Thursday, February 26, 2015

purple weaving

purple weaving

Another little weaving finished! I'm enjoying these a lot. Purples and blues came out of the yarn box for this one, along with natural twigs and wooden beads. I'm trying out some new techniques for each new weaving I do and learning a lot. 

purple weaving

Find this one in my shop, www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Monday, February 23, 2015

blue man group

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New NOMs are in the shop today! They're sort of a blue man group.

Find them here: www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Friday, February 20, 2015

a new little weaving

finished a new little weaving...

I finished a new little weaving, it's a long skinny one, measuring about 4 x 12 inches. I like it a lot, I hope it finds a happy new home! 

finished a new little weaving...

If this one's for you, check out my shop: www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bootcamp wall art

wooden wall art design

I've finished another art piece for Lilla Rogers Bootcamp! I had a lot of fun with this one, and what's funny is I switched gears completely in the middle of this assignment because I didn't like what I was doing at first. Sometimes you just have to follow your gut. 

folk art sketch

Here's the sketch it came from. Our first exercise was to draw scenes from vintage plates, and I found some Scandinavian style ones I really liked, so I created my own version. Then we were to create a piece of wall art on wood from the design we came up with. Although we were encouraged to paint directly on wood, I cheated a bit and put this together in Illustrator and Photoshop just because my time is limited these days, and I knew I wanted to use this art for other things in the future. I originally had the illustrations on a light background, the darker one kind of happened by mistake just playing around, and I ended up really liking how the colors all popped off of it, so here it is! Yay for happy accidents. 

I can't say enough about Lilla Rogers' MATS and Bootcamp classes, if you're an artist looking for new inspiration, check it out, you won't be sorry!

xo aimee

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hanging Heart Valentine


Hey guys! I've got a new tutorial for you today, and another free Valentine's Day pattern to stitch up!

This cute little hanging heart is easy to stitch by hand and makes a great Valentine's decoration or gift. The winged heart motif is from my book, Doodle Stitching Holiday Motifs. It's full of lots of embroidery patterns to stitch for every holiday year round!


Here's the free winged heart pattern and heart templates to make this little project:


First, transfer the embroidery pattern onto white fabric and stitch it up. Then trace the heart templates onto fabrics and cut them out with pinking shears.
 You'll need two of the largest heart. The embroidered motif will be on the smallest, white heart.


Pin the top three hearts together in layers and stitch around the edge of the white heart with the running stitch. Then pin the back piece to the front and stitch around the outside (red) heart. 


Before you close it up, stuff some stuffing inside and tuck the ends of a 6 inch piece of ribbon in under the middle heart. Now you can hang it, or give it to someone you love. You could also stuff it with sweet smelling lavender, or sew a little pocket on the back to tuck a love note inside. Hand made Valentines are the best! Your sweetheart will treasure something you took the time to sew yourself.


There are lots more Valentine's motifs in my book, be sure to check it out!
If you prefer a more traditional Valentine's card, try stitching any of them onto paper and make a unique embroidered card with my tutorial here.

xoxo aimee


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stitch Love Valentine


Happy almost Valentine's day! Whether you love or dread this holiday, stitching up this cute frog card will make your week happier, and I bet you can think of someone special to give it to.

Valentine froggy pattern is from Wild Olive Valentine Blog Hop,
you can click here to download her pattern for free! 


and be sure to check out all the other fun posts this week!

Stitching on paper is unique and fun, but there are a few tricks to make it easier.
First, gather your supplies. You'll need:

1. Heavy Paper, cut to 5x7 inches, folded in the middle
(I used 140 lb cold press watercolor paper since I used watercolors to add color, but any heavy cardstock will work.)

2. Paint, Colored Pencils or Crayons
3. Embroidery floss and needle
4. Decorative Scissors (optional)

Step 1. Print the pattern and trace it onto your card paper. I just positioned the pattern under the paper, held it up on a sunny window, and traced it with a pencil. If you have a light table, that works great too.


Step 2. Fill in the drawing with color. I used watercolors, but colored pencils, crayons or acrylics work fine too. If you use acrylics, just keep your paint thin so it doesn't crack when you stitch over it. Keep your colors fairly light, and then use darker floss colors to make the line work stand out.


Step 3. Start Stitching! The Back Stitch works best for stitching on paper. Use 3 of the 6 threads of embroidery floss and keep stitches about 1/8 inch long. It can be difficult to judge where your needle will come up through the paper from the back, so just poke holes along the lines from the front first. A thimble will come in handy here!


Step 4. Cut 1/2 inch off of the right front edge with decorative scissors and paint a stripe on the inside that will show through at the front when the card is closed. 




Don't forget to add a cheesy Valentine pun! Now sign your card and give it to someone you love.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Be sure to stop by Wild Olive and tell her thanks for the fun pattern! (Several more will be available this week through the Blog Hop as well.) And definitely check out her new book, Stitch Love, it's full of all kinds are super cute creatures to stitch up, you'll love it.



xoxo aimee