Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 8

Welcome back for Week no. 8! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


Earlier this week, I was working on a special project for Heather Givans aka Crimson Tate for her booth at QuiltCon. I’m also finishing up my next embroidery pattern for Spring, which will be released March 1st! If you are interested in the Winter pattern, you can purchase it until the end of this month! The next pattern is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to share pics of my samples with you!

Both of these projects took up most of my week, and so, in little bits of downtime, I continued to work on my Lazy Daisy stitches in Crushed ClementineShiny Dancer and added Backstitches in Fresh Cut Grass.

This is also a great example of the thickness between a Size 5 Perle Cotton (the purple/blue water Backstitch) and a Size 8 Perle Cotton (the green Backstitch).

Let’s see what our friends have been stitching up this week!


I love the pops of color that @crum_93 is adding to her hoop with long Satin stitches. Also, her nails match the stripes and I just thought that was too cool!

It is no secret that I love Lazy Daisies and these large ones that @dawnking62 is stitching are just 👌🏻. Love them and the color she chose to stitch this piece!

Can we just focus on the needle weaving that @sewnowbyjudi is adding to the leaves on her fabric?! What a beautiful piece this is!

You really need to scroll back through @leighbee279’s feed to see how this piece starts out. I’m just blown away by the detail that she has added to this piece!

I love the simplicity in this piece by @jessicarosestitchery. Stitched in neutrals, the design of the fabric really pops when hooped up like this!

Another great week of stitching projects! I just love scrolling through the #BohoSAL feed to see what everybody is working on! Have a great week and I’ll see you back here next Sunday.

Happy stitching!

-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 7

Welcome back for Week no. 7! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


I love the #hoopguts on the back of my embroidery just as much as I like the embroidered front side of my hoops!

Here is the piece that I’m working on for my BohoStitchAlong and you can see that I have a loose thread leftover. I am often asked “what should I do with my thread ends?” 

I’ve seen many methods for dealing with the ends…some involve tying knots and others don’t. This is completely up to you!  I’ll will share with you my method for achieving the guttiest of hoopguts!

When I am left with a short piece of thread like this and I know I can’t get anymore stitches out of it, I will take my needle with the shirt piece of thread and I will weave it back into my stitches. This is the easiest method I have found to work with my thread ends!

There are two things to be careful of when doing this: 

1. Be sure not to bring your thread through to the front of your piece again. Keep your woven ends on the back. 

2. If you are working with white or light fabric, don’t just let your stitches weave all over the place because you will see that from the front. Weave your stitches back in through your stitched area. You can see an example of where I did this on the mermaid hoop below:


On this hoop, I was not as careful because I was stitching through several layers of collaged fabric and I knew my stitches would not be seen from the front:

A loose weave, like this linen, can easily be seen through, so your #hoopguts should also stay within your stitched area:

This was a charcoal grey fabric and I didn’t need to worry as much about my stitches or stitch ends weaving back and forth and I quite like the business of hoopguts like this!


Now let’s see what some of our Boho Stitch Along friends have been up to this week!

@indiannadreams is working is beautiful shades of pinks and reds and I love how these #hoopguts are so densely packed with stitches!

Flipping over the hoop and letting use see the #hoopguts also allows us to see that each person has a different technique. @willowandtroutmakerie is stitching honeycombs and hexies but is stitching through a layer of batting as well!

@grammalissa has been featured here before and her hoop guts are just stunning. Hope over to her page and check out how this hoop, which is now almost finished except for the border!

These are such delicate hoop guts being stitched up by @reccalynn70. Check out the front of her hoop…I love the variety of stitches that she is using for her project!

So there you have it! Gorgeous #hoopguts this week, stitchers! If you want more, be sure to check out the alternate tag: #hoopbutt over on Instagram!!!

We have lots of new stitchers starting the stitchalong every week, so keep spreading the embroidery love to your friends! Happy stitching this week!

-nichole

 

 

Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour

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I was honored to be able to work with Katarina Roccella’s beautiful new fabric line, Blithe for her blog tour. Katarina is a designer for Art Gallery Fabrics and I am a huge fan of her fabric designs! A muted palette of grey, teal, pale pink and even a few metallics mixed in…this is the perfect end of winter, hint of spring fabric line!

You can read more about Katarina’s inspiration here and you can see the Art Gallery Fabrics look book here. Follow along with her on Instagram and check out each of the other stops on the Blithe Blog Tour!

