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

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!