A video chat with Blair Stocker

In the chaos of September flying past me and turning into October which then, somehow, went and turned itself into November (!!!), I never shared the video interview that Blair Stocker of Wisecraft Handmade filmed with me, the September Ruby Ambassador!

I absolutely love Blair’s work, which she describes as “Meaningful fabrics into modern patchwork” and was very excited to use her Ruby Minder to organize my threads for several projects throughout the month.

We chat about that as well as lots of other Wildboho/Wise Craft Handmade goings-on I even share several of my favorite projects! Check out our chat here!

Beaded Color Wheel

As an avid bead and button collector, I’m always looking for fun ways to use the supplies that I have. And maybe, just maybe, I’m always looking for an excuse to add to my collections!

I recently stitched one of my patterns, the Fractured Color Wheel, entirely in buttons.

This project took a little over two weeks and I worked on it almost exclusively during that time, but I didn’t track how many hours that I spent on it. A project like this is thought-consuming to me and so the time doesn’t even matter…I can hardly wait to return to it while I’m working on other things!

It is heavy…perhaps one of the heaviest hoops that I have ever stitched! In fact, I had to take it to the grocery store to weigh it on the produce scale and it came in at a whopping 1 lb, 8oz. That might not sound super heavy, but comparing it to most of my hoops (which probably don’t even reach 1 lb), it’s h e a v y!

Here’s the non-beaded, fabric-only version:


To convert this color wheel to an all-beaded wheel rather than a fabric one is very simple!

Choose a background fabric that is simple and light (it makes it easier to trace your pattern onto a light color). Your fabric will be so loaded up with beads and buttons and sequins by the end, that you won’t see it, so don’t use your favorite piece on this project!

Choose the color wheel size that you want to work with (the pattern offers three sizes). I chose to fit my color wheel into a 12-inch hoop.

Print out the pattern and place your fabric on it (pattern facing up, front side of the fabric facing up).

Using a light source (window or Lightbox) and a water soluble pen, trace the pattern onto the fabric. Again, your marks will not need to be washed off because they will be completely covered.

Once the pattern has been traced, fit the fabric into an embroidery hoop and tighten your fabric. And then let the fun begin!

With my fabric pen, I wrote the colors that I wanted to be in each portion of the color wheel. I then began with the biggest pieces…the buttons.

It helped to choose the buttons for each color and then stitch them in place before beginning with the beads. This helps you to visually focus on what color is placed in what spot, but it also helps to have the largest pieces in place first.

Once I had the large buttons in place, I began adding beads and sequins. Large beads first and the smallest beads last (the smallest beads help to fill in any areas that have white peeking through.

Continue adding your embellishments until you can’t see white through the hoop anymore. Tighten your fabric in the hoop once again and then follow the directions in the pattern for finishing the hoop. And you’re done!


One note about thread: I used <a href=”http://Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Sulky 12 wt Petites which is my favorite beading thread. I did not want to use a stranded thread because it’s a little tricky when you are working with lots of beads and I didn’t want to deal with tangles. Having a spool is really helpful. It’s also strong enough to handle all of this beading!

One other note: if you are stitching on heavy beads, it is helpful to stitch through the bead several times. The same thing goes for buttons. You are going to be spending lots of time on this, make sure your beads and buttons are on the fabric nice and tight so that if an accident happens, your beads don’t go scattering everywhere! And hopefully an accident doesn’t happen!

The embroidery stand that I used is also really helpful with a heavy embroidery project. You can find it here. I like that this stand is adjustable into several positions and it never feels like it’s going to be top-heavy when a project is secured into it.


And that’s it! With this post, I’m sending along to you the confidence to take on a project like this…it really is a beginner-friendly project! And it spotlights all of those special embellishments that you’ve been hoarding…I mean, collecting!!!

Have fun stitching and beading and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you take on this project!


Note: some links in this post are affiliate links. I will never recommend something to you that I have never personally tried and that I don’t stand behind for the use intended! 

Bluprint + Embroidery

If you’ve been wanting to take my Bluprint embroidery class, but haven’t yet, now is the time to check it out! All classes on Bluprint are under $20 right now but this special sale is only good through the 27th, so now is your chance!!


And speaking of Bluprint and embroidery, you may have seen my unboxing last week on Instagram of one of the brand new Craft Subscription boxes. In the box, I received the Sage Florals embroidery pattern with everything that I need to get started right away.

