Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Merry Christmas printable place cards

I LOVE these new Christmas place cards! I have just finished a new packet of printable place cards - and listed them in my etsy shop. I had so much fun making these place cards.

After printing them and cutting them out, I decorated a few of them with glitter glue. To write the names on these cards, I am going to use decorative and my favorite - metallic pens!

Here is what the printable packet looks like:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

100 stitches - fern stitch

Here is the next stitch on the ongoing 100 stitches project - the fern stitch:

This is a super easy stitch - it basically consists of three equal length :) straight stitches that radiate from the same center point. The center stitch follows the line of the design you are using for your stitching. I just did it in a straight line because I wasn't sure how hard it would be.
This stitch is in the category of "flat stitches" and is #5 on the 100 stitches list.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Acorn Place Cards

I have added a new item to my Etsy shop - in the new category "printable place cards"

I love these place cards - they feature some of the artwork from the Acorn embroidery pattern packet.

They are easy to cut out, easy to fold and stand up by themselves, no need for a place card holder!

I am also working on some napkins that I am going to embroider to match!

Monday, November 2, 2009

100 Stitches - Running Stitch

Next up on the 100 stitches journey is the running stitch.

I selected this stitch because I already knew how to do it - I used it for the hem on this acorn tea towel:

After the struggle with the bullion and lazy daisy stitches, I wanted to do something really easy!
So here is my example of the beautiful and useful running stitch. The basic running stitch is shown on the far right. But according to the 100 Stitches book, the running stitch can be used as a decorative border when you add another thread with a contrasting color. The middle stitching shows the running stitch "whipped" and the row of stitching on the far left shows the running stitch "laced".
These two decorative additions were fun to do and mine look just like the instruction pictures in the book :) The running stitch is #4 and is in the flat stitches section of 100 Stitches.