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So Very Cute: Embroidered Buttons

I recently received a ridiculously cute set of embroidered buttons from Mollie at Wild Olive. We were partners in the Feeling Stitchy Embroidered Button Swap, and I couldn’t have received a better partner. Seriously, how adorable are these little guys?

Embroidered Buttons by Wild Olive

I love them all, but I definitely think the little sock and the cube are my favorites. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to use them, because I like thinking about how I could use them so much. I don’t know if I can give them up. I guess I’ll have to wait until the perfect project comes along. Fortunately, Mollie also has an Etsy shop, so if I can’t part with this cuteness, I can always get some more.

Thanks, Mollie! You are so talented!

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Out of chaos, order

Embroidery Thread Chaos

I’ve had this tangled mess of embroidery floss for as long as I can remember. Probably since my mom taught me counted cross-stitch as a little girl. Enough is enough. I picked up a simple embroidery thread box and sorted everything out nicely.

Embroidery Thread Order

Now that everything is neatly sorted and has a home, it’s just a matter of actually embroidering something. But don’t worry, I have a few things in mind.

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Embroidery Stitches (A Book Recommendation)

The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia

I’ve been getting interested in embroidery lately. Since I’m far away from any relatives who might be able to teach me about embroidery, I’ve had to rely on the local library. Fortunately, I came across this great book, The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, which has a comprehensive collection of stitches and very detailed illustrations and photos to teach you how to do each one. Once you’ve mastered the stitches, the book has a collection of projects that are easy to follow and allow you to try out all your new skills. And the projects are actually ones I want to do.

I love the clarity and thoroughness of this book enough that I’ve let SciFi Man know it would make a great Christmas gift. We’ll see if he got my very subtle hint, “You can buy this on Amazon to give me for Christmas.” (Of course, I give him these hints because I love him, and don’t want to him to struggle to think of what to give me when I can make it easy.) If you are interested in beginning embroidery, or all already familiar but want to learn more, this is a book worth checking out.

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Embroidered Ornaments

Embroidered Felt Ornament

This weekend I went out and bought a bunch of felt. First, I saw some cute handmade felt magnets on flickr. Then I remembered a tutorial I bookmarked awhile back for handmade embroidered felt ornaments, and I decided it was time I give them a try. You can find the tutorial to make your own embroidered felt ornament at Sunshine’s Creations. I know it’s still (barely) October, but the holidays will be upon us before we know it, and I want to get a head start. Plus, these ornaments were too cute to put off.

Unfinished Embroidered Felt Ornaments

These ornaments also provide a good opportunity to practice embroidery stitches (which, if you notice my one wonky stem stitch, you’ll see I definitely needed the practice). I didn’t stray too far from the tutorial, so I worked on my stem stitch, lazy daisy, and blanket stitch. If you are new to embroidery or need a refresher, I highly recommend Primrose Design’s Stitch School posts, which you can find in a list on the right hand side of her blog. Each post focuses on a single stitch in detail, showing how to make the stitch with step-by step photos and instructions and giving information about how the stitch is used.

Apparently, I’m not the only one taken with Sunshine’s embroidered felt ornaments. She has created a flickr group to showcase all the cool things people are doing with felt. Check out Sunshine’s tutorial, the flickr group, and Primrose Design’s Stitch School, and let me know if you whip up any pretty new holiday ornaments!