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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!

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!

Freaky Flowers Swap: Venomous Tentacula

Venomous Tentacula - pattern coming soon!

I made this embroidery for my swap partner, Amanda, in the Freaky Flowers Swap over at &Stitches. Amanda mentioned that she is a book lover and a Harry Potter fan, so we were a perfect match! Only a few plants are directly mentioned in the Harry Potter-verse, that I could find, and only this one didn’t have a strong visual counterpart in the movies; I didn’t want to mimic a look someone else designed, I wanted to imagine what the plant might look like myself.

Not much is known about the Venomous Tentacula, except that it is toothy, has grabby arms, and is fully poisonous. I based my colors and basic plant structure on real-life carnivorous plants, the nearly neon orange-red against the bright spring green is a common palette for these creepy plants. And my inspiration was antique botany illustrations, which I absolutely love.

I really hope Amanda liked her Freaky Flower and, since reaction to this little guy has been pretty great so far, I think I’ll add it as a pattern to the Little Dorrit & Co. pattern shop very soon!

&Stitches In The Park!

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Calling all stitchy peeps out there in the London area!! My &Stitches pals (the charming Carina & Nicole) and I decided that the lovely time we had stitching together last summer should be shared with all – so we hope you’ll join us as we do it again this year!

On the first Saturdays of June, July and August we’ll be in Hyde Park, waiting for you to come up the path and stitch with us! Bring a picnic, something comfy to sit on and your stitching (of whatever type – we love all the stitch crafts, of course!) and spend the afternoon with us, won’t you please?

This is an informal sort of a gathering – we’ll be there from 11am – 3pm, and you’re welcome to come along for the entire afternoon or just stop by to say hello. And we’ll be happy to give you some embroidery tips and pointers if you’ve never stitched before but want to learn!

Find out more at our dedicated &Stitches In The Park website and I hope I’ll meet you there!

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