Positive Self-Talk Via Cross-Stitch, Hurrah!

I read a number of years ago in Snoop that motivational posters are essentially a form of self-talk, and one of the most reliable external indicators of a neurotic temperament. Science. Gotta love it. Apparently people buy them, not to communicate to other people their commitment to Excellence or Overcoming Fear or Success, but toContinue reading “Positive Self-Talk Via Cross-Stitch, Hurrah!”

A double-gauze V9029, with hand-stitching

After a good, quick Linden as a palate-cleaner, I decided to do a good, semi-quick palate cleanser before getting back into anything more complicated. And by this I meant that I made another V9029, this time in a Nani Iro double gauze that I bought last fall (shame on me), and then edge-stitched by hand.Continue reading “A double-gauze V9029, with hand-stitching”

Embroidering Stuff: How-To

I can’t actually remember when I started to embroider. But I found a half-finished pre-stamped crewel piece of a frog on a toadstool saying “kiss me!” in a box of my old books, so clearly I have been embroidering for a good long time–at least 30 years. And the funny thing is that I’m stillContinue reading “Embroidering Stuff: How-To”

Embroidering Stuff: Purses

If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into the pool of decorative hand-stitching, purses and bags are a great place to start. You don’t need to worry about flattering placement, or layering other pieces on top of something embroidered if it’s dimensional, or whether or not it’s “professional” or “appropriate;” you don’t need to worryContinue reading “Embroidering Stuff: Purses”

Review: Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths

Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths by Jane Nicholas My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am incredibly impressed by the level of research in Jane Nicholas’s insect embroidery books. I don’t read them expecting to learn more about the critters she embroiders, but I do: The natural history and basic biology of the insects are included;Continue reading “Review: Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths”

Embroidered Clothing is Better

Say, did you know that it’s National Embroidery Month? No, me either. Which is tragic. I feel like I’ve wasted ten days of potential embroidery bliss through my careless ignorance. Not to say that I haven’t been embroidering–I have–but I didn’t know that I had the perfect opportunity to torment you all with embroidery talk!Continue reading “Embroidered Clothing is Better”

Review: The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection

The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection by Jane Nicholas My rating: 5 of 5 stars A fantastic book for the advanced beetle-loving embroiderer. This may be a small audience, but it’s a wonderful book–from the research on the inspiration insects, through to the instructions and projects using stumpwork, goldwork, crewel, beading, and appliqueContinue reading “Review: The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection”

B5354 again: once more, with feeling

One of the most fun things about making your own clothes, to me, is being able to dress them up or down, however you like. It’s not shopping. You are not limited to the presentation on the pattern envelope. So, I decided to jazz up one of my favourite t-shirt patterns with a bit ofContinue reading “B5354 again: once more, with feeling”