Wish Upon a Card

songbird2detail1Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilter’s Affair. One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card

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Songbird #2 by Laura Wasilowski

My donation this year, Songbird #2, measures about 4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverSongbird #2 began its life as a step-out. It was made to show  a certain stage in the making of the songbird project in my book, Joyful Stitching. He is a distant cousin of the original songbird found on the cover and evolved into a bird more interested in flowers than bugs. Hope to see you in Sisters!

Winner of Beaded Embroidery Book

beadbookcoverToday I’m happy to announce the winner of the Beaded Embroidery Stitching book by Christen Brown. The winner of the ebook give away is Cindy P. Congratulations!

I know you and others will love this book. And for those of you who didn’t win the book you still have a chance. Check out these upcoming blog posts about Christen’s great book:

Or, if you want to read more about her book even though the winners have been chosen visit these sites:

 

Win This Great Book on Beaded Embroidery

beadbookcoverWould you like to win a great book on beaded embroidery? Today I’m giving away a book called Beaded Embroidery Stitching by Christen Brown. Just leave a comment below and you may win a free ebook version of her book.

I’ve never added beads to my embroidery work. Why you ask? Because if I get started, I may never stop! Those shinny glossy bits of glass are so tempting and I’m afraid I’ll soon become addicted. But if there is anything that would lead me into bead temptation it is Christen’s colorful book on beaded embroidery.

She gives you terrific instructions on how to make basic embroidery stitches like the Lazy Daisy with beads. Pages are devoted to making flowers with stitch combinations, beaded edges, and the peyote stitch. But wait, there’s more!

beadbookpageEight projects are included with the book so you can put all that great bead knowledge Christen has given you to work. Create beaded broaches, bracelets, sewing caddies, and more. They are all beautiful and full of color and light.

Christen has put together an informative book on beading that even a novice like me can understand. If you’d like a free ebook version of Beaded Embroidery Stitching , please leave a comment below. A random number will be chosen tomorrow. If you win, I’ll request your email address and send a link for the ebook. Good luck!

More posts on the Beaded Embroidery Stitching blog tour are listed below. Note the dates. If you don’t win today you may have a chance to win on the following days or read the previous posts to learn more about the book.

Ripping and Reworking

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In preparation for a new class in July at Quilters’ Affair, I’m making multiple garden stitcheries using felt shapes and size 8 pearl cotton threads. This one was going along great until I got a little carried away.

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See all those yellow Lazy Daisy stitches filling in across the bottom section? Don’t you think it’s a little too cluttered? The reason I like working with the felt is that it has a clean, simple look that is easily enhanced by embroidery. But those yellow Lazy Daisies are messy looking. They really bug me!

So I’ll spend a little time ripping them out and come up with plan B. What ever that is!

An Inspiring Newsletter for You

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Would you like to see beautiful hand embroidery and learn more about embroidery artists from around the world? Then I recommend the weekly Inspirations All Stitched Up newsletter from Inspirations StudiosThe stitch projects are amazing and the photography is gorgeous. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Organic Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

In the February 15, 2019 issue #173 of the newsletter, you’ll find my work under the What Are You Stitching? section near the bottom of the newsletter. See it here.

You can also sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page. It’s like eye candy for stitchers!

Flower Vase Stitch Along #7

vaseonwool17This is our last day for the Flower Vase Stitch Along. Thank you for joining me and I hope you’ve enjoyed the embroidery and fun stitch combinations. Please send me photos of your stitchery. I’d love to see what you’ve made! Email is laura@artfabrik.com

  • Stitch 8 arcs of Cable Stitches between the other flower stems using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Sheaf Stitch on the tip of each Cable Stitch flower stem using yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a French Knot in the center of each Sheaf Stitch using a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch rows of Chain Stitches across the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side edges and down to the bottom of the fabric to make the table.
  • Begin the top row of Chain Stitches where the top of the Blanket Stitch and French Knot rows appear on the vase. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 2 rows of Chain Stitches around the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side and top edges to make the borders. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Trim the outside edges of the fabric close to the Chain Stitched borders.

Thank you for visiting with me while we made this colorful vase of flowers. You can find directions for the entire Flower Vase Stitch Along here. Check out more Tutorials here.