Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Hops, Dresden's, And Bugs Oh My .....

I joined the Stitch Me Up Embroidery Blog Hop hosted by Madame Samm.
And I must say ....
I have a new love... Presencia Threads!!!
(available from janesfabrics)
I started by stitching  a little embroidery motif on this small scissor wallet in the hopes that it would help get my creative juices flowing .....
There were so many beautiful colors and so many fabulous patterns included in my Blog Hop package that I had a hard time narrowing down ideas for my projects.

And I sooooo enjoyed all of the beautiful Dresden's from one of Madame Samm's previous blog hops that I am still swooning ......
So I decided to try my hand at making some 
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What do you think?
Not too shabby for a first try!!! But I wanted something special  for the centers.
So here comes the embroidery part ....
First I traced the circle size I needed for the centers on some white muslin fabric.
I then adhered interfacing to the back of my fabric to stabilize my embroidery.
And finally, I traced patterns i received for the blog hop into the circles with a "Mark 'B' Gone" pen
Now comes the fun part !!!
I used some books & the following link
to find some embroidery tutorials and started stitching my centers....
 I used a basic Back Stitch and French Knots for this flower motif.
And Blanket Stitch Pinwheels for this one:
And then I tried some French Knot Hydrangeas:
What do you think?
You didn't know there was going to be a Giveaway did you? ....
Let me know in your comment if you like Hydrangeas! 
And you just might receive a little surprise in the mail ... 

Let's keep going ...
For the next center I stitched a pattern given for the blog hop with a Whipped Running Stitch. 
  And then using this link Sew in Love
I added a little something special ....
A Stumpwork BUG
This little beetle is made with an oval black wool base.
Satin Stitches are used for the main body; and Lasy Daisy Stitches are used for making the legs.
I know - It's a beetle on a quilt top...
But this is Madame Samm's Blog Hop & One can't be ordinary here.
And there are so many bugs to choose from (dragonflies, bees, ladybugs ...)
What a cute quilt that would make !!!!



How about a little tree frog?
Not to bad for a first try but
I think I made the eyes a little too big...
 I don't know if you noticed -
But it really doesn't take much to add some flair to a quilt
Some bright beautiful colors and a little embroidery goes a long way !!!!

Stumpwork embroidery can be used to add dimension to other things as well ....
Lets try a Needle book:
I used the basic straight lines included in the blog hop patterns
& added some couching to fancy it up a bit:
And a little something else ...

You guessed it 
A Ladybug
  Doesn't she match my scissors beautifully !!!
I think she's racing to see the next photo ....

There were so many beautiful patterns included in the blog hop package that I just couldn't stop myself ..
Let's add some embellishments to the patterns.
Beads,buttons, & a tatted butterfly ...
 

And the best thing is -
I still have more patterns to play with.

Thank You to a great sponsor Colonial Needle
&
Thank you so much for your efforts Madame Samm, Cyndi, Debbie, and Jane

104 comments:

Judy B said...

Oh my your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Sewgirl said...

You did an absolutely fantastic job with your embroidery! Love the insects, the beading and the color choices. Just remarkable, and yes, I love hydrangeas!

Theresa said...

Fabulous job on all your projects. I especially love those bugs. Yes, I love hydrangeas. I have a hydrangea bush in my yard I planted 10 years ago this coming summer.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow!! Look at all you did. You were on a roll girl! I love it all but especially the french knot Hydrangeas, that is really something. I am so glad you had fun and thank you for sharing it with us.

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

Oh MY!! I loved it here, LOVED, IT!!!!! IT'S something else I've always wanted to try, stumpwork....... Your bugs and stitchwork are fantasti!!! and what a great idea for Dresden centers. YOU are so clever and accomplished!! am humbled by your greatness!! Will be back I need lessons :)

Fiesta said...

Wow! I love it all!

feltfree på Åsly said...

Great job. All the subject are looking beautiful and very special
Thanks for showing
Frederika

Madonna said...

oh what pretty work. I used to help my grandmother embroidery and have been wanting to get back into it myself as a way to reconnect with her and my past. Love the Hydrangeas

Annette-California said...

