Archive | July 2012

Friday’s Favorites: Hearts, Hearts and Hearts

Hearts in all shapes and sizes have always been a favorite of mine.

These old heart shaped tin molds were a thrift store find, one that I just treasure. I picked up the myriad of Valentine’s day themed ribbon in the dollar section at Target. Too cute!

Rose Heart is a combination of two techniques from my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens. The heart shape is made from French wire ribbon, and the rose is made from hanah silk ribbon. This is a small corsage.

This is an embroidery sampler, showcasing traditional embroidery stitches worked in both perle cotton and cotton floss. This can be found in my book, Hand Embroidery Stitching, by C&T Publishing.

Here are my magical heart shaped tin molds full of my favorite mother-of-pearl buttons.

The base of this “Hanky Heart” is made from an old handkerchief that had ripped in several places. I hand-dyed what was left of the handkerchief, then hand pieced it into this heart shape. I covered the seems of the raw edges with hand-dye vintage lace. I then stitched a few ribbonwork flowers, and ribbon embroidery into this pretty little vignette.

This is a grouping of  heart shaped bases, covered in vintage and new plastic buttons. The base is made from Timtex, then covered in a cotton muslin. Then the buttons are stitched down with pearl cotton. Fun, fun, fun….

Here are my heart shaped tin molds full of vintage and new heart shaped buttons (of course). The background is a piece of sheet music from the play Don Quixote.

And as far as I am concerned, you can never have too many HEARTS!

I hope that you enjoy your day, think good thoughts, and forever stay young and curious…

Happy Stitching to you! ~Christen