Sunday, 30 March 2014

New Pattern Cat Softie

Today's new listing in my Craftsy Pattern Store is this cute little cat softie
This pattern comes with easy –to –follow full colour photographs to make the cutest ever hand embroidered cat
Your softie is completely hand made with soft and easy to stitch wool felt and stranded embroidery threads. You will need a tiny amount of polyester fibrefill to complete the project
This little cat measures 3 inches x 2 inches and is suitable for all levels of sewing expertise using just five easy embroidery stitches
Instructions for working the stitches are included: back stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy stitch, feather stitch and French knot

The pattern is printed full size so no enlarging is needed

Also available as a kit (just the orange cat) in my Etsy store but only 3 left!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Felt Key Fobs Free Pattern

My little keyfob pattern was the top free download on Craftsy yesterday!!
It was downloaded 300 times
Great to know that people like my patterns :)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stitch Magazine Projects

The first of my projects for Stitch magazine has been published!

'Spring Has Sprung' is the first part of a series of simple designs inspired by the four seasons

See it in Issue 88 - on sale now 

It is a lovely beginners project and I would love to have your feedback and see your completed projects posted to my Facebook Page 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hand Embroidery on Paper and Card

Hand stitching on heavy paper or card is an easy and effective way to create lovely greetings cards and show off your embroidery skills at the same time!
You can also use this technique to add embroidered accents to gift tags and scrapbooking projects

What You Need
First you'll need a design to embroider. For stitching on paper, it's a good idea to stick with simple outlines
Almost any hand embroidery pattern or design can be stitched using basic embroidery stitches.
In this tutorial, I am using a small design from the Fresh Florals Pattern Set

The materials needed for any paper embroidery project are basic and very easy to find - you may already have them in your workroom
• Heavy paper or card stock  - I have cut a circle using my die cutting machine
• Embroidery Needle
• Stranded Embroidery Thread 
• Embroidery Scissors 
• Pencil 
• Padded surface – this could be a piece of cork, styrofoam or folded felt

What You Do
1. Print off the embroidery pattern to the desired size and mark around the pattern using the pencil and card circle then cut around the pattern

Place the pattern over the card circle and use masking tape to fix it to the padded surface

2. Using the embroidery needle or pin pre-pierce the stitching lines at regular intervals, pressing the tip of the needle through the pattern and the card into the surface below. Basic stitches work best when embroidering on paper. In this sample I have used straight stitches, back stitch and lazy daisy stitch
To prepare for the straight stitches on the flower centre punch holes about   2mm apart along the lines around the circle and 1 in the centre. Where one or more threads will pass through the same hole, use a larger tool to make the hole bigger
To prepare for the backstitch, punch holes about 2mm apart along the lines. To prepare for the Lazy Daisy stitch, punch 3 holes: 1 at the base of the petal and 2 at the top

Hold up to the light to make sure all the holes are pierced
Tip: always hold the piercing tool vertically

3. Start to embroider the design, do not use knots - start and end by leaving a tail and secure this to the back of the card with tiny pieces of masking tape

4. Use 1 strand of deep pink thread to stitch the flower centre, starting at the edge of the circle and working through the centre hole with each stitch
Work the stem and leaves in backstitch using 3 strands of green thread

Work the petals in lazy daisy stitch using 3 strands of pink thread. Begin by passing your needle up and down through the same hole at the bottom of the petal, so that you create a loop of floss on the surface of the card.
Bring the needle up through the hole at the top of the petal, and position that  loop so your needle is sticking through it, as shown then take the needle to the back through the second hole

The completed stitching

To make the card, I used a pre-folded white card with a square of striped paper attached to the front
I mounted my stitched circle onto a circle of green paper then attached this to the card

The finished card
Perfect for Mothers Day or as a thank you card

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Craft and Design Awards 2014

The voting for this years Craft and Design magazine awards closes at midnight on 31st March
I would be delighted to receive your vote :)
Please click HERE to be taken to my page then scroll down and click on the blue box to vote
Here is a little video montage of some of my work