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While I normally cover embroidery and needlework books here on the DMC blog, I also enjoy Amigurumi (stuffed toy) crochet books – especially when they are filled with cute animals or embellished with embroidery.
Crochet a Zoo by Altadena, California designer Megan Kreiner has both!
This new book is filled with instructions for making and embellishing over a dozen familiar zoo figures such as lions, giraffes and monkeys, along with their multi-cultural zoo keepers.
Many of the animal patterns feature charming male and female versions of the cute critters, as well as their young. The mommy kangeroo with her baby in a pouch is absolutely adorable, as is the sweet family of elephants.
Be sure to check out the tail end on each of these charming creatures. No detail has been spared in their design.
The facial features and some of the narrow stripes on the creatures are hand embroidered in basic stitches using embroidery floss. Larger details such as spots, wide strips and clothing accents are appliqued using felt that has been hand-stitched to the animals with sewing thread.
Instructions for crocheting each animal are clear and feature well-illustrated step-by-step images. Full-size patterns for all of the animals can be found in the back of the book.
The Martingale Publishing has also made it easy to use the patterns by offering a printable template on their web site, instead of tracing from the book.
Be sure to visit Megan’s web site for more unique crochet ideas and inspiration.
First up is this bit of inspiration. Sharon, a machine embroidery buff, used her software to stitch these gorgeous snowflake scarves featuring machine embroidery on wool. She made one for herself and another as a gift for her granddaughter.
Check out the features and patterns available on your embroidery-equipped sewing machine and select coordinating machine embroidery thread to create your own unique scarf or other winter wearables.
The crafty folks over at Country Living have transformed a pair ordinary winter gloves into accessories bearing a personal statement. Select a plain pair of gloves in your favorite color and let your personality shine through, finger-by-finger.
These are so easy to make, and can be embroidered using your favorite embroidery threads. You can also embellish them with buttons, beads or ribbon flowers.
Over on the NeedleKnowledge site you will find this embroidered scarf. The pattern includes the embroidery design, and directions for sewing the scarf itself using 3 different quilting cotton prints can be found here. You may already have the perfect supplies in your stash!
The scarves are easy to make and work up quickly in DMC Embroidery Floss, so you can make one to match every jacket in the closet, or to pair with your favorite winter sweaters and turtlenecks.
This fabulous wool hat was featured on Oveja Ilena’s PhotoStream, and is worked in a variety of hand embroidery threads on felted wool.
I love the meandering, free-style pattern and the colors used to create this one-of-a-kind headwarmer.
No pattern is needed for this type of design. All you need to do is find the perfect hat in your favorite color, select 2 or 3 colors of embroidery thread, and let your creative mind take over as you work assorted stitch patterns around the hat. You can find directions for many basic embroidery stitches in our handy online stitch guide.
Happy stitching – and stay warm!
Isn’t this palette of DMC floss by Aimee Ray just gorgeous? In a post on her blog, Little Dear Tracks, Aimee cites her favorite DMC color palettes, with delicious photos, to boot!
I’ve always been fascinated by the way artists like Aimee use color, choosing a specific set of DMC floss colors that become their “language” within their artworks.
This beautiful DMC palette is absolutely drool-worthy! On the blog Sewfearless, Jodi tells you all about the artistic inspiration for her palette.
And I’m quite in love with this sea-toned DMC palette by Mary of All My Scattering Moments – I suppose that means I currently have a thing for teals and greens…
One really fun way to play and experiment with DMC colors is to join the Color Challenge on Crafty Sheep – each month, Alexis has been posting a sweet palette of DMC shades that you can incorporate into your stitching.
Visit the Flickr group for a peek at the finished projects – there’s lots of lovely stitching to be found there!
There are some bloggers out there that need to be called out, for their creative crafty genius. I love these simple home decorations that you can easily make yourself. Can you guess what they’re made from?? Bring the kids along too, they’re that easy!
Photo Studio Slyter
- DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in many colors
- Mixture 1 part sugar with 1 part water to create a paste.
- Dip embroidery floss into sugar water. (8.75 yards of floss were used for a small circle. It takes at least twice that amount for a larger circle.)
- Blow up a balloon the size you want, do not over inflate as smaller is easier to work with.
- Wrap the wet floss around the balloon in all directions, making sure the floss stays nice and wet as you go.
- Allow the floss-wrapped balloon to dry overnight.
- When they are dry, make a small cut in the balloon to deflate the balloon and carefully take the balloon out from the dried sphere.
Aren’t stitchers soo creative?? I just loved Belinda’s idea of storing her floss on an DVD rack with wooden dowels. I know your thirsting for more studios, and we have a couple left. Next up is Nan Lewis from Threadwork Primitives, you can find Nan’s Blog here.
