Sew Deadly – Issue #142

Posted on Sep 21 2016

Marcy’s Musings

roses-1167793_1280Here’s some terrific advice from Emma Allen of Perfect Little Stitches:

For some embroidery designs, you should probably use exactly the same colors that the designer used. This rule might apply to animal portraits. But for almost any other design, you will want to choose colors that make you happy.

Let’s say you want to stitch a floral design. The designer used a particular shade of purple, choosing from whatever thread colors she happened to have in her stash, and going with whatever color nature assigned to that flower. And if that is the look you want, then that is fine. But perhaps you prefer a bluer shade of purple, or one that is darker, or more pastel, or maybe you don’t like purple at all. Look through your thread stash. Those are probably the colors you like most (or why else would you have bought them?). Find a color that looks best to you, that coordinates with the fabric you are using.

You might also choose to use an entirely unconventional color scheme, perhaps all shades of a single color, or shades of gray with one bold accent color. Play around with color choices in your embroidery software, then test-stitch if you are still not sure. You will probably discover new color combinations that make your heart sing.

Source: StitchFun News

Sew Deadly – Issue #138

Posted on Jul 06 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Check out this impressive flower hand-embroidery tutorial.


Sew Deadly – Issue #137

Posted on Jun 22 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Who doesn’t love eyelet? Well, here’s a tutorial on how to do the eyelet stitch. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Sew Deadly – Issue #136

Posted on Jun 08 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Have you ever done fishbone embroidery? If not, you might want to give it a try!


Sew Deadly – Issue 135

Posted on May 25 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Hi, there! I hope you’ll enjoy this goldwork embroidery tutorial! 🙂

Sew Deadly – Issue #134

Posted on Apr 27 2016

Marcy’s Musings

I have a few quilting supplies in my shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, but my store mainly caters to embroiderers (as you probably know). Still, we crafty people enjoy all different kinds of projects; so when I ran across a tutorial for making a scrap quilt, I had to share it with  you.

All the information you’ll need is in this article, written by Janet Wickell. Take a look!

How to Make a Scrap Quilt - Moment Open / Getty Images

Sew Deadly – Issue #133

Posted on Apr 13 2016

Marcy’s Musings

embroiderypicLook at the simple, elegant embroidery on this linen kitchen towel. It’s called sashiko embroidery.

This form of Japanese embroidery uses “a form of running stitches to create beautiful patterns, which often repeat or create a tiled effect.” Read more, get free patterns, and see the step-by-step tutorial at About Needlecrafts.

As always, if you make this, please share a photo of your completed project! Happy stitching! 🙂

Sew Deadly – Issue #132

Posted on Mar 30 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Just in time for you to gear up for all your summer stitching, here are some pointers about transferring patterns! My friend Amanda Lee says she always has trouble with iron-on transfers, and she might try one of the other two methods below.

“They still make carbon paper?” she asks.

Yes, Amanda, they do. They even make some especially for embroidery.  😉


Sew Deadly – Issue #131

Posted on Mar 16 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Here’s a beautiful Celtic shamrock for you to cross-stitch! I realize you only have one day until St. Patrick’s Day, but I believe you could stitch this in a few hours. Get the pattern here.


Sew Deadly – Issue #130

Posted on Mar 02 2016

Marcy’s Musings

thestitchLet’s get ready for spring with some free cross-stitch patterns. Below are links to lead you to some really pretty ones. I especially love the bunny in tulips.

Bunnies on Parade

Bunny in Tulips

Coffee Break

Easter Memories

Easter Sunrise

Irish at Heart

Easter Chick

Easter Bunny