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Great Tit- embroidery- plant dyed silks
I have seen Jenny McCabe’s work around Flickr and etsy for a little while now, and I love it!  I have a big affinity towards birds and she stitches them up nicely.  Her color palette speaks to me and I love that she has pieces of work for your walls but for you as well with these great brooches.
Embroidered Brooch - Barn Owl Large
There are also really pretty pieces for your home, like this tea cozy
Tea cozy - embroidered feathers
I’ve really been getting into freehand machine embroidery lately, and she is an awesome inspiration for me.  You should check out her work on her etsy and swing by her blog.
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It’s the end of the week (my work week in Tuesday-Saturday) and I am beat!  I gotta get inspired to work on some things, so here are some great and inspiring things that I’ve seen floating ’round Flickr!

my first redwork. by Laura Hartrich.

Laura Hartrich

Family Tree Commission by kristenaderrick.

kristenaderrick

Little Tiger's Orangey Celebration embroidery close-up by Joey's Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7).

Joey’s Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7)

Tofu Baby Embroidery 12 by sugar-cookie.

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I have been loving Comfort Stitching’s patterns for a long time!  They are cute and whimsical and she’s a lovely stitcher.  Check out her shop and her blog where she shows off beautiful pictures of her quilts!  Here are just some of the patterns you can find on her etsy site!  Enjoy!

Little red riding hood - embroidery PATTERN

scoot embroidery pdf
London - embroidery pdf pattern

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I’ve been working on a few things round here!  There is a Rainbow of Stitches contest going on at Feeling Stitchy that I entered this piece in.  You can enter in all the different color categories as many times as you would like!  I love looking at their Flickr group at all the great things that people are stitching up.  After I finished this I was inspired/wondering if people would like to have some embroidery patterns for pieces like this.  There could be deer and other animals (woodland or not!)  What do you think?  Would you like to see this pattern?  Would you like to stitch this up?

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Today I’m going to talk about one of the first books that I read when I first got into embroidery. Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray is a really great book and resource for those who are just getting into embroidery and for those who love embroidery but would love to work on some ridiculously adorable patterns and projects.
The page layouts are fun and colorful and I like how they have little bits of embroidery scattered throughout the book. There is a good section to me on the transfer process, I was always unsure the best way to go about doing it and she explains a couple processes great! She explains a lot of the beginner stitches very well. There is an illustration showing you how to do the stitch and then a picture next to it showing you how it should look on your fabric. I found this to be really helpful because it’s always nice to know what it’s supposed to look like on your work. There are also some fun little decorative stitches you can look forward to like the star, lazy daisy, and fly!

Hill Man embroidery pattern PDF
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The projects themselves are fantastic! She not only gives you embroidery patterns and ideas but there are also patterns for bags, ornaments, and the like that you apply your embroidery to! I love that about this book. I like seeing where my work can go and you can easily mix n match the patterns and projects to your liking. The projects range from stuffed animals, to skirts, to lampshades! This book will keep you interested and occupied with all the great projects that she’s given you!

Forest embroidery pattern PDF
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I suppose the only downside to this book, for me, was that A. there weren’t more projects! and B. I wish there was more insight into how she comes up with her designs. The book wasn’t very personal, it seemed to me, even though you can tell all these patterns came straight from her sketches. I like to hear a little bit more of the crafter’s voice throughout, but you know I’m really splittin’ hairs here because I love the book! So, if you are a first time embroiderer I would highly recommend checking out this book and even if you have been doing this embroidery thing for a little while you’ll find really cute patterns and projects to work on too!

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I have been trying to think of different ways that you could use embroidery instead of just stitching on fabric in a hoop.  I just discovered this artist today, and all her work is great!  I like the combination of the acrylics with the embroidery combined with applique.  The colors are also really great and would just pop off your walls.  I’ve included some pictures of pieces I really love but you should hop on over to her etsy store to check out the rest of her great things!

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For me, it is really hard to decide what I like better: making things or buying the supplies to make the things.  Both are rewarding, enjoyable, and I get a rush out of both!  Who’s with me on this?  Since embroidery is one of my tip top favorite crafts, I love every aspect of it.  That includes hoops!  I have so many different kinds, sizes, colors, etc-I have them coming out my ears it seems.  When I first started doing embroidery I was a little lost about where to find the best hoops at the best deals.  Some places online charge waaay more than they should and I don’t always have a lot of money to spend on supplies.  So here are just a few tips and sites that I buy hoops from.  They are the best prices that I have found so far but if you have another site to contribute by all means leave a comment-I love a deal!

For starters, this may seem like a no-brainer, thrift stores are an excellent place to find hoops.  I most often find interesting colors and shapes at thrift stores that I had no idea I would even want until I find them!  It’s nice sometimes, too, to have a one of a kind hoop for a special project that you can send out into the world.  Besides the colors I have in the photo above, I’ve found yellow and orange ones and I’ve also happened upon the awesome metal ones that I love.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for kits that contain hoops because they won’t be as obvious.  I have found some really nice hoops this way too!

Consumer Crafts is a great place for hoops.  I have found the best deal so far here.  They have hoops that range in size from 3in to 12 in and they range in price from .50 to $1.17.  Pretty nice price if you ask me!  They have fast shipping and I have never had a problem with missing parts of orders or damaged goods and I’ve gotten an orange reusable consumer crafts tote with my order every time (but don’t quote me on this as the norm….I have no idea if it was a special promo thing or just what they do)!  Anyhoo…they also have oval shapes in two sizes which is nice when you just feel like breaking out of the circle.

Bates Hoop-La™ Embroidery Hoop & Frame 7" Large Image

Create For Less is the other site that I use for hoops.  They are slightly higher in price than Consumer Crafts, but!  look at those colors!  It’s nice to be able to have such a wide array of colors to choose from because the frame is just as important as the work inside of it.  I have also used Create For Less to buy stretcher bars.  They are a great way to display your embroidery in a more traditional “piece of art” kind of way.  They come together really easy by just joining the pieces and hammering with a rubber mallet.  They are ready to stretch any kind of fabric over it and staple.  As a note, though, you need 4 obviously to make a frame and they come in packs of 2 so make sure to order enough for your work!

Boy, this just makes me want to add to my collection of hoops……must….resist…..do you have any sites or places that you go for great deals and steals on hoops?  What about other craft supplies?

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