Tuesday, June 13, 2023

I still can't believe I won!

Last week I got a BIG surprise, I won an Uppercase magazine creative boost subscription! I entered a contest for it and won! I really needed something good to happen. It was a rough week. We lost my fav chicken, Elinor. She was the last of our original chickens and the only one who laid blue eggs. I'll write more when I get my first issue. Go here Uppercase to find out about the magazine.

I've been really down for months and just can't seem to design much other than my monthly freebie. Lots of free art classes started so I'm watching them but other than still working on Messy May (I'm on day28 at last) I just can't get inspired to do many. Some of it is finding the time without getting interrupted, and that doesn't happen often enough. So anyway I thought I'd share some of the links in case you'd like to have a look:


kaleidoscope taster week

Thursday, June 1, 2023

The Free June Embroidery, on time!


I'm so happy I managed to get an embroidery up on the first of the month. No putting it off even though I'm still dealing with really bad allergies and I'm soooo tired. Really need the trees to finish blooming.   

So here's the pattern. Follow this photo for flower placement or put them where you want.

I'm 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 and roof. Use you own judgment for placement of 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 white) around the entire house

5.  For the roof and base use 1 strand of floss (I used DMC 310) 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 310 for all 3 stitches)

7. Start with the wisteria clusters. I used white DMC floss I dyed purple and pink to make french knots using 3 strands. Make as many as you want following the photo.

8. Fill in around the flowers with leaves using 3 strands of floss ( I used DMC 987) to make lazy daisy stitches. An option is to use 2 strands of floss to add some stems to the leaves.

 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.