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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Watercolor Embroidery  

By Jessica Harvey



If you like watercolor and embroidering, try putting them together to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art! Start by lightly wetting your fabric and adding watercolor paint to it. The paint spreads out quickly so this is perfect for a more abstract background. Once the fabric is dry, you can add stitching! Watch the video below as Rachel and I show how it's done!


Products Used:

Size 18/24 6/Pkg - Chenille Hand NeedlesIvory 20"X24" - 300 Thread Count Cotton Fabric For EmbroideryPeacock Embroidery Scissors 4"Natural - Wood Embroidery Hoop W/Round Edges 9"DMC 367 Dark Pistachio Green - DMC Six Strand Embroidery Cotton 8.7 YardsWoodlands Watercolor Confections - Prima


How to Back Your Embroidery When Finished



After you've completed stitching, it's time to back your work! There are many ways to do this but I am showing you my favorite way. Start by using a running stitch to stitch around the back side of the fabric about 1/2 an inch from the edge. Continue all the way around and at the end pull it tight and tie it off. 




Cut off the excess fabric. You do not want it to be very bulky in the back.




Cut a piece of thick cardstock the size of your inner circle from your hoop. Cut a circle of fabric larger than that of your paper circle. Because this was a watercolored piece, I wanted to watercolor my backing fabric first.




Now add wet glue around the edges of the paper circle and pull the fabric over it. Now you can glue it onto the back of your embroidery for a nice finished look.


Here are some more examples of embroidery that has watercolored fabric that were made by Rachel!


Posted by Jessica.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

DIY Needle Minders  


Need a cute way to not lose your needles? Then you need to make these really easy, double-sided needle minders! These are quick to make and are so handy to keep your needle close by when you pause your stitching. (Which for me is quite often with 3 small kids!) I now don't have to worry if I lost a needle in the couch :)

Supplies needed:






I made two kinds of needle minders - with wood buttons and metal charms. To make the wood button ones, I first peeled off the sticky backing of the buttons so that the magnets would have a flatter and smoother surface. I love these wood buttons from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! The adhesive magnets have + and - labels on them, so you'll need one of each. Peel off the labels, and then stick them right on the back of the buttons and press firmly. I found I didn't need any glue at all, and these have held up wonderfully. Place one button on each side of the hoop, and now you have a strong magnetic needle minder! I even did a shake test and these needles stayed on just fine.




For the metal charm needle minders - I made them the same way, except added a little dab of super glue. These specific charms I used didn't have a super flat back, so the glue was really needed. I love how they turned out!





Aren't these so cute and easy? It's nice that they're double-sided so I can switch the design when I get tired of it. 

Here's a quick video of this easy process. Happy crafting!



Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Embroidery Stitches  

This August on Technique Tuesdays we are focusing on stitching! Today we are sharing 11 different embroidery stitches that can be added to fabric, paper, your clothing, and more!





Back Stitch


Stem Stitch


French Knot



Lazy Daisy


Chain Stitch



Fishbone Stitch


Woven Wheel Stitch


Cross Stitch


Satin Stitch


Blanket Stitch


Running Stitch

Posted by Jessica.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

10 Embroidery Tips For The Beginner

Are you wanting to try hand embroidery but not sure where to start? Here are 10 hand embroidery tips for the beginner! I am very much a beginner here myself, and I hope these tips will help you feel confident on starting this fun craft! 


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

7 Embroidery Stitches - Technique Tuesday

For the month of March on Technique Tuesdays, we will be focusing on stitching! This could be stitching on paper, fabric, embroidery, or anything else that is sewed. Today we have a video showing 7 beginner-friendly embroidery stitches....

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Technique Tuesday - Stitched Layout

For the month of February on Technique Tuesdays, we will be focusing on stitching! This could be stitching on paper, fabric, embroidery, or anything else that is sewed.

Today Sara is sharing how she made a background for her layout...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

How to Crochet a Scrunchie

Scrunchies are a favorite hair accessory that you can make quickly and easily with this crochet project. There are so many different ways they can be made once you know the construction. They can be big and fluffy, or thin and sleek. The style...

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Summer Crochet Projects 2 comments

Check out these 20 summer crochet projects! We have rounded up these favorite tutorials from Pinterest, and all of them have FREE patterns. You'll find plant hangers, popsicle holders, coasters, sunglass pouches, and more! They are the perfect lit...

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Learn How To Crochet!

Some Tips To Get You Started On Your New Hobby!


Crochet can seem intimidating at first with all of the different types of yarn, hooks, patterns, and stitches. Today I will walk you through the basics of crocheting to learn how to make the single crochet stitch. I will show you what you ne...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter String Art Tutorial

Winter String Art Tutorial


Most people get at least a little giddy at the first snowflakes tumbling out of the sky, but let’s be honest, once we’re a few months into the knee-deep, freezing cold winter we just...

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