When it comes to cross-stitch and embroidery, I’ve always been drawn to geometric and repeating patterns, especially those found in styles like laid work and blackwork. I love how, when joined together, even the simplest lines and shapes can create rich, vibrant textures on an otherwise unremarkable surface. (It’s kind of like quilting in that way: you piece one quilt block at a time, then those blocks seem to magically transform into something completely different when sewn together in a finished quilt.) I really like the idea that surprisingly intricate designs can be constructed by combining individual elements in predictable yet creative ways, and that’s exactly what I had in mind as I designed this geometric color block cross-stitch iPhone case pattern.
When stitching my case, I used my favorite primary color scheme: blue and red. Not a fan? Don’t let that scare you away! You can always customize the colors in the pattern to fit your own personal style.
Continue reading Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case
I’ve always loved the look of DIY-related illustrations, especially the ones in yarn crafting and embroidery books. So, last week, on the heels of a couple of months packed with crochet projects, I decided to try my hand at drawing a single crochet stitch. It took a few versions to get it right, but, once I did, I was so pleased with the results, that I decided to print the design, pull out my watercolors, and turn those crochet stitches into a piece of wall art! (Not that I’d ever actually used watercolors before. Luckily, it wasn’t a complete disaster.)
The result: I’m utterly charmed by my new watercolor crochet stitch paintings, and I think they’re the perfect way to brighten up a studio space. If you’re a hooker too, you can make some custom crafty wall art of your own with my free printable!
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Attention quilting geeks: You need an adorable mini hexie necklace, right? (Of course you do!)
Turn 10 teeny tiny ¼" hexies into a sewing-inspired fashion statement with my mini hexie necklace tutorial with free downloadable template!
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Hexie obsessed? Get your quilting fix on the go with part 3 of my English Paper Piecing tutorial series: the English paper piecing travel kit!
Designed with mobile crafting in mind, my English paper piecing travel kit has two main compartments—one for holding fat quarters and spools of thread and the other for organizing stitched hexies and finished blocks—plus an outer pocket that’s the perfect size for two altoids tins—one for paper templates and one for sewing supplies—and a pair of scissors. Closed and fully loaded, the travel case is a 6" x 6" square that’s only about 3" thick, so it’s the perfect size to toss into a purse, tote, or project bag. Ready to make one of your own? Download my **free printable pattern, and let’s get started!
**This project and pattern are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you would like to license this project and pattern for teaching purposes or require information regarding selling items that you make with this pattern, please see the permissions section of my legal disclosure, then contact me directly for further details.
Continue reading Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3