For all of the hoops, I used size 5 Eleganza Perle Cotton from Sue Spargo. This hoop was made using the Bird Songs design from Blithe.


 I added lots and lots and lots of French Knots in pink, orange, white, grey and black to the buds on the branches. I picture this tree blossoming in early spring with the greyness of winter far behind!

For this hoop, I used a background of Winterberries in Snow which has metallic gold berries flecked throughout. The butterfly was cut from the Arcadia Bliss in Shine pattern. I used large teal Lazy Daisy stitches on the butterfly and I added grey Feather Stitch details to the background.


This snow bunny was also cut from the Arcadia Bliss in Shine fabric and the background is Winterberries in Gold. A teal Chain Stitch border and offset Lazy Daisys in hues of pink and orange and teal add to the spring like feel of this hoop.

I love the lacy, almost doily-like, pattern of the Arcadia Bliss fabric and I tried to replicate that with additional stitching on the bunny.


This is the only hoop that I used all wool thread to embroider on the fabric. Ellana Wool Threads from Sue Spargo / Wonderfil Specialty Threads are delicate and yet vibrant in color. On this motif from Joy Wreaths, I introduced brighter colors as I embroidered Bullion Knots, Cross Stitch and Lazy Daisies. It was a delicate balancing act…embroidering just enough to let the fabric shine through and not going too crazy with stitchery!


For my final hoop, I used several fabrics, including this beautiful quote on linen from the Eternal Nature fabric, to weave a pattern. Using my trusty Wefty Needle, I used the fabrics listed above and added several strips of the Evergreens in Dusk for a lovely, woodsy feel. I also added a snowy owl from Bird Songs and embroidered him in whites and greys.

I love working with Art Gallery Fabrics and especially enjoyed working with these gorgeous Blithe fabrics as winter winds down and spring is not too far away! I hope you enjoy these hoops as much as I enjoyed creating them! 


-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 6

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Welcome back for Week no. 6! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


So this week, for our #BohoSAL, I decided to feature one of my all-time favorite fabric designers, Anna Maria Horner who designs fabric for Free Spirit Fabrics. I love the way she uses color and mixes patterns…it speaks volumes to my boho loving heart!

Here are a few pictures of the hoops (yes, hoops!!) that i’m currently working on which feature her fabric.

In this one, I cut and layered various sized circles on the bottom portion of the hoop, leaving the top open to be embellished. This is a combination of the feather stitch, lazy daisys and french knots.

I also decided to add in another color of feather stitching here:

 

And this is a piece from her Enchanted fabric that i’m working on. This water is stitched in one of my favorite simple stitches, the backstitch. I am using Size 3 Eleganza in the limited edition color Cabbage Patch and Size 5 Eleganza in Hyper Blue. The combination of two sizes give the water a nice ripply effect, I think.

 


Let’s see what our Instagram stitching friends are up to this week! Since this week is all about Anna Maria Horner, I am featuring several stitchers who are working with her fabric for their stitch along piece.

If the fabric is still available for purchase from Anna Maria Horner, I also included the link. If it’s not on her site, you may need to do a little Etsy searching for the harder to find pieces!

Melissa of little_girl_pearl is ambitiously working on two separate pieces. The first is on Summer Totem fabric and I have to say that running stitch on the brown and teal flower is all kinds of awesome!

And her second hoop with this Garden Party fabric is also gorgeous, isn’t it?! Love the shades of blue on the flower petal!

I love the addition of robin’s egg blue on this piece by @stitchingkat on a piece of fabric from her Dowry collection.

This might be my favorite color way of the Mod Corsage line and Megan is filling this piece up with lots and lots and lots of satin stitching!

@stitchesquilting is working with Folk Song fabric and I love how each of her orange flowers is stitched slightly different. Also, check out those bullion knots!

The grey and white print from Observations might be my favorite. Although, I love the teal version too! Emily is making progress and I have to say one of my favorite parts of this hoop are the dandelion petals around the edges!

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So there’s our round up for this week! Everyone is just stitching along and it’s been great to see new stitchers joining every day!

How do your #hoopguts look? You know, the back of your hoop where all of your thread ends and back and forth bits are hiding out behind the scenes?! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love a good Hoop Guts shot! For next week, how about sharing a picture of the backside of your hoop? I always think it’s fun to see the messier side of things!

Have a great week and happy stitching!

-nichole

Black & White 2

A long, long time ago….well, back in September, Jennifer Sampou sent me a gorgeous selection of her brand-new, not-yet-released, fabric-line-from-Robert-Kaufman, Black & White 2. I was so excited to have the chance to play with these muted palette fabrics…a departure from my typical saturated in color hoops!

