Stitches Like Butter and Our Winner!

On Pins and Needles (detail)

In celebration of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I’m giving away items for the book projects every week until the end of May. The recent giveaway? That yummy yellow thread used around the bird and whipstitched around the strawberry. This size 8 thread is called Butter. And it stitches just like butter too!

Winner of Giveaway #4

The winner of our skein of the Size 8 Butter thread this week is Jean G. Congratulations! May all your stitching go as smoothly as butter on a bun.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, if you need a signed copy of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I have them in stock. Check out the projects in the book here.

Stitching Off the Grid Finished!

All done! Bridge House #2 is placed on a batik fabric and stitched into place. The green batik is a favorite color and adds to the cheery Spring vibe. It’s gotta be Spring somewhere!

Thank you for joining me during my creation of this piece and during the time away from my studio. My studio is now completely renovated and I can move back in with a new lighting, ceramic flooring, cabinets, and, hallelujah!, laundry tubs.

And the Artfabrik store is now open. Life is good!

Stitching Off the Grid #10

In a marathon stitch-a-thon, the little bridge house is attached to a background fabric. The blue felt fabric is intended to bring out the blue in your eyes as well as the blue color in the bridge, house, water, and leaves.

This is how the edging is done. Using large blanket stitches, the design is stitched to the background with a size 8 Autumn Oranges thread. Then, with a hefty needle, a size 3 green pearl cotton thread glides under the tines of the blanket stitch. The tines of the stitch are then capped off with a back stitch using a size 8 Peas in a Pod thread. Pretty fancy, huh?

There is more in store for the Bridge House. I’m just not sure what it is. Maybe another border fabric? Stay tuned!