I've just finished a new embroidery pattern! I've been wanting to do something nautical for awhile now so this design was born of my favorite oceanic imagery.
I used mostly Split Stitch on this one, it's my favorite stitch for outlines. I generally use all 6 threads for most lines, and cut it to 3 threads for some smaller, interior details.
Fish scales were stitched in tiny straight stitches and bubbles were done in satin stitch.
I have so many different floss colors from all the projects I've done over the years, I usually pull from my stash. But for this pattern, I wanted something unique. I actually consulted my floss color chart and picked out all new colors! Here they are, if you want to use the same palette.
While most of the projects are Christmasy, (it's never too early to start sewing Christmas presents!) the 300+ motifs in the book cover holidays throughout the year, including Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's and Father's Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukah and lots more. Plus TONS of Christmas and winter imagery, you'll never be at a loss for what to stitch on those holiday gifts. Also included is a CD with digital files to make it easy to size, print and arrange your own patterns from the motifs.
I'm giving you a chance to get a copy free! Just leave a comment here, let me know what handmade holiday gifts you have in mind for this year. I'll pick a random winner one week from today, Friday, Sept. 19. Please be sure to leave an email or web address so I can contact you if you win!!
A new custom petite Blythe is available at little dear!
This is Dryad, a tiny forest faery.
Dryad has a pretty hand painted face and body with leaves and tree bark. Her green leafy felt hair is topped with a needle felted nest and three tiny clay eggs. She has antlers made of real oak twigs which are removable. (These twigs are sturdy yet delicate, so I can't guarantee that they won't break eventually. I've included extras however, so you can replace them as needed, or just swap them out for a different look.) She comes with a tiny dress embellished with hand embroidery. Dryad also comes with a custom embroidered stand and a hand painted, keepsake tag.