Blackwork Embroidery and Strawberries

My new pattern kit is listed in my Etsy shop and it's called Early January. A nice black and white pattern with winter plants with interesting shapes and seed heads from an earlier season. Click here for design details

My latest sewing adventure with my Spoonflower fabrics.  Another zip pouch with my Strawberries Blue fabric

Accented with my Avocado White Check fabric
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Red Zinnia Wildflower Clutch Purse

I bought a fat quarter of my Red Zinnia Wildflower fabric in cotton poplin ultra from Spoonflower. I found a pattern on Etsy for a clutch purse I liked.  It ended up being a very adventurous project.  I haven't sewn in a while and my left brain got a work out  with this endeavor.

It has two zippers and three pockets.  Not sure what I was thinking . . .

I really liked working with the contrasting zipper and I learned some new techniques with this pattern.  I'll pick a one zipper project next time.   

Red Zinnias Wildflower fabric

Pomegranate and Chicken Dish Towels

For a quick sewing project these dish towels from Spoonflower are fun to make.  The towels are printed on their linen cotton canvas ultra fabric and are nice and sturdy. The fabric softens after washing and has a nice crinkle look from the linen.  They get softer with each washing.

Press the towels with a hot iron and trim all the loose threads.  

Square the edges with a rotary cutter and mat.  The edges can be pretty uneven and I had to cut 1/2" off one edge to make them even.  Press the edge of the fabric in 3/8" twice.    Do this on all the sides.  Since it is a thick fabric I wanted to make mitered corners.  Here is a great how to video from creativebug on how to make them. 

After the mitered corners are finished fold the hem down where the pressing lines are and sew an edge stitch around the towel.  

Finished hem with mitered corners.    

Finished tea towels.  Here are links to the towels in my Spoonflower shop if you'd like to make either of them.  Holiday Pomegranate Sal…

Redwork Chickadee and Christmas Ornaments

My holiday towel this year is a Redwork Chickadee on a Berry Branch.  The design is on a  27" x 28" flour sack towel.  Flour sack towels are great for embroidery  because you can see the pattern easily through the fabric for tracing  and the fabric is really nice to embroider on. 

I have a new set of Christmas Holiday Ornaments.  It is a set of six with the snowman and peppermint chocolate featured here.  There is also a hound dog, a kitten in a stocking, polka dot mittens, and a cowboy snowman.   

I liked the soft grey in the vine pattern of the fabric so I chose a medium grey floss to compliment the burgundy red, creamy white shade, and holiday green  for the designs.    

Lily and Tulip Ride A Bike Hand Embroidery Pattern

I chose fabric way out of my normal color palette in honor of the autumn season  for this design.  Lily is taking her little dog Tulip for a bike ride.  They bought a  bouquet of flowers and are losing some on the way, but that's okay.  You can click here for pattern details.

Autumn Birds Hand Embroidery Pattern

Hopefully we'll be enjoying some cooler temperatures now that September is here. This is my new hand embroidery pattern inspired by autumn stitched in  bright fall colors on solid green fabric from Waverly.   I love their selection of solid fabrics in bright colors for hand embroidery. Autumn Birds Embroidery Pattern details here.

Baby Bloomers Hand Embroidery Book

My new hand embroidery book is now available!  It has lots of patterns to embroider for children.  An alphabet series to make into a quilt, a quiet book, or toys. Lots of animals from farm animals to fish.  Storybook style patterns, too.  

You can click here for details on the book. 

An example of one of the alphabet series patterns.