May Flowers Embroidery Workshop

I’m excited to announce my first-ever embroidery workshop! Participants will learn how to make my May Flowers pattern designed with spring in mind. The class is hosted by the Southeast Steuben County Library (and the fabulous Erica Unterman).

During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of embroidery, along with some of my favorite stitching tips and tricks. Beginners can complete the entire piece in backstitch, while more advanced stitchers can incorporate a variety of stitches, including French knots, outline stitch, satin stitch, and more.

There’s still time to RSVP if you’re in the area!

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Sweet and Sour Heart Stickers

Candy hearts are for lovers . . . and haters! I’m excited to add stickers featuring my Sweet & Sour Heart series to my shop. In addition to the postcards I shared last month, these stickers are part of my new line of stationery.

I’ve already stuck them everywhere: my planner, my phone case, and – of course – Valentine’s Day cards!

They’re available as sets of Sweet Hearts, Sour Hearts, and the combined Sweet & Sour Heart collection.

 

All hail snailmail

Snailmail is one of my favorite things, so creating postcards featuring my stitching was a no-brainer. Each postcard includes a detail from some of my most popular pieces, printed on high-quality cardstock. They’re a colorful surprise perfect for your favorite penpal!

Sweet & Sour Hearts

Stay Creepy

A Good Neighbor Ignores the Screams

Rooster Hoopbutt

And don’t forget my Oh hai postcards – my first postcard, available in 12 colors. Happy writing!

Working on my patch game

These are the first batch of patches coming to my Etsy store. I had fun backing each with colorful felt and using bits of leftover thread from other projects to finish them off. There are many more in the pipeline, stay tuned for patch game, part 2.

Punk-Ass Book Jockey

Introvert

Cat Lady

Have Mercy

Here’s a look at the back of Have Mercy. I added tiny pieces of felt to hold the safety pins securely. That way people can use them as patches or pins – it’s easy enough to snip the extra felt off and remove the pin to stitch the patch onto their jacket or bag.

I have a few bits of cross stitch I also made into patches, and others in progress. Here’s a glimpse:

Knopeisms

Leslie Knope, government employee, queen of the binders, and the main character in Parks and Recreation, is a big believer in supporting female friends. In fact, she created a whole holiday just for the purpose: Galentine’s Day. Forget Valentine’s Day, February 13th is all about ladies celebrating ladies.

ovaries before brovaries

uteruses before duderuses

hoes before bros

sisters before misters

How are you celebrating Galentine’s Day this year?

Sweet and Sour Hearts

People love Valentine’s Day or hate it, but either way they tend to have strong feelings about February 14. I’ve been looking for a way to make sweet (and sour) hearts so people can express their feelings about the holiday and each other. So, when I started painting fabric, the first project I wanted to try was a Sweet and Sour Hearts series.

Here are the results:

Be mine

Not yours

Hot stuff

UR the worst

Maybe tonight (for all you Arrested Development fans)

Can U not

I ship us

Probably not

UR my OTP

Damn UR fine

Call me

XOXO

Nope

Experimenting with watercolors

Lots of projects are in progress at the studio, but I’m especially excited to share some photos of my most recent experiments. I’ve been playing around with watercolors, painting details and entire pieces of plain muslin. Here are some of the results.

I’ll love you to the moon and back

true blue baby i love you (and this sweet little heart)

You are my sunshine

True love

Here’s a sneak peek at some other painted pieces. More soon!

Christmas scarf, 2015

Welcome to my annual Christmas scarf post, volume 2015. I came across this beautiful heather blue yarn in the craft store, and just down the aisle was a free cabled cowl pattern, and so the 2015 scarf was born. Thanks to my 2013 scarf, I wasn’t a cable newbie, and this one went much faster than that first scarf. Plus the cowl required many fewer rows – I see lots of cowls in my future . . . Anyways, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. More importantly, my mom likes it!

The woman herself modeling it like a pro.

And the scarf in progress.