Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Embroidery Planner Giveaway!

 


I've got an excellent Blog Tour giveaway for you guys today! This amazing book by Christen Brown is such a unique and great idea. It is a step by step planner/ journal to help you create, plan, and keep a record of 12 embellished embroidery pieces! If you love organizing and list making as much as I do, you will love this book, it's beautiful, inspiring and fun to use.

The Embellished Art Embroidery Project Planner is designed so that you can customize everything in the book for your own needs. There are chapters such as My Year, My Creative Goals and My Action Plan, all to help you organize your thoughts and plans by day, month and year. You can keep track of all your inspiration, materials and how long projects take (or how long you'd like them to take!) Plus there are check off lists for when you complete goals (this is my favorite part! ;)

Are you ready to win a copy? Just leave a comment below and tell me what crafty projects you're working on this summer! I will choose a random winner on Friday, June 18, and contact you by email (be sure I can locate your email address!)

You will also have a chance to win the book from the other participants on the blog tour, when you visit their sites.

Good luck! 
:) aimee

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Stitch away the Summer

 


Kitties are here! This new felt fat kitties sewing pattern has just landed in my etsy shop. Wouldn't you love to stitch a whole litter? Kittens are the cutest ever and so much fun, our cat had 3 babies a few weeks ago and we are enjoying them so much. I've been posting pics of them growing on Instagram and Flickr if you need a cute kitty fix. :)


Also new at little dear are these Sun Mandala and Hand embroidery samplers, and fun, felt weather patterns! All of these designs were previously released exclusively to my Patreon supporters, if you'd love to receive an all new felt sewing pattern, or embroidery sampler each month, come join us and choose a little dear craft club that's perfect for you!

Come find everything you need to keep your crafty heart and hands happy at 
littledear.etsy.com.
















Friday, May 28, 2021

June Patreon reptiles

 


Summer is coming, are you ready? (I am!) I hope you'll be feeling a little more freedom and sunshine coming your way in the coming month, be sure to give yourself some extra love, 
relaxation and crafting time!

Are you a little dear Patreon subscriber yet? New June patterns are ready and waiting for you.

This lovely, flowery snake will be on her way to Stitch-a-Long subscribers! I've wanted to do a snake pattern for awhile, and summer seemed like the perfect time. I find snakes so fascinating and beautiful. They are traditionally symbols of femininity, protection and a creative force (who doesn't need more of that!) I hope you will love stitching her up.


Felt Friends subscribers are getting Dinosaurs set 2 (set 1 from a year or so ago is in my etsy shop.) This time we're stitching up Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Velociraptor and Plesiosaurus. (Yes, Velociraptor gets feathers!) They can't wait to be part of your Dino tribe.

Come join us at Patreon.com/littledear by June 1 to get these exclusive new designs. 



Saturday, March 6, 2021

Wolf and Roses embroidery

 

A new embroidery sampler is in my etsy shop! I've really enjoyed stitching up this design and today I'm going to share four different ways to stitch roses! We'll look at some tips and techniques for the wolf's face as well.

 Using a variety of different stitches brings lots of interest to your embroidery art, and these stitches also have a lot of dimension. Definitely try a couple of them out (if not all) I think you'll love them!

Here are the colors I'm using: DMC 351, 352, 353, 844, 645, 647, 3072, 435, 801

Before we get to the roses, I'll also mention that I used the Stem Stitch for the vines, Lazy Daisies for the vine leaves, Satin Stitch for the lighter leaves, paw prints and rose buds, and French Knots for the dots. Use 2 threads for Stem and Lazy Daisies, and 3 threads for Satin and French Knots.

If you ever need a little brush up on basic stitches, come visit my website at little-dear.com for lots of stitch tutorials!


The first rose I'm going to show you is the Woven Wheel, or Woven Spider's Wheel. This makes an impressive looking flower, and it's actually really easy to do. Use all 6 threads of floss for this stitch.

1. Start by making an odd number of Straight Stitches, creating a star shape out from a center point.

2. Bring your needle and floss up at the center between two spokes and slide them over one stitch and under the next on the surface of the fabric, not through it.

3. Weave the floss around and around the circle until you reach the outer ends of the spokes. You can use fewer rounds for a flatter circle, or pack in many rounds for a puffy flower. 


Finish off your Woven Rose with some big French Knot in the center. 


Next up, Bullion Knot Roses! Use all 6 threads for this stitch.

1. Bring the needle and floss out of the fabric, then make a stitch back to the floss about 1/4 inch wide. Don't pull your needle all the way through, keep the tip sticking out of the fabric.

