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!  

feathersandarrows

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?

pesky

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

May Patreon Preview!

bugs4

little dear Patreon club designs for May are here! I'd love for you to come join me at Patreon.com/littledear so I can share these fun projects with you. 

Even if you're not a big fan of real bugs, (I actually am, as long as they stay outside!) you'll love stitching up these lovely felt ones! Butterfly, Grasshopper, Ladybug, Dragonfly and Bumblebee make the perfect Springtime friends.

mountain

Our Stitch-a-Long club embroidery sampler for May is a colorful mountain sunrise! I thought that since we won't be taking any real vacations any time soon, maybe a virtual embroidered mountain adventure was in order. :) I can't wait to stitch this up along with you.

If you'd love to get an all new felt PDF sewing pattern in your email, or a printed fabric sampler in your mailbox each month (or both!) come subscribe, there's a little dear craft club that's perfect for you.

xo Aimee

Thursday, March 26, 2020

April Patreon designs

April Patreon designs

Are you ready for Spring? Even if you're trapped at home, I hope you're able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air a bit. All the Flower Power is going out to little dear Patreon subscribers in April! You won't want to miss out on these exclusive, colorful designs. 

Things are crazy out there right now and I don't know of a better way to calm and ground your anxious mind than to make something with your hands. It's so calming and meditative to slow down and complete a beautiful embroidery or sewing project stitch by stitch. I know you will love working on these! We all need a little more color and creativity in our lives right now and these designs are the perfect solution. 

April Patreon designs

Felt flowers are so much fun to make, the perfect Spring decor for your home or yourself! Make a garland for your mantle, or a crown for your head, you deserve it! I promise it will make you feel joyful, super special and beautiful to wear it, even if it's just around the house. 

If you'd love to receive an all new color fabric embroidery sampler in the mail each month, or an exclusive felt sewing pattern PDF in your email (or both!) come join us at Patreon.com/littledear! There's a little dear craft club that's perfect for you.

xo Aimee

Monday, March 23, 2020

Frida embroidery sampler

frida

How are you all doing this week? Things are crazy out there, perhaps you're looking for a new project to calm your nerves? I can't think of anything more grounding than working with your hands. It always makes me feel so much better to take time out and do something fun and crafty. 
I find hand embroidery especially to be so meditative and peaceful! I've just listed this new sampler, a portrait of Frida Kahlo. She was such a fascinating person, and if anyone is an inspiration through difficult times, it is her. If you'd like to embroider this iconic artist, visit littledear.etsy.com to pick up a sampler.
Stay safe and healthy!
xoxo aimee

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Winter Woodland embroidery sampler

Winter embroidery sampler

It's definitely still winter here but that's a great excuse to cozy up inside for some extra stitching time!  Put on your favorite record or Netflix show, make some tea and settle in, here's the perfect embroidery project for you.

This Winter Woodland color printed sampler is available at littledear.etsy.com and is one of my favorites. I'm going to give you a few details and pointers on how I stitched mine, I hope it will help you out and get you excited to work on your own!

Winter embroidery sampler

This is a versatile design that you can stitch in different ways, either outline the shapes, or fill them in solidly. I'm using DMC 3781, 434, 437, 504, 502, white and ecru with 2 threads of floss throughout. For the animals, start by outlining them in a color darker than the interior,  I'm using the Back Stitch. 
Winter embroidery sampler
Winter embroidery sampler
Now fill in the outlines with a lighter color using Satin or Long and Short Stitches. I find Long and Short Stitches to be pretty intuitive, you can vary the angle and length quite a bit depending on the shapes you're stitching, or go back and fill in a few extra stitches here and there as needed,  it's all good. 
Last, add the tiniest face details in the darkest color over top. I've used Satin Stitches for the pine cones, with darker Straight Stitches on top. The branch is Stem Stitch and the pine needles are Back Stitched. I've used a combination of Satin Stitches and French Knots on the snowflake dots, and Satin Stitches on the leaves and tree berries. You can see in the first photo that you could alternately use Lazy Daisies for cute leaves as well!
I hope this gives you some ideas to use for your sampler! If you need a little extra stitch help, I've got lots of embroidery tutorials at my website, be sure to check them out, and also join my mailing list download some free patterns!
Have fun! xo