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Embroidery Machine Stabilizer

$T2eC16V,!)!E9s2fB+2)BQ(MrI6wZ!~~60_35One of the most important elements in producing perfect results is choosing the right supplies, like embroidery machine stabilizer backing for your project. This quality embroidery stabilizer backing is perfect for 4″ X 4″ hoops and comes in tearaway pre-cut sheets of 8″ x 8″, 100 sheets in a pack.

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Our tearaway sheets, unlike similar products, provide extra stabilization for the fabrics you choose and are able to withstand the repeated perforations of any project. Sewartsy stabilizer backing tears easily and cleanly in either direction with minimal effort and without distorting the embroidery.

Our stabilizer backing is perfect for projects such as jackets, woven materials with light to medium stitch counts as well as denims, linens, and broadcloth. It is heavy enough to keep embroidery from puckering on t-shirts when using it with no-show mesh.

If you’re trying to decide on quality embroidery supplies and you value your finished product, you’ll want to use the best stabilizer backing available to you. That’s where ‘Sew Artsy’ comes in! You won’t be disappointed.

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A Unique Technique Sampler!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasant opportunity to examine, up close, a really unique embroidery sampler worked by Sheila Iskin, who lives in Sunny California.

Now, this isn’t just any sampler. It’s not a band sampler. It’s not an alphabet sampler. It’s not a spot sampler.

It might not even be recognizable at first as a sampler, but that is indeed what it is – and I think it’s a very clever idea!

This sampler goes way beyond the standard approach to sampling stitches and techniques. It will open up a whole world of ideas for you!

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

Sheila’s technique sampler is in the form of a decorative bunting.

A bunting is a festive decoration made to be hung. Buntings were often made up of cloth or paper, usually into wide gathered streamers or even drapes.

Sometimes, you’ll see buntings in the colors of one’s national flag, for example, and hung out on buildings during patriotic festivities.

And then there are flag buntings, made up of multicolored triangular cuts of fabric. You might see these strung around a fairground, or maybe highlighting the edges of a car lot during a sale.

Today’s trendy buntings are often made in small triangular flag shapes and hung during all kinds of parties, from birthdays to home comings to holiday celebrations.

Any time you want to get across the idea of a celebration, a bunting is a great way to do it!

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

I sorely regret not having a place I could hang the bunting and photograph it! But you get the idea: each flag is adorned with a technique of some sort, finished into a triangle (backed with other fabric), and joined together neatly using bias tape across the top of the flags.

As a member of her local EGA chapter, Sheila’s bunting sports a few nods to the EGA…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…like the logo above, worked in backstitch and trellis work.

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

You’ll see a wide array of embroidery techniques over the whole bunting, with the color scheme of whites and naturals binding the project together visually.

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

The designs covering the flags range from the geometric precision of counted work…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…to the free style, more spontaneous approach of crazy quilting!

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

On Sheila’s sampler, you’ll find touches of ribbon embroidery…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…and rustic feltwork applique.

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

There’s some simple, clean Sashiko embroidery…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…and some clustered French knot work.

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

From the delicate partridge in white surface stitches…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…to the exuberant dragonfly in stumpwork and beads…

Hand Embroidered Bunting - Beadwork

…to the heavily encrusted beadwork flag, Sheila’s sampler offers a huge variety of embroidery techniques to explore and a fun way to celebrate the art of hand embroidery!

Some of the other techniques decorating the flags on the bunting include pulled thread work, counted cross stitch, pattern darning, chain stitch circles – just a terrific exploration of embroidery techniques all around!

Don’t you think it’s an absolutely brilliant idea?

I think it’s time bump the whole bunting trend up a notch, don’t you? No more cut out paper or plain old fabric flags, no sirree, Bob! It’s time to embroider our buntings!

I’ll tell you this much: ever since I first smacked eyes on it, my mind has been whirring with the possibilities!

Thanks so much, Sheila!

Explore More

Why not enjoy a good browse and explore more embroidery projects from Needle ‘n Thread readers? It’s a great way to get inspired!

