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Color Picks no.1

DMC Floss Color Scheme

Hello! I wanted to share these colors with you today. I had picked this floss out for a project about a month ago and couldn't stop looking at it. I just loved the whole bunch! In the end they didn't work for the project I had planned (a project you will see soon). But I still love them. So I'm sharing them with you. Maybe you'll be able to use them in a project you're working on. 

Choosing colors is pretty daunting for some people. And I get that. When I start a new project figuring out my color scheme always takes longer than I think it will. I'm starting a monthly series on pretty color schemes, colors that will look great in any project. I'll be using DMC floss and give you the number of each floss color.

And the best part? This whole handful of beautiful color cost me about the same as a nice cup of coffee. So skip the coffee and buy yourself something that will last longer than ten minutes of slurping. On a side note; I really do love coffee. But I love floss too.  

Are there any colors you love and would like to see in a color scheme?

Color Pick no. 1

DMC 166 (green)

DMC 3809 (dark blue)

DMC 964 (light blue)

DMC 760 (pink)

DMC 3825 (peach)

DMC 921 (orange)

DMC 3852 (yellow)

DMC 712 (cream)

P.S. If you do use this color scheme email me a photo…I'd love to see it! 

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Holding Stitch How To Video

Holding Stitch How To Video

I'm a visual learner. Sometimes no matter how good the written instructions, it is just way easier to learn by seeing the thing done. I've decided to start making my own How To videos for all you stitchers like me! 

My plan is to begin by making videos of the basic stitches, move to intermediate, complicated stitches and then stitches you use on special occasions. All of my How To videos will be archived here.

Here is video #1. The holding stitch, or "How to end and begin your thread." This is a great method if you like the back of your work to be nice and tidy. Sometimes I cheat and just use a knot when I'm feeling lazy. But really, if you want excellent work use this stitch!

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Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

Butterfly Embroidery Pattern Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

I'm so excited to launch this blog! And sharing a pattern seemed like a natural first post to me. Victorian crewelwork and Colonial American motifs played a big role in this pattern's design. But I've created a modern girls version with the colors and playfulness of the pattern. 

I've been needing a new pouch for a while. Something to hold my little scissors, needles, and whatever floss I'm using at the moment. I'll be teaching a few beginning embroidery classes soon, and though I'm super excited I'm also a little nervous. What better way to boost my confidence than bring some of my own embroidery, stitched onto this pouch, along to the first class? 

Download the pattern and stitch guide here and here

Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

These are the materials I used but go ahead and use whatever fabric, colors, and thread you like best! 

Fabric (heavier in weight, I used something close to a linen twill)

Scissors

Needle (I like chenille)

Cotton Floss:

2 shades of blue-green

2 shades of yellow

3 shades of pink (dark, medium, and light)

Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

(Up close images below)

1. Outline the wing tops with a split stitch. Outline the sides of the wings in a chain stitch.

2. Fill in the tops of the wings with satin stitch.

3. Stitch the flower stems on the main wing using stem stitch. Next create your flowers. Using your darkest pink fill in the bottom third of your flowers with french knots. For the middle section use your medium shade pink. And for the top use your lightest pink. For the four tiny flowers use a single french knot. 

For the leaf on the secondary wing use Couching with contrasting thread colors. 

4. Use a stem stitch to create the butterfly's antennas and feet. Outline the body in split stitch. Fill in the body using satin stitch. 

5. Add Seeding to the secondary wing + the little front wing. 

Turn your embroidery into something fantastic (maybe you are needing a new accessory pouch too!) or hang it on a wall.

Butterfly Embroidery Pattern Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

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