Oh Patti You outdid yourself. LOVE all your stitching WOW. Gorgeous. Heck yes I love Hydrangeas!!! I am in AWE of what you stitched Patti. Oh I have to look again at your stitching. Fantastic post. Thank you so much for sharing the links too.
love Annette

Marilyn said...

Oh wow!
All of them are too cool!
The bugs are awesome.
I love the little froggie too. :)
Hydrangeas are too pretty with all of the color changes.
Marilyn

AnitaS said...

I think all you have done is beautiful.

charlotte said...

You have done the most amazing job on all your stitching. Thanks so much for sharing all this loveliness here today. Your bugs are incredible too.

Marla's Crafts said...

Those are amazing. Lovely job.

krislovesfabric said...

Ok, you had me at the beetle...but the lady bug? Wonderful work :)

Frances said...

Amazing projects you stitched. Love the idea of using embroidery circles as Dresden centers.And the chair with the buttons and beads is beautiful. And who does not love hydrangeas?

Mhairi said...

I do like the Hydrangea but I have to say that the reason I stopped to comment was that the first photo of the dresden reminded me of a skirt and I thought that it would be absolutely gorgeous for my little girl - so I am off to the sewing room and probably the fabric shop to buy fabric to make her a swirly skirt - shouldn't be too hard right????

Linda Coleman said...

your work is astounding, the colours you've used and the extra embellishments (love the bugs), hydrangeas, labybirds, great work

Christine M said...

All of your projects are lovely. I just love the French know hydrangea.

Jeanie said...

Love this post and all of the different stitchery! Gotta love the bugs! Also love hydrangeas... or any flower!

Carol said...

So glad you've found some free time to spend on your stitching, Patty. I've always admired stumpwork and wondered how it was done... Such fun and interesting projects you have going there--and oh, I love hydrangeas so, so much!

patchouli moon studio said...

Oh my I love all the stump work insects you made and the tree frog too. What lovely work you do. I love hydrangeas. My mom lives in the Pacific Northwest (I lived there years ago too) and she has huge hydrangea bushes outside her house. Hers are mostly periwinkle-colored and I think she has pink too.

CalamityJr said...

Love all your new stitches! I do love hydrangeas, as they were all along the front of my grandmother's home and bring back memories of many summers there, and the dress form is gorgeous. Looks like you enjoyed your new needle art!

Thearica said...

This is amazing!! LOVE those beetles!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Gorgeous work!! I love all of it

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Each picture was better than the one before. Amazing work. Wow if I had to choose while I loved the dresden centers, the Hydrangeas was the first thing I thought of when I saw it before even reading the page. Thanks for sharing you are truly talented.

Sharon said...

OMGosh your stitching is just beautiful. I love all that you did and cannot pick a favorite. Yes I love hydrangeas and a beautiful touch to your Dresden....

Madame Samm said...

bugs bugs bugs,
if I had them all in jugs
I would dig dig dig
till a big hole was dug
and that would be the end of
my bug song....lol

OK< yes you did well. love your bugs, every time I see bugs...I think of this song I used to sing to my kids...still makes me giggle as much as your stitching...yes my dear, you bugged me out. lol

Britt-Inger said...

You have made an amazing work. I love it all. I love hydrangeas in all different colors.
And thank you for sharing all your wonderful works

Robin said...

Oh my goodness all your work is amazing! The hydrangeas are just beautiful I wish the bush I have in the front yard looked as good. :)

Thank you for sharing
Robin in Washington State
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Pat said...

Wow, I don't normally like bugs but I love yours :0)

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, so amazing! Wow! I'm so dazzled by all the things you made! Yes, I love the hydrangeas too! Love hydrangeas for real as well. lol! But I really love your frog -- so cute! You are so talented!

Vickie said...

Well, yes, I love hydrangeas. I love the pink ones especially.;)
I gotta say I love the flowers and the chair and the berries better than the creepy crawlies, but you did a GREAT job on them. I am amazed since you have been so busy!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great designs! I've loved those threads from back in my days of embroidery for crazy quilting! Looks like new colors are available since then. Pretty work!