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Wonderful Wednesday #24: Little Thimble Studios

Ok, I love Halloween, and I also love a quick project you can sandwich in between all of your bigger crafting projects – this Halloween PDF Pattern by Little Thimble Studios looks perfect for that!

By the way, there’s a little poll on our blog right now, would you mind clicking over to see it? I’m just curious how you found us, in particular, how you found this post! As you may know Twitterfeed is going away, which is how we’ve been doing our auto-Twitter and Facebook posts. I’d like to know how you find us, and where you would like to see our posts. Thanks all! πŸ™‚

Vote for a free "Vote" pattern!

Hi guys! As everyone in the U.S. heads to the polls this week and next, I thought I’d do a fun “Vote.” πŸ™‚ I’ve drawn up 3 different designs – ok, so maybe only the lettering is different in each, but it’s really hard for me to choose a font!

I’m collecting votes on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and here. Choose the “Vote” design you like the most, by casting your vote in the comment section.

I’ll stitch up the winning design and offer the free pattern as a PDF here on the blog. Sound fun? Let’s vote!

And your candidates are…..

Design #1:

Design #2

Design #3

Cast your vote in our comments by 9 PM US CST, October 28, 2016. This “vote” is open to everyone, including our overseas voters!

Floral Script Monograms M, N, O, P

I call this decorative alphabet for embroidered monograms Floral Script.

When it comes to naming things, I have very little pizzazz. I’m afraid I’m the type of person who would name a dog “Spot” without any qualms of conscience!

Still, in my defense, Floral Script tells you pretty much what you can expect from this alphabet: script-like letters with a little floral element for decoration. (Incidentally, the name could be equally applied to hundreds of decorative alphabets out there!)

Floral Script Alphabet M N O P

Back in June of this year, I shared with you the first four letters of the Floral Script Alphabet.

Shortly thereafter, I shared the next four letters: E through H. And shortly thereafter that, the next four – I through L.

While preparing all those letters, I was bombarded with requests to make all the monogram alphabets on Needle ‘n Thread available in one PDF publication. I did that, collecting together a total of 16 beautiful monogram alphabets into one PDF named Favorite Monograms.

And now it’s time to complete the Floral Script alphabet available individually here on Needle ‘n Thread, for those who have been waiting for the rest of the letters!

Stitching Ideas

Since publishing Favorite Monograms, I’ve worked through several samples of embroidered monograms, showing you different embroidery techniques that can be used to create your own lovely lettering.

You can find all the embroidered monogram samples here. If you explore those articles, you’ll discover material lists, tutorial links, all the techniques and everything you need to know to work a variety of monogram styles.

Stem Stitch Monogram

This was my sample for the Floral Script alphabet. The E is embroidered in stem stitch, long & short stitch, and satin stitch, using DMC embroidery floss.

In this first article on the Floral Script E, you’ll find the color list and an explanation of techniques. In this second article, you’ll find the finished letter and any tips that will help you out along the way.

Floral Script M, N, O, P – Free Printable

Here’s the free PDF printable for letters M through P in the Floral Script Alphabet. The letters will print at 2.5″ high if you choose “100%” or “No Scaling” or something similar in your print settings.

Floral Script M – P (PDF)

Favorite Monograms – PDF Collection

You’ll find the complete Floral Script alphabet – along with 15 other decorative alphabets – all in one place in Favorite Monograms, a downloadable PDF collection of 16 monogram alphabets perfect for hand embroidery and other crafts.

Favorite Monograms for Hand Embroidery and Other Crafts

In the photo above, you can see samples of each alphabet available in Favorite Monograms.

Each letter in each alphabet in Favorite Monograms has been carefully traced into a clean line drawing that can be easily enlarged or reduced on a home printer or a photocopier.

The 16-alphabet collection is delivered as via a download link to your inbox shortly after purchase, so that you can begin creating right away! Priced at less than $1.00 per complete alphabet, monogram lovers can’t go wrong with this collection!

