Sunday, November 23, 2014

Found on Flickr: Chaotic-Stitched Snowflake

snowflake step by step

Anne from the blog Pumora has shared a lovely tutorial entitled, "The Absence of A Snowflake" - she shows you how to stitch your own chaotic - but so delicate! - negative-space snowflake. I love how she starts with the paper snowflakes that we always made as children! What a cool way to put a modern twist on an old nostalgic craft.

Thanks for sharing, Anne!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Old Stitches New Tricks Contest Winners!

First, a big thank you to all that entered our Old Stitches, New Tricks contest! We would've loved a few more entries but we know we set you all quite a challenge. Some entries had no or little explanation so that made them kind of difficult for us to assess - don't forget to share your process, guys, we love to read a bit about the creative journey!

Secondly, we'd like to thank our kind and generous sponsors:

What Delilah Did 's publisher Pavilion

1. Obviously, we appreciate things like originality and good execution, but most important was whether the embroiderer found a modern way to use old techniques or stitches - or used old materials in a completely new way. After discussing the entries extensively, we decided that Stephanie's Giant Rainbow Skull incorporated all of those elements!

Stephanie's quirky piece, which started with a very well-known stitch but ended with a whole new way to use it, captured the spirit of the contest perfectly. She used a huge pegboard and yarn to create her piece, inspired by a photo of a perler bead Rainbow Skull. Read more about the process on Stephanie's blog!

2. Jorie's piece is a page from her great-uncle Morrey's diary/notebook, a US army pilot who flew many missions during the Second World War. Its inspiration lies in her family history (and really, in a broader sense, in the history of many of us), which is a different kind of approach than we expected. Having said that, we were moved by Jorie's meaningful piece and it definitely deserves to be in our top three. Read more about this piece on Jorie's blog.

3. We are in awe of the neat stitching on Shannon's Wonder Woman piece and we applaud the use of lesser-known stitches and the creative use of familiar ones. It's a pity that her second entry was unfinished because that definitely caught our attention as well. It involved an old technique/stitch that was new to us, called the Queen stitch. Check out Shannon's posts about Wonder Woman and the Queen Stitch on her blog.

We are pleased that our contest sparked some stitchers in the &Stitches community to explore old techniques and try new things!

And last but not least we'd like to give Becca's Stitched Bicycle Basket an honourable mention. We only had 3 prizes to hand out but did find her entry fun and quirky!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter inspired patterns

It still feels more like autumn here than winter, although we're not that far away from December. Will we see any snow? Some of you may already have snow! Which I am kinda jealous of... :-)

I am just going to pretend that it's proper winter, all pretty and white. And these patterns have definitely put me in a winter mood:

Winter Bliss Embroidery by The Floss Box (image above)

Into the Winter Woods by thestoryofkat.

Snowflakes sashiko embroidery pattern from SakePuppets.

Snow White cross stitch pattern by The Cottage Needle.

Not an embroidery pattern per se, but this Felt Flower Winter Wreath from the Purl Bee is really pretty and it does have hand embroidery. Any excuse... ;-)

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LAST CALL: Enter Old Stitches, New Tricks competition

Alright, guys! There are exactly 24 hours until we close for entries in the Old Stitches, New Tricks competition.

We'll close for entries tomorrow, November 17th, at noon, UK time. So get your skates on! Visit this post to enter your project.

We can't wait to see what you have made! :-)

Found on Flickr: Wintery Scene


Over the next few weeks we have a winter theme going on here on the &Stitches blog. This Winter Forest by Makiko fits the theme perfectly as far as I'm concerned. I love how she incorporates embroidery, fabrics and small objects into one piece.

 What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!