Friday, February 26, 2021

Still doing TAST and other sewing


Here are my versions of Week 8 for TAST. Yes, they are from last year since I've been too busy this week to do new versions but now I can put them on the playing cards instead of having them paper clipped to the printed directions. I'm thinking I may continue to do this so I can get the embroidery done I really should be doing.

 These I did do last week. Sharron gave us 3 extras on her blog. The one to the left is called Ainu Running Stitch. The one on the right is Threaded back stitch which I love to use for my heart embroideries. The one in the center is called Laced Pekinese. I LOVE how it looks. It was kinda hard to do to keep the back stitches even on the cotton fabric I normally use so I made it on a scrap of 28 count cross stitch fabric. It came out great. Not sure what I would use it on except for a crazy quilt but I do want to make it again.

 This is a pic of a coat I'm making. I started it probably 5 years ago and had planned on sewing it right away since I love this pattern but life got in the way. I kept putting it off till I decided it was time to finish some of the many UFOs I have in plastic bins and boxes. I have a dark green version of this coat that I made 2 years before buying the supplies for this one. I did add a lining and this one will have one, too. My goal is to do 1 sewing step in the directions every 2-3 days. That way it can get done and I won't get over whelmed. I seldom sew clothing for myself any more so it's such a HUGE project to get myself "in gear" to actually make something. I'll keep posting pics as I work on it but there's a really good chance I'll sew for a while then hang it all in the closet for another time.

I have 2 free embroideries for March so come back!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

It's late but here's the Feb. freebie


This has been done for a few weeks but I just haven't felt like getting on the computer. I've been reading Terry Pratchett's Disc World series because I just don't feel like making anything. Guess I'm feeling too over whelmed and there's never enough time in a day to do everything I want so I've just stopped doing most things. My DH took early retirement and now I seldom have time that's not interrupted with cooking, cleaning, and him asking questions. That's one reason I decided to do easy embroideries for each month.

There's more embroidery in this design than last month's freebie. I sewed buttons in the 3 hearts but you could add letters, embroidered flowers, or just leave them empty. If you are wondering how I did the wavy outline it just a running stitch that I went back and forth, from one side to the other, under the stitches. It's not wrapped just slid under the running stitch. The centers of the flowers are buttonhole going in a circle with a french knot in the center. The heart is chain stitches in green, the little hearts are stem stitched, and the rest is back stitched.


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

©Billie Jo Heisler 2021
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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.