Favorite Monograms is available in my shop, here.

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Needlework News Snips & a Winner!

Brrrrrrrrrrr…… It’s finally chilly in Kansas! I love autumn. I could live in autumn for my whole life!

I say that now. But when spring comes, you’ll hear me saying the same thing about spring.

But I promise I’ll never say it about summer in Kansas!

Summer being officially over, it’s time to move on to fallish stuff, and often, that includes fall and winter craft pursuits. In today’s needlework news snips, I’ve included a few links to some fun fall embroidery stuff, in case you want a seasonal stitching fix!

I’m also happy to announce the winner of Early Hardanger Embroidery today!

So, join me in a cup of your favorite brew, and let’s browse a bit!

Needlework News Snips for October, 2016

First, we’ll get some business out of the way!

Hardanger Book Winner!

For the Early Style Hardanger book give-away, I asked the question, “What’s your favorite embroidery stitch?”

I probably should have asked, “What’s your current favorite embroidery stitch?” If you’re like me, it all depends on what you’re currently stitching. I’m always pretty enamored with whatever stitch I’m using!

The random drawing for a winner produced Solange DB, who answered the question:

Right now my favorite stitch is the plaited braid that I learn from your printable booklet. It’s a nice stitch for many things. I make borders and vines with it in different threads and it’s looking beautiful in golden threads for large letters. I love this Hardanger stitching of old, much more than the newer styles that look heavier. The old styles of Hardanger are light and delicate. Thank you for this opportunity!

Congratulations, Solange! I’m sure you’ll love Early Style Hardanger! Please drop me a line with your mailing info and the book will be on its way!

If you want to know more about Early Style Hardanger, you’ll find my review for it here, with information on where to find it.

You Asked For It!

Many of you wrote and asked for the old version of the Archives here on Needle ‘n Thread. You asked for it, you got it! If you go to any archived year (let’s say 2014), you’ll now find the archives clearly divided by month and post title.

To get to the Needle ‘n Thread archives, in desktop view, they are found in the lower left column. In mobile view, use the “hamburger” menu in the top right, and scroll down to the end of the home page on that menu.

Opus Anglicanum

Golly! Opus Anglicanum is a Big Topic right now in the embroidery world, thanks to the Opus Anglicanum exhibition going on at the V&A in London.

If you live in the vicinity (relatively speaking) or you are planning to be in London before February 5, 2017, this exhibit of Medieval embroidery is, by all accounts, definitely worth seeing! I’ve heard from several readers who have already experienced it and who loved it!

But if you’re like me and it’s Highly Unlikely you’ll be hoofing it to London anytime soon, you’ll be happy to know that the catalog, English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum is available for purchase right now through two sources:

English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum through the V&A shop – the price and shipping to the US works out to £65, which is roughly $79.50 by today’s exchange rate.

You can also find the book available here through Book Depository, for &74.99 with free shipping world wide.

It’s an expensive book. But not as expensive as a trip to London. I’ll be reviewing it here on Needle ‘n Thread in the next week or so.

Speaking of Opus Anglicanum…

If you like medieval embroidery techniques and design styles, you will love this blog called (of all things!) Opus Anglicanum.

it’s fascinating to follow and I love watching the embroidery projects on there develop. Take a look!

Modern Medieval?

Not quite medieval embroidery, but definitely flavored with a medieval design, Jessica’s St. Laurence embroidery project is worth following! Lots of great techniques for goldwork, Or NuΓ©, ecclesiastical embroidery, figure embroidery…. Good stuff!

A Beautiful Schwalm Whitework Doily

Luzine Happel featured instructions for a gorgeous small plaited doily in Schwalm whitework on her website recently.

What I like about it? It’s small enough to be manageable in a relatively short time frame. It’s simple. It’s crisp. It’s really pretty!

Some Fluttery Buttery Inspiration

I came across this pair of beautiful embroidered butterflies on the French blog of Catherine Laurencon recently. It’s embroidery eye candy at it’s best!