I promised some tips on transferring an embroidery pattern, especially when transferring onto a darker fabric. I received a DMC Embroidery Pencil in white and that is the perfect pencil for transferring patterns. I like that you don’t need to press hard to make marks on your fabric.

So before you begin to transfer a pattern, I find it helpful to iron the fabric first. You want a smooth surface to transfer onto. After ironing, you’ll need your pattern and a light source. Sometimes my light source will be a window and sometimes it is my Lightbox. For this pattern, I chose the Lightbox.

Here’s a super fast video of my transfer process. You’ll notice that I turn the Lightbox off and on several times because that is the only way to check that I am transferring all of the lines. Also, I’m not super exact with my transferring. Because I know that I’m probably going to play with the pattern, I’m not very worried that everything is transferred exactly. However, if you are not a rule breaker (like me!!), then you’ll want to take your time and be more precise that I am!

Now, I’m off to finish up several more projects and then I’m going to embroider this project!

Stay tuned for the reveal of a beaded project that I just finished stitching and am absolutely in love with!

Now is the time to Boho your Embroidery!

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If you’ve been wanting to try my Bluprint class Boho Style: Mixed-Media Embroidery but haven’t yet, now is the time! Through Sunday, July 21, you can watch not only my class, but all of the other classes that Bluprint has to offer, for FREE!

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That’s right! Try your hand at Mixed-Media Embroidery and see how much fun it can be to add texture and embellishments to your embroidery!

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I highly recommend my own class (!) but here are a few more of my favorites:

Natalie Chanin’s “The New Embroidery: Simple Geometry, Beautiful Stitches”

Jessica Long’s “3D Embroidery: The Modern Cameo”

Brooke Lark’s “Flay Lay Your Life: Pro Photo Tips”

Have fun watching and learning and don’t forget to tag me in any photos you share on Instagram!

 

Good Vibes Only & Color Wheel Pattern Release!

Is there anything happier than a blog tour for a fabric with Good Vibes in its name? I don’t think so and that’s why I was so excited to be asked to work with this fabric by Shayla Wolf of Sassafrass Lane for Windham Fabrics.

Seriously, so much awesomeness! You can’t help but feel happy when you check out the lookbook for this fabric. And I think it’s so cool knowing that the entire thing was photographed with an iPhone!

There are 32 prints in this collection, all full of colorful and positive words and affirmations.

My first project used one of the grey on white word prints as a background. Using thin strips that I ripped from the fabric (because how good do those frayed edges look?!), I fashioned two flowers and a collection of leaves. I positioned them so that the word “Beautiful” could be embellished with lots of beads. This one just makes me so happy!

Here’s a close-up of the embroidered and beaded word: 

For my second project, I created a brand new pattern, the Ruffled Color Wheel which, drumroll please, is available TODAY!

When I saw the variety of colors included in the Good Vibes Only fabric, I knew I needed to create a project that used lots of them! What better way to use color than a color wheel!

Also, are you a button lover like I am? This is a fun project to include some of your favorite colorful buttons! So much better than keeping them stored in a jar on a shelf. Ahem, that’s the voice of experience speaking!

So be sure to check out my latest pattern, the Ruffled Color Wheel.

And here are both of my projects, side by side, with my little assistants!


And finally, another side project I’ve been working on…my YouTube channel! I have had so many requests for stitching how-tos and so I’ve slowly been adding them to my channel. If you were in any of my QuiltCon classes, you may recognize some of these.

When you check it out, be sure to subscribe because I have lots more tutorials planned for the future and I’ve been updating the videos that are currently available.

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For even more patterns and stitch tutorials, the super-professional kind, not the YouTube kind (!), be sure to check out my Bluprint Mixed Media class.

And watch a trailer of it here:

 


So that’s a wrap! There are so many amazing designers on the Good Vibes Only Blog Tour line-up, so for lots more Good Vibes, be sure to check them out!

Schedule:
Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs
Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love
Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | wildboho (that’s me!)
Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo
Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts
Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design
Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations
Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella
Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish | Powered by Quilting
Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle
Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad
Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs
Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef
Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts
Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart | Unicorn Harts
Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft
Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap


(P.S. There will be a giveaway for a bundle of this fabric on my Instagram post from today!!!)

 

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

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!