Tag Archive | charms

By the Shore

I love the sea, the shore, and collecting treasures along the sand, rocks, and tide pools. Growing up in Southern California is a gift that I treasure every minute of the day. Here are some examples of my interpretations of this life.

Sea Urchins
Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins, were made from synthetic felt, one embellished with mother-of-perle buttons, and glass beads; the other embroidered with hand-dyed perle cotton from Artfabriks, with a vintage brown muscle button in the center. Scattered amongst the sea urchins are a group of carved, vintage abalone buttons. This piece and the one below it, can be seen in my book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary.

Tidal Pool Rocks was a piece that I created, intending to add found objects, and other small embroideries. The rocks are made from synthetic felt, and are embroidered with a variety of solid and variegated perle cotton threads. The small bits of “sea ephemera” were created from ribbons, felt, and floral stamens. A ribbon trim poses as kelp, with found shells and starfish skeletons sprinkled around the rocks.

Tidal Pools

Tidal Pools was a piece that I created for my book, Beaded Embroidery Stitching. The felt base for this piece and the rocks above are based on the “Blowing Bubbles” project in that book. The base is made from synthetic felt, and is embroidered and embellished with seed and larger glass beads, miniature sea urchins made from silk bias ribbon, found shells, vintage buttons, charms, sequins, dentalium shells, fresh water pearls, coral beads, and abalone chips.

Happy Stitching to you! ~Christen

Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New

Sage and Cornflower

I have a new book coming out in March 2023 called Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the new. The book has 17 projects: 3 Projects by Design with step-by-step instructions and 14 Stash Projects with creative ideas, and minimum instructions for using your stashed bits and precious treasures.

It includes loads of information on vintage stash items, embroidery stitches, embellishment stitches and tips on dyeing. There will be plenty of inspiration to help you create with your stashed, hoarded, and handed down bits and pieces of special treasures!

There are plenty of examples of innovative uses for all kinds of embellishments ― like lace, vintage linens and hankies, trims and ribbons, buttons of all sorts, and vintage notions ― through techniques and projects.

I just finished this piece Sage and Cornflower, which is an adaptation of one of the Projects by Design, Lace, Doilies, and Appliques. The base started as half of a stained doily, which I dyed (sage), with Colorhue dyes. The (blue) lace and rick rack trims were dyed, as well as the embroidered (ocher) lace. I embroidered the piece with Finca perle cotton, Valdani carried by Rusty Crow Quilt Shop, and a wonderful colorway called Wild Rice, by Laura Wasiloswki of Artfabriks. I embellished the piece with seed and larger glass beads; vintage glass and celluloid buttons; and brass charms.

Happy Stitching to you! ~Christen

National BUTTON WEEK Day 5!!!

Here are a few images of more buttons!

These are a few wall hangings that I have made using buttons. These are all featured in The Embroidery Book, by C&T Publishing.

Bouncing Button Balloons

This wall hanging is randomly strip pieced with scraps of silk, moire, and bengaline fabrics, with accents of vintage lace fabric. Their are vintage celluloid buttons with a few fabric buttons mixed in. The embroidery is worked in perle cotton and seed beads.

Rustic Door

For this piece I choose batik fabrics that varied from rust to brown. I found these wonderful blue buffed celluloid buttons, which I paired with brass buttons, buckles and both vintage and new keys. The rust and vintage blue ribbons just keep the colors flowing.

Lady Bird 2

This piece started with a crazy pieced base of cotton prints, I added in lace and ribbon as accents. The embroidery is worked with perle cotton and cotton threads. The embellishments include vintage and new buttons, ribbonwork vignettes and garden tools.

Mystic Twilight

The base of this piece started with strip-pieced batik fabrics, that were machine quilted to resemble the wood grain of a fence. I chose clear glass buttons in a variety of sizes for the flower centers, and clear painted back buttons for the accents. The embroidery is worked in both perle cotton and cotton floss, with beads added in for accents.

The Village Sleeps Tonight

The base of this piece is synthetic felt, the pre-cut houses are made from a rayon/wool blend felt that was a gift from Barbara at Joggles.com. I added in a dyed rick rack border, and stitched the details with both solid and variegated perle cotton #8. The buttons are all new, except for the four large buttons in the corners, and the one in middle of the center house.

Hope that you enjoyed looking! Happy stitching! ~Christen

National BUTTON WEEK Day 2!!!

Here are a few images of more buttons!

These projects can be found in my book Beaded Embroidery Stitching.

These are samples of two classes that I have taught. These both use felt as a base, with lace as embellishments, and buttons, glorious buttons!

This is a PDF class called Phat Matt and Friends. Felt is used for the base of the project, embroidery threads and buttons for character.

felt cats

Hope that you enjoyed looking! Happy stitching! ~Christen

Day 11 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 11 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Summer Blooms Bracelet

The base of this project is made from a a grosgrain ribbon, with a length of hand-dyed ribbon stitched down the middle. The embellishments include ribbonwork rosettes also made from hand-dyed ribbon, beaded embroidery stitches, and a vintage button for the closure. You can make this project with any type of ribbon it would not need to be hand-dyed (which are not included in the instructions).

Spring in Bloom

The base of this project is made from a blue cotton chambray fabric. The base is embellished with a cotton lace, and adorned with buttons, glass beads and flowers, and my favorite tiniest wee little butterflies.

Both of these simple projects are included in my new book Beaded Embroidery Stitching by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 5 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 5 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Welcome Home

This is a wall hanging that I made using two cotton fabrics, a blue chambray and a fun print with bees in flight. I included some vintage lace for the vase and the center frame, and a novelty ribbon for the outer corner frame. The buttons are really the star here, and they are all vintage, with the exception of the bees that are mingled around the frame of the chambray square. All of the beaded embroidery stitches can be found in my book Beaded Embroidery Stitching, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 20 of HEARTS! Lovely Silk Gardens Wallhanging

 

Day 20 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. “Lovely Silk Gardens Wallhanging” is a project from my book Embroidered and Embellished. There are four heart shaped appliques which started as a hanky. The silk ribbon ebmroidery stitches were worked in sizes 7mm, 4mm, and 2mm. The additional embroidery stitches were worked in cotton and silk floss. Embellishments include heart shaped buttons, leaf shaped buttons and dragonfly and butterfly charms.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 19 of HEARTS! Sewer’s Heart

Day 19 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped brooch was a sample for the class I teach Vintage at Heart. Lots of buttons, charms, and other sewing related treasures.

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 1 of HEARTS: Embroidered from the Heart

Day 1 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Here is a sampling of hearts from my class Embroidered from the Heart. The class instructions include 5 large and small heart shapes, that can be combined to create these wonderful ornaments. Thread and bead embroidery are used to embellish each heart.

Happy February to you,

~Christen