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 #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 #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!

Sew Deadly – Issue 97

Posted on Jun 11 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Today I’m seeing RED! As in, free redwork patterns, of course! 🙂 I love redwork and blackwork embroidery.

chickens Here is a tutorial on how to turn a digital photograph of your house into a redwork keepsake!

And here are more cute patterns (click on the photos): ladygirl


Sew Deadly – Issue 96

Posted on May 28 2014

Thread EndMarcy’s Musings

BIG NEWS! THREAD END is releasing JUNE 3! To celebrate the big event, Amanda Lee is giving away a $25 Etsy gift card to anyone who comments on this blog between now and June 3. The winner will be chosen from the commenters on June 4, 2014. The winner will be notified by email, so please include your email address with your comment.

What will you choose if you win the gift card…one of the choices below or something else?!


Sew Deadly – Issue 94

Posted on Apr 30 2014

Marcy’s Musings

It’s not too early to start stitching something beautiful for Mother’s Day! Cross {re} Stitched blog offers free cross-stitch charts for the occasion, including patterns for moms-to-be and new moms.

cuts_babybagIf you make something, please share it with us! Post a photo in the comments!




Sew Deadly – Issue 91

Posted on Mar 19 2014


Marcy’s Musings

I thought you might be interested in this bead embroidery tutorial by Potomac Bead Company. You can make some beautiful and unique jewelry using this technique!

Sew Deadly – Issue 90

Posted on Mar 05 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Isn’t this an exciting time of year? It’s almost spring! If you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as my green-beer-drinking friends at the Brew Crew, you might want to make this adorable cross-stitch pattern from To see the pattern larger and get the full stitching instructions, check out the pattern here!


Sew Deadly – Issue 89

Posted on Feb 19 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Hi, there! Today I’m thinking about tapestry weaving. We’re getting ready to have an antique textile museum exhibit in Tallulah Falls, and I have weaving on the brain. 🙂 In the video below, Rebecca Mezoff demonstrates James Koehler’s weft interlock technique.