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 135

Posted on May 25 2016

Marcy’s Musings

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

Sew Deadly – Issue 127

Posted on Jan 20 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Why not give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day with these gorgeous embroidered earrings?

Sew Deadly – Issue 124

Posted on Dec 09 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Hi, there! If you’re looking for a fairly quick and easy project for tree ornaments or gift tie-ons, check out this tutorial from TLC Inspirations:

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 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!

Sew Deadly – Issue #116

Posted on May 27 2015

Marcy’s Musings

20150522_121818Today 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

Sew Deadly – Issue #107

Posted on Jan 21 2015


I found this article and had to share it with you. Click through the link to Gizmodo to read the original article and to listen to these embroidery patterns played on an old-fashioned music box! Please let me know what you think. 🙂

Embroidery Patterns Played Through a Music Box

Sew Deadly – Issue 99

Posted on Jul 23 2014

mr owlieMarcy’s Musings

Hi, there! Today I’m sharing some vintage embroidery patterns with you, like this owl pattern that was originally in a late 1960s crewelwork set. The owl pattern is courtesy of Stitchy Britches, and you can read all about it at the link.

The Dotted Butterflies pattern (circa 1945) from would make a beautiful candlewick pillow.

Needle ‘n Thread shares two beautiful patterns: a scroll design and a decorative pillow top.

We also have a lovely pattern from circa 1920 called Fantasy Flowers.

There’s a beautiful dogwood pattern at Drap Cushions.

And, finally, here’s a floral pattern from The Old Design Shop.

I hope you enjoy these patterns and that, if you make any of them, you share photos with us in the comments!

Sew Deadly – Issue 98

Posted on Jun 25 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Today I want to give a shout-out to Knit Purl and some of The Seven-Year Stitch’s other “neighbors!” Knit Purl is having a special event this evening (June 25, 2014) from 6 – 8 p.m. with Lantern Moon. Knit Purl is located in Portland, Oregon.

Black Sheep at Orenco invites everyone to join them at the Orenco Farmer’s Market to crochet, knit, spin, or tat. The store is also planning a Stitch and Pitch event on August 24.

Happy Knits is offering a free pattern for the month of June. The pattern is described as a “one-skein wonder that’s a perfect addition to your summer evening outfit.”

Knitting Bee is hosting a teddy bear costume contest to benefit Camp Erin, a free camp for bereaved children. The costumes must be hand knitted or crocheted and include a hat or headband.

For the details on any or all of the above, plus additional events, sales and information, check out this article from Oregon Live at