Tuesday, November 21, 2017

20 % off sale at little dear!

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Everything at little dear is 20% off until December 1! Now is the perfect time to pick up Christmas NOMs or a special doll or dream catcher you might have your eye on. 

Happy Holidays from little dear!
xo aimee

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas NOMs 2017

Christmas NOMs 2017 round 1!

The first round of Christmas NŌMs is here! Decked out in fun festive colors and GLITTER! They can't wait to adorn your tree.

Christmas NOMs 2017 round 1!

Find them all at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Thursday, November 9, 2017

new kits!

new embroidery kits!

New embroidery kits are in the shop!! I've been stitching and working hard for weeks getting these ready and I'm so excited to finally bring them to you.

new embroidery kits!

Owl Leaves is a new hoop art kit, (look for the other three in my shop!) and I'm introducing mini embroidered doll kits too! Choose Grey Bunny or Red Fox.

new embroidery kits!

new embroidery kits!

These are perfect gift or travel projects and are so much fun to make. Visit www.littledear.etsy.com to pick up your next stitching project!
xo aimee

new embroidery kits!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

lowen and lux

New lovelies are in the shop tonight! Mermaid mama Merin (and Minnow) and Lowen the owl girl (and Lux) 

Merin and baby Minnow

Find them all at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Make an embroidered mandala dreamcatcher


Hi Lovelies! Today I'm going to show you how to make your own embroidered dreamcatcher. I've made lots of these and they are each unique and different, you can use these techniques to create your own, one of a kind hoop art.

The embroidery I'm using is my Mini Mandala printed fabric sampler! You can stitch one up in your favorite colors, they are available in my shop at www.littledear.etsy.com


You'll need a wooden embroidery hoop, stitched fabric, a variety of ribbons, yarn and trims to match (the more the better) and white craft glue. (My Mini Mandala Sampler fits perfectly into a 4 inch hoop.)


Start by stretching your embroidered fabric tightly onto the hoop, making sure the design is centered. Trim the fabric around the edge to about 3/4 inch, spread some craft glue on the inside of the center hoop, and fold and press the fabric around the back. 


Let it dry completely, and then you can remove the outer hoop. As you can see, I don't try too hard to keep my backsides very neat and tidy. :) If you like, you can cut a circle of white felt to fit inside the hoop and cover the back. 


Choose a 1/2 to 3/4 inch ribbon to wrap the outer hoop with. Wrap and glue the end of the ribbon to the top of the hoop next to the screw, spread a thin layer of glue along the edge of the hoop and begin wrapping the ribbon around the hoop at a slight angle. Overlap the edges of the ribbon just a bit and continue glueing and wrapping until you reach the other end of the screw. Secure the end with a pin or clip until it dries.


Now you get to create the tail of the dreamcatcher! 
You have a lot of freedom here, choose your favorite materials and make it as long or short, and as full as you like. Since my hoop is small, I decided to make the tail on this one fairly short at about 12 inches. Begin by selecting a wide or distinctive trim or ribbon for the center and cut a piece twice as long as you want the tail to be.
To attach each piece of the tail, fold it in half at the center, put the loop through the hoop, then pull the two ends through the loop and pull it tightly making a knot around the hoop.


Some ribbons and yarns will hold with just a knot, but some, especially thin or satin ribbons may come loose. You can secure them tightly by adding a tiny stitch or two through the knot right beneath the hoop. 


Make sure your center piece is directly below the screw and then continue adding more pieces to either side. I like to vary and alternate textures and colors as much as possible! You can also add braided or crocheted strands. Make it full of tactile interest. Once the tail is as wide and full as you like and each piece is knotted and secured, unscrew the screw and replace the embroidery art in the outer hoop.

Chances are your tail strands are uneven, so hang up your dreamcatcher and trim them to the lengths you need. I like to leave the center ones longest, and cut the side ones a bit shorter, creating a V shape at the bottom.


Now it's time to add some feathers. You can, of course use real ones, but I like to make my own from paper or felt. You can add some splashes of paint to watercolor paper to match your color scheme. (It's best to paint before cutting.) Then cut out your feather shapes and stitch them directly onto the ends of some of the ribbons of the tail.


You can also add beads, tassels, pompoms or any other charms you like to your tail.


Here is my finished dreamcatcher! I hope you'll enjoy making your own. Let me know if you find this tutorial useful, I would love to see what you make!
xo aimee