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 123

Posted on Nov 25 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Remember the reason for the season this Christmas. This free Nativity scene pattern gives you the instructions you’ll need to add a religious touch to gifts and decorations. This is a large project and the instructions are presented in three parts. Enjoy!


Nativity Embroidery Project


Sew Deadly – Issue #119

Posted on Aug 19 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Today Amanda Rolfe is demonstrating seven basic embroidery stitches for you. I hope you enjoy the video!


Sew Deadly – Issue 117

Posted on Jun 10 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Today we’re learning a basketweave needlepoint stitch from Needlepoint For Fun:



I hope you enjoy it and that you have a wonderful week!