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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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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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