Paradigm Showcase Tour

I was beyond excited to work with the new Paradigm fabrics by Sarah Thomas of Sariditty. She is just the sweetest and her brand new fabric matches her personality perfectly! Also, I love Hoffman’s line of Me + You batik fabrics and was excited to see that Sarah had a color curated range of batiks to match her fabrics!

Without further ado, here is my crazy quilt inspired hoop made with both the Paradigm fabrics and the Me + You batiks:

When I saw the doily-inspired gray on white print, I knew I needed to Boho that up! So I cut three of the medallions and attached them to the batik prints.

You’ll notice that in the above picture, the fabric that I used is from this panel:

(Photo from the lookbook which can be seen here.)

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I love that in just one cut of fabric, I had access to eight fat quarters!

Once I assembled my crazy hoop, it was time to stitch! I rarely use thimbles when I hand stitch, but because I was going through so many layers of fabric to stitch the medallions, a thimble was necessary for me to keep my fingers intact!

When I do have to use a thimble, the Clover Natural Fit thimble is my absolute favorite one. You can find it here. Most thimbles leave me with a claustrophobic feeling (weird, right?!) but this one allows me to have a range of motion while I stitch!

And here’s a detailed pic of each medallion beaded and stitched:

Feast your eyes on each of the prints from this line, along with the coordinating Me + You batiks!

(Fabric photos below are from the Paradigm lookbook which can be viewed here.)

And one more shot of my crazy hoop all boho-ed up!
And be sure to check out more Paradigm awesomeness! Here is the full list of Makers featured on the showcase tour!

Paradigm Showcase Tour Schedule:

22 April – Cristy Stuhldreher @loveyousew_
23 April – Rebecca Bryan @bryanhousequilts
24 April – Hilary Jordan @byhilaryjordan
25 April – Tiffany Sepulveda @sewtiffany
26 April – Karie Jewell @kariejewell
27 April – Jen Timko @jentimko
28 April – Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen
29 April – Karen Miller @redbirdquiltco
30 April – Karen O’Connor @ladykquilts
1 May – Nicholas Ball @quiltsfromtheattic
2 May – Nicole Daksiewicz @modernhandcraft
3 May – Nichole Vogelsinger @wildboho
4 May – Kate Toney @toughkittencrafts
5 May – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill @wholecirclestudio
6 May – Karen Tripp @karenthediyaddict
7 May – Isabelle Selak @southbaybella
8 May – Elise Kwon @eliseandemelie
9 May – Jessica Kapitanski @sallietomatopatterns
10 May – Suzy Williams @suzyquilts
11 May – Sarah Thomas @sariditty
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Cricut Maker + Teacher Appreciation Week

Believe it or not, I like to clear my to-do list (or at least put it aside for the day!) and sometimes work on projects that do not involve embroidery!

For Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019) this year, I decided to try my hand at a project that involves my Cricut Maker, several rolls of vinyl and every green Sharpie marker I could find!!

I’ve mentioned it here and here and now again in this post…that one of my very, very favorite things about the Cricut Maker is the ability to do whatever I want with fonts! I’ve embroidered fabric words that my Maker has cut, used it to print directly on fabric and this time, I’ve cut words out on vinyl.

Full disclosure before I even walk you through this project: if I could do it all again, I would absolutely be using the Cricut Transfer Paper to make the whole vinyl transfer process go more quickly. I had a stack of nine chalkboards all ready to be vinyl-ed up and it was a time consuming process that I’m pretty sure the transfer paper would have helped to speed up!

That being said, I absolutely love how these projects turned out! And I loved using my Maker with vinyl. This is an easy peasy project!

I picked up a stack of hanging chalkboards from Michaels:

This patterned vinyl might be my favorite ever!

Here are the Cricut materials I used for this project:

Natalie Malan, Orchard Vinyl

Premium Vinyl, True Brushed Sampler

Weeding Tool Set

18 x 24 Lilac Self-Healing Cutting Mat

TrueControl Kit

Cutting Ruler

Step One: Sun on Chalkboard

So I knew that I wanted to have a sun peeking out from the corner of the chalkboard. I began with a paper shape that I cut and placed in the corner.

When I was happy with the dimensions of the sun, I cut the pieces out of cardstock and then pulled out my new TrueControl knife. If you have only ever used X-Acto knives before (like me!), then you are in for a pleasant surprise.

The end of this knife is padded just enough to keep your fingers from hurting if you are making a lot of cuts. I must use tons of pressure when I am cutting with a knife like this and end up with sore fingers when I’m done cutting!

However, my fingers did not hurt when I had finished making lots of tiny little cuts! I easily cut out nine sun shapes and rays of light and then attached them to the chalkboard corners.

