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Autumn Wreaths

These are a few of the small wall hangings and wreaths that I have made. The first was featured in my book Ribbonwork Flowers, the second was a class that I taught at my store, and the third features a dragonfly that I taught at my store.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 26

What sewing enthusiast does not have a lot of precious scraps, that just can’t be thrown away?

3 1/2″ x 24″

Ivory and Lace by Christen Brown

This is my Scrap Roll, which is a project featured in my book, Beaded Embroidery Stitching. This piece does capture and keep all things feminine. The base is comprised of a collaged scraps and bits of lace, hankies, appliques, ribbons, buttons, beads and more. This project is embellished with both bead embroidery and bead woven stitches. The base is a painted wooden spool, adorned with lace, beads and a button.

3 1/2″ x 34″

Pansies and Sunflowers by Christen Brown

This is a slightly simpler version of the Scrap Roll (above). I used larger buttons, appliques, and rosettes, as well as wider trims for the base. The roll is embellished with bead embroidery. The button flowers have a floral wire stem, and are clustered together to create the center and base for the roll.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Day 16 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 16 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Fabulous Felt Florals

This group of colorful blooms is from my class Fabulous Felt Florals. These fast and easy flowers are just fun, fun, fun! Create a brooch, hair ornament, or decorate an object with these colorful, creative floral beauties. Several different flowers, leaves and embellishments will be made using a variety of shapes with the addition of machine and hand embroidery. The techniques involved are both machine and hand stitching. Fun for any time of year!

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Beaded Embroidery Stitching Blog Tour

I am proud to announce that my book on bead embroidery and bead weaving is HERE! Within the 160 pages of Beaded Embroidery Stitching you will find information on the types of beads and embellishments that you can use in the 125 bead-embroidery and bead-woven stitches. There are over eight projects, ranging from beginning to advanced, including wallhangings, a sewing caddy, jewelry, and more. I have included additional inspiration for each project, showing a different color way, or a different take on the design, and a gallery section for more ideas.

There are some amazingly talented people that are participating in this tour. I want to thank each and every one of them for agreeing to participate in the launch of my new book.

Please visit their blogs to read what they have to say, and for a chance to win an ebook of Beaded Embroidery Stitching.

Happy Stitching to you all!

Enjoy~ Christen

Day 28 of HEARTS! Three Generations of Love

Evelyn’s Heart

embroidered felt hearts

Christen’s Heart

Gwen’s Heart

Here we are gathered together for mother’s day, 12 years ago.

Day 28 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Here is an example of three generations who love hearts. The first image is of an embroidered greeting card that my mom made. The second is an image of the beginnings of my class Embroidered from the Heart. The third is my most favorite valentine, from our daughter Gwen.

Happy February to you, and thank you for letting me share my love of hearts!

~Christen

Day 23 of HEARTS! Vintage Heart Wreath

Day 23 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wire form is covered in ribbonwork flowers and leaves, with a a few vintage buttons sprinkled among the blooms. I used vintage and new satin ribbons, sheer ribbon from a gift package, vintage rayon hem-tape, and dyed Hannah silk bias ribbon. This wreath was featured in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Gardens.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 18 of HEARTS! Rose Gables

Day 18 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped pillow is made from two different colors of silk fabric. The textured and raised embroidery stitches include the spiderweb rose stitch, bullion stitch, tatted stitch, lazy daisy stitch and the French knot. These stitches are featured in my book Embroidered and Embellished.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 17 of HEARTS! Dainty Heart Wreath

Day 17 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wreath was featured in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Gardens. I used ribbons in sizes 1/4″ and 3/8″, I included a little bit of bead work using vintage beads, and moper of pearl butterfly charms.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 11 of HEARTS! Blue Hearts

Day 11 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This quaint little ornament was used as a gallery example in my book Ribbonwork Gardens. The sample is full of ribbonwork components. I used French wire ribbon for the hearts, silk bias ribbon for the roses, an hombre ribbon for the tiny rosettes and taffeta ribbon for the leaves.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 7 of HEARTS: Shabby Chic Valentine

Day 7 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wall ornament from my class Shabby Chic Valentine embodies all things beautiful, lace, buttons and the simplicity of a project that can be completed in a day!

Happy February to you!

~Christen