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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 31 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 31 of FLOWERS GALORE!

vintage buttons, vintage hanky

vintage buttons, felt heart

This is an ensemble I made with some of my favorite buttons. The white buttons in the necklace were from my friend Phred, with the remainder of the buttons primarily celluloid and Bakelite. These are stitched down onto a vintage jacquard ribbon base. The bracelet on the left is made from vintage Czech glass buttons using a bead woven stitch. The bracelet on the right is made from celluloid flower charms, new plastic sunflower buttons, and acrylic leaves connected to a celluloid chain. The vintage clip-on earrings are made from plastic with a little bit of bling.  I made the pin in high school, so it too is vintage!

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 30 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 30 of FLOWERS GALORE!

ribbonwork daffodils

Daffodils

When our friends Phred and Tom got married, I was asked to be the flower girl. In this case, it meant that I was making the flowers for the wedding party. Here is a group of my friend Phred’s favorite flower, the daffodil. My husband Kevin gave part of the ceremony, and our daughter Gwen was the video photographer.

ribbonwork daffodil

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 29 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 29 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Country Cottage Tussy Mussy

May your day be filled with everything and everyone that you love!

This is a class that I taught for Joggles. I loved working with all of the different materials, and textures which include cotton fabric, lace, grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, felt, crochet streamers, and vintage buttons. The vessel that the flowers are displayed in is made from a cardboard cone that has been covered with mixed media techniques.

One of the flowers that I think is the prettiest is the shabby rose. If you would like to make this flower click here.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

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 25 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 25 of FLOWERS GALORE!

buttons, charms, ribbon

Funky Junky Steampunky

This was an on-line class that I taught for Joggles. The base of the bracelet is made from two ribbons that are woven together to make a larger base. The flowers are made from zippers lined with satin ribbon, other flowers are made from satin and vintage lace. Additional embellishments include glass, shell and metal buttons; metal, glass and wood charms; lace appliques and other collected treasures.

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!