Aren’t they sunny and cheerful?!

Step Two: Vinyl Good Vibes Only

Since I use my Maker for font based projects about 99% of the time, I can give you a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

These letters do not come automatically connected. To connect them, you have to pick a font (in this case, it needed to be a script font) and type out your message. Next you have to separate all of the letters and then move them individually to connect them.

Play around with your fonts. Some connect and look better than others. You’ll notice that I used Retro Script as my font. It’s a nice chunky font that connects well and looks bold when cut out.

BEFORE CUTTING! You need to use the WELD button to connect the font and have it cut as one piece on the vinyl. If you just choose the Attach feature, you will see a little cut-out where you have attached each letter. Don’t make my mistakes!! Use WELD and your vinyl project will turn out much better (and with less headaches and wasted material!!)

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My Maker is set-up and loaded with the vinyl:

If you do a lot of vinyl based projects, I cannot recommend the weeding tool set enough. My very favorite piece is the weeding tool all the way to the left in the below picture.

My vinyl words and sun are all in place!

Step Three: Sharpie Leaf Vines

I had first wanted to paint each of the chalkboards. However, as I worked on this project, I thought that a leaf and vine detail would look fun running up the sides and across the bottom of the project. Each one would look different, too.

I needed to use three different types of Sharpie markers for this project. You can find them all here.

  • A Fine point sharpie for drawing and filling in the leaf shape. Keep in mind that there will be a small amount of bleeding from the marker onto the wood when you draw your shape. Keep going, though. Make all of your leaf shapes and fill them in.
  • Next step is outlining them with a metallic Sharpie. This will add definition around each leaf with the added bonus of covering up any leaves that bled onto the wood. The Metallic does not bleed.
  • Finally a white Fine Point Acrylic Sharpie. I added small dotted details onto the leaves. You’ll see that some I let fade into the leaf for dimension and some I repeatedly drew so that they stood out more against the leaf color.

Have fun mixing and matching your colors…I used several yellows to create a citron leaf color (one of my favorites!)

And there you have it: the finished chalkboard!

My final step before gifting these to our amazing teachers, will be to further personalize them by writing each of their names in the lower left corner with my white acrylic Sharpie.

I’m super happy with how these turned out and cannot wait for Teacher Appreciation Week to arrive!

Be sure to share any pictures with me if you take on a project like this for your teachers!


This post does contain affiliate links. It also contains lots of opinions, all of which are mine!

All Things Embroidery

So many of you have reached out to me with questions on various embroidery and beading tools and so, to help you out, I’ve been tweaking my Amazon storefront and have broken all of my suggestions into lists: Books for Inspiration, Boho Embroidery Essentials and Boho Beading Essentials.

Everything that I have included in my lists, are things that I personally have used (or read!) over and over and over again and I can without a doubt recommend these items to you! If you ever have suggestions for me to try out, or questions, don’t hesitate to ask! For now hopefully these lists will help you as you build up your Boho Embroidery toolkit!

 

 

QuiltCon Nashville Wrap-Up

Well, I successfully made it through the week of post-QuiltCon fog (guys, it is a real thing!!!) and I think I can finally write a wrap-up post with a clear head!

I escaped the winter storms in my area to head south to rainy, rainy Nashville for QuiltCon! While I was there, I taught five workshops to awesome bunches of stitchers! Here are some of my highlights and lots of links so that you can feel like you were there, even if you weren’t!


Thursday began with two classes. First up are my students with their Geometric Feathers.

(Geometric Feathers pattern available here.)

Thursday night was my late night group of Crazy Quilters! I was super excited to be teaching this class for the first time. I think we all agreed that we could have used several more hours to stitch!!

Friday was an all-day class of Collage Embroidery. This is one of my favorite classes to teach because at the end of the day, each student has created something completely one-of-a-kind! I love to see each individual’s creativity come through in their appliquéd design!

I get asked all the time which hoop is my favorite and I think i’ve finally settled on this one! Made from The Ghastlies fabric by Alexander Henry, I think this snarky little lady puts into facial appearances the side of us that we all try to hide!!! Especially if someone uses our fabric scissors to cut paper!

This hoop seems to be the favorite of my new designs. You can find the pattern for this Steampunk Bee in my latest book here.

At lunchtime on Friday, I made my way to the Lucky Spool booth for a book signing. Here I am with my fabulous editor, Susanne Woods!

(If you missed out on my books, you can find them here.)

Before teaching on Saturday, I made my way to Craft South! It was super crowded but such a creative and inspiring spot! I mean, just look at all of that thread!

One of my favorite QuiltCon purchases was this Daylight Company clip-on lamp. Oh, and lots and lots of Eleganza thread!

