Tutorial by a Guest Artist

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Leaf on Wool by Suzanne

Do you know about my free Tutorials? I’m so happy that Suzanne tried the Leaf Stitch Along tutorial to make this delightful piece of art work. Don’t you love the thread colors she chose? They really pop on the dark background. Thanks for sharing your work, Suzanne!

leaf1aThe Leaf Stitch Along is just one of many you can try on wool, felt, or silk fabrics. This particular tutorial is a sort of sampler of stitches. Each partition in the leaf explores a different stitch combination. Change up the colors, fabrics, or stitches for your leaf. It’s all about enjoying the embroidery process and creating. Check out other free Tutorials here.

A Yellow Chair Stitch Along

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For those of you touring Germany this Fall, please stop in to your local quilt store for a copy of Quilt & Textilkunst Patchwork Professional.

You’ll know which magazine to pick up by the sight of my blue chair, Arm Chair Gardener, featured on the cover.

There is also a gift inside for you.

 

yellowchair1bA free tutorial shows you how to make this free-form Yellow Chair embroidery on wool. Step-by-step directions and images lead you through the process.

Not in Germany? Unable to read the German directions? Ah, then I have a solution for you. Check out the  Yellow Chair Tutorial on my website. And here is a Yellow Chair Stitch Kit to get you started.

Glückliche Stickerei!

Teach a Kid to Stitch

dishtowel Like many of you I began as a child. My mom taught me the basic hand stitches for that time honored craft of embroidery on dish towels. I took to it like a dancing tomato.

kidstitchingNow it’s time to teach our children (or grandchildren) to stitch. Hand embroidery is an art form that deals with color, texture, pattern, and the joy of making something by hand. Instead of a video game, give them a needle and thread.

handoffortunemaxSo here’s an idea. Trace your child’s hand onto cotton or silk fabric. Put it in a hoop or fuse it to batting for stability (this is how the Hand of Fortune embroidery is done). Basic stitches like the Running Stitch, Stem Stitches, and Cross Stitches are easy to learn. Older children can learn Lazy Daisy Stitches and French Knots.

That’s all you need to have fun. Teach a kid to stitch.

An Etui for Youi

etui12Traveling this summer? Then you need a portable sewing kit or etui like this to carry all your sewing needs. It’s easy to make and small enough to fit into your purse, glove compartment, saddle bags, or under the seat in front of you.

etui10This little etui measures about 5″ x 6″ and is made with felt and a stiff interfacing like Timtex. Stitched together by hand, it holds your scissors, thimble, needles, and pins. Click here for directions on how to make your etui.

Paint Brush Stitch Along

brush16Ready for another Stitch Along? Using techniques from my new book Joyful StitchingI’ll show you step-by-step how to make this lively paint brush. It only uses 7 hand embroidery stitches and there is a pattern ready for you to print and trace.

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There is also a Stitch Kit available for the Paint Brush Stitch Along. You can select one or all of the items to make the brush:  the wool background fabric, hand dyed threads, and embroidery needles.

 

Click here to begin your Paint Brush Stitch Along. If you can’t join the Stitch Along today, you can always find it and other Stitch Alongs here under Tutorials.

How to End the Thread

stitching13When adding hand embroidery to fused art quilts, you only need to stitch through the batting and top layer of the quilt. There are two advantages of embroidering the quilt first before adding the backing fabric. One is that without the backing fabric, you have one less layer of fabric to stitch through.

stitching12And the second advantage is that it’s easy to hide thread knots. Here you’ll see a few knots in the batting where I began a new thread color. And you’ll also see how to end a thread. Just slip the needle under previous stitches on the back and snip. It’s a good idea to snip the threads closely to the back of the quilt so they don’t catch other threads when your working new stitches.