Bunny

If any of you guys are stitchers out there, or cat-lovers – or even better, BOTH! – you can trust me when I tell you, you are absolutely going to want to check out my pal Nicole’s new class, Cat Portrait Stitch Guide.

I’m a little teensy bit biased, because I had the pleasure of working with Nicole for the second time on this project, as her copy editor, but I can promise you this is a damn fine class. Nicole’s awesome at furry stitching, as I’m sure you know, and she’s a fantastic teacher. Check it out and stitch up a furry portrait of your own, I guarantee you’ll love it!

Visit Nicole at her website, Follow The White Bunny, over here.

Inch by Inch Stitchalong

So, a little while ago, we at the embroidery blog &Stitches made the decision to put an end to the blog (though the archives are still there for browsing!). I’m so happy I got to make those friends, they’re an amazing group of stitchy peeps. And although ending the site is sad, it’s great that we’re all a little too busy now to keep up with everything, you know?

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But. We had this fun stitch-along idea and we didn’t want to abandon it, so as a group of stitchy-minded pals, we’ve adapted it to a blog hop format. The idea is to creatively stitch just one square inch, inspired by prompts that we’re sharing every couple of weeks. Check out the schedule (and download a template) here, and join in for as much or as little as you like!

Carina shared the first prompt, which you can see me working above, so head backwards to her blog and catch that one there. For my turn, I want you to:

Stitch five lines.

That’s it. Just five lines. Could be parallel, could be intersecting. Could make a shape, could be in five different colors or stitches, could leave negative space in the square or fill it all up. Go wild and use your imagination! Here’s my five lines:

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Backstitch and stem stitch, and I seem to be going for a bit of an 80s-neon vibe with my sampler. Very Debbie Gibson, “Electric Youth”. My thread palette is this one from Sublime Stitching, which was shared with me by Carina, a million years ago, and has just been waiting for the right project. Such sugary goodness in those colors!

If you’re stitching along, use the tag #andstitchesalong on Twitter and IG to share your project, and get your next prompt from Nicole on April 4th!

Make Modern – When The Stars Go Blue Wall Hanging

So, this crazy thing happened last week, dudes. A new issue of the digital quilting magazine Make Modern came out … and MY PROJECT IS ON THE COVER. #holycrap!

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Make Modern is a really fun magazine, always full of lovely, bright, modern projects. In this project for Issue 10, I combined fairly simple EPP with a touch of basic embroidery to create a project that really wows. My wall hanging is called “When The Stars Go Blue” (after this beautiful Ryan Adams’ song) and is inspired by the moment when the sky is neither day nor night, and you can just see the stars emerging. That’s my favorite time of day, it makes me feel so deeply happy and sad at the same time.

I hope you’ll go check out the issue – and my project, if you’re interested in hand-stitching! Thanks so much to Make Modern for choosing my project for the cover – it’s ridiculously exciting to see it there!

Liberty Skeletor is Scary. And Pretty.

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Oh man, you guys are awesome! Thank you all for letting me know you’re still out there, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Emoji kissy faces to you!

One of you lovely readers recently left me a comment asking, hey, how did Liberty Skeletor turn out??? Why, thank you so much for asking, dear reader!

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As you can see, Skeletor has certainly never been this pretty. Ah, such lovely floral evil. He-Man doesn’t stand a chance now, does he??

I think he came out pretty well, actually! I have NO CLUE what I’ll do with him, but as an experiment, I’d say Liberty Skeletor was a success!

(Cross-posted this project on &Stitches today – go over there to check out loads of stitchy goodness, and see the rest of the villains from our stitch-along here.)

&Stitches Villains Stitchalong

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There’s totally still time to join the &Stitches Villains Stitchalong! Just grab some fabric and stitch your favorite creepy, evil, spooky bad guy – there’s even prizes to be won!

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I’m stitching up He-Man’s Skeletor, ’cause … well. Duh. He’s awesome. I’m not sure how this will work out exactly, I need to try out the next step before I make any promises, but I’m attempting to use Liberty fabrics to make up his amazing Skeletor-y colors. This will either be a spectacular triumph or a miserable failure – I’ll keep you posted.

Join in the stitch-along over here!

P.S. I’ve also recently posted on &Stitches about using your iPad as a lightbox – check it out!

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