Last year, when contemplating the Stitch Snippets series for 2022, I wasn’t really sure what direction to go in with the series.
I had a notion of what I wanted to present, but it wasn’t until a little later in the year – around September, as we finished up this dragonfly project – that my ideas began to solidify.
Today, I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek of the first Stitch Snippet for this year, tell you some of its story, and let you know what you can expect with this particular project which will shortly begin to develop here on Needle ‘n Thread.
Originally, the Snippets were not going to be full-fledged, finished projects. Originally, I thought they would be just small snippets of embroidery that you could take and develop into your own particular project with your own particular vision.
But as we drew to the conclusion of last year’s How to Embroider (Blank) series, it became a little more evident to me that small projects from start to finish are often more instructive than isolated, out-of-context needlework.
It became clear, through communication with folks in the wider Needle ‘n Thread community – and especially those following the How to Embroidery (Blank) series – that a completed project goes a long way in building confidence with the needle.
So the first project I decided to present in the series was a pincushion. I’ve been playing with this particular pincushion vision for a while – ever since I started my hexie quilt – and I knew that its small structure would make for a good Snippet.
As a Snippet, it will result in something small. (A pincushion is small, right?)
It will give the stitcher the opportunity to dabble with some varied supplies, including some lovely sparkly beads (I blinged it well up!), if you want to.
It will instruct on various techniques – not just embroidery, but finishing techniques, too.
And the pincushion will work up into a nice, useful, pretty little package in its finished construction.
For those who want to work with the same supplies I used, I will have a limited number of Snippet kits available. I’ve gone to great lengths to keep these kits small and affordable, while supplying all the materials you need to complete the project, except the filling for your pincushion and some sewing thread. Linen, floss, beads, Fireline, charms, interfacing, mat board, needles – it’s all there for you in the kit, packaged simply to keep costs down.
I’m really excited about this project! I hope that you will enjoy following along, whether you decide to stitch the pincushion or not. I’ll be sharing tips & techniques along the way that you can apply to your own projects, as well as troubleshooting pitfalls, suggesting alternative ideas, and so forth.
It’ll be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you!
As soon as the kits are ready, I’ll have them available in my shop, and I’ll announce them on the website at that time. With the first launch of these kits, I won’t be creating an advanced notice list. This will give me a better idea of how to gauge quantities for launching these kits. Thanks for understanding!