Category Archives: Embroidery

Sashiko

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’m new to the whole world of embroidery. To be honest, I spent a lot of years avoiding it like the plague, thinking it was old fashioned and not my style. But over the past two or three years I’ve fallen head over heels for the craft and have been working my way through learning different techniques and stitches. My current favorite? Sashiko. I wish I’d found it years ago. The simple, sparse lines appeal to my sense of style in a big way and even beginners (like me) can make some pretty stunning pieces. Sashiko is a style of embroidery from Japan that uses simple color combinations like blue and white, and basic, even stitching to create amazing patterns and textures. Great for stitchers of all ages, here are a few of our favorite sashiko projects and patterns.

Reversible Sashiko Placemats - The Purl Bee

Reversible Sashiko Placemats – The Purl Bee

Beautiful! Am I right? I love these reversible placemats with their simple cross sashiko stitching. While you could certainly make your own placemats from scratch to stitch onto, this would be a fantastic way to personalize a set of store-bought ones for a gift. I love the neutral tones there but these would be just as beautiful in the traditional navy and white, or maybe go for a color pop with red or green!

Sashiko Sampler Potholders - Design Sponge

 

Sashiko Sampler Potholders – Design Sponge

And speaking of color! Look at these pot holders! Who wouldn’t want these hanging on a hook in their kitchen or gracing their table to protect the surface from hot pots? The amazing thing here is that, other than the border, each features just two colors. One for the thread, one for the fabric. And yet, they have such a modern, colorful look. These are at the top of my to-make list right now!

Sashiko Emboridery Tutorial - The Purl Bee

Sashiko Embroidery TutorialThe Purl Bee

The secret to sashiko seems to be even stitches and spacing, especially when it comes to places where two lines meet. This diagram (and also this fabulous pattern!) are pushing me to up my game with sashiko and get some good stitching practice in.

Sashiko can be applied to so many projects – bags, clothing, knee patches, table runners – almost anything with a solid fabric for a background can be transformed with this beautiful style of embroidery. Have you tried sashiko yet? Send some photos of your projects our way so we can see what you’ve been up to! And check out these and other images on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Embroidered Gift Wrap

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Create your own one of a kind gift wrap from ThinkCrafts.com

I hate shopping for wedding wrapping paper. Finding great wedding wrapping means handing over a lot of money for fancy glitter or foil accents and I can never settle for not-so-great wedding wrapping. When I was getting ready for my friends Mike and Laura’s wedding, I knew that I wanted to do something special and personal. I love the idea of monogrammed wrapping paper so that you don’t have to use gift tags, and I wanted to add a little something extra for Mike and Laura’s big day. This idea would be great for Christmas too. A little monogrammed letter in the corner in lieu of gift tags will add a special personal touch to all of your gifts!

Here’s What You Need:

  • Craft Paper or Thick Wrapping Paper
  • Embroidery Floss 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Printed Template or a Pencil and Good Handwriting
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Optional: A Piece of Styrofoam or Corrugated Cardboard the size of your template (It makes a much better, sturdier base when poking holes through the template, but carpet works okay as well and is what I used)

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How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant

By Guest Blogger Diane from the blog CraftyPod

In addition to her fantastic sewing and craft projects, Diane’s blog CraftyPod gives insider tips and ideas for selling your crafts and your blog.

How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant by Guest Blogger Diane from CraftyPod

I get thousands of emails each week, begging me to offer more plastic canvas coverage on my blog.

(…Okay, well – perhaps that actually happens only in my mind. But still.)

How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant by Diane from CraftyPod

I’ve been noodling with these needlepoint pendants lately, and liking both the process and finished product. They make up quickly, and use up odds and ends of embroidery floss. Plastic canvas makes a great base for these, because it adds a “heft” that helps the pieces drape well.

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Featured Crafter: Lauren of Funky Monkey Embroidery

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Featured Crafter- FunkyMonkeyChildren

Lauren is an active mom to two little ones (ages 17 months and 2 months) as well as a loving wife to her Army-man husband. She started crafting as a new mom and has enjoyed learning different ways to make and create things for her little ones! When she’s not sewing or designing, she spend her “free” time running, cooking, and picking up the never ending stream of toys that decorate every room in the house!

Featured Crafter - Funky Monkey Children

My unique baby gifts and children’s clothing will add a funky flare to any child’s life. Baby items are wonderful as baby shower gifts or gifts for a new mother.

To see more, check out Funky Monkey Children on Etsy.

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Featured Crafter: Tracy Evans

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Tracy Evan’s Etsy shop The End Zone is filled with sports memorabilia, but the most eyecatching aspect are the tiny cross-stitched jerseys boasting famous athletes like Michael Jordan, John Elway, Peyton Manning, and many more. She can even produce a jersey from a photo of your favorite player’s, professional or not.

Featured Crafter- Tracy Evans

I started in 1996 with a new computer that happened to have a basic cross stitch program on it. My love of the sport of football was the inspiration for my first designs of the mini sports jerseys. They have changed and evolved over the last 17 years. They’ve been sold the world over, thanks to the internet. I’ve created mini jersey patterns from photos that proud parents have sent me. I have broadened the sports field also, with baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer mini jersey patterns. I am always trying to match up my patterns as close as possible to actual jerseys.

Featured Crafter - Tracy Evans

Currently my patterns can be found in my Etsy shop The End Zone

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Book Review: Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Machine Embroidery in 6 Lessons

Do you have an interest in machine embroidery but haven’t a clue how to get started? This is the book you need to get your custom machine stitching underway. The book starts from one of the hardest parts– finding the right machine. It goes through, step by step each feature that embroidery machines have, and how you can benefit from them. As you add features, the price goes up, so you can learn what features the machine you can afford has. From there, learn about the basic supplies that you will need to get to stitching. This way, you can leave the craft store confident that you’ve gotten everything you need.

After you’ve learned about the tools you need, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons takes you through the step-by-step process of designing, placing, and stitching your pattern. It quickly becomes obvious that each lesson in the book is crucial to making your machine embroidery the way you want. Each tip and trick will save you a lot of heartache and issues in the future. There is even a lesson on how to properly hoop your fabric so that the design ends up exactly where you want it! It comes with industry standards for placement of embroidery, and tips for making sure your hard work ends up looking fabulous.

One of my favorite things about this book is the 12 point checklist written in the back. It’s a perfect reference tool for machine embroiderers,  no matter how experienced you are. Instead of flipping through the book every time, you’ll only have to look at one page and know that you’re completing every step. The book also comes with handy machine embroidery tools including an angle finder, centering ruler, target ruler, and target stickers. The book teaches you how to use each and what they do.

If you’re even considering learning to machine embroider, take a look at Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons. Stop by on tomorrow for your chance to win an autographed copy!

Featured Crafter– Crystal Slonecker

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Hi there, I’m Crystal and I’m crazy for cross stitching! My love for cross stitch, fashion, and accessories let me to create a line of on-trend necklaces that are full of color and pattern. Each piece is hand stitched by me and assembled in my home in Los Angeles, then sold in my Etsy shop. My background in makeup artistry gave me a greater understanding of color and detail, and that has translated directly into my jewelry. I am inspired by everything around me, from the sunny California weather to the latest runway shows. My favorite pieces are the double sided pendants (wear with twice as many outfits!), and I just started offering a design your own initial pendant. Buyers get to choose their own colors and font type!
I am excited to continue to grow my business and have lots of new products being introduced in the next year.

Etsy: http://www.blendblend.etsy.com
Blog: http://www.blend10.blogspot.com

 

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