Friday, July 2, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
I created One-Hour Embroidery with busy people in mind. Everyone is busy but so many of us get so caught up in daily to-do’s that we don’t think we have time to craft or be creative. This book will show you that you truly can make something wonderful in just an hour!
(For a sneak peek inside, come peruse this post on the book I did recently for C&T Publishing.)
Saturday, June 26, 2021
July is going to be delicious for little dear Patreon subscribers, we'll be stitching up fun food patterns! These will be so much fun to make. They are a departure from our normally nature inspired patterns but I've wanted to do some food patterns for awhile now and I love how they turned out.
Even if you're a health nut (I am) you'll love stitching up these super cute, completely healthy snacks!
If you're familiar with my tiny embroidery pattern series on etsy, this sweet treats embroidery sampler is along those lines. I love stitching in miniature!
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
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
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
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.
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.
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.