2. Wrap floss around the tip of the needle 5-7 times.

3. Hold the wraps loosely between your thumb and forefinger. 

4. Slowly pull the needle and floss through the wraps as you hold onto them.

5. Reinsert the needle at the end of the row, pulling the coil of wraps flat to the fabric. 

6. Continue making Bullion knots in a circular shape. It's fine if they overlap each other, pack in as many as you like for a big, fat rose.


Finish your rose with a French Knot in the center.


I call this one the Criss Cross Rose, and I just made it up. :) Actually I can't say for sure that no one else has done this, but I've never seen it before, so who knows? This rose has a similar finished look to the Woven Wheel, but it is stitched through the fabric. 

Use all 6 threads of floss for this rose.

1. Start with 2 short Straight Stitches side by side.

2. Cross them over at the top and bottom with 2 more.

3-4. Now cross the corners of your little square diagonally.

5-6. Keep Criss-Crossing around the circle until your rose is the size you want it to be.


For our last rose, here is a sweet little Satin Stitched one. Use 3 threads of floss for this rose.

1. Start making stitches from the outer edge of the circle to the center point.

2. Your stitches will be a little farther apart at the outside edge than they are at the center. As you go around the circle, your stitches will start to overlap each other at the middle, forming a raised sort of swirl. 

3. This stitch works great for tiny circular flowers, I think it looks like they are getting ready to bloom! You could try it for larger ones, use more threads of floss for larger flowers to get the same effect.


Our wolf is all that's left! You can create a lovely "thread painted" look by using the Long and Short Stitch and angling your stitches in the direction of fur growing. Use 2 threads of floss for the wolf.

1. Use the lightest grey to stitch the inner ear shapes with the Satin Stitch, starting at the long bottom edge and ending them all at the upper point. 

Stitch the cheek sections with Long and Short Stitches. These do not have to be super straight or uniform! Overlap them as they change angles and add extra stitches here and there as needed.

2. Use the medium grey to fill in the main face area. 

3. Angle the stitches outward on either side of the nose. You can alternate longer stitches overlapping at the edge of the light and dark areas to simulate fur.


Last, stitch the nose and eyes in the darkest grey. Add a little light stitch for each eye shine. I also used 1 thread of dark grey floss to outline the inner ears and the cheek areas, to separate them a little more.

I hope you'll try out this sampler (you can find it here: littledear.etsy.com) and that these tutorials help you out as you stitch this design, and for any other embroidery projects you want to try them on! Let me know if you have any questions below and have fun stitching. 

xo aimee

Saturday, January 23, 2021

An Interview


I recently did a fun interview for Create Whimsy, and they pulled out this quote. I truly believe this and I hope you are gifting yourself some creative time every day! Come read more about me and lots of things I love right here.




 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

January Patreon designs!


 Hello friends! I am out of words to describe 2020, and it's not even over yet. Are you as ready for 2021 as I am? I officially predict next year will be full of beautiful, new beginnings and bright, green growth. (who's with me??) 

New little dear Patreon craft club designs for January are ready and waiting to lift your spirits! Stitch-a-Long subscribers will receive this pretty little terrarium embroidery sampler and Felt Friends will get this lush succulents felt pattern download. January is when I always crave green amongst all of the dead brown nature and I think these will be exactly what we need!  


If you'd love to get an exclusive felt sewing pattern PDF download, or a beautiful printed fabric embroidery sampler in your mailbox each month, come subscribe before January 1 at Patreon.com/littledear and join us! I can't wait to have you as a stitching partner in the new year. Let's make it awesome together.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Gingerbread fun

 


How's your Holiday season going so far? Hopefully it's not too crazy and you're finding some cozy crafting time. This is an easy and fun little project that's great for (almost) all ages. Aren't they cute? Just grab a box (aren't there an abundance of those around lately?) and a white Posca paint marker and go to town drawing cute Gingerbread houses, people and pets!


This was my first experience with Posca pens and I have to say they are really fun to draw with. You do have to let them dry for a minute or the lines will smear, but overall they're not messy and very user friendly. We drew our pics on the cardboard first, then cut them out leaving an edge around the drawing so they look just like decorated cookies! I grabbed only a white one and I love the simple look of these, but they come in all colors so you could make lots of frosting colors if you choose.
My kids (age 5 and 8) really enjoyed this. They drew the cutest ones! 


My son made a Ninjabread man, a Monkeybread man and a house with a Satellite dish. ;)
We wrote greetings on the back and sent some to our families as cards, but you could also add a string on top and make really cute ornaments, or cut a little cross piece for the bottom so they can stand up. 


If you're looking for a simple, easy and fun holiday project, try this one out, I think you'll love it.
xo aimee