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Stumpwork Beetle – Try Something New Every Month

A stumpwork embroidery beetle with bead eyes.

Another month, another project! I’m sharing my Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) project- this month’s ‘theme’ was needlework. You can see more about the year-long adventure and what else I’ve tried in this post. I tried my hand at “stumpwork” which basically means raised embroidery. I went with the simplest type, adding felt padding for a 3-d effect, but more advanced techniques include wire. I first heard about stumpwork when Rebecca tried it last year, making a planet.

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Embroidered Reverse Applique Snowflake Pincushion Tutorial

I originally wrote this free pincushion tutorial for Seams & Scissors but I’m bringing it home today! There is no shortage of things to sew for winter, but I wanted a pretty, soft pincushion.  Reverse applique is an easy technique that you can use on clothes as well as quilts and home decor projects like this one. The embroidery design looks complicated but is actually very simple, with basic stitches. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who sews!

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Free Embroidery Pattern – How To Make a Visual Mantra

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FInd out how to reset your day with Snapple and a creative embroidery break, with this free pattern and tutorial. A sponsored post - #snapplerollback #ad #cbias

I try hard to only choose sponsored posts that are a good fit with things I would normally buy or enjoy, but the timing for this post was uncanny. My son’s first day of preschool did not go as smoothly as I’d hoped, and I found myself wandering to the nearest grocery store with my daughter, checking my phone every five minutes to see if it was time to pick him up yet. I don’t drink coffee and try to avoid soda so I grabbed a Kiwi Strawberry Snapple® to treat myself in the car – it’s a tasty break in my afternoon that brightens my mood.

Fortunately, it is rare that I have such a rough day that I need to go buy one in the middle of the day, but I do frequently grab one when out shopping and then save it for once the kids are in bed. I curl up on the couch with a fun movie or show and something creative in my lap, drink by my side. Making something with my hands relaxes me and feels rewarding after a day of picking up/refereeing on repeat. I thought I’d share a free embroidery pattern for one of my parenting mantras – so I got to relax while I made it and also hope that it will help me relax during the day!

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The Easiest Way To Transfer Embroidery Patterns: Fabri-solvy

The easiest way to transfer an embroidery pattern is so simple - you just print, peel, stick, stitch, and wash away! Check out the details, in this post.

The easiest way to transfer an embroidery pattern is so simple – you just print, peel, stick, stitch, and wash away! I always have people commenting to ask what I’m stitching through, and finally here is a post explaining how to use Fabri-Solvy. Here, I’m using an embroidery pattern that will be available later this month (for free!), so check back if you need a project to get started on!

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