Friday, January 24, 2020

Surprise! A new free pattern, but only for a month!

I decided that I wanted my next stitch-a-long to start in Jan. instead of April like the ongoing one. There is a HUGE difference with this one though, I'm only leaving each free pattern up for one month, so get it while you can! This pattern will be removed sometime on Feb. 24. Another difference is that I'll only be putting up my embroidery results and the pattern drawing, no directions. You are encouraged to have fun and do it however you like.
Here's my version of the pattern. It has an appliqued butterfly but you can just embroider it. I used back stitching, stem stitches, straight stitches, and blanket stitch.

This is the first in a series of embroidery patterns featuring sewing items. It is no longer available for free. Look for a new pattern the 24th of the month.

©Billie Jo Heisler 2020
All rights reserved

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.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

week 2 TAST - Fly Stitch

I'm still having fun with embroidery. Here's my result for week 2 of the 2020 TAST group. It's using fly stitches. Of course I had to go over board and use more stitches so I could do this sunflower in a pot. The flower is based on a shisha pattern I found at needle n thread.

I'm late outting it up because I've also been finishing up the 2nd embroidery piece I'm sharing here for free. It will be up in the next few days so make sure to come back.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Found a Fun Embroidery group-

Recently while searching the web for crazy quilt ideas I came across a site and facebook group. Sharon at has free printouts for small blocks. LOVE them! But while I was clicking and reading I found she has a facebook group called TAST, take a stitch Tuesday. Every Tue. She puts up an embroidery stitch and members make something with it. Week one was the 7th and here's my result for the chain stitches.

  The hope design came from another blog I found last fall and LOVE! It's Jenny has free as well as for sell patterns. This is one of her freebies. I bought her Christmas scissor pattern and plan on working on it thru out the year. It was only $3.62 US dollars at etsy. She's in Australia. Most of her patterns have bible quotes but if that's not your thing substitute your fav quote.

Having way too much fun embroidering to sew but I did finish another pincushion pattern. Now I have 2 that need the directions finished with 2 more partly sewn. I'm burnt out on dolls and still need to finish the updated seahorse rider. She's been in a zip bag for, mmmm.... I think 3 years now, maybe even 4.

I used to fill (waste) my time playing games at Facebook but now I have little interest in them. In fact I'm getting another embroidery design ready for this month. That way I can start one in Jan not in April. I'll still finish out the 2019-20 series, too. Feb. design is alsmost done and March is waiting to be embroidered.

If I hadn't had to shop yesterday it would have been a great day to sit outside and embroider. It was 72 degrees! Crazy for Jan. in western PA. Today it's only 40. At least it's not raining. We've had 2 years of record breaking rain fall. Trees are rotting and falling over, mud makes walking on the grass slippery because the grass lets loose, and the dogs need dried every time they go out and then come back in.

Hope you'll have a look at the links I'm sharing :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Happy 2020 with the new stitch-a-long!

Here's a snowman for your to stitch. He's super easy since most of the stitches are French knots. I did use one unsual stitch. It's called Hungarian braided chain stitch or just braided chain stitch. I've found it's called both. I came across it at a really good embroidery site called needlenthread. There's so much there to see and learn.

Sorry this guy is late. I was one of the many who got the flu at Christmas. The embroidery was done and the directions half done but I didn't have the brain power to be able to finish everything. I still feel tired all the time but I am doing a lot of embroidery and hand sewing.

Hoping for a happy and healthy 2020 for all of us!