Pauline said...

Way to go - Fabulous - Absolutely stunning - I love it - I love them all! Thanks for sharing and have fun with the other patterns.

Carol said...

Your chair is absolutely beautiful! Those bugs are just too cool, too. I love all your stitching and I'm so glad you hopped with us to show it all off! :O)

Terri said...

Wow! Your work is stunning! And I LOVE hydrangeas of any color!

Pam in IL said...

WOWZA! I love all your beautiful stitches. And the scissors. And the theads. And yes, I love Hydrangeas too! Great post.

Sandra Rowe said...

Oh but I wish that I could share your talent for stitchery! Very nicely done!

Suztats said...

Oh, I love your beetle and frog! Nice colours on your dresden piece, too. Yes, I like hydrangeas, and have several in my gardens which turn a light pink shade. I gather the bronzed flower clusters in the fall to decorate my home. You've been having lots of fun. Happy stitching!

cucki said...

wow so pretty.
love x

Linda said...

All I can say is....WOW! Beautiful work and great ideas!

Vickie said...

Ditto....Wow !

Jenn M said...

Wow!! Amazing! I love everything you did, except perhaps the beetle: only because we are having a beetle issue here because of a new houseplant.
You did a good job on him though:)
Jenn

Gill said...

Stunning! I especially like the beetles!
I love hydrangeas!
Thanks for sharing1

Sowing Stitches said...

Yes! An entomologist after my heart!!! LOVE your little buggy friends!!! :)

Sharmond said...

I love Hydrangeas! Your stitching is over the top. Beautiful. Our guild is having a challenge where we pick a bag to use as inspiration. I picked a bag with a beautiful hydrangea on it!

Gwen said...

Oh my goodness!! What an incredible job you have done! Just unbelievably gorgeous!! I love the bugs--they turned out just perfect! But all your stitching is beautiful!

Patty said...

Oh I LOVE them all. I am going to hace to look up all those stitches. I LOVE the bugs. Wouldn't they look great in the jar quilts?!? Also love the hydrangeas. Great job on ALL of them. I think I am going to have to follow you to learn more.

KatheG said...

Your work is spectacular! I also love hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing.

Kari @ Fresh Cut Quilts said...

You an expert at embroidery! They are lovely! Love the bugs how clever.

Blu said...

Wow what gorgeous stiching! I love all the stumpwork insects. They look utterly adorable.

The French Bear said...

Patty, I love the hydrangeas!!! I just saw an ad for that thread, wondered how it was, now I know!!! So many ideas, thank you for sharing!!!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

Abbigail said...

I love, love your bugs and frog! So cute! Wish I could make these!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

The Slow Quilter said...

OMG!! What a work of art, you did it, you have broke the bank on this hop. WHAT A GREAT, OVER THE TOP FANTASTIC, WORK OF STITCHES. YAH!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Love the ladybug! The hydranga is really cool too.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

lovely stitching all of it - looks like you had lots of fun.

gracie said...

Beautiful...beautiful...but I am not surprised! Love it all....

Diann said...

What a lot of projects you did and they are all wonderful and creative. Of course I like hydrangeas, who doesn't?

Kathy L said...

Your work is incredible. And yes I do love hydrangeas. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda said...

Oh wow! You certainly outdid yourself! Love all your work but the bugs are so sweet! And yes I love hydrangeas!

Martina said...

How beautiful! Every single one so special! And I love Hydrangeas.

ukcitycrafter said...

I love those bugs - got to try them! Thank you for sharing your amazing embroidery.

ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh, Patty - what a wonderful post!! I could honestly not tell you what I liked the best!! Everything is so fabulous!! But I do have a hydrangea story. It is by far my very favorite flower of all times. I live in northern Utah and it gets cold and snowy here in the winter. I keep my hydrangea plant in a pot so that come the cold weather, I bring it in and put in it in east-facing window! I get new flowers all winter - 5 years in a row!! And I LOVE the frog's eyes!!

