Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Some Free Classes You May Like


I'm always taking free art classes but never get around to posting my results. I used to take lots of photos of whatever I was making but now I find I just don't think about it. The above painting was from an Effy Wild class. Far from perfect but it was fun. She often is part of free art classes.

This is mixed media from a class by Christa Forrest. Her work is so amazing. I usually just watch and don't make anything. She joins in various art summits and also hosts free classes. Christa has Fantastic Faces 3 on June 25 and 26. 

This one is from a Jenny Manno Tuesday youtube video. She has a lot of fun ones and a facebook group I belong to. Sadly she won't be doing free videos soon. She's going to do them just for her Patreon site.

So you say, hey what about some free links? Here they are:

All you who embroidery there's a summit going on right now. I meant to post about this last week - Embroidery Summit 2022

Yay Kalidescope 2022 is starting on the 27th. This is the taster week. The full pay-for classes begin in August. These classes last year were responsible for me really getting into art and supplies.

On June 19 Another Women Unleashed Summit is starting. There are some art classes and some spiritual ones. 

I'll try to keep up with posting interesting links when I first find them. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June's Free Embroidery Pattern

 I honestly plan on posting more often and then I get busy working thru all the email newsletters I get, all the online classes I try to take, and then there's the games. I can't help but wonder if I was the kind of person who once they started something they finish it, just how much would I have accomplished over the years since I began designing. Oh well, it's a case of coulda, woulda, shoulda, so why stress over it.

Enough of all that cause here's something I have finished, June's freebie!

We have so many dandelions that have gone to seed in the yard that when I mow all I do is sneeze and cough. That's why I chose this embroidery for June. It seemed so appropriate. 

BTW, I found some tiny bottles at Dollar Tree and I'm going to put some of the seed fluff in them. I have some charms with WISH that I'll tie around the top and probably add some beads and ribbon, too. Cute gifts for the little kids in my life. Maybe you'd like to make some for the kids in your life.

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

Here are the directions for June'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 design. Don't draw the lines for the fluff, just make a dot for the french knots on the end. Same for the lazy daisy stitches. Only mark the tips. You can also skip the grass and just stitch them where you want them.

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

4. Starting with the stems use 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 702) to stem stitch along each stem line.

5. Next I did the grass, though you can do it later. I used 3 strands of floss to do back stitches (I used DMC 704). Make as much grass as you want.

6. Fill in the flower circles with french knots make with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 725) and did 3 wraps.

- Use 2 strands of floss (I used DMC 702) to make lazy daisy stitches at the bottom of the circles.

7. The fluff is made with 1 strand of floss (I used DMC 415) for long straight stitches and 2 strands for the french knots. For the knots I did some with 2 wrap and some with 3.

8. The laced border starts with a running stitch using 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 702).

-Working up and down lace 6 strands of floss thru the running stitches (I used DMC 598).

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

©Billie Jo Heisler 2022

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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.