We stitched some more Feathers on Saturday night!

Then bright and early Sunday morning for my final class, we filled the room with our Color Wheels!

(This is one of my best selling patterns and you can find it here.)

I wish I could say that I had lots of time to walk the quilts, but I didn’t. However, these three caught my eye every time I walked past:

QuiltCon was over in a flash but it was just so much fun! Thank you to each and every one of my students! I loved meeting all of you and having you in my classes!

If you missed taking any of my classes in person, don’t forget that you can still learn Boho Embroidery! Check out my embroidery class on Bluprint: Boho Style: Mixed-Media Embroidery!

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And P.S…I quietly unveiled my new youtube channel to my students in my classes. I’ll be sharing it with all of you SOON! This is something i’ve been wanting to do for awhile and after be asked (very politely!) by so many of you for stitching videos, I’m finally putting them together! I’ll share here when it’s ready for the unveiling!!

Until then, happy stitching!

Boho on Bluprint

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I’m super excited to announce that my embroidery class with Bluprint, Boho Style: Mixed-Media Embroidery is now live and ready to be watched (and stitched along with!)

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In this class, you will receive three patterns and learn how to make them step by step! You’ll have fun stitching and embellishing with beads, charms and sequins.

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If you’ve ever wanted to take one of my workshops but I haven’t come to your area, this class is the next best thing!

I can’t wait to hear how you like these projects!!

Happy stitching!

wildboho on amazon

I was recently invited to be a part of Amazon’s influencer program. What that basically means is that I am able to curate a landing page on amazon filled with all of my favorite stitching-related items! I’ve added several of my must-haves and will update the items there when I find new items that I love! You will only ever see items there that I have tried and tested and truly love working with, from books to gadgets to things that make your embroidery more enjoyable!

You can check out my page HERE.

Happy stitching!

Boho Embroidery Stitch Along Tour

Today I am (excitedly!) kicking off 10 weeks of the Boho Embroidery Stitch Along tour with some of my favorite makers!

Each week of the Stitch Along Tour, I will feature a maker who has stitched up a project from my newest book: Boho Embroidery: The Pattern Collection. I’m most excited to share with you the variety of ways that the patterns from my book can be used. Each pattern in the book can be used in one of two ways: either as a fabric collage design or as a straightforward embroidery pattern. My goal in writing this book, was to create a patterns that could be as unique as each person who picked up a copy of the book and felt the urge to create!


To kick off…or rather, stitch off, the Stitch Along (!), I wanted to share with you one of my favorite patterns from the book: the Steampunk Bee.

Here is the Steampunk Bee hoop in all of its steampunk fabulousness! This pattern allows you to have fun with things like gears and watch parts and whatever else you might feel the urge to add.

BUT, what if you wanted to use this pattern as an embroidery sampler?

Well, now you can!

Here is the pattern worked up with just seven embroidery stitches: six of the embroidery stitches that you can find in this book (and one bonus stitch from the first book!)

  • Scalloped Buttonhole Chain Stitch
  • Spanish Knotted Feather Stitch
  • Lattice Stitch
  • Woven Filling Stitch
  • Wheatear Stitch
  • Bunched Couching
  • Feather Stitch (from Boho Embroidery

I used a combination of Koigu KPPM yarn and Eleganza Perle Cotton in sizes 5 and 3 to stitch this up. The beads in the Lattice Stitch are size 8 seed beads and I buy them from Fusion Beads…they come in so many colors!!

The beauty of a project like this, is that you could choose to stitch it with the stitches that I used here or you can pick completely different stitches and colors and you will create a hoop that is all you!

Each of the patterns in this book can become a pattern for you to use as a stitch sampler, just like this!

I can’t wait to see what you all will create!


So, be to check out what each of the makers has stitched up for their week on the Stitch Along and follow along for lots of Boho inspiration!

Also, check out these hashtags to see lots of behind the scenes pictures from the Stitch Along:

#bohoembroiderypatterncollection

#bohoembroiderystitchalong

Boho Embroidery Stitch Along Tour Schedule:

Sept 14: stitch-off with Nichole wildboho

Sept 21: stitch with Kristen @bobbypinbandit

Sept 28: stitch with Jessica @euphoria_jessica

Oct 5: stitch with Anne @lolliandgrace

Oct 12: stitch with Lee @maychappell

Oct 19: stitch with Sarah @hisarahwatson

Nov 9: stitch with Cheri @tinkerellen

Nov 16: stitch with Felie @london_and_granger

Nov 23: stitch with Tamara @tamaramakeshandmade

Nov 30: stitch with Jessica @blueskycrafter