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National Sewing Month

Day 25

What sewer does not have a favorite needle keep, or pincushion. Here are a few of mine:

Some of these are classes, some were shown as examples in book, all are used and loved.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 5

Question: What is your favorite sewing tool? Mine was a pair of metal “snippy scissors”.

Gentle Lady’s Needle Keep- By Christen Brown

This little sewing kit is crazy pieced with vintage and new cotton fabrics. The embellishments include grosgrain ribbon, and vintage and new buttons. The needle keep and pincushion are made from felt, and stitched with grosgrain trim. The embellishments include felt leaves, a ladybug and vintage and new buttons. All of the embroidery was worked with perle cotton, cotton floss or seed beads.

This group can be seen in my upcoming book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Day 17 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 17 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

This is a close-up view of a needle case that I made for a class that I teach. The base is crazy-pieced with cotton fabrics and embellished with ribbonwok flowers, silk ribbon embroidered flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches, buttons, charms, vintage tatted trim and appliques. Many of the stitches can be found in my book The Embroidery Book by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 13 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 13 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Small Works!

This is a grouping of some of my favorite embroidered treasures. I keep these in baskets on my work table and book cases so that I can see them and love them everyday! These can be found as gallery examples in my ribbonwork and embroidery books from C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 4 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 4 of FLOWERS GALORE!

creative thread embroidery

Creative Thread Embroidery

This is a up-close view of the needle-case that is the focus of my class Creative Thread Embroidery. The stitches are raised and textured and include tatted stitches, whip stitches, bullion stitches and cast on buttonhole stitches. This needle-case and the stitches can be found in my book Embroidered and Embellished, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Beaded Embroidery Stitching Blog Tour: My Turn!

Next stop on the blog turn is ME!

Here is my new book, Beaded Embroidery Stitching, which includes 125 bead embroidery and bead woven stitches, using beads, buttons, charms and more. Once you practice the basic stitches, there are 8+projects for you to work your magic on!

I have included a section on the types of beads and embellishments that you will be using for the stitches, and the other items that can be included in your creations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the stitches included in the book are interpreted from traditional thread embroidery stitches.

I have included a look into my Design Process, and how a project will start.

I have included several versions of a design in different color ways so that the reader could see the possibilities.

Champagne and Pearls

Welcome Home

Spider Webs

Along Came a Spider

There are loads of inspiration for you to look at, with examples ranging from wall hangings, sewing caddies, pillows, bracelets, brooches and more.

I want to thank all of the magnificent participants that were kind enough to leave a post on the blogs. You can read the past posts here, and see what they thought about the book.

If you would like to win a free ebook version of my book, just leave a comment below, you will need to check in tomorrow to see if you have won. Good Luck!

Happy Stitching and Enjoy~ Christen

Day 22 of HEARTS! Blue Heart Etui

Day 22 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped etui is another example of my class Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion. It was featured as a gallery example in The Embroidery Book.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 6 of HEARTS: Log Cabin Etui and Pincushion

Day 6 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. These fun sewing aids are from my class Log Cabin Etui and Pincushion. The set includes directions for piecing a log cabin base for an etui (needle holder) and pincushion. The pincushion has a heart shaped top, and both have heart shaped buttons. The embroidery stitches include: chain, herringbone, zigzag chain, blanket and short-long-short blanket, fly, lazy daisy, closed buttonhole flower, curved open chain loop, and the French Knot stitches.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

The right needle

needlehouse

I was fortunate enough to be asked by Barbara, the owner of Joggles, to stitch a few of her wool houses for a video. She was generous and gave me extra pieces to use for my own designs. Here is an example of one of the houses that I turned into an etui or needle case.

As a teacher of embroidery everyone, I mean everyone asks me if the needle makes a difference. YES is the correct answer!

needles

The purpose of the needle is to make a hole big enough in the fabric, or to be inserted into the canvas so that the thread can follow with ease. If the hole is too small, the thread will eventually fray, if the hole is to big then the thread will not cover the hole. So again YES!

tomato pincushion

Many students get confused once the needle is out of the package, so I suggest dedicating a pincushion to your embroidery needles. I take each section and write down the type of needles that I use with a permanent marker. For instance, embroidery, sharps, milliners, cotton darners, beading and chenille needles are all in my tool box, therefore there is a wedge on the pincushion with their name on it!

needles and thread

Another good idea is to dedicate a piece of fabric or even an index card for the types of needles that you may be using. Then thread the needle with the type of thread or ribbon that you would use for embroidering your project. Insert the needle into the fabric or card, then tape the thread down. Write the name of the needle on the fabric or card. Voila, no more confusion!

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

Roll of Stitches

embroidery cornerI have combined all of the small samplers that I created for my class the Embroidery Corner, into a rolled book. The class is a 16 week course where we explore a stitch and it’s variations, or several related stitches each week. I use my book Embroidered and Embellished as a reference guide.

embroidery cornerI created a cover for the rolled book from another longer sampler that I had started to stitch on in class. Here is a peek into the book.

embroidered sampler

embroidery sampler

embroidery sampler

embroidery sampler

ECdedicationI learned the art of embroidery at the age of seven from my mom. It is the one needle art that I continue to use every day, I love it!

Happy stitching to you all, enjoy! ~Christen