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.

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.

Give-Away: A Good Fortune

handoffortuneThe future is yours! In the Hand of Fortune project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, you stitch your own fate. Want a longer life line? Extend it with Fern Stitches. Is your love life drab? Add some spark with Ermine Stitches.

handoffortune2You begin the Hand of Fortune with an outline of a palm on silk fabric. (There’s a pattern in the book.) The silk is fused to batting. Then you fill in the hand shape with a raucous variety of hand embroidery stitches using sizes 8 and 12 pearl cotton threads. You can use the stitches I’ve set out in the project or make up your own stitchery.

handoffortunefabricAnd now for the give-away part. Leave a comment (or click on the word “replies”) below and you may be the lucky winner of a pre-printed hand shape to stitch your own fate. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Blanket Stitch and Give Away Winner

folkartgardendetailHave a fabric shape you want to hold in place and outline at the same time? Then try the Blanket Stitch. Here you see it tacking the light green crescent shapes on to an adobe red background. The variegation of the Rhubarb size 5 thread used in the Blanket Stitches adds movement and interest to this embroidery with felt.

tastybiteofapple3The Blanket Stitch also works as a decorative stitch. Lay rows of the stitch together to build thread boxes and fill them in with French Knots. This detail from the Tasty Bite of Apple project shows off the colorful texture made by combining these two stitches.

giveaway4And the lucky winner of the thread give-away for the Folk Art Garden project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, is Pamela of pk_sews. I’ll contact you soon. Congratulations!

Give-Away: Threads for Your Garden

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Folk Art Garden by Laura Wasilowski

This is what I like about pearl cotton threads. Unlike stranded floss, they lift off the surface and give your hand embroidery dimension. The size 5 threads used in the Folk Art Garden project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, are thick and really pump up the texture on fabric.

folkartgardendetailHere’s more good news. With those really thick threads, like the size 5 pearl cotton above, you can easily stitch through felt or wool. And see how it projects off the fabric? Heavier threads are needed on felt and wool so they don’t get lost or buried in the fabric.

giveaway4And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of all the Size 5 hand dyed threads needed for the Folk Art Garden project in Joyful Stitching. I’ll even throw in a thread ring! The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.