Sunday, February 9, 2014

Christi Rose - Brazilian Embroidery

This is the Christi-Rose.
It's a small Brazilian dimensional embroidery design I made to teach a class at our local BDEIG chapter a while back. The "sparklies" on the Boucle floss were made by dusting the leaves with a paintbrush and a glitter paint called fairy frost (or something similar) from the crafty store.

Nearly 100 similar designs from The B.E. Wrap-Up were published in the book Education Projects, still available at the BDEIG website as an eBook you can download. (By the way, all proceeds from ALL sales for the guild go into a Seminar Scholarship fund for BDEIG members.)

Another design I made while editing the BDEIG newsletters so long ago is timely since St. Valentine's Day is coming soon. You can stitch this simple design as a pin or stitch it on fabric and make a collage or crazy quilt or postcard - what a lovely Valentine that would be!
The eBook is an instant download. Have fun!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

I Made An OOps ...

Just because I'm writing about Brazilian embroidery flowers from The Olden Days, I like to think I'm in a more modern flower garden ... not ready for The Home yet!

But I made a mistake, so I'm correcting it here.

The Cast-on Flower
This is the corrected version. Fabric bites are from 1-3, 2-4, 3-5, etc. (Error on original blog entry yesterday...)

Flower. Lola. Number the five dots on the design, #1-5; make a 24-loop cast-on stitch from #1-#3, the next stitch from #2 - #4, and continue around. The [a-b] points of the stitch are on the outside, and the [c-d] points are just inside to keep the petals in a straight line. Remember, when you come to the last petal, you will want to end it behind the first.
Another Thing   . . .
Several stitchers have written that they are copying my blog entries, no problem. However, the complete set of flowers from The Olden Days will take up 27 pages if you do it the copy/paste regular way.  I have two suggestions:
1. Open a Word file, re-set the margins to ‘narrow’ and make 2 columns with about 2 pts between them. 
     Then copy the entire blog entries and paste to the Word file in order by date. Then re-set the font to Arial (I use Verdana and it’s kind of big), and re-set the line spacing to single space. I use Arial 10, sometimes 11-pt.
     Then when it’s all there, go to the pictures that overlap into the next column and pull the corners to make them fit one column, and save it to your computer. Remember, the patterns were designed to be 2.5" x 2.5".
I do that often if I see a good tutorial on the internet but don’t want to copy the entire page – saves lots of paper this way, and I can save it on my computer until I want to use it. And please remember that if you copy these blog entries, they are for your own personal use - not to be sold. It's that "give credit" thing that is a nice way of saying this is all copyright protected. Thanks! 
     If you would like to teach a class using any of this information, please encourage your stitchers to visit my blog.
2.  If you would like a pdf copy of these instructions, I've made one -- it's only 13 pages, and all of the 3 Olden Days blog entries are in 3 columns. Please note that I haven't added those designs that link to earlier blog posts. You'll have to find those yourself.
     If anyone would like a copy of this pdf file, it's just over 1 mg, and I will email it to you. You can find my addy here.
As always, be sure to use the comments section below if you have any questions. Have fun!