Give-Away: Tasty Fabric and Thread

tastybiteofapple4A simple shape on fabric begs for hand embroidery. Inside that simple shape you can try new stitches, explore different color combinations, and build a space full of vibrant texture. A good example of this type of stitchery is called A Tasty Bite of Apple from my new book, Joyful Stitching.

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Tasty Bite of Apple by Laura Wasilowski

In this project, the outline of an apple shape is filled with a variety of stitches. There are patches of Needle Weaving, rows of Blanket Stitches holding French Knots, spirals drawn with Stem Stitches and Scattered Seed Stitches filling in the open areas. The stylized apple is surrounded by more stitchery to balance out the intense stitching of the apple. The whole project is dedicated to hand embroidery for fun!

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this gorgeous purple wool fabric for the Tasty Bite of Apple project. It also comes with a skein of Asters Size 8 thread. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

French Knots and a Give-Away Winner

raresongbird4What is it about the French Knot that makes us so happy? Is it that strong hit of color? Or the way the thread lifts off the fabric to greet you? French Knots are truly a highlight of the embroidery world!

raresongbird5In the Rare Songbird project from Joyful Stitching, the French Knot decorates the bird’s tail, wing, and adds a glint to his eye. Want to add a glint to your eye? Here’s how to make the French Knot.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverWinner Announced

And the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching is Nark from Arkansas.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Give-Away: Joyful Stitching Book

songbirddetailHand embroidery on wool is so easy on the hands. Thread glides through the cloth with each stitch and knots hide in the bulky fabric. In the Rare Songbird project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, I use a hand-dyed wool for the background.

The Songbird is stitched on a beautiful blue wool dyed by Tracy Trevethan. The Wooly Ladies also carry wool suitable for hand work as do many of your local quilt shops.

wool3Another option is to dismantle that old wool coat you have in the closet and use it for stitchery. You’ll want to wash it and felt it before stitching. Here’s how to felt the wool:

  • Place the fabric in the washing machine with really hot water.
  • Set the machine to the fastest agitation setting.
  • Wash the wool with a little bit of detergent and a cold water rinse.
  • Throw it in the dryer or air dry the fabric.

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And now the the Give-Away part!

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Silk for Stitching and a Give-Away Winner

silk2Have you worked with silk fabrics?  Silk comes in various weights or momme. A momme is a unit of measurement for silk often abbreviated to mm. You’re probably familiar with habotai, an 8 mm silk used in light weight scarves.

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Yellow House Landscape (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

But for hand embroidery, like that in the Yellow House project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, I suggest a heavier weight like 12 or 14 mm silk. Silk charmeuse with a satin weave (shinny) side and a matte side is my favorite. Silk charmeuse glows! Fuse it to wool batting with Misty Fuse and you are ready to stitch.

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And the winners are!

The lucky winners of a swatch of silk for the Yellow House Landscape project in Joyful Stitching are Janet Schmick and Julie Beard. 

Congratulations! May you have a glowing good time. I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Give-Away: Silk for Your Landscape

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Yellow House Landscape by Laura Wasilowski

Do you have this phobia? Are you worried that silk is a scary, exotic fabric, difficult to work with, and too expensive to waste? Let me help you overcome this debilitating fear.

micropensIn the Yellow House project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, we use a small piece (9″ x 11″) of silk. I show you how to mark the landscape design on the silk with a very fine .05 micro pen. After you fuse the silk to wool batting, you’re good to stitch. Nothing scary here.

yellowhouselandscape2Embroider the silk with a size 12 pearl cotton thread and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle. This fine thread glides through the silk easily. In the Yellow House project a variety of embroidery stitches are combined to create a lush landscape in the country.

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of a swatch of silk for the Yellow House Landscape project in Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Good Fortune and a Give-Away Winner

handoffortuneThink of the Hand of Fortune project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, as a sampler of embroidery stitches. Or maybe as a colorful playground for stitchery. It’s like that open palm shape is inviting you to play and experiment with new stitches. 

handoffortune3Here are some fun ideas for your playground stitchery. Make concentrated hits of color with Ermine Stitches. Embroider contained shapes with the Chain Stitch. And construct long spiky lines with Fern Stitches. So jump into that playground and stitch your little heart out. The possibilities for hand embroidery are endless!

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And the first person to enter thestitch playground is our lucky winner of a pre-printed palm shape for embroidery: Sandy May.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.