Teresa said...

Wow!! You did an awesome job! I want to learn how to make the beetles! So cute!

Teresa said...

Oh yea, I forgot. Love love hydrangeas! They are so pretty!

Carrie P. said...

WOW! your embroidery is stunning. I just love the bugs and frog. I have always wanted to learn stumpwork. Maybe one. thanks for sharing.

Nita said...

Oh, so beautiful! And who doesn't like hydrangeas? Well, I do even if I can't spell it! lol!
Nice to meet you!

Tammy said...

Oh my goodess this is amazeing hand stitchery at it's finest. You are very very talented and clever tohave come up with all of this. And all those little details. I love hydrangeas. They are one of my most favorite flowers in the entire world. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

vicki said...

I love all of your work---the bugs, flowers, frog, all just Wow! I like hydrangeas, thank you for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Miss Nancy said...

Great stitching and some great ideas as well. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work.

ljeanne said...

I live in Georgia, where hydrangeas are growing everywhere. I'm hoping our cold weather doesn't kill all the buds. I have three 30+ years old blue, mop head, hydrangeas. I can always count on them for a big burst of color. I love hydrangeas!
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Kathy said...

Absolutely STUNNING projects!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

MTN MAMA said...

Love the embroidery. Your idea was so so creative. I love the Dresden centers!! Thanks for sharing!!

suemac said...

Your little hydrangea is cute. All your projects were very well done.

Cathi said...

Your projects are all so wonderful! I love the ladybug! And yes, I do adore hydrangeas -- as soon as I see them in the shops, I know that spring is near!

Sheila said...

Absolutely amazing , I especially love the bugs , the lady bug is just too cute .Thanks for sharing and yes I love hydrangeas!!

Linda J said...

My goodness! Who would have thought of adding those delightful bugs to the stitchery? Well, I guess YOU did! Lovely stitching and interesting two color variety.

lynda said...

I love all your embroidery!That's how i started stitching, but it has been years since I have done any. I especially love the puffy chair...it looks like it would make the perfect stitching chair! And I also love hydrangeas! They were one of my grandma's most favorite flowers.

Nellie Duclos said...

Patty C.- Your embroidery is stunning and those bugs are "out of this world!" You are so clever. I like any kind of flowers, but with my allergies I have to stay inside during the spring and with 3 cats, one of which eats flowers, I have to admire real ones from afar. I love embroidered flowers though. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

Needled Mom said...

OMGosh....what fun work! You really had fun playing around with the embroidery. The frog is my favorite! I love his big eyes.

Hydrangeas are awesome. I have a white star one in my yard, but would love to have others. With our soil, most of them are pink without the proper treatment.

Sherry said...

What wonderful creative work. I am inspired and hope to be more adventurous in my embroidery work in the future. I love hydrangea's, I grow several plants in our gardens.

apple blossom said...

love your work

linny said...

Absolutely love your work, the beetles & bugs are amazing, & yes I love hydrangeas.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Oh my... your work is just stunning! Just WOW~! And I adore hydrangeas.

LadyV said...

You have quite a lovely way with threads. Beautiful work.

sandra said...

Your work is wonderful and I loved the bugs they are so adorable. Thanks for sharing with us.

Teresa S. said...

What an inspiring post!
I love hydrangeas too :)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

OH very beautifl pictures !

bisous from FRANCE

Just Quilt It said...

Your work is exquisite. The centers in your Dresden plate blocks just add so much to the quilt. Beautiful work.

barb said...

I love hydrangas, they are my favorite. You do such beautiful workbabscorbitt@gmail.com

LJ said...

Oh for goodness sakes!! Your stitching is absolutely out-of-this-world!! Amazing. I can't even choose a favorite cuz I loved everything you did. Thanks so much for sharing with me/us. I LOVED the hydrangea!

Sarah or Semmy said...

Wonderful, wonder full, yes I am full of wonder at all those marvelous bugs. Gives me ideas for a G G daughter's quilt. The Hydrangeas remind me