Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 12

Welcome back for Week no. 12! 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’m continuing along with my Flaurie and Finch “Shiny Objects” hoop this week for the Boho Stitch Along and first of all, I promised the thread sources that I used in this hoop! From left to right they are:

Lion Brand bonbons, Sue Spargo Eleganza Perle Cotton and Silk n’ Colors from The Thread Gatherer.

I love the variety of textures that these threads lend to this project!

These are the Lion Brand Yarn bonbons which I found at Joann but Amazon also has them in all of the colors. I’ve found that the colors in store vary and they can be tricky to find (usually hanging somewhere in the yarn department but sometimes closer to embroidery supplies).

I originally picked them up because they are cute and tiny (and yes, I fall for stuff like that all the time!) but I wasn’t sure how they would work with embroidery. It turns out they work awesome! I use a Milliner’s Needle and easily embroider with this thicker-than-floss-thinner-than-yarn bonbon!

This week I also picked up, but didn’t test out yet, this Dritz Non-Stick Pressing Sheet. I have found that when I am working with Batik fabric, my usual Heat n Bond method does not always work great…sometimes leaving behind the texture of the Heat n Bond on the fabric itself. Hopefully this extra layer will help with that problem. I’ll let you know when I actually try it out!

And lastly, we had quite the snow/sleet storm this week and, eager for winter to be gone already, it made me pull out this neon Cotton + Steel hoop that I had prepped awhile back and stitch it up!

I echoed the shapes from the background fabric (a Cotton + Steel print from Alexia Abegg) and layered several other fabrics from the same line before embroidering in my most neon colors! A painted neon hoop completed it and it’s finally available in my shop!

Have a great week stitching!

-nichole

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Fractured Color Wheel

Well, it’s March 1st and that can mean only one thing (around here, anyway!) It’s time for the Spring embroidery pattern release! I’m really excited about this one.

When my book first came out, so many people commented about the color wheel on the front cover of the book. Because that project was made for one of the chapter headings, I did not include a pattern for it inside the book. But because I was asked about it over and over and over again, I thought I would create a new version, perfect to be stitched up for spring!

So here it is: the Fractured Color Wheel embroidery pattern!

Available for a limited time as a download in my Etsy shop, the PDF pattern contains instructions for creating a 6″, 9″ or 12″ version of the Fractured Color Wheel!

Here is the sample 12″ version that I made using some of my favorite Alison Glass fabrics. The background fabric on this one is a black Andover chambray (one of my favorite lightweight background fabrics!)

And then the 9″ version, which is my all-solid version. I used RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids, which are seriously a dream to work with. I don’t work with solids much, but when I do, they are my go-to solids!

The 6″ version is my Cotton + Steel color wheel. It was really fun to create color order out of these prints! And the tiny version of this can be worked up fairly quickly.

In the pattern, I included Stitch Guides to show you what stitches I used where on the color wheel. Almost all of the stitches can be found (with complete instructions) in my embroidery book.

Coming soon: stitch videos! Now, when I say “soon,” I mean it is an item on my ever increasing to-do list, so you know how that goes!!! It’s definitely something I’m working towards including here on my site.

So there you have it, a brand new pattern just perfect for Spring! I can’t wait to see what color/fabric combinations you create with this pattern!

If you are on Instagram and are working with this pattern, be sure to tag it #wildbohopatterns so that I can check out what you are creating!

Happy stitching!

-nichole

Winter Bouquet, a wildboho embroidery pattern

I am excited to introduce you to my very first, limited edition, seasonal embroidery pattern, Winter Bouquet. It is available for instant download in my Etsy Shop and is available until March 31st. On April 1, a Spring pattern will be released.


With this pattern, you can follow the color chart and stitch guide to embroider a project that looks just like this example:


Or you can use the pattern to create a project with your own color choices for a completely different look!

If you stitch this pattern, be sure to tag any pictures you post with #wildbohopatterns so that I can see how you worked up your own Winter Bouquet!