Or do you toss them in the trash? What’s that? You don’t know what the heck an ORT is?!
Well then – pour yourself a nice cuppa and let me tell you. Sound good? Okey dokey – I’ll wait for you.
Hi there! I’ve had soooo much fun reading your comments about your favorite kind of embroidery – and who taught you to stitch! Thank you for sharing with me. 🙂
It’s amazing how much you can get done in as little as 30 minutes.
I’m helping with a needlepoint project at my church right now. Our nave was recently updated – we’re getting a new organ and the choir got new chairs, so we’re stitching cushions for them.
That one small action keeps me moving toward my goal of finishing on schedule.
(Be sure and tell me in the comments box below. Remember, every time you comment on one of my posts during National Embroidery Month 2018, your name will be entered to win a Rainbow Gallery “Happy Hearts” thread bouquet.)
I’ve been working on new “how-to” stitch videos for The Stitcher’s Club and one of them is all about French knots.
I could sit and make them for hours on end, but some people get tripped up by them. Are you one of those folks?
Since it’s National Embroidery Month, what if I posted a quickie “how-to” stitch video on social media every day for a week? They won’t be like the detailed ones inside The Stitcher’s Club, but they’ll be good enough to help you with a stitch that might be stumping you.
Sound good? YAY!!! Ooooh…this is gonna be oodles of F-U-N!!!
send me an email. (And, yes – this will be another chance for you to have your name entered into the drawing for the thread bouquet from Rainbow Gallery, so be sure and share your ideas.)
I’ll include sound this time, so you can follow along with me as I stitch.
I’ll post a new Stitch Snippet “how-to” video every day this week over on the Serendipity Facebook page, based on what you request.
And in one short week, you can learn (or brush up on) seven embroidery stitches!
Use those stitches on your needlepoint or knitting projects, then snap a picture and share it on social media. Be sure and use our special National Embroidery Month hashtag – #serendipitystitcher, so it’s easy to find your photos. I can’t share any details yet, but trust me – it’ll be worth it to post a pic or two. 😉
Just click here to request an invitation now (and be sure to answer those two quick questions), then I’ll take care of the rest for you. We have a terrific bunch of folks over there and I’d love to have you join us. The more the merrier!
Well, I guess I’d better get busy on that new French knot video for you.
Until next time, happy stitching!
PS: If you missed last week’s blog post, click here to read it now, so you can catch up on all the latest news about National Embroidery Month.
And that just makes me wanna do a happy dance. All month long, we get to celebrate stitching. YAY!!! (Cue musica!)
Dust off your needles, pull out your threads, and let’s embroider something!
“the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle”.
That’s the Dictionary.com definition, but I think they pretty much nailed it, don’t you?
Under the umbrella of embroidery, you’ll find needlepoint, canvas work, counted cross-stitch, Hardanger, blackwork, crazy quilting, crewel, goldwork, silk ribbon embroidery, and so much more!
Did you know that you can embellish your hand mades with stitchery? It’s true! Simple motifs can dress up even the most basic garments and accessories, not to mention home decor. Never tried it? Now’s your chance!
Stick with me all month and I’ll show you the basics, so you can try your hand at it yourself.
Here’s a picture to inspire you…
Since we’re celebrating, I think we should pull out all the stops. Let’s make a pact – one where we commit to stitch a little every single day, no matter what kind of embroidery you like to do best.
Oh, and be sure to tag Serendipity Needleworks, too. Not sure how tags work? Click here for a quick “how-to” article that explains it.
And don’t forget Instagram! You can tag us when you’re posting your picture (click here for instructions, if you need some help) – or, you can let us know by typing @serendipityneedleworks in the comments. Just click on the little speech bubble and a comment box will pop up for you. 🙂
spreading the word about our celebration. Be sure and tell all your stitching buddies how they can join the fun, because I have some surprises up my sleeve and, well – the more, the merrier, right?!
Hey, why don’t I go ahead and share one with you now?
Comment on any one of my February 2018 blog posts this month, and you’ll be entered to win a Happy Hearts thread bouquet from our friends at Rainbow Gallery. (The winner will be randomly chosen on February 28, 2018.)
Don’t be shy! Tell me what your favorite kind of embroidery is – right down there in that little comment box. Oh, and tell me who taught you to stitch, too. I L-O-V-E hearing from you – and I read every single one of your notes. Pinky promise!
I can’t wait to see what you have to say – and you’ll be entered to win a terrific prize, too! 🙂
Until next time, happy stitching!
You’re doing GREAT! I’m so proud of you for taking the initiative to develop your needlework skills. It’s one thing to say you’re gonna do something, but you’ve proven that you mean business.
Great! What I’d like you to do now is look at that list and make some notes, so grab a pencil and a red pen – and let’s get started.
Last week, I asked you to rate your frustrations using a “star” system – beginning with 1 star for anything that’s mildly annoying, all the way up to 5 stars for those things that really, really drive you nuts. If you didn’t do that, now’s the time.
Go ahead…I’ll wait for you. 🙂
Last week, we talked about sorting through all your projects so you could set yourself up for success in 2018. Now, we’re in the second week of the year and I’m wondering…
If you did, that’s terrific and a great big CONGRATULATIONS! But, if you didn’t, that’s perfectly okay, too. I know this can be a pretty big undertaking, so, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of sorting through ALL of your PIPs, why don’t you just take a deep breath and choose one project that has you stumped.
Great! Go ahead and set that project aside. We’ll come back to it again soon. As for all those other PIPs…
This year, I’m not making any New Year’s Resolutions. I’m D-O-N-E with that activity – and moving on to a much more rewarding one! Wanna’ join me? Great! Let’s get started…
First on my agenda is to make some serious headway on all my PIPs. (That’s shorthand for “Projects in Progress”.) And the best way to do that is to “Kon-Mari” them. What the heck does that mean? Let me explain…
It’s cold outside. Really. Cold. (At least for Alabama.) And this early December visit from Old Man Winter has put me in the holiday spirit. Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and our tree is up, but we haven’t decorated it yet. The ornaments are in boxes, stacked by the fireplace, just waiting to be freed from their wrappings and hung on the tree.
If you’ve ever worked a needlepoint canvas using a professional stitch guide, you know the difference that decorative stitches and fancy threads can make in your finished project. The added texture and sparkle bring a flat 2-dimensional design to life and transform a plain needlepoint canvas into a hand-stitched work of art.
Maybe you’ve even taken a class from a guest instructor at a needlepoint shop or guild meeting. You got all inspired to branch out and try new stitches and embellishments. You bought new canvases and threads – the works!
The holidays are right around the corner. There’s no denying it’s holiday season when you see the employees at the grocery store filling displays with candy canes and Christmas cards (on Halloween!).
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