Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Here's the first free embroidery of the year!

 


First embroidery freebie 2023

I know I'm really late but if you've read my last post you know why  (covid ,YIKES!) but no matter because I'm finally ready to post the first embroidery freebie of the year. 

I'm still giving you some directions for the embroideries. You will need to know basic stitches and there are a LOT of youtube videos that can teach you any you don't.

1. Cut a square of your background fabric 5" x 5". This will be cut smaller later but this fits my fav 4" hoop. You can cut the fabric so it will fit in the embroidery hoop you like but make sure the birdhouse has enough room for the embroidery.

2. This step in optional but I like the stability. Now I add a square of Pelon Shape Flex interfacing. This is my favorite to use for all my embroidery designs because it's not stiff and it's easy to embroider thru. I cut the square of it slightly smaller the the entire piece. You can just add it to the center square if you prefer.
Most important!!  If you went ahead and traced the birdhouse do not use steam this can smear your tracing. I've used Pigma pens and had them smear slightly.
Note: I never use steam to apply the interfacing and it sticks fine.

3. Using a permanent marker like a Pigma pen or a Pilot Frixon pen, trace the design. You can just trace the house not the circles. Use you own judgment for placement pf the flowers.
Note that the Frixon pen will disappear when heat is applied. This is great if you made a mistake, just iron the fabric and start again.
 
4. The house can be appliqued like I did or just stitched with your favorite embroidery stitch.
-Trace the house on Heat n Bond by Therm-o-web. This is a product that makes appliqueing small pieces so much easier. TIP: Hold the iron on for just a few seconds or you will also melt the other side.
-Once it cools peel off the paper.
-Lay the fabric over the tracings and iron in place.
-Do a small blanket stitch with 1 strand of floss ( I used DMC 3689) around the entire house

5. For the roof and base use 1 strand of floss (I used DMC 602) to make cross stitch X's over narrow ribbon to hold it in place.
Tip: you may want to baste the ribbon first.

6. The opening is filled in with straight stitches using 3 strands of floss.
-Then use 2 strands to go around the circle with stem stitch.
-Use 3 strands to make a 3 wrap french knot. (I used DMC 414 for all 3 stitches)

7. The flowers are stitched with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 3755) to make buttonhole wheels.
- The centers can be beads or 3 wrap french knots with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 745).

8. Fill in around the flowers with lazy daisy stitches for leaves using 6 strands of floss (I used DMC 988).

9. Fill in around the flowers and leaves with 2-3 wrap french knots using 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 890).

 Right click the pattern to save it to your hard drive. You'll need to print a pattern for tracing.




 
©Billie Jo Heisler 2023
All rights reserved

 Disclaimer:
I drew this design by hand then used a software program to edit it.
Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.
The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know I'm late

I have a really good reason for being late, I finally got covid! It was like the worst head and chest cold ever. Just as I was getting over it the dh got it. We took tests that came up positive twice so I guess we can be sure we had it. I've been so careful with still wearing a mask when going out and using hand sanitizer. I went to visit family who assured me my SIL only had bronchitis. She really thought it was bronchitis not covid and never took a test so I'm not sure where I got it.

I did design this year's free embroideries and got the first one done. I just need to get a photo and do the directions. Maybe by next week. I'm back to walking dogs for a friend and that plus my own boys take so much of my time.

Speaking of embroidery I came across this you tube for a leaf that is so different from anything I've seen. Hope you enjoy it!



Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hey, it's December and here's the last freebie


 

Wow!, I don't know about you but I'm SOOOOO glad to see the end of this year. It's been another bad one for us with one thing breaking after another. I'm still deciding whether to do a monthly series next year or not. I have the designs drawn but finding time is as always stressful. I do have all 12 of this years designs sewn together and basted with batting and backing. Just have to make time for some quilting. I'm wasting too much time with games instead of working. It's my way of dealing with stress. Oh, and eating too much. Hope you liked this year's free patterns!

If you want to do other free embroidery designs you'll find one for each month.


Here are the directions for December's freebie. 

