Sunday, 28 April 2013

High on a HIll

As I mentioned before, I had come up against a bit of a creative block where my designs were concerned. So I thought it might be good to blow those cobwebs away by stitching up someone else's designs. Luckily the perfect project leapt at me from one of my favourite Facebook pages, 

In Caroline's Etsy shop she sells (amongst all the other amazing and beautiful artwork) a brilliant PDF colouring book, Colour Me Happy, which is perfect for turning into embroidery patterns, so I downloaded this and chose
a design. (there are 10 to choose from).

Making a start - using trellis filled in with French knots.

Flowers are a great way of using lots of colour and stitch variety.

I chose a vibrant turquoise linen to stitch on and used some gorgeous Weeks Dye Works over-dyed 
embroidery floss (a favourite of mine at the moment)
I scaled the design up slightly and this fitted nicely in to my 10" hoop, so quite large.

An overall view - about an hour into The Hobbit by now!

I transferred this design using a light box and a pencil but you could transfer it which ever way you 
find easiest.
I might do a post on different transfer methods? would anyone like that?

And here it is finished! It only took me a week!, I stitched through the whole of The Hobbit and then a bit here and there in the evenings 

If you'd like to do this yourself please visit Caroline's Etsy shop for the downloadable booklet
It's great and I intend to stitch lots more from it (which I'll share with you) 
A bonus was that whilst I stitched my little one could sit and colour in some more print-outs! 

Keep a look out here for stitch tutorials on some of the stitches that you see here .

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Thursday, 25 April 2013


So... Here it is, Stitchety Stitch, the blog I had been promising myself I was going to start for quite some time!

I am a lover of all things stitchy, knitting, dressmaking but mostly embroidery.
I have had previous ventures on-line with other crafts but have come to the conclusion that hand sewing, in all it's guises is where my heart (and hands) lie

I am planning on bringing you lots of things here on this blog and it's sister Facebook page, including tutorials, giveaways and hopefully a stitch-along or two, but most importantly lots of lovely images and inspirational photos of stitching, some my own work and hopefully some of yours.

My main focus at the moment is designing my own embroidery patterns, this little chap above will hopefully be amongst them. I had come up against a bit of  designers block but after my latest bit of stitching I am re focused and ready to get on with it.

I'll tell you all about my latest piece in my next post, I'd love it if you'd come back , just so I'm not talking to myself really!