|Unfolding Leaves is fun and easy to stitch.|
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I've been quite taken with leaves as of late. Here is a motif that is a ton of fun to stitch! Unfolding Leaves makes a pretty pattern for a greeting card, border or maybe even a bookmark. I've included some variations you might want to try.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I took to surfing the internet not long ago and came across a most amazing blog: Imaginesque. Jack London once said, "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." And C.J., the mysterious author of this amazing blog does just that.
Using simple motifs as building blocks, C.J. shows us step-by-step ways we can create our own blackwork and embroidery masterpieces. Biscornus, fill patterns, and border patterns have opened my mind to a new world of possibilities.
More than 280 posts fascinate and inspire. One of my favorites is "Blackwork Floral Biscornu Pincushion Pattern Variation" (May 20, 2012):
|I love the shape of the leaves in this floral motif.|
C.J. also offers friendship bracelet patterns and there's a nifty little blog on bookbinding.
Oh yeah! And all the patterns are free!
So go take a look, get inspired, and start stitching at Imaginesque
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
It's really happening. Spring is on the way! To celebrate, I give you Spring Bloom:
I stitched this one with two threads, the design inside the petals is stitched with a single thread. French knots in the corners add a bit of whimsy. Click here for the pattern.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Stitcher, Irene McIntosh took my recent pattern and made it into something truly amazing.
Thank you, Irene. Your work is inspiring.
In case you missed it, here's the open domain pattern again:
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I love stitching well into the night. I turn on Netflix, find a show, and stitch the night away to the flickering light of the television. My newest Netflix guilty pleasure is the television show, "Merlin." It's a horrible departure from the Camelot legends, but it's fun, the people are pretty, and I get to see some nice settings. I particularly enjoy the castle windows, which are lovely leaded glass with a quatrefoil (four petal flower) motif. Those windows became the ideal inspiration for a nice exercise in blackwork fill.
The large pattern on the left is the actual pattern of the windows shown in "Merlin." The upper right portion is that pattern expanded to create a fill. I think the diagonal quatrefoil motif would look lovely in green or red, giving the effect of a vine on a trellis.
I got looking at the quatrefoil motif and started thinking about how it would look arranged differently. The bottom two are the result.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Snowflakes are a great motif for repeating patterns. This snowflake is a nice size for ornaments or borders. Click here for pattern
And Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I thought about writing an essay about the tragedies that have recently captured the news, about the hardships so many face, but I can't. I just don't have the energy. So rather than blather on, I give you this free pattern. Enjoy it, send pics, and find peace, hope, and solace in the thread. Be blessed, dear readers.
There is no copyright on this design. It is open domain.