Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 15

Welcome back for Week no. 15! 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!


You may have noticed that I tend to jump around a lot with my #Bohosal piece!! It’s really just to keep you on your toes and not at all because I have too many ideas to contain to just one piece!!!
This week I started and finished a project. When I have lots of deadlines and projects going, I find it works best to introduce yet another project, just to really make my week tricky!

I like to move around the art on my walls fairly regularly, which means that I sometimes end up with pieces that just don’t work anymore. I had a canvas picture of a bike and I just couldn’t make it fit anymore. So I decided to pull a piece of fabric that I really liked and embroider that and then staple it over the canvas picture. This is one of my favorite ways to change up art!

I chose a print from the Shiny Objects collection by Flaurie and Finch. I’ve worked with their fabrics a lot in the past and love the details that are included in each of the fabrics. This collection has metallic bits sprinkled throughout, which is so much fun!

I began with a running stitch in several varieties of thread: Eleganza Perle cotton, Silk Thread and even some yarn. Next up I added beads to the running stitch. I finished up with satin stitching around the flower and a neon leaf or two to really make the flower pop off of the fabric.

I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Next week i’ll share some of my favorite #BohoSAL posts from our ever-growing pool! How exciting to look through all of the pictures and see so many hoops in progress!

Have a great week and Happy Stitching!

-nichole

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 14

Welcome back for Week no. 14! 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!


Happy April! I think Spring might finally be headed our way!

For my stitch along piece this week, I picked up my Anna Maria Horner “Fibs and Fables” hoop again. I’m thoroughly enjoying the slow pace of stitching this large hoop. I am in no rush to finish, like I am many of my projects, so I can take my time deciding where to go next with the embroidery!

This week I decided to add texture in the form of beads to this tree.

I just love how it turned out and I’m debating on whether I want to add more beads to this hoop or leave this as a stand alone piece of texture. The brilliant thing?? I don’t have to decide right away, do I?!

I hope you are all enjoying the slow pace of stitching your Boho Stitch Along hoop too!


I spent time at Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, NJ this weekend teaching a Boho Embroidery workshop and had such a nice time with a really fun group of ladies! I love that everyone comes to a workshop with completely different crafting backgrounds: some have never embroidered while others have an embroidery background but dabbled in so many other things that embroidery was pushed out of the way for a while. I really enjoy watching each person form a connection with embroidery.



Have a great week stitching!

-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 13

Welcome back for Week no. 13! 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!


For my stitch along piece this week, i’m back to my Urban Artifacts hoop. Earlier this week, I came across a packet of beads that I had tucked away and they just so happened to match the colors on this hoop! So on a whim, I added them.

I also wanted to mix and match the Sue Spargo Ellana Wool thread alongside of the Eleganza Perle Cotton thread so that you could see the side by side differences. In this pic, the Ellana threads are on the white/tan spools and the Eleganza are on the green spools.

You can see below, that the Ellana Wool is slightly thicker with a matte finish (I doubled up the strand here because I wanted it to stand out) while the Eleganza has a slightly shinier look. I love mixing and matching threads to get a variety of textures!

And here’s a full shot of this little section. Kind of 70’s mod vibes, right?! This might be one of my favorite sections on this hoop!


There have been some beautiful detail shots added to the #BohoSAL pool on Instagram recently!

P.S. If you have added your pics with that hashtag but you have a private account, I won’t be able to see them. For a chance to be featured, you can direct message your pics to me through Instagram.

So let’s see what our Stitch Along friends have been up to lately, shall we?!


I just love the Chain Stitch and Lazy Daisy combination that @quilterathart has been stitching! Aren’t these great colors?!

The quilts scrappiness of this piece that @mamacesare has been stitching is just awesome! The dense stitching (especially on those flowers!) is all kinds of gorgeous!

The addition of navy thread (if my detective skills are on par, it looks like it’s a limited edition color from The Thread Gatherer!) that @belladar58 is adding to her fabric.  I love the texture that this is adding and can’t wait to keep watching this one grow!

@little_girl_pearl is working wonders on this Anna Maria Horner fabric. I mean, it’s Anna Maria Horner….do I need to say anything else?!

That’s a wrap for this week! Keep being awesome all you stitch along-ers!


If you are in the Doylestown, PA area and want the chance to check out what I have officially dubbed my “favorite art exhibit of all time,” the Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form exhibit at the Michener Art Museum, then you have until July 9th to make your way there.

