Furry Stitching Class Completed!

Finished Furry Stitching Polar Bear by Kim Dallaire

I recently took a stitching class with Nicole from Follow The White Bunny. It was a blast! We stitched up this adorable little polar bear! Love it!

Nicole’s instructions were super clear and not too overwhelming. She also hosted a group on flickr for everyone to share their little bears, ask questions and see how everyone else was doing. It is really nice to be able to see all the other bears coming together, stitch by stitch! Nicole was also super helpful with little hints (the dark stitches in the top part of the scarf and in the ears were her idea) on the flickr group.

All in all, if you are interested in embroidery and learning new techniques, I would definitely check out the class when it comes up again in the fall!

Check out my work in progresses below!

Missing his scarf  Missing the dark in the ears and the top of the scarf


Yarn Beetle

261Dung beetles are pretty cool, for tiny beasts that clean up poop. Yarn beetles are cooler, picking up the little bits of thread and fiber that you drop during furious crafting sessions and felting them into a beautiful, twirly mess.

038The ball is made with spider or woven wheel stitch, which I originally screwed up but managed to fix by re-watching the excellent video on Mary Corbet’s Needlenthread. (I have such a crafty crush on her!) Turns out that you need an odd number of spokes to your wheel, in order to get the look right. I decided to make the spacing on the spokes irregular to add to the look.

257The yarn and bits used in the wheel are as follows: DMC thread for the spokes, ridiculously adorable fuzzy brown/pink/beige yarn from a local yarn store called Wabi Sabi, a rough brown bamboo thread that is really hard to see but adds a really nice texture when you are touching the piece, and finally a bit of Anchor yarn from my needlepoint yarn stash.

The beetle itself is stitched in grey sewing machine thread.

Three Paper Doll Dresses

Three DressesHere are the three paper doll dresses I have stitched in the last while. All of them are from a paper doll called Anya Imagines, by Charles Ventura. I found great scans of them on Marge8’s Blog, where she share hard to find/vintage paper dolls.

They are simply redwork, but I find them quite charming. I want to frame the grey one in my room. Check out closeups below!

Green Dress Green Dress Pink Dress Grey Dress Grey Dress

Paper dolls are like colouring books; they can always be a great source for simple redwork patterns.

Sequined Hot Pepper Jellyfish

Hot Pepper JellyfishI have a new piece of embroidery available in my etsy shop: a Sequined Hot Pepper Jellyfish! Click through for a good look at all those sequins.

I originally bought these for a completely different purpose, but after finishing my yellow Lemon Sorbet Jellyfish, I knew I wanted to try the technique again with something different. The sequins were a challenge. They got everywhere; I found them in my clothes, in the couch, in my bed… I am still finding them, weeks after I finished working with them.

Hot Pepper JellyfishMy daughter also spilled the little container I kept them in. I couldn’t save some of them and ended up vacuuming them up. At least the contents of my vacuum were sparkly… And even with all this, I still have over half of them left! Three tiny bags of sequins go a long way!


Doodle Stitch Along – City Roofs

027bThis is a quick piece that Rebecca of Hugs are Fun inspired me to do with her Doodle Stitch Along. A few months ago, Spoonflower gave out a free 8 inch piece of their new fabric with any design you wanted. Holy cow!

Anyway, I love cities and after looking up a few fabrics that I could use for stitching, this one stood out. A few weeks later, the fabric came in and I put it in my stash of things to do. Sigh.

The fabric is some sort of silky smooth garment fabric, which basically sucked for stitching on, but since I had so little to stitch on, and a particular look I was going for, it wasn’t the end of the world. I did almost exclusively messy satin stitch, playing with the slants and the little gables. There is a bit of split stitch in there too. I was going to try chain stitch, but the fabric was starting to get on my nerves too much. I ended up backing it with a scrap of cotton fabric and gluing the back of the piece into place with superglue.

023The piece doesn’t look great seen straight on, so I plan to hang it quite high on my stitching wall, in order force the perspective.

Thank you Rebecca for the kick in the butt I needed to finish another project! Are you going to try Doodle Stitching? Come on, how many projects can you possibly have on the go? Click the link below to get started:


Sketchy, Woolly Spider

Sketchy, Woolly SpiderI finally finished my spider and got her hooped up. My mother asked for a non-ribbon hoop, so I only used wood stain and matte Modge Podge to darken and seal it.

Sketchy, Woolly SpiderThis piece was a present for my mom who just finished her Masters in Nursing. She is awesome-sauce and she loves spiders. This one was supposed to be for her office, but she has decided it may be too nice for the office.

I used about 4 different shades of brown DMC thread, and two different colours of Anchor yarn. Here is roughly the steps taken to make her look as fuzzy as she does:

  1. Outline the whole shape in split stitch using DMC thread.
  2. Fill in the legs with long wool stitches, then couch those with different colours of DMC thread.
  3. Fill the abdomen of the spider with long wool stitches, in the same direction as the stitches in DMC thread were going to go (typically, when you pad a shape, you do it in the opposite direction, but I wanted the wool to peek through the thread stitches! It worked too!)13572403865_46f13bab46_b
  4. Cover the abdomen, the head and the mandibles in various colours of DMC thread in various browns.
  5. Buy a huge quantity of minuscule beads and use only four of them.13572398455_a078197cfb_b

The good news is, my mother loved it and so do I. I love the wool peeking through the abdomen and the legs, making her look fuzzy and ridiculous. I love the contrast between the spider and the sketchy web even more.

Sketchy, Woolly Spider

Hexagons and Discontinued Fabric Books

048bWhen I signed up for Wild Olive’s Summer Stitching Club (which I never managed to finish, but that’s a whole other post), I was introduced to hexies, otherwise known as English Paper Piecing.  About a million tutorials and one new Pinterest board later, I was ready to go.  But what to do?

051bSo I just started putting hexagons together. And more, and more, and more. Hexagons are super addictive. You can do them while you watch a movie without stabbing yourself in the fingers too too much. It’s fabulous.

046bI knew I wanted to stitch something onto the hexagons after they were put together, so I went through my stuff and found these lovely arrows from Urbanthreads. I printed one onto a water soluble paper and stuck it on (some of the fabrics had too large a weave to use chaco paper to transfer the design). To do it again I would place the arrow further to the right side of the piece.

Blue Hexagon RaspberryI borrowed some batting from my quilt-queen mother, picked up a gorgeous mustard yellow cotton from Fabrications, and after cutting everything out to the right shape, put everything together. With three little hoops at the top to hand it from a stick, I ended up with a wall hanging I am really super happy with!

I’m not sure what it is, but I love it. I call it my blue raspberry.