I could have added additional colors to these fabrics when I began to stitch them, but I decided to stay true to the color palette of the fabrics and chose to stitch in colors of silver, grey, black, white, pale blue, and even flecks of copper and metallic. I love that Jennifer hand drew these designs in charcoal, pencil, chalk and pen and I think the simple stitches highlight her designs.

I have to say that my favorite piece in this collection is the modern toile design and from that, I chose to highlight the beautiful ferris wheel and feather border.

Those mini feathers!!

Those flickering little gas lamps!

I love hot air balloons! I thought it was fun to add this motif to the “fly” script background fabric from this collection.

A beautiful moth with some added blue. The blue goes so well with the grey and copper in this collection.

You know how much I love to stitch feathers, so I was excited to see that this new collection included a feather pattern, just like the original Black and White collection did!

And here are the four hoops, all together!

I loved the challenge of staying with a neutral palette, but I also want to stitch these and add more color! Stay tuned…it’s a project on my always-growing, never-finished, to-do list!

Happy stitching and check back in on Sunday for the next #BohoSAL update!

 

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 5

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Welcome back for Week no. 5! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


I think it might be fair to say that I kind of, sort of, okay….maybe a lot, really, really like Alison Glass fabric! It lends itself to the sort of Boho Embroidery that I just love to do. Also, you can’t go wrong with a color palette of fuchsias, plums, mustards, greys, citrons, etc….I could seriously go on and on and fangirl like crazy, but I should stop myself and just let you check out more of her fabric lines (here) at the Andover Fabrics site!

Let’s check out some of the great Alison Glass projects that are being stitched up this week!

@thequiltingcats has started stitching the mountains on this piece of Abacus fabric. I love her green variation and this black and white fabric is just begging to be stitched on, isn’t it?!

Here’s another Abacus fabric being stitched up by @mlourim99. How amazing are the red flowers?! I’m also loving the oranges and blues on the moth…can’t wait to see that one all stitched up!

And one more from the Abacus fabric being stitched up by @nightquilter. I love how each of these projects uses fabric from the same line, and yet they are completely different from one another!

And in case you weren’t sure how much I love Alison Glass fabrics, here are a few projects that I have done in the past using them!!!

I’ll start with a piece that I’m currently working on for the Boho Stitch Along using an orange piece from the brand new Sunprints 2017 collection:






I told you I liked her fabric!!!!

Remember to keep tagging your Boho Stitch Along projects with the #BohoSAL tag so we can see your progress and inspire one another! I’m thinking next week I might feature the projects who are using another of my favorite designers, Anna Maria Horner! So, if you are stitching on an AMH fabric, tag it and I’ll probably feature it here!

And one more thing before I leave you today….

How about this post from @weatherkim who was at a workshop that I taught at Pennington Quilt Works in NJ yesterday. What a fun bunch of ladies and gorgeous projects that are being stitched up! If you are in the area, i’ll be teaching another workshop there in April!!

Have fun stitching this week!

 

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 4

Welcome back for Week no. 4! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


This week I dabbled in Bullion Knots for a really fun look on these two flowers:


For a good Bullion Knot, you need to use a Milliner’s needle, which is the same width the entire length of the needle. My favorite ones are the Richard Hemming Milliners Needles and also the Tulip Milliner’s Needles.

Also, a great resource for learning new stitches or even if you need a refresher on how to work a stitch, are the library of videos by Mary Corbet. They are clear and concise and a really great reference to have!

Now, let’s check out what our #BohoSAL stitchers have been up to this week!

You can find Tara at @t_jaye on instagram. She is the creator of the Wefty Needle which is designed to help you weave fabric strips and bias tape. I can speak from experience when I say that these needles are amazing!!! She took her weaving to a new level this week as she shifted her focus onto thread weaving for her stitch along piece!

I love that @mariainstitches focused on a monochrome palette this week working with black french knots on a black background. What a great way to add dimensional texture!

Leigh of @leighbee279 did some amazing satin stitching on this flower. I especially love the french knots that make up the center of the flower!

@skylaseltzer is taking this black and white fabric to the next level with these cool-toned stitches. Such beautiful work!

I have to admit that i’m quite partial to “Madge” being stitched up by @judith_b_richardson! This variegated satin stitched border around Madge is so perfectly perfect!

