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Embellished Art Embroidery Project Planner

by Christen Brown

Everything You Need to Dream, Plan and Organize 12 Projects!

This is a 12-month planner, but your planning can begin at any time of the year. For a quick reference guide, you can list Events by month, under My Creative Goals. My Action Plan provides a place to list the specific details of these projects such as Task List/Action, Due, and Completed, in a monthly overview format.

The main portion of the book revolves around the 12 Project color wheel and 12-month Project Log. There are 4 pages dedicated for each of the 12 main projects. In addition to the large projects, there is a Small Projects log, and a Works-in-Progress Log. There are also blank pages throughout the book for you to jot down notes, and Future Project Ideas.

Another helpful feature is the tracking section for your monthly/yearly activities. This section includes the Class Tracker, Stitch Along Time with Friends, Holiday Projects Tracker, Gift Tracker, and Competitions & Show Entries. Your social activities and contacts such as Guilds and Organizations, Stitching Friends, and upcoming Conferences can be listed with dates, addresses, and phone numbers. Your favorite stores and repair shops are important too, so there is a spot to list them as well.

The planner ends with a Reference section, that includes The Basics, Choosing the Correct Needle, Tips from the Field and Embroidery Specifics. Sprinkled throughout the planner you will find close-up sections of 14 of my previously published artworks, and a few inspirational pages, that I hope will encourage your creative spirit to enjoy and breathe in the moment.

It just makes sense to keep all of your creative aspirations, goals and information in one handy planner, because your brain can only hold so much information in it at one time! I hope that you all enjoy the well-planned creative journey!

If you are interested in obtaining a free copy of my book, please leave a comment below with your name and make sure that your email address shows! This contest will run until midnight, Sunday, June 19th, 2021, PST. I will alert the winner Monday morning.

Good Luck, and keep stitchin’ my friends!

~Christen

Embroidery Stencils, the Darling Motif Collection

I am happy to announce that my newest set of fast2mark© Embroidery Stencils, the Darling Motif Collection is now out, and ready for you to use on all manner of embroidery projects.

Select, mark and stitch! It’s so easy to embroider accurately with this second collection of four easy-to-use stitch templates featuring over one hundred popular motifs, including garden elements, household items, vintage sewing accessories, the alphabet, and more. Expert instructions and tips in the how-to booklet give you confidence in where and how to make your stitches. Laser-cut into durable, translucent, medium-weight plastic, the stencils are easy to handle and position and create perfect markings every time.

The four-stencil collection includes 100+ easy to mark designs. The stencils are made from durable, translucent medium-weight plastic. The templates are laser-cut, and easy to handle to create perfect markings. They can be found at C&T Publications.

 

The first stencil includes sewing room motifs such as a dress form, needle, scissors, spool, thimble and pincushion; the other motifs are a teapot, spoon and teacup; a dress, a hanger, a hat, a key and a boot.

 

 

The second stencil takes you out to the garden with these motifs: 2 trees, a fence, a bird house, 2 birds, a bird’s nest, a glove and watering can. Also included are a spider and web, a ladybug, a bee and a butterfly.

 

 

The third stencil allows your imagination to wonder at the possibilities, with 2 vines, 2 sprigs, 2 stalks, a vase, and a window. These items can be adorned with a pansy, a rose, or a grape bunch; also included are 6 generic shapes for a variety of flowers, and 2 leaves.

 

The fourth template includes an alphabet and set of numbers that can be used for your labels and written words. This stencil also includes 4 decorative motifs to combine with the templates in the collection. I have also included 3/4”, 1/2”, 3/8” and 1/4” markings that can be used for spacing out your designs.

Here is a sampler of all of the stencils in the in the collection and was used in the booklet included with the stencil set. The booklet explains how to use the stencils, gives you some valuable tips, instructions on how print and enlarge any image, and how to use Wash-Away Stitch Stabilizer© by C&T Publishing.

Each stencil has a few dedicated pages of each template illustrated with embroidery stitches. I have included the directions and illustrations of these 6 popular stitches, to help start you on your creative journey.

May that journey be a long and happy adventure, and may your needles always fly!

~Christen

My special thanks go to thank Colonial Needle Company for providing the Finca perle cotton and needles that were used in the samplers included in the booklet.

Day 28 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 28 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Marie’s Boudoirs Pillows

The bases for these two pillows were made from pieced silk fabric embellished with vintage jacquard ribbons. The embroidery is worked silk ribbon widths of 2mm, 4mm, and 7mm; cotton and silk floss, hand-dyed perle cotton, and silk buttonhole twist. These pillows can be found in the gallery section of my book, Embroidered and Embellished by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 27 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 27 of FLOWERS GALORE!

dyed ribbon corsages

dyed ribbon corsages

dyed ribbon corsages

Corsages to Dye For

This is a series of classes that I taught on-line for Joggles, Corsages to Dye For I, Corsages to Dye For II, and Corsages to Dye For III. The student learned how to mix colors and dye her own ribbons. The flowers and leaves were made with ribbonwork techniques, and a little bit of embroidery. Many of the techniques can be found in my two ribbonwork books by C&T Publishing.

Ribbonwork Gardens a book by Christen Brown

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink

This is an ensemble that I made using a vintage tatted reticule and crochet collar. I used silk ribbon for the flowers and leaves, and added in acrylic flowers and leaves with beaded stitches. This can be found in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 24 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 24 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Mariposa Fall

This is a small wreath that is comprised of flowers and leaves made from hand-dyed silk ribbon, Hannah silk bias ribbon, vintage grosgrain ribbon, vintage jacquard ribbon, taffeta ribbon, and satin ribbon. The wreath is also adorned with vintage buttons and butterflies, lots of butterflies! The techniques can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 23 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 23 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Raised and Textured Embroidery Sampler

This is a sampler of raised and textured stitches which include whip-stitch rose and variations, spiderweb rose, petite twisted rose, bullion stitch, bullion posy, cast-on buttonhole stitch, buttonhole rose, tatted stitch, tatted posy, spiral tatted stitch, tatted rose, Chinese knot stitch, and Christen’s shisha mirror stitch. These stitches and more can be found in my book Embroidered and Embellished by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 22 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 22 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Vase with Flowers

This is one of nine blocks that were designed for my class the Stitch Along Sampler series. The embroidery stitches included both traditional and silk ribbon techniques. The stitches can be found in my book Embroidered and Embellished by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 21 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 21 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Jean Jacket

This is a jacket from my UPCYCLE-IT program. I took a jean jacket that I bought at the thrift store for $5.99 and embellished it with the sample and prototype flowers from both of my ribbonwork books, Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers from C&T Publishing.

Ribbonwork Gardens a book by Christen Brown

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 19 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 19 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Brides Choice

This is a gallery project that I made starting with an old salt shaker for the vase. I wrapped the vase in several pieces of vintage lace and added a satin ribbon bow. I filled it with buttons attached to wire stems, and blooms that can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!