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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

Heartfelt and Simply Lovely

Here a few hearts that I have been working on. All of these were made from synthetic felt and cotton floss.

hearts made from felt

In both of these groups I have worked with reverse applique, padded applique and pieced applique. The stitches are all done in traditional embroidery stitches with two or three strands of cotton floss.

embroidered felt hearts

Enjoy~ Christen

A Heart a Day: #25

heartsLove is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes,
Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
– – – – William Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet”

Speaking of madness, the heart is made from vintage earrings, which I must confess to have an obsession for. I must have over 100 pairs, and only two ears, this must be a madness most divine!
enjoy- Christen

A Heart a Day: #24

heartHatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

– – – – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love unconditionally, and you will be free. Christen

A Heart a Day: #22

image of heartsShower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will.
– – – – James Taylor “Shower the People”

enjoy, Christen