Little Beady Autumn Kits

If you’re looking for some quick autumn embroidery fun, some Halloween stitching and the like, you might like the Mill Hill Autumn Harvest Collection kits at Nordic Needle.

There’s this goofy turkey guy, this adorable squirrel and this adorable squirrel, not to mention some bats and cats and witches with hats! And they have a great collection of designs for Christmas ornaments, too.

You can search “Autumn Harvest Collection” to see fun little delectable things are available. I wrote about my guilty little pleasure in these little bead kits a while back. I worked a lot of them while I was convalescing – they’re perfect for stitching while vegging!

Nordic Needle is currently running a special for Needle ‘n Thread readers. They’re offering free domestic shipping for orders of $50 or more, and you can use the deal for up to three orders. You can find the details here.

Other Autumn Stitchery Ideas

If you’re looking for autumn stitching ideas, here’s a list of free possibilities:

There’s this autumn leafy corner pattern – you can see it stitched in tambour embroidery here, and you can always substitute regular chain stitch or your favorite line stitch.

Want to embroidery a tiny pumpkin or two or ten? My tiny embroidered pumpkin tutorial might come in handy!

If you’re looking for something ghosty and ghouly, I think this little free sheet of ghosts and ghouls for embroidery by Annie Oakleaves on Flickr is pretty cute!

Picking Up the Pace

I’m picking up the pace on some background stuff here on Needle ‘n Thread lately, so I’ll have plenty to share with you in the upcoming weeks.

And then there’s the whole Social Media World. Over the next couple months, I’ll be making use of my Social Media outlets a little more: Facebook, Pinterest, and a relatively new one for me, Instagram.

If you’re on Pinterest, you can find me here.

If you want to follow along with my Needle ‘n Thread related adventures, you’ll find me on Facebook here.

I’m here on Instagram, and although I haven’t done much there yet, I’m playing around with it and plan to use it a bit more than I do now.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

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Friday Instagram Finds No. 75 with Snowbird Artworks

Hello my stitchy friends! Today we take a look at Zoe of the Instagram account @snowbird_artworks! Zoe creates lovely embroidery, cross stitch, and paintings. Her typography embroidery is beautifully stitched with bright colors. Her cross stitch snowflakes are delicate and gorgeous.

Zoe’s Instagram account is @snowbird_artworks, and you can also find more in her Etsy shop. Take a look at some pictures from her feed, and if you read to the end, find out how you can participate in #ThankStitching.

Wildness is a necessity – John MuirA photo posted by Zoe Hattersley (@snowbird_artworks) on Oct 10, 2016 at 3:59am PDT

Another load of snowflakes done. ❄️A photo posted by Zoe Hattersley (@snowbird_artworks) on Oct 20, 2016 at 5:41am PDT

Hibiscus embroidery is now available through @ficklecraftroom click on the link in their profile for the full rangeA photo posted by Zoe Hattersley (@snowbird_artworks) on Aug 5, 2016 at 4:34am PDT

Stitching christmas. Yep I said it!A photo posted by Zoe Hattersley (@snowbird_artworks) on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:16am PDT

Late last October I had the idea for guest posts in November with a thankful theme. Fast forward to this year, and I remembered in time to get the ball rolling, and I call it #ThankStitching! You can read more about it here on my blog. You don’t have to fill out the form on the original blog post. If you’re interested in participating simply:

Email me at randomactsofamy {at} one nice picture that represents why you are thankful for your particular needle art. Include your first and last names, Instagram name, and a paragraph about why you are thankful for your particular needleart, and what it means to you. I’d prefer that you sent this last bit of info attached as a rich text file (.rtf), but a Word or Google document works, too, as well as typing the text within the email. I know we all have different levels of comfort using technology πŸ™‚

Oh! Also, just to be certain, if you’d like a specific date for your post to go live, include that. πŸ™‚ And feel free to discretely watermark your photos with your name.

Messing About with Colors

You know, I love embroidery thread. But there are times – there are many times – when sitting down with the stuff can be rather frustrating.