“This is my sewing studio where I do all my cross stitch creating. Being organized keeps me motivated. Everything has a place and there’s a place for everything. I work on an antique table hutch, which is the perfect size. One side for sewing on my machine and the other side for measuring and cutting. There is plenty of natural light, which helps when picking colors for my designs.”
“I store all of my fabrics in an antique cupboard and sorting them all by color, makes it easier to view my whole collection. The stacks are fun and it reminds me of an old general store.”
“I’d have to say though that my best storage find so far is the tackle box that I keep all my DMC thread in. It has the perfect sized slots for the bobbins to fit in and holds a lot of thread because it’s double sided. I wouldn’t be without now.”
“My linen stash is kept in an antique steamer trunk and I keep my patterns in an old lift top writing desk.”
“I adore hanging out in my sewing room and loved sharing it with you.”
Thanks Nan! Love your antique table hutch. I know a lot of stitchers and crafters, including myself, love the charm of taking a great old vintage piece and turning it into a functional piece of furniture.
I’m obsessed with collecting old vintage tea cups. I got this great idea from Apartment Therapy
These would make great floss ring holders like Mary Kathryn had in her studio. You can use broken tea cups, just make sure the handles are intact!
I found some other cute ways to use vintage tea cup ideas and just had to share them.
Teacup Clock from It’s a Jamie Thing
Teapcup Pin Cushion from Etsy
Some fun things to spice up that stitching studio.
Stay tuned for tomorrows wrap-up of stitching studios.
Until then, happy stitching
Love Emma Broidery
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March 15, 2010 Roundup
Cross Stitch Tips Great Follow up to my Cross Stitch Segment! From Bountiful Heirlooms
I absolutely cant get enough of Sharon B from Pin Tangle. This woman is talented, and always has expert information and tutorials to share. I would subscribe to her blog if you haven’t already.
Mary Corbet is doing a wonderful series of Goldwork Embroidery. She has her steps carefully documented. Check it out here.
Janet Perry always has useful information on her blog, Nuts about Needlepoint. Bookmark this blog and check it often. I like her useful tips such as making sure to keep your hands soft and smooth while working with your threads!
Margorot Potter, The Impatient Crafter, is doing a “How to Create and Publish a Craft Book” series. You definitely want to check this out!
When I want something new, I look to Heaven and Earth’s cross stitch charts. They have everything.
Snips and Snails by Helenapuck has some cute cross stitched jewelry for sale over on their Etsy Shop.
About.com has some free Passover motifs to stitch.
Needleprint has free charts you can print out. Make sure to take a look at the Mary Wigham Samplers. You can download the samplers for free in excerpts. A donation of $1 per excerpt would really help with the sampler conservation efforts at Ackworth school. All donations go direct to Ackworth School.
Check out Andwabisabi on Etsy – I just brought their Jungle Cross Stitch pattern and really like it! I will be checking in with them soon.
Feeling Stitchy has a cute Embroidered Carry All free for you to download. Get it here.
De-Stashing services available here over at Stacy’s Stitching Journal
Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher, has a great tutorial on how to finish those ornaments (lets get a jump start on our holiday ornaments this year shall we?)
Check out Possibilities Etc. as Judy starts a needlepoint design using DMC Satin Floss!
The Purl Bee has a great tutorial on how to make fresh spring napkins, from Molly’s Sketchbook. Get the tutorial here
Amy Powers is having a stitchalong over on her blog inspire co.
Make sure to check out the great Flickr Group too!
Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy partners with needlework, literacy, and library organizations to conduct outreach and promotional events.
During the annual Bookmark Challenge, independent needlework shops, guilds, and other groups collect hand-stitched bookmarks and donate them to libraries and schools during Children’s Book Week. The bookmarks are distributed to kids as rewards for reading accomplishments.
Independent designers craft Stitching for Literacy bookmark patterns. They donate to literacy projects 10% of profits from sales of these special patterns bearing the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy logo.
Go to the Yahoo Group here
For retailers that participate in this wonderful cause, they are eligible to enter for a free giveaway!
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I like popping over occasionally to Print Source to gather design ideas and view the latest runway trends. The pictures are beautiful, and the prints are to die for. Quilting and patchwork is a trend across all mediums – including high fashion.
I love Heather Bailey – She has a new paper craft line with project ideas
ABC Carpet and Home is inspiration overload for me every time I step foot in there. I love this place, every display is a work of art.
Check out some of their home accessories the next time you are thinking of finishing that design as a pillow.
MacKenzie Childs always has loads of wonderful designs and punchy fabrics, this stuff is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Check out Decor8’s Inspiration List, you wont be dissapointed
– Emma Broidery