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Category Archives: Embroidery
I am a maker. I delight in producing something that I make with my hands. I find it relaxing but it is more than that. It is part of who I am. When life gets rough and I find myself thrown … Continue reading
For several years I have wanted to cross stitch a cell phone case. But I did not have a popular smart phone model and it was difficult to get the right type of case. I could not even find a … Continue reading
I had a conversation with my 9 year old niece about my blog and things I wanted to make that I did not want to put on my blog. One thing I mentioned was a project to stitch a set … Continue reading
This is my entry for the &Stitches Back to School Stitching Competition. My flash card is for the Japanese character ひ (Hi). The Japanese word ひつじ (Hitsuji) means sheep. Since I am interested in Japanese language and culture and love … Continue reading
I completed my version of the Midsummer Stitchalong with Studio MME at Feeling Stitchy. It was a relatively quick and fun piece to stitch.
My nieces gave me amazing handmade gifts for my birthday this year. I received this hand decorated pillowcase (see above and below). My 8 year old niece used fabric markers to decorate both sides of a pillowcase. I love it! … Continue reading
It has been awhile since I stitched something to post here on my blog. I stitched a lot of baptism stoles for my Mom’s church but I already posted about that once. When I read about the Midsummer Stitchalong with … Continue reading
Awhile ago a reader suggested that I embroider a bento. I love my EasyLunchboxes so it was a natural choice to embroider it on a napkin. I enjoyed planning and creating this simple embroidered napkin with matching lunch. Container: EasyLunchboxes … Continue reading
This is my first experience with Sashiko. I found it relaxing and fun. Sashiko is a type of embroidery stitching from Japan. It uses a running stitch. In 2011 I took a Sashiko class at the City Quilter in Manhattan. … Continue reading
I was inspired by this and my love of playing with shrinky dinks to create this project. I used a sheet of white shrink film. I had it left over from an angel place card/ornament project my niece and I … Continue reading
It has been awhile since I shared some embroidery. TAST 2012 is done. This is a simple piece that I stitched many years ago. I made it into a paper Valentine’s Day card and mailed it to friends and relatives. … Continue reading
The stitch for week 48 of TAST was the Arrowhead stitch. This was a fun and easy stitch to learn.
The stitch for week 47 of TAST was the Portuguese Border stitch. The sample here is my third try and it still does not look like the example. My tension is off. But at least I completed a sample of … Continue reading
The stitch for week 46 of TAST was the Checkered Chain stitch. It was a quick and fun stitch to learn!
The stitch for week 45 of TAST was the Open Base Needlewoven Picot stitch. It is similar to the Closed Base Needlewoven Picot but it has a wider base. I enjoyed learning this stitch.
The stitch for week 44 of TAST was the Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch. As is typical when I learn new stitches this stitch took some practice. My last try worked out the best. The Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch … Continue reading
The stitch for week 43 of TAST was the Buttonhole Wheel Cup. I did not pay close enough to the directions with my first two attempts (sampler below). The spokes on the wheel need to be close for the cup … Continue reading
The stitch for week 42 of TAST was the Italian Border stitch. I enjoyed working with this easy stitch. I did not notice until I took the photo that I stitched the words on the wrong side of the piece. … Continue reading
The stitch for week 41 of TAST was the Knotted Loop stitch. At first I struggled with learning this stitch. But once I figured it out I had fun varying the stitch.
The stitch for week 40 of TAST was the Beaded Hedebo Edge. I enjoyed working with this stitch. I am not a beader so I did not have a great selection of beads for this sampler. But I used what … Continue reading
The stitch for week 39 of TAST was the Knotted Buttonhole stitch. There are many different types of knotted buttonhole stitch. We learned the version with the knot at the bottom. I found this stitch to be easy and enjoyable.
The stitch for week 38 of TAST was the Drizzle stitch. I struggled with this stitch. It took me a LONG time to complete the few stitches on this sampler. I normally do not enjoy threading needles and this stitch … Continue reading
Week 36 was a catch-up week. I was already caught up so I spent time stitching the baptismal stoles. The stitch for week 37 of TAST was the Pistil stitch. I found this stitch to be easy and fun and … Continue reading
I embroider Baptism stoles for my parent’s church. Several members of the church hand embroider these Baptismal garments. My parent’s church baptizes over 150 babies each year. Candle and embroidered stole Dove and trinity symbol stitched with variegated thread Dove … Continue reading
The TAST stitch for Week 35 was the Sheaf stitch. It is an easy and quick stitch.