Take a look at the #BohoSAL tag on Instagram for even more inspiration from all of the participants and if you have been hesitant to join in, please do! We would love to have you! Grab a fabric that you love, a needle and some thread and you have all you need to start Boho stitching!!

Have a great week stitching!

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 3

Welcome back for Week no. 3! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!

I finished up a big project on Friday and start a new one on Monday, so these are the stitches that I worked on while in between projects. Lots of Lazy Daisy petals, Fern Stitches and French Knots.

This is the perfect stitching for my palette cleansing between larger projects!

Let’s jump into sharing some of the beautiful projects that are filling up the #BohoSAL feed on Instagram!

If you’ve been following along with my own stitchery on Instagram, you’ll know I love a good Alison Glass fabric! I’m excited to watch @thequiltingcats make progress on this hoop using fabric from the Abacus  fabric line. Those snow capped mountains!!

I love that @quilted_nor_easter is practicing the Sheaf Stitch (In two different colors!!) on these X’s. This also happens to be one of my favorite Mod Corsage prints from Anna Maria Horner.


I’ve been enjoying watching this patchwork piece take shape from @stitchalongwithjen. I love a good random patchwork design and this one is just so colorful and fun!

How cool is this idea?! @grammalissa is using a random number generator to chose each color that gets added to her stitching! What fun!

@weatherkim has been working through the stitches in Boho Embroidery and posting her progress with each stitch. The Tied Herringbone stitch in yellow and pink just pops on this fabric!

I love the accent stitching that @studioloo is adding to her floral print fabric. And check out her latest pics…my favorite color, teal, makes a lovely appearance!

This is one of two pieces that @nataskiii is working on for her #BohoSAL and I think the satin stitching might be my favorite part of this one!

I’m seeing so many new stitchers just now joining this Stitch Along, so continue sharing your progress with your friends and have them join in too!

This unstructured-stitch-whatever-you-can-each-week-Stitchalong is perfect for joining in during whatever week we are currently on! Grab a piece of fabric that you like, hoop it up and practice a new stitch. See where that takes you and you will continue to be inspired by all of the projects that are being stitched up this year!

Happy Stitching this week!

 

 

 

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week No. 2

The Boho Stitch Along is picking up more momentum every day! It is so exciting to see how many brand new embroiderers are joining in and choosing fabrics that are inspiring them to stitch! We also have many seasoned embroiderers who are picking up embroidery again after time spent delving into other crafty avenues.

One question that I noticed come up several times, is whether or not I use a stabilizer on fabric that I am embroidering. This is partially up to your personal choice and partially up to the fabric that you have chosen to embroider.

I have found that most quilting cottons and chambrays and linens can hold up to embroidery without stabilizing. When I get an idea and want to run with it, I seldom let myself get caught up in the extra step of stabilizing fabric, so it is very rare that I use it on any of these fabrics. If you want to and feel more comfortable stitching on a stabilized fabric, by all means, use a stabilizer!

If you have chosen a knit fabric, however, or a loosely woven fabric, you will definitely save yourself many headaches if you take the extra time to add a stabilizer.

Here is an example of a project that I am going to stitch and I am going to use a stabilizer. This is a tea towel from my visit to Magnolia Market in Waco (yes, I was there and yes, it’s just as awesome as I hoped it would be!!) In this picture, the hoop is placed around the towel, but I haven’t stretched the towel enough to be able to embroider it comfortably. If I try to stretch the towel so that the fabric is taut enough to embroider, the writing becomes stretched out, the flowers become misshapen and it looses something in the process. If I stabilize it, it will allow me to stretch it in the hoop without any of that happening.

So when you are deciding whether or not to stabilize, test out your fabric in a hoop. When you stretch it tight, does the pattern change? If it does, take the extra step pre-stitching and you will be happy that you did!

Now, let’s check out some of these fabric choices pulled from the #BohoSAL tag on Instagram!

I love how @sewwhatyoulove is using textured threads to add a dimensional element to this batik!

There are so many fun directions that @codycindy can go with this fabric choice!

 

How adorable are these little stars that @reccalynn70 is adding to her fabric?!

I’ve been dying to embroider this fabric, so i’m excited to see where @indiannadreams goes with this!

Also love this citron fabric that @mtweedel decided to use!

You know my weakness for Cotton + Steel anything, so again, great fabric choice from @mamacesare !

It seems as if everyone has chosen their fabrics and are now onto the beginning stitches, so it will be fun to see how these projects begin to take shape!

Happy stitching this week and be sure to leave any questions in the comments and I will try to address them next time!