A few years back, I started making new felt ornaments for my tree every holiday season. Last year, I discovered sequins, and now I'm hooked. They just add so much fun holiday sparkle and cheer! Making felt ornaments with them is easy as pie.
I've wanted to try 3D stumpwork embroidery for quite a while, and what better way to learn a technique than to teach it? I created this wired ghost popping out of a tombstone, with a PDF that has a tutorial for the stumpwork technique you'll need. I love the fact that he's ready to escape from the frame!
I made this embroidery for a crafting swap with someone who enjoys nerd culture and old-school Mario, and I turned it into an embroidery pattern to share, since I figure everyone needs a Nintendo-based stitch sampler.
I always love a project that challenges me to push my craft forward, and I've been running into quite a few of those lately. One of the new techniques that I've been having the most fun with is for a project where I was asked to recreate the garish festive look of an ugly Christmas sweater as embroidered text. I'd like to share with you the shading method that I used in this project to blend together the clashing cheery colors in the embroidery.
If you're in the mood to learn a bunch of new embroidery stitches and to celebrate your love of ugly Christmas sweaters, you're in luck! Stitch along with this embroidery sampler to try your hand at nine different embroidery techniques.