Here’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
Look 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! 🙂
Today we’re learning a basketweave needlepoint stitch from Needlepoint For Fun:
I hope you enjoy it and that you have a wonderful week!
Today I want to talk with you guys about the big finish! And, to do so, I want to share a project sent to me by my dear friend Donna Wattier. Donna made this to commemorate the release of Wicked Stitch–my latest adventure–written by Amanda Lee.
Look at how Donna made a border around the finished design and added an adorable ribbon bow to accent the piece. She also used the same ribbon to make a hanger for the frame. See how these thoughtful touches add even more to the piece? It’s absolutely wonderful!
I know that you–like Donna–have put a lot of time and hard work into your beautiful creation. Follow her example and use your artistic flair to make your piece even better!
For more ideas on finishing embroidery projects, click the links below:
Sew Mama Sew – How to Finish Frame Embroidery
Embroidery Finishing – A Pinterest Board by Becky MacKay
We’re only six days away from the release of WICKED STITCH! So, I have a couple of questions for you: 1) are you ready to party?! and 2) are you ready for some giveaways?!
Gayle Trent, who also writes as Amanda Lee, is offering her standalone mystery The Perfect Woman for free on April 7 -8 to celebrate the release of WICKED STITCH. THE PERFECT WOMAN is only available on Kindle, but even if you don’t have a Kindle, you may download the free Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet or get Kindle for PC for your computer in order to read the book.
Did you Preorder?
If you preordered WICKED STITCH or plan to order the book when it releases on April 7, please save your receipt. Black out any sensitive information, scan the receipt, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into a giveaway for one of five $10 Amazon gift cards. You’ll also have the opportunity to request a signed bookplate. Just include a mailing address if you’d like a bookplate.
On April 7, join the party on Facebook! Visit the Gayle Trent/Amanda Lee page on Facebook or visit the event page directly to RSVP so you won’t miss out. The party will begin at noon and carry on throughout the day. If you’ve been to one of the launch parties in the past, you know how much fun we’ll have!
Let’s Visit in Person!
If you live in the Southwest Virginia region, I’d love to meet you! I’ll be at Books-A-Million in Bristol, Virginia on April 11 from 12 – 4 p.m., at Mountain Empire Comics in Bristol, Tennessee on May 2 beginning at 10 a.m.; and at the Nickerson Snead House in Glade Spring, Virginia on May 30, beginning at 10 a.m.