Monday, July 9, 2012

Creating new addictions...I mean hobbies

I  first want tho thank the Dynamic Duo that were so kind to guest post of me last week!!!!! I went on a car trip with the family to see my grandparents in Normal, IL and then a quick side trip up to Chicago to see my beloved Sara ( did not get to spend enough time with her but there will be more time later)!!!!

Rachael and Katy!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! You gals are so wonderful!!!! If you have not visited their blogs, DO! They are both amazingly talented and have lots of cool tutorials with great directions :o)


As for me, I spent many hours in the car and decided it was time to learn to embroidery. Why, because everyone else was doing it so I guess I just gave in to peer pressure, you know, the kind you mother warns you about...the kind that leads to a NEW addiction that requires new STUFF that you have to hide from curious eyes as you walk into the door with yet another Joann's bag or you run out to get the mail to see of that box with the word Aurifil is taped across it and stuff it under your shirt so no one will be the wiser ;o)  Yes, I have it BAD...or GOOD depending on what side of the embroidery needle you are on.

So I asked on my fb page who had some good FREE patterns and Thomas Knauer  immediately posted these that he had post a bit back on Sew Mama Sew. They are great beginner patterns and so flippin CUTE!!!

I printed them up and put them on my pile. Did I mention I decided to do this the night before we were leaving? The other requirements were Aurifil thread  Mako 12wt, Lana 12wt, Mako 28wt and Mako 40wt.  I wanted to see if I could use only Aurifil for the patterns I tried and it worked beautifully for everything! I used a 6in hoop, a needle threader, small sharp scissors, embroidery needles and some +2.00 cheater glasses that I wore on top of my regular glasses that was not a very sex kittenish look but very effective when trying to see the stitches.

 I tried different methods of putting the patterns onto the fabric and I like the iron on pencils the best. The markers left too wide of a line, the pencils have a finer line so it is easier to follow. See how the red line is very fine? And it washes right out! This giraffe is another Thomas Knauer FREE pattern!!!!



Here is my first completed embroidery


I also fell in love with Aneela Hoey's flower pattern last week! It is on her blog and it is another free pattern.


While I was in Normal, I went to the fabric store with my G-ma and found some iron on patterns. They had some super cute retro kitchen patterns so I snagged them and OMG!!!!! Time for some WalMart tea towels for this mama!!!!!



I am home again and will be back to sewing as soon as I can tear myself away form my new little hobby,LOL!!!!

22 comments :

Jeff said...

To those of us who don;'t know much, your new hobby and your old hobby are BOTH sewing.

Rosa said...

Love your new hobby.These elephants are very cute!!

Maria Filomena said...

Dear lady,
I loved that picture with the elephants, but going to the site
http://ladyfingerssewing.com,
I can not see the patterns of the elephant said ...
I could point the way??
In what name is??

I thank you with an answer,
with the hugs of a follower

Maria Filomena

Andrea Louise said...

It's funny because three weeks ago I decided to start embroidering also! Really nice!
Love,
Andrea.

doodlebugmom said...

these are so adorable. I haven't done any embroidery since I was in grade school. I may need to take it up again!

Where do you find the iron on pencils? thanks!

Katy Cameron said...

Ha, sucked in ;o) They all look great anyway :o)

Flying Blind... said...

Yep well and truly in the stitchy gang now!

Jennie {Clover and Violet} said...

I've never embroidered with Aurifil, but I've been meaning to give it a try (once I find some threads in a shop!). But your embroideries are lovely, and you will find you cannot help but want to embroider everything now!

Sara said...

Oh you got it bad girl!! Super cute elephants!

I am on hiatus from embroidery..not in the mood per say lately..hoping it comes back eventually cuz I got loads of perle cotton thread staring at me;)

alwaysquilting said...

Your embroideries are delightful, and I think your stitches look great. But what can I say, I am biased towards Aurifil.

If you are looking for more free patterns, Aurifil has been running an embroidery BOM this year. You can find the patterns on their blog:
http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/

Pat Sloan said...

well you KNOW we can feed your addiction with 12 blocks this year.. go here and start stitching!

http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/category/designers-of-the-month/

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Such gorgeous stitchings!! Love those patterns :)

Kim said...

The trouble with embroidery thread, is that you innocently teach your children how to make friendship bracelets, which then leads to both parent and child making frenzied trips to the craft shop to stock up on colours :) I am so glad it isn't just me hiding parcels of fabric and sewing supplies when they arrive, mind you, our bloody postman has started telling my husband how many parcels he has delivered during the week when my comes round at the weekend. I have to make sure it's me that answers the door when I've had a bad week!

Marie said...

I love it.
Bye Marie

Katie said...

It is pretty easy to get addicted, especially when you start out with such cute patterns! I can't wait to see more of what you're making!

Kay said...

I just adore the elephants,and all your others but they are super cute.

HallieBerryQuilts said...

Oh very nice. You will love embroidery! It's a nice rest from the sewing machine and still feels like you are accomplishing something sewing-wise.

Kay Pugh said...

Your designs are really cute. For other designs, you can also use coloring books.

Francine said...

I visited your friends Rachel & Katy - what a couple of nutbirds! My favorite!

Also, love the stitching!! You're new to embroidery? Wouldn't know it from your work!

Tara said...

I know exactly the feeling of the guilty smuggling of another jo-ann bag into your house....

rachael said...

love your stitching!! next i think you'll need to make up a little mini mushroom ;)

Helen L said...

Just a quick question: what's the brand of pencil that you liked the best for the transfers? I'm just getting into the emb. myself and would love to see what you found worked best (why waste my time with experimenting when you have already done it? :-P
thanks so much, Helen

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