The TAST stitch for Week 34 was the Linked Double Chain stitch. I was not fond of this stitch but I don’t think I like any stitch that involves the twisted chain.
The TAST stitch for Week 33 was the Pekinese stitch. It is a simple stitch but I struggled with threads and ripped out a lot of stitches. It was not my first time working with the Pekinese stitch. Pekinese attempted … Continue reading
The TAST stitch for Week 32 was the Algerian Eye stitch. I enjoyed this stitch and expect to use it again.
The TAST stitch for Week 31 was the Algerian Eye stitch. I enjoyed playing with this stitch!
The TAST stitch for Week 30 was the Oyster stitch. I think that I eventually understood the stitch but it is not my favorite.
The TAST stitch for Week 29 was the Basque stitch. This is another new stitch that I enjoyed learning. I can see myself using it for borders and other uses.
The TAST stitch for Week 28 was the Up and Down Buttonhole stitch. I loved working with this stitch and expect to use it again in the future.
The TAST stitch for Week 27 was the Bonnet stitch. I experimented with this stitch and did not quite get it. I think that the top row is the furthest from being correct, but it is my favorite.
The TAST stitch for Week 26 was the Palestrina stitch. I am very far behind. Hopefully I will complete some catch-up stitches this week. I enjoyed working with this stitch.
The stitch for week 25 of TAST is the Cable Chain Stitch. While my version may not be as beautiful as more accomplished stitchers, I enjoyed playing with this stitch.
The stitch for week 24 of TAST is the Buttonhole Wheel. I tried the Buttonhole Wheel during week 2 Buttonhole stitch. Since I did not need to make a page for my sampler, I created a bookmark. It was a fun … Continue reading
The stitch for week 22 of TAST is the Knotted Cretan stitch. I was not good at Cretan (week 4) so I was not looking forward to working with the knotted Cretan stitch. I don’t think it is a stitch … Continue reading
The stitch for week 21 of TAST is the Butterfly Chain stitch. I had fun working with this stitch.
The stitch for week 20 of TAST is the Bullion Knot stitch. I have wanted to try this stitch for a long time. One of the things I like about TAST is that it forces me to attempt new stitches. … Continue reading
The stitch for week 19 of TAST is the Half Chevron stitch. I liked working with the Chevron stitch but did not have fun with the Half Chevron. I think that I did the last part of the stitch wrong … Continue reading
The stitch for week 18 of TAST is the Crossed Buttonhole stitch. This was my first time working with the stitch.
The stitch for week 17 of TAST is the Wheatear stitch. This was my first time working with the stitch. I found it enjoyable. I tried to stitch in a circle on Aida and picked it out. I did not … Continue reading
The stitch for week 16 of TAST is the French Knot. Above is my sampler page for the French Knot. Below are some French Knot examples I did years ago. Sheep Tree French Knots with Antique Button
The stitch for week 15 of TAST is the Stem stitch. I am still catching up as we are currently in week 16. Top row: Stem stitch Bottom row: Raised stem stitch
The stitch for week 14 of TAST is the Satin Stitch stitch. I have worked a little with satin stitch in the past but was not fond it it. This week was my first time to try padded satin. I … Continue reading
I made these felt bunnies for Easter in 2006. I used the directions and pattern from Woman’s Day magazine but I could not find the directions online anymore. I scanned my printed copy and you can see it here – Bunny … Continue reading
Sharon asked the TAST stitchers if they wanted a catch-up week. The majority voted yes. So Week 13 is a catch-up week. I did not vote as it did not matter to me. This week Sharon provided two mini challenge … Continue reading
The stitch for week 12 of TAST is the Barred Chain and Alternating Barred Chain stitches. This stitch was not in my pocket stitch guide or Embroidery Stitch Bible. I struggled a little with the stitch but I am glad … Continue reading
The stitch for week 11 of TAST is the Whipped Wheel stitch . Click on the image for a larger view.When I first looked at Sharon’s description of this stitch, I thought “Oh no!”. The Whipped Wheel was new to … Continue reading