Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shop update!

Star Wars Felt kit

I've got some super fun new kits in my shop for you! Have you seen these yet?? I was so thrilled to be a part of designing these Marvel and Star Wars Felt sewing kits and I'm excited to have a few extras to share with you!

Marvel Felt kit

These cute little guys are as fun to stitch up as they are to play with. Each kit includes everything you need to sew 10 characters! They are sure to delight any Star Wars or Marvel fan.

Star Wars Felt kit

Woodland Creatures coloring book

Also, my Woodland Creatures coloring book is back in stock at my etsy shop! With each order you'll also get a mini original woodland drawing by yours truly.

Check them out and start getting crafty! 

xo aimee


Sunday, March 12, 2017

mermaids and sweet dreams

aria and neptune

Shop update at little dear!
I have loved mermaids all my life. Here are my two most recent mer-dolls, new to the shop this evening! Mama and baby sets are always so sweet to make and I'm not sure why I never made a merman before but this sea king is so dashing!

 aria and neptune

Of course, they have their unique, signature hand embroidered tattoos.

new dream catchers

Also in the shop are these two lovelies, one of a kind hand embroidered dream catchers to adorn your boho abode.


xo aimee

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

new dolls

new girls at little dear

Two new girls are in the shop tonight! Aurelia the mermaid and Briar who is very much inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. 

As always, each is one of a kind with unique hand embroidered tattoos. I love working on these girls so much, I hope you love them too.
xo aimee

Friday, February 24, 2017

Embroider a Dream Catcher



It's been awhile, are you ready for some new embroidery patterns from little dear? I've just listed three all new patterns based on some of my favorite embroidered dream catchers I've been making! This sweet, sleeping fox mandala is one of them. As an extra bonus, I'm going to let you in on how I created the dream catcher border stitch I use.  I hope you'll try it out and enjoy making stitched dream catchers as much as I have!
(Just FYI, you can easily stitch up the entire dream catcher web border using only straight stitches and it will look just fine. This technique is just a unique way to create a true dream catcher style web right on your fabric!)

To stitch your own embroidery hoop dream catcher, you'll need a 6 inch hoop, fabric and one of the 3 dream catcher pattern PDF downloads from my shop.  With your pattern download, you'll also receive a dream catcher grid to use for this stitch. Begin by transferring the grid to the BACK of your fabric. I used light pencil lines. You'll use this grid to determine where to begin and end your straight stitches. Transfer and stitch the center mandala section of the pattern, and then you'll be ready to start the dream catcher border.


Begin by stitching Straight Stitches around the edge of the hoop using the grid on the back of your fabric as a guide. Make a tiny back stitch at each corner point before the next stitch. 


When you complete the first circle, make sure your fabric is very tight in the hoop. Following the grid, bring your needle up on the second line below the middle of first stitch. 


Catch the stitch with your needle, pulling the thread downwards.


Hold this stitch in place with your finger while you slide your needle under the next stitch, pulling it down in the center as well. 


Continue around the edge of the border, keeping your stitches pulled tightly. When you get to the end of the second circle, make a tiny stitch through the fabric to complete it and begin the next round in the same way.


If you run out of thread, just make a tiny stitch securing the thread wherever you need to and then continue on with your weaving.


When you're done, add the additional stitch embellishments to the border. All done! Now you can frame your embroidery right in the hoop, or add your own dream catcher tail with yarn, ribbon, lace or feathers.


Here are the colors I used to stitch up my fox design! Also not pictured (because I almost ran out) is beige DMC 422 which I used for the dream catcher web. I love these autumn colors but this design would also look amazing stitched up in silvery winter colors with a grey fox! (I may just do that myself soon.) 

I hope you'll try out this technique and let me know what you think!
Enjoy. 
xo aimee

Monday, February 20, 2017

shop update!

willow and ginger

My shop is updated tonight with some extra special handmade items! Two very sweet hand embroidered dolls in some of my favorite soft, wintery hues and a sleeping fox mandala dream catcher.

sleeping fox dream catcher

I'm in love with all of these pieces. I hope you love them too! 
xo aimee


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Icy Friends

Icy Friends

Icy Friends are new at little dear! Stitch up your own cute wintry animal friends with this all new PDF pattern. Available for instant download at purchase only at www.littledear.etsy.com

Stay warm!
xo aimee

Friday, February 3, 2017

dream catchers

Dream catchers

new dream catchers have landed in the shop!
One of a kind hand embroidered with unique mandalas, these lovelies are so special to me, they would be perfect for a sweet bohemian style nursery or wedding. 


xo aimee