I was blown away by the combination of large murals, photography and fashion from the twenties and thirties. An incredible mix of industrial settings from the Machine Age combined with  (always a favorite!) geometric patterns and the fashion from the 1920s…it was awesome and I can highly recommend it!

Here’s a little sneak peak:

And catching a glimpse of my book in the wild, at the Doylestown Bookshop, never gets old!


And lastly, if you are in the PA/NJ area, don’t forget that i’ll be teaching a Boho Embroidery workshop at Pennington Quilt Works this week. You can check their class schedule for dates and availability!

Have a great week and happy stitching!

-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 9

Welcome back for Week no. 9! 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!


We had a preview of Spring here in the Northeast this week and everything about the colors on my Stitch Along piece makes me think of warmer weather! I added a few straight stitches to the upper portion of my hoop this week.

These threads are the BRAND NEW colors from Sue Spargo. It’s obvious that #ihavethisthingwiththread, right?! So I couldn’t wait to break out these colors: Soldier Boy  on the left and  Hoppytoad on the right, both in size 5.

Let’s see what our stitchers have been up to this week!


I noticed a geometric theme with some our our Stitch Along hoops this week and so that’s what i’m featuring today!

@willowandtroutmakerie added some fun texture to this hexie fabric with silk ribbon bees…how fun are they?!

@leighbee279 is highlighting those hexie shapes with a neon green backstitch! Love that additional pop of color!

This is one of my favorite Anna Maria Horner fabrics (although I don’t have this color way!!!), and @mamacesare is adding the Fly Stitch and Palestrina Knots to her hoop. Love the addition of red!!!

The Trellis Stitch that @stitchingkat is adding to this Kaffe Fassett is just…WOW! I love every bit of this!


Remember last week I said I had been working on a hoop for Heather Givans? Well, here it is at QuiltCon!


I used the center section of the Reading Circle EPP pattern from Heather to create this 10″ hoop and I made it using the mock-EPP method that I demonstrated in my book.

The Grafic fabric from Latifah Saafir is seriously amazing and I was looking for an excuse to use it in another project!

Make sure to check out the #readingcircleepp hashtag so that you can see the gorgeous roundup of (full-size) projects created for the Crimson Tate booth at QuiltCon.


Now before I go, how about a challenge for all of you Boho Stitch Along-ers out there!

Are you nosy….I mean curious like me and want to see the tools, threads, cases that other stitchers use on a daily basis?

Here’s what one of my stitchy ArtBins looked like last week while I was knee deep in three different projects!

And scrolling through the stitch along feed, I came across this little gem from @andreatebs.

So there’s your challenge. An easy one, right?!

Now, back to stitching….

Have a great week!

-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 6

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. 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 

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You may recognize this hoop from several of my posts over the last year; it is my in-between big projects hoop. This hoop is something that I’m been stitching just for me. There are no due dates looming, no color choices to run past anyone….it is completely relaxing and one of my favorite pieces!

This year, I invite you to stitch along with me….Boho style!

What do you need?

How about we start with what you don’t need! You don’t need to have advanced embroidery skills. You don’t need a specific pattern. You don’t need to meet deadlines. This is a carefree Boho challenge!

So, what do you need?

The key item is a piece of fabric that you love. After all, you will be looking at this piece for a good deal of time. An embroidery hoop that works with your fabric…you determine the best size. A selection of thread/floss, embroidery needles, small scissors. And there you have it!

And what is the challenge?

With the fabric you have selected, you will gradually, throughout the year, embroider your piece. This is a great opportunity to practice new stitches and also work with stitches that you love. Sharing your progress with others will keep you motivated and you may even pick up some ideas from others! You may have only a few minutes a week, in between other things, but that is the most enjoyable part of a project like this. By the end of the year, working in little bits of time, you should have a project that is as complete as you want it to be!

I will post my first picture on Sunday, January 1st and I invite you to post with me! Use the hashtag #BohoSAL and I will post some of my favorites here every month. I will post my own progress every Sunday throughout the year, but you pick to post when it works for you. Again, this is a carefree challenge, so no deadlines!
If you have been following along with my page for awhile, and want to learn embroidery, this is the perfect project for you! I’m here to answer any questions, and oh, did I mention that I wrote an embroidery book?! In it, along with color and pattern inspiration, I show you how to stitch 16 embroidery stitches that work great with embellishing fabric.
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So, January 1st starts a very Boho sort of embroidery challenge! I’ll see you then!