New! Yorkie! Embroidery! Pattern!

Sorry, I’m a little excited. This is the first pattern I’ve made in a long time. And it’s finally done! Yay! I wanted to create something fun and simple to embroider, and I think this fits the bill pretty well. Especially if you like Yorkshire Terriers. This is the first time I’ve put a floss color / stitch recommendation guide in one of my patterns. Do you like having those things when you buy a pattern? (Personally, I usually don’t {Read More}

Introducing the Animal Badges Applique and Embroidery Pattern!

I am so excited to share with you a new pattern for applique and embroidery that I designed: Animal Badges! It’s ten different animals, each enclosed in a circle, like so: Which animals? I’m so glad you asked. ★ Cat ★ Dog ★ Rabbit ★ Chicken ★ Duck ★ Pig ★ Butterfly ★ Owl ★ Lamb ★ Skunk (Why skunk? I don’t know! But I think he’s the cutest of the bunch.) As you’ve probably guessed by now, I am {Read More}

5 Lessons learned from an embroidery floss stash

While at a thrift shop this weekend, I found the score of a lifetime. Well, if you’re into embroidery floss, that is. And I am. (Are you?) Two large bags, full to the brim with hundreds of colors of embroidery floss. I immediately grabbed them and hugged them to my chest. Smiles for hours afterwards. Happy dance. All that. Turning two giant bags of embroidery floss into part of my collection was a herculean task. And while I sat at {Read More}

Brown’s Vegetable Cure for Female Weakness

After months of working on this embroidery (blame my female weakness. And the fact that embroidering all those tiny lines was TE.DE.IOUS.), I am happy to finally share with you “Brown’s Vegetable Cure for Female Weakness” ! What was Brown’s Vegetable Cure for Female Weakness, you may ask? AN ACTUAL PRODUCT, way back when. I found it in a Sears catalog from the turn of the century. No, the one before that. Behold the description, straight from said catalog (the {Read More}

False starts and stops

The simple thing to do would be to say, “Hey, you guys! I made a thing!” and to flash some pictures at you, like so: But you all know that I’m not one to do the simple thing and leave a short story alone. I’ve got so much backstory on this. I’ve got hopes, dreams and philosophies stitched into this thing. Whatever it is. (Textile art? Embroidery? Applique? Fabric collage? Oversized overfancy coaster?) But I can’t get the words to {Read More}