Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 19

Welcome back for Week no. 19! 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!


My stitch Along piece this week is a hoop that I am making as a gift for one of my boy’s teachers…a little late for teacher appreciation week, but it will be done soon!

How cool is this fabric from Free Spirit Fabrics from the line, “Neptune and the Mermaid”?!

There’s a story behind this one, though…

I saw this fabulous fabric online and just had to buy it immediately (from Circa 15 Fabric Studio). When I buy fabrics, I don’t typically buy large quantities…usually a fat quarter or a 1/2 yard works for most of my projects. Not checking the size of this octopus, I quickly added a 1/4 yard to my cart and then added a few other things and then checked out.

I couldn’t wait to open the fabric when it arrived. Sadly, I realized that, with this particular fabric, I should have ordered a larger cut because I didn’t get one complete octopus. SO…if you like this one and want a complete octopus, don’t make my mistake and think you can get by with a 1/4 yard!


Here’s how I’ve made lemonade out of my lemon-ish purchase! I’ve been using the Lion Brand bonbons and seed beads to add swirly octopus legs around the flowers on the fabric.

I think it’s a pretty good fix, right?!


And speaking of Octopi (because we were, right?!), here’s another one I’ve been stitching. This one required lots and lots and LOTS of fussy cutting and another Free Spirit Fabric this one from Heather Bailey‘s “Hello Love” line. You’ll be seeing lots more from this one as I finish it off to send to Sue Spargo for Quilt Market this week!

Speaking of purchases (because we were, right?!), look at this beautiful trim! I have no particular project in mind for these, but I saw them and knew I had to have them for something!

And speaking of Quilt Market (because we were, right?!) Here’s a detail shot of one of the hoops i’ve been making for Robert Kaufman’s booth with the upcoming Jennifer Sampou “Shimmer On” fabrics (coming out in August).

Remember how I told you I love these Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites? Well, this is what I love them for…they are brilliant for adding beads to my embroidery! They do not break (like when I tried to use just plain sewing machine thread) and you don’t have to separate threads (like when you use floss).

I’ll post more pics of these hoops around Quilt Market time!

And speaking of sneak peeks (because we were, right?!) Here’s a peek at a mini quilt made with my Fractured Color Wheel Embroidery Pattern. I used some of my favorite Anna Maria Horner fabrics combined with so beautiful You and Me batiks. My mom (even though she told me not to give her any credit!) did the quilting and binding and everything else for me!) It turned out better than I was picturing!! How about that butterfly in the center?!

So that’s this week all wrapped up! Hopefully your week was less jumbly and jam-packed than mine was (!) and that you have plenty of time for stitching in the coming week!

Happy stitching!

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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!