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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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On Wednesday night my friends and I got together to do some crafting, eating, talking, laughing, and cooing at babies (there were 2 babies this time!)  We had a lot of fun sharing ideas and inspiration and techniques with one another and I can’t wait to do it again.  There was learning how to put in elastic for a skirt

And discussions on blogging ideas and picture editing programs

Here are some links to a few of these things that I learned last night:

Over at Blue Eyed Freckle there is a great tutorial on how to put the elastic into a skirt.  The pictures are good and the results are adorable!

Also over here at Made is a great overall skirt tutorial.  Towards the bottom of the great photos are step by step instructions for the elastic but the whole tutorial is great!

My friend A informed me of this great photo editing software Lightroom by Adobe.  It is a tad on the expensive side but I could see wanting to buy it at some point in the near future.  There seems to be a lot more control with the photos and you can change a bunch of little things to tweak it just the way you want.  I think I like the control aspect of it the most.  Until then,  I still like to use Picnik.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a great site where you can upload your photos and edit them.  Well, that was a very informative craft Wednesday!  Do you get together for crafty nights?  What kinds of things do you bring/like to learn?

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Here are some things I’ve had my hand in lately that I’m trying to work out the kinks on/make better.  Sometimes it’s hard when you feel like you’ve spent most of your day working on a craft project or new idea and then you just think of ways to make it better.  On the other hand, it’s good to know that you can continually grow and get better.  Does that ever happen to you?  How do you stay motivated when you’re just working on prototypes?  Really, when it comes down to it, we do it for the love of craft anyway!  Hope you’re having a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Ahhh…the sweet, sweet smell of spring is lingering in the air!  Minnesota winters can feel long and rough, so when I can sense spring around the corner it is all I think about.  Naturally, those thoughts are going to spill over into most aspects of craft.  Doing a little searching, I found some great pieces in embroidery work that remind me of spring, here they are for your viewing pleasure!

To kick things off we have this absolutely adorable embroidery pattern from ALittleSweetness.  One of my greatest memories was hanging our laundry outside and having my clothes smell like the sun.  Since I live in an apartment now, I’ll have to live vicariously through this sweet pattern.  The quilt alone would be reason enough to love this pattern, but it all works so well together!  Take a look at her shop for more patterns and some precious fabric.  You can also check out her blog here.

Embroidery isn’t strictly relegated to the hoop, as we can see in these awesome mushroom sculptures.  Lovely World Handmade has done such a great job combining different fabrics and patterns with some excellent stitching.  The sweet little stitches under the mushrooms and that little bit of lace shows such nice attention to detail.  If only these mushrooms existed in my backyard…..how magical!  Swing on by her blog to check out more!

This piece by September House just screams spring!  From the colors to the beautiful flower, I can’t get enough!  I love the color combinations she chose and the hoop is perfect with it.  It’s just a bright ray of sunshine in my day when the days are still cold and grey.  She also offers some fantastic patterns in her shop that I know you will love!  Check out her blog for more from September House!

Oh spring……I can’t wait until we meet again!  Let me know if you have any suggestions for any embroidery artists you would like to see showcased or any trends/themes you would also like to see highlighted.  I love being shown new things and getting inspired by all the great artists out there!

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No matter how busy my week is I love to doodle.  It’s something that doesn’t take a lot of energy and is still a great way to get the creative juices flowing when you are just bushed.  I’m going to start doing a post each week of a page of doodles from my work week.  If you are anything like me, I also thought for the longest time that I couldn’t draw to save my life.  Now, I don’t think I’m a fantastic visual artist, but doodling like this has given me the confidence in being able to create cute little drawings that I am happy with.  I hope you enjoy them.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and take a gander at my page more closely.  I hope this post inspires you to just pick up a pen and coloring pencils even on the days when you feel like you couldn’t possibly do anything crafty or creative.

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