1. Cut a square of your background fabric 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". If you aren't adding borders like I did you should cut the fabric larger so it will fit in your embroidery hoop.

2. Using a permanent fine tip marker like a Pigma pen, trace the designs. You can also skip the grass lines and just stitch them where you want them. The leaves can be marked with a dot at the tip and at the stem.

3. Add the lace and ribbon across the bottom. I just basted them in place. You can sew the pieces down however you like. I'm going to add beads instead of just sewing the fabric in place so I'm leaving the basting stitches until then.

4. Add the borders following the directions in the freebie posted in February. The borders cover the bottom of the lace. If you don't want this either use narrow lace or add it after you add the borders.

5. Next is the appliqued bird. You can embroider it if you don't want to deal with small pieces of fabric. I used my favorite Heat n Bond by Therm-o-web to attach the pieces. Then I did a blanket stitch with 2 strands of floss (I used DMC 603).

6. Do a running stitch with 2 strands of floss on the heart wing and chest. (I used DMC 598).

7. Outline the wings with 3 strands of floss using a stem stitch. (I used DMC 597).

8. The body is done with 4 strands of floss to do a backstitch.(I used DMC 603). Use 3 strands to weave in and out of the back stitches. (I used DMC 601).

9. The eye is a 2 wrap French knot using 3 strands. (I used DMC 310).

10. The tail is made with 2 strands of floss to do the chain stitches. (I used DMC 601 and 598).

11. The nest is made with 3 strands of floss to make straight stitches. (I used DMC 725). The dots can be french knots or beads.

12. The dangles in the corner are couched. I used 3 strands of DMC 725 for the lines, 2 strands of DMC 601 for the X's, and 3 strands of DMC 597 for the French knots. Use beads if you prefer.


Right click the pattern to save it to your hard drive. 




©Billie Jo Heisler 2022

All rights reserved

 Disclaimer:

I drew this design by hand then used a software program to edit it.

Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.

The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Here's the November Free Embroidery! and a chat...

 



It's been a crazy time yet again. The fridge broke in the summer and because it was so old no one but one guy wanted to work on it. He couldn't fix it so we had to get a new one. Now it's the old freezer. Since we couldn't wait this time we bought a small chest freezer. AND if that wasn't bad enough the DH found out his old Jeep will take about $3,000 to fix to pass inspection. I'm so worried that my old Pontiac Vibe won't pass either. It goes in next week. Guess this is proof hanging on to old appliances and cars may not be a good thing unless you know how to fix them.

Oh well, let's move on and here's the new embroidery.

If you want to do other free embroidery designs you'll find one for each month.

Here are the directions for November's freebie. 

1. Cut a square of your background fabric 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". If you aren't adding borders like I did you should cut the fabric larger so it will fit in your embroidery hoop.

2. Using a permanent fine tip marker like a Pigma pen, trace the designs. You can also skip the grass lines and just stitch them where you want them. The leaves can be marked with a dot at the tip and at the stem.

3. Add the fabric corner triangles and rectangle. I just basted them in place. Since the fabric was solid I put a piece of dotted ribbon over the rectangle. You can sew the pieces down however you like. I'm going to add beads instead of just sewing the fabric in place so I'm leaving the basting stitches until then.

4. Add the borders following the directions in the freebie posted in February.

5. Next are the stems and leaves. I used 3 strands of floss to do the stem in stem stitch. The leaves are small lazy daisy stitches using 3 strands of floss. (I used DMC 701 for both).

6. For the grass line use 2 strands and chain stitch along the line. The grass is made with 1 strand of floss to do straight stitches. (I used DMC 704 for both).

7.The flowers are made with 6 strands of floss to do buttonhole stitch in circles (I used DMC 725).

8. You can do French knots for the dots or use seed beads for the knots on the leaves. I used 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 725).

9. Optional: add clusters of buttons or beads on the triangles.


Right click the pattern to save it to your hard drive. 




©Billie Jo Heisler 2022

All rights reserved

 Disclaimer:

I drew this design by hand then used a software program to edit it.

Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.

The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.