Howdy ho and a happy Monday!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was a Banner Weekend on the stitching front. I got a lot of embroidery done! In anticipation of a fun collection of trees coming out this Friday on Needle ‘n Thread, I thought I’d show you some more of my stitched samples that materialized over the weekend.
I wrote about my new stitching addiction last week, and I’ll tell you this: I don’t think I’ve had such fun with my needle and thread in a long, long time! Oh, sure, I always have fun stitching, but for some reason, these little trees are completely engrossing! Is it because they are trees? Is it because they are Christmassy? Is it because they involve simple stitches and work up quickly? I don’t know!
In any case, here’s some weekend progress that you’ll hopefully find fun and inspiring. If they spark your stitching imagination, grab some thread and start stitching!
Oh! and I’m having a short Cyber Monday sale in my shop. I’ll share the details at the end of this article!
My biggest problem with this little collection of embroidered trees I’ve been working on is that I can’t decide which ones I like best.
They’re all worked in simple stitches – really easy for beginners and beyond! – and they’re small, so they work up quickly. And while they’re Christmas themed right now, most of them could be embroidered in any color scheme, for any time of the year.
To keep the designs really accessible for everyone, I’ve stuck with readily available DMC cotton threads, mostly stranded cotton, though I couldn’t resist using floche and coton a broder once or twice. But they all work with stranded cotton, too.
While I was plugging away on one of the trees this weekend, I had a Eureka Moment! I envisioned a tiny alteration involving beads. I needed one size and color of bead to pull it off. I ran out to my workroom and started scouring my bead trays. Sure, surely I had the right beads!
But alas, no. I didn’t.
This is one of the reasons why designers either have full sets of the materials they frequently design with, or at least real-thread or real-bead color cards, to help them choose just the right materials.
Well, I started to do The Grumble. Riffemrackemfrickemfrackem and all that.
But then I paused and reflected that most people probably wouldn’t have the exact item on hand, either, when working from stash on these little projects. So how could I make the project the Most Accessible for All?
By adjusting my idea slightly and working with a French knot as the substitute for the bead, I was able to achieve the same result I envisioned, and still add a little sparkle with a different bead, placed in a different spot.
It worked! And that’s the fun of these types of projects. You can let your imagination lead you in different directions, to test different outcomes, and pretty much, no matter what you do, they’re still going to look marvelous! And sometimes, they turn out better than your original plan!
I still have a small stack of trees to finish. A few are styles I haven’t stitched yet, and two are styles I have stitched, but I’ve since made adjustments to the patterns so that I can provide you with some alternative approaches.
So, I’ll be burning the midnight oil with these this week – and I don’t mind at all! There’s nothing better than quiet evening stitching, perhaps listening to a good book, and working on something that captivates you, is there?
I don’t really get into the whole Black Friday / Cyber Monday marketing thing, but I do like to put my pattern and instructional e-books on sale once before Christmas, for those who have them on their wish lists.
You’ll find pattern e-books for embroidered kaleidoscopes, for monograms, and for church embroidery. You’ll find several technique e-books for stitches and stitch combinations. You’ll find several fun project e-books, and, if you’re looking for finishing instructions to make things (like ornaments, needlebooks, pin keeps, and so forth), Lavender Honey & Other Little Things will help you out!
So, if you’ve been hankering for any of my e-books, if they’re on your wish list or if you are thinking about gifting them to a stitching friend, today’s a good time to get them!
You’ll find them priced on sale in my Needle ‘n Thread shop right here, and they’re on sale now until tomorrow morning, for 15% off. So dive on in!
A Stitcher’s Christmas
On Saturday, I launched the first give-away in A Stitcher’s Christmas, 2017, a series of very special needlework give-aways on Needle ‘n Thread between now and Christmas. If you haven’t joined in on that, feel free to take a look and see if it interests you!
I’ve started posting hints on my Facebook page about upcoming give-aways in the series, too. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for them, so you know what’s coming up!
And that, my friends, is the end. I’m heading right to my needle and thread, and the only interruption I anticipate is a visit to the optometrist this afternoon. (I can’t wait to get my eyeballs sorted out again!)
Have a Marvelous Monday!