For me, selecting colors for my own projects is usually more frustrating than not.

The other day, I sat down under a good, true spectrum light with a Whole Heap of Embroidery Floss on the table in front of me. My goal was to select a range of colors from that Whole Heap – a range that would impart a certain impression or idea that I have in mind.

Do you know, it took me forever to finally say “That’s it. For better or for worse, I’m done.” I sat there picking through floss for more than two hours!

At the end of that ridiculous amount of time, this is the range of colors I came up with:

Selecting Embroidery Floss Colors

Now, this isn’t meant to be any Deep Dark Secret here, but without saying the “theme” that I want these colors to impart, can you guess what impression or idea or theme I’m trying to get across with them?

In other words, when you see these colors, what comes to your mind right away?

Maybe if I change the orientation of the line-up:

Selecting Embroidery Floss Colors

What do you see?


I’m never 100% positive about colors.

I’m embroidering one of my own designs, and these are the colors I’ve pulled to get me started.

What generally happens next, once I start stitching, is that I eliminate some colors and add others.

I might even start mixing in different types of threads.

And sometimes, none of it works and I go back to the drawing board.

Before I start stitching, though, I thought I’d show you the results of messing about with color for a couple hours, and ask you if this collection of color imparts any particular impression or idea on your mind when you see it, and if so, what idea? What impression?

If you want to help me gauge my color success, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

A jolly Thursday all around!

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Wonderful Wednesday #23: Cozy Blue

Start Embroidery Kit by Cozy Blue
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” – this is pretty much my mantra in every crafty project I undertake, and the Start Embroidery Kit in Cozy Blue’s shop on Etsy.

Cozy Blue needs no introduction here – we have featured Liz’s beautiful designs numerous times – and I highly recommend a visit to her shop for some embroidery inspiration.

Stitchy Snippets – Embroidered Sentiments

Take a tour through these beautiful illustrations by Australian based artist Laura McKellar. Her passion for different artistic mediums is evident in her work, which includes photography, textiles, fashion and graphic design. Laura’s stunning textile pieces are initially worked and edited on the computer often incorporating photography then digitally printed onto fabric to be further embellished with hand embroidery. Her colourful palette is sure to brighten any chilly, Fall morning. Find out more about her work here.

Early Style Hardanger – A Give-Away!

It’s Tuesday, and since we’re past the halfway point in October, I think it’s a perfect day for a give-away!

If you love whitework, if you love open work embroidery, delicate embroidery, geometric design and drawn thread work – you’re going to love Yvette Stanton’s newest embroidery book, Early Style Hardanger! And if you don’t have a copy of it yet, here’s your opportunity to win a nice addition to your needlework library!

Early Style Hardanger by Yvette Stanton

Earlier this year, I reviewed Early Style Hardanger. The review will tell you what the book is all about, how the techniques differ from Hardanger as we know it today, and what you can expect inside the cover – from magnificent projects to thorough instruction.

Thanks to Vetty Creations, today I’m giving away a copy of the book, which I’ll mail to you, no matter where you live! Just read the give-away guidelines below to participate!

Early Style Hardanger - Projects

Give-Away Guidelines

1. Leave a comment on today’s article on Needle ‘n Thread. If you’re not sure where to comment, this link will take you straight to the comment form. Comments left on other articles on Needle ‘n Thread or sent in via email are not eligible.

2. Please make sure you leave a recognizable name on your comment, to avoid confusion when the winner is announced. For example, if your name is Sue and you want to differentiate yourself from other Sues out there, you might use your last name or initial, a nickname, a place – like Sue in Syracuse – or something like that.

3. In your comment, please answer the following question:

What’s your favorite embroidery stitch and why?

4. Leave your comment by this Saturday, October 22nd, 5:00 am CST (Kansas time). The winner will be announced at the beginning of Saturday’s article, which happens to be a really fun newsy post with lots of tidbits for your weekend entertainment!

So jump on in and leave your comment this week, and by next week, you may have a beautiful new book winging its way to you from the wilds of Kansas!

Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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