To catch up, you can check out each week of the Boho Stitch Along right here!
Before I show you what I’ve been working on for my Boho Stitch Along this week, I wanted to share my upcoming classes for the summer! If you’ll be on the East Coast from June-September, you just might be able to catch a Boho Embroidery class!
Here is my summer schedule:
June 16, 2018: Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio, Leesburg, VA
July 6, 2018: (Just for TEENS!), Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
July 6, 2018: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington NJ
August 5, 2018: Sew Inspired Quilt Shop & Studio, Simsbury, CT
August 11, 2018: Alewives Fabrics, Damariscotta, ME
September 29, 2018: The Old Country Store, Lancaster, PA
So this week, besides a mad cleaning of my studio (more on that below), I focused on the center medallion of my project.
Using a combination of straight stitches and beads, I have almost completed this medallion!
The center of the center is a small mirror that I attached with a variation of the Shisha Stitch (I cover this stitch in my upcoming book!)
For next week, I plan on finishing up the center and then moving on to the feathers above the center medallion.
I’ll also be stitching some projects for Quilt Market and so i’m not sure how much i’ll be able to tackle…maybe it’s overly ambitious to think i’ll be moving onto the feathers! We’ll just have to see what the week brings!
The thread that I love to use for beading and embroidery is from Sulky and is called Sulky Petites. It is a 12 wt thread, which is about the thickness of 2 strands of a dividable floss would be. I love the variety of colors that it comes in and I can always find a match to the beads and fabric that i’m working with!
The beads that I used on the center are size 11 seed beads and are smaller than the size 8 beads that I used on the words “Magpie Dreams” from last week. I find my beads online and my favorite shop is Fusion Beads.
The adorable bird needle minder is from Alison Glass.
I have a tiny stitching studio in my home and the size forces me to constantly stay on top of how organized my projects are! When I finished writing my second book in the Fall, I transitioned right into Quilt Con prep and then in the February, attended Quilt Con. Before I knew it, Spring had arrived and I had a lot of chaos to deal with in my studio.
This week I decided I needed to tackle my space before starting on the next big project. Today finds me feeling much more organized and with room to breathe and work in my area!
I was also super excited to set up my brand new Daylight Company Slim Line LED Table Lamp. I have great afternoon lighting in my space, but morning and evening is a different story! I’ve been working with an Ott-Lite bulb in an ordinary desk lamp from Target. I have gone through 3 different Ott-Lites, each covered by warranties, and this bulb has been temporary solution until I found a lamp that I loved and that wouldn’t die on me when I needed it most!
Enter the Slim Line LED Table Lamp. I finished the Great Studio Clean-Up of 2018 yesterday and that was when my new lamp arrived. Hello perfect timing!
By last night, I was all set up and wanted to document just how awesome the light is and how i’ve probably been killing my eyes with my previous lamp!
Here’s the before (notice the Ott-Lite bulb sticks out further than the lamp shade?!):
And just look at the after with my new Daylight Company lamp!
I can clearly see every single thread color now!