Saturday, July 11, 2020

Frida take 2



Frida Kahlo, she is so iconic and fascinating. If anyone is an inspiration for getting through rough times, it's her! She lived an amazing, and often very sad and painful life.

I recently reworked my beloved Frida embroidery sampler with a technique I've wanted to try for awhile now, filling in the whole design with Split Stitches!



I really love the lush texture this gives to embroidery art.  It's very touch-able. :) Stitching it was also very relaxing! Split Stitch is probably my favorite embroidery stitch, it is easy and very calming for me.

(if you're not sure how to do it, check out this tutorial!)


I already had the outlines in place, so I started by filling in her cheeks, lips and eyes with stitches, just going around and around the shapes from outside in. Then I started at the outer edge of her face, again stitching around and around until I filled the whole thing up to the center. I did the same with the flowers. On her hair and the heart, I stitched rows, just curving them to fit the shapes.


What do you think, do you like this version, or the line art version at the top? I can't decide, I like them both. :) I do want to use this technique more often! You can try out either one for yourself, Frida samplers are available at my shop: littledear.etsy.com





Sunday, June 28, 2020

Fairy Rings



July Patreon subscribers will be making mushroom Fairy Rings! Mushrooms are one of my favorite things to draw and they make their way into so many of my designs. They are so cute and mysterious, they often pop up in strange places, seemingly out of nowhere. A circle of mushrooms is called a fairy ring, and can either be dangerous or lucky to wander into, depending on what legend you're reading.


These guys just make me smile! If you'd love to get an exclusive fabric embroidery sampler in your mailbox, or an all new PDF felt sewing pattern in your email each month, come join us at Patreon.com/littledear. There's a little dear craft club that's perfect for you!
xoxo Aimee


Thursday, June 18, 2020

please wear a mask


Sometimes I embroider things just for myself.
But that doesn't mean I won't share it with you! I recently fancied up this purchased face mask to wear with some freehand flowers in my favorite colors. I posted a pic on Instagram and got several requests for a pattern, so here it is! You can use this on any fitted face mask (not the pleated kind.) 

I've used DMC floss colors: corals 351, 352; purples 3726, 315, 316, 153; blues 28, 29
and stitches: Satin, Straight, Lazy Daisy and French Knot

If you need a little stitch direction, visit my website at little-dear.com for lots of free embroidery tutorials! 

Here's the pattern to download. I hope you enjoy it! And PLEASE wear a mask anytime you go out, this isn't political, it's for your health. Protect yourself and others. <3

xoxo aimee



Friday, June 12, 2020

Black Lives Matter



As I watch the events of the last few weeks with a very heavy heart, I've been wondering what I can do to help. I decided to create art that would inspire young black children, to remind them that they are beautiful, brave and strong, and that they can and will rise above the oppression they are seeing today. 

100% of the profits from these purchases will go to blacklivesmatter.com and other organizations supporting the welfare of the Black community.

"I Rise" is from the poem by Maya Angelou, "Still, I Rise". (please give it a read!) I hope it will inspire you as well and that together, we can make a difference.

The above, printable wall art PDF download is available at my shop: littledearprintshop.etsy.com
and includes hi-res files to print and display, as well as PNG and SVG files for digital crafting and Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines.


I've also created a hand embroidery pattern! It includes 4 and 6 inch versions. 
You can find the pattern digital download at littledear.etsy.com

The pattern is just black lines for transferring, but I've used watercolor to tint the background fabric. Have you done this before? It's really easy, but it's also a bit unpredictable, so go into it with an open mind. :)


First stitch up the design normally. For my 4 inch embroidery, I've used the Split Stitch on the words with 3 threads, and the Back Stitch on the bird with 2 threads. The dots are French Knots and the stars are Straight Stitches. (You can find complete beginner's embroidery tutorials at my website: little-dear.com to help you out if you need it!)


Now, just paint the fabric! You'll need to use quite a bit of water, and expect the color to bleed outside the lines a bit. You can build it up pretty dark at this stage, adding more color to the interior spaces as needed. I painted the bird with purple, then added a bit of black to the wing tips and head.


You can see that it dried quite a bit lighter than it looked wet, you can go back and add more color if you want to. I really like this loose, washy look!
If you want more control over color tinting your fabric, try out Crayon Tinting with this tutorial.

I hope you'll consider purchasing one (or both) of these files and join with me in making a change for social justice. Every little bit helps! Let's make our world a better place for everyone.
xo aimee

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

new samplers

moonbunnies

You need some calming, fulfilling creative time in your day, and hand embroidery is the perfect way to add it. It's so relaxing and easy to learn. Even if you have only a few minutes at a time to sit still, or just want to keep your hands busy while netflixing, this is the hobby for you.

I've just listed some new embroidery samplers help you out at 
little dear. Moon bunnies and Feathers designs previously went out to my Patreon subscribers and now they're available to everyone at my etsy shop!  

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If you're ready to feel the relaxing, meditative effects of hand embroidery, give one of these (or any of my other embroidery designs) a try! I know you'll love it. 
You can find lots of tutorials at little-dear.com to help you out.

Have fun!
xo aimee

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

June Patreon Preview

octoshells

June is almost here and our Patreon designs are almost ready to head out to subscribers!
This is one of my most favorite months of designs yet, I absolutely LOVE octopuses (or octopi) They are so fascinating, smart and graceful. I can't wait to embroider this one up myself.
I love how the seashells came out too! Especially the sea urchin and sea star, the French Knots make them really unique.

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Even if you can't get to the real beach this summer, you'll love stitching up these ocean-y fun projects.

If you'd love to get an exclusive fabric embroidery sampler in your mailbox, or an all new felt sewing pattern in your email each month, please come join us! You will love having these fun new projects to work on. Find a craft club that's perfect for you at Patreon.com/littledear.

xo aimee

Monday, May 18, 2020

New Felt Patterns!

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A menagerie of new felt animal friends has come to little dear!

Birds and feathers, Constellation animals and Pesky but Sweet felt sewing patterns are all available now.

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The Birds and Feathers pattern is extra special because you can mix and match the pattern pieces to create almost any bird, real or imagined! What feathered friend will you create?

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Cute and sometimes pesky critters are unique and special in their own way! You'll love sewing up any of these new creatures, find all of the PDF downloads now at littledear.etsy.com

xo Aimee