Eeep! Little Dorrit & Co. has shared a new free pattern via Sew Mama Sew! The pattern is called ‘Alice’s Garden’ and illustrates that famous scene from Through The Looking Glass” – go download it at the awesome Sew Mama Sew!
The opportunity to work with Sew Mama Sew inspired us to create a little team portrait, Little-Dorrit-&-Co.-style:
We called it ‘pattern-izing’ ourselves (remember when everybody was Simpsons-izing themselves?!) – we’re not even sure how the idea got started, but once it did, we just knew it had to be done. You can see it in action on our Etsy About page, too!
We hope you love the free embroidery pattern!
(P.S. Apparently, we giveth and we taketh away. We’ve decided to renovate our Little Elves Christmas embroidery pattern, adding a color and stitch guide, etc, and put it up in the shop. It is currently free, available to download via the Freebies page – but it won’t be for long! We’ll take it down in about two weeks so feel free to grab it while it’s still there!)
- &Stitches is having a stitchy swap! Would you like to make / receive a special piece of embroidery and make a new friend in the process?! Of course you would. Duh! Come read all about it and sign up!
- I somehow haven’t yet told you guys that Little Dorrit & Co. (specifically, our Pride and Prejudice-themed embroidery patterns) got a fantastic mention in the March/April issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll – thank you for featuring us, Jennifer! It’s a very pretty magazine, go check it out!
- Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway. Oh, for god’s sake. Seriously?!? Do people really want to go to the theater to see a movie? REALLY?? These things always make me feel bad for all those talented playwrights out there that can’t get a job now.
- On the other hand, this trailer for a real movie based on The Tale of The Three Brothers (if you need to ask, you’re not a Harry Potter fan and you won’t care) made New England School of Communications students is pretty damn awesome.
- And if you love movies like I do, you might enjoy this 15 minute crash course in the history of movie trailers. Fascinating!
- Ok, ok – I admit it. I love great, well-written TV and movies. (Also some really bad movies, but that’s a different thing altogether!) So of course I have to share this series of Micro Oral Histories by Vulture.com – what a clever idea! I’m bummed it was just a week-long thing, but they covered a few of my most favoritest things: Buffy’s Season 6 villians, The Trio, the party scene from Clueless, and the amazing final seven minutes of Six Feet Under. (If you haven’t seen Six Feet Under but plan to one day, absolutely do not click that link. You shouldn’t know anything about it.)
- And to lead us to this week’s mosaic of loveliness, check out this beautiful screenprinted napkin by Yardage Design, as posted on Instagram. Swoon! Check out the Yardage Design shop here.
1. Finished!! #tinygeese #aurifil #imalittlesickofgeesenow, 2. Vintage Poppies Border Print Fabric, 3. chicago flag quilt, 4. Churndash Court in Pop Rox, 5. Patchwork Death Star, 6. Sewing Machine cover for Melissa, 7. Embroidery on silk, 8. Meow!, 9. where we’re going, we don’t need a map, 10. Stumpwork embroidery, 11. Pillow animal dolls, 12. crewel wool, 13. VTG 1960s Retro Groovy CREWEL YARN Floral Flower Needlepoint Framed Wall Art, 14. Medium Zip Pocket Pouch, 15. threads, 16. Map of Australia, 1981
Who’s up for a new embroidery pattern?! I love this one so much. Yeah, I’m biased, but whatever. It’s a really cute one!
This line comes from Dickens’ David Copperfield: “The three young women, who appeared to be very industrious and comfortable, raised their heads to look at me, and then went on with their work. Stitch, stitch, stitch.”
I’m sure all of us can relate to this, and that’s why we knew it had to be an embroidery pattern right away! Whether you’re a knitter or an embroiderer or a crocheter or a sewer or a lacemaker or a cross-stitcher or an EPP-er … when you get down to your work, it’s all stitch, stitch, stitch and it’s like there’s nothing else in the room. Am I right?! Just lost in your stitches – it’s the best feeling!
Designed to fit in one of these too-cute oval embroidery hoops (which can be ordered from Hoop Haberdashery here in the UK, the 5″ x 9″ size), I totally see this pattern hanging in craft rooms everywhere, celebrating our compulsion to just keep on stitching!
Find out more and buy the Always Stitching! embroidery pattern at the Little Dorrit & Co. Etsy shop!
Sale time! We’re running a little sale over at Little Dorrit & Co. to get ready for Valentine’s Day! We’ve got a lovely selection (if I do say so myself) of romantic embroidery patterns, perfect for gifts or just to set the mood: there’s Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice, loving quotes – even Snow White & Prince Charming!
Enter PLEASEBEMINE at checkout for 20% off your purchase from now until Valentine’s Day (February 14th)!
So it turns out that we crafty types are a longarm-quilt-machine-dreaming bunch of people. To own a longarm machine was by far the most popular answer to my Giveaway Day question and I really don’t blame you all. That would be amazing!
Personally though, my heart was with those of you that thought weaving would be a good dream-craft; if I have the space, I’d long for a loom. There will never be enough space in this Button house, so I will have to keep it as a dream. But, oh, to wear woven handspun yarn – yum! And I’m also with the many people who didn’t need more stuff so much as more time. I would love to sew more by hand – everything by hand! – if I had enough time to do it in!
What I found most interesting about all of your answers was that so many of you said that you “do everything already”. This made my needlecrafting heart happy, because I often feel like I have to break down and choose to give something up, because I just can’t fit it all in and end up feeling like I have no real focus. But I don’t want to have to choose! I love all of my crafts so much and I was so happy to hear that you feel the same way.
Anyway, it’s time to announce the winner and get a package down to the post office, but just quickly: thank you so much to all of you that liked our prize enough to enter. I’ve never nearly had so many entries to a giveaway before! I hope some of you will stick around to see if you like what I get up to!
Ok, here we go! Mr. Randompants, who will be our winner today?!
Commenter #190: DeborahGun, who said: I would love love to try dressmaking. I have recently started a little bit of embroidery so this is a lovely giveaway – thankyou!
YAY! I’m so happy to send this little embroidery kit to a budding stitcher! I’ll be emailing you shortly, Deborah – and thanks again, everyone!