I’m so pleased to announce my newest embroidered ornament kit. This one is called Holiday Trailers. I had such fun stitching them as I tried to come up with ways to make them unique. We are trailer fans and have had some sort of RV for at least 20 years. Currently, we have an Airstream trailer so that was my inspiration for the 3rd one in the photo above. I decided to use some silver metallic thread for that one. It’s included in the kit, but metallic thread can be difficult to use, so using just the gray thread works fine too. I hope you’ll check them out!
A couple of weeks ago I played around with block printing on fabric with textile ink. I ended up making a bunch of these fabric ornaments from my hand carved stamp. There are several versions of the red one as I was decided on what colors I liked best for stitching. In the end I prefer the simple white thread. However, there are many unstitched ones as well for those who prefer just the ink.
Most of the green ones are unstitched, though if you really wanted them stitched, you can let me know and I’ll do a special listing.
Also, you can do the stitching yourself if you want to. The unstitched ones cost 1/2 as much, so it’s a cost saver and not hard to do because there’s batting in the middle. You’d just need to hide your knots as in hand quilting.
Do you recognize this pattern from my Christmas cards? There are still some of these in the shop. You might make a nice little hostess gift with a hand printed card and ornament to go with it.
I’m pleased to introduce my newest DIY embroidery kit. This one is called Forest Friends and includes some critters that are so much fun to stitch. Whether you are a fan of rabbits, fox, raccoon, or marten, there’s something for everyone. This kit will make all four ornaments and you can switch up colors and stitches as you like. Check out this and all my kits in the DIY section of my shop.
I hope you are enjoying a lovely day with friends and family. Let's also remember those who are in difficult circumstances today and hope they are reunited with loved ones soon.
I am working like crazy to get ready for the Holiday Tails Art Fair this weekend. I finished up these ornaments above and below. Some of them will be for sale at the fair. I want to keep a few, but it's hard to decide which ones to keep! The Folk Art Friends ornaments above were an alternate colorway I put together to show the variety of colors and stitch you can use. These were printed with brown ink on ivory linen. The ornaments below were created with free hand embroidery on wool. The free form embroidery is tricky and I kept wishing I had lines for guidance, but I like how they turned out. I now admire even more the work by some of the embroiderers I follow on Instagram (especially Adam Pritchett).
In other news, I have been learning some new bookbinding stitches over the past month or so. These are really fun to make. The first two photos show some of the postcards books I made. I used modern art and quilt postcards from my stash.
The newest type of stitch I've learned is called the buttonhole stitch. This stitch is created with a delightful little cutout in the spine of the book. These are truly lovely, special journals. All of my journals have been created with acid free artist's paper. Some have drawing paper, some have heavier paper suitable for wet media. Some have a variety of paper for those who might want to experiment. All of the journals come with a handwritten label indicating which paper is which in case you find something you want to get more of. These are all for sale in the shop for the next few days. I'll close the shop starting on Friday for the weekend when I do the art fair and unsold items will be re-listed on Monday December 11.
PS- I managed to finish the quilt from the previous post and submitted it along with two others for QuiltCon. I'll post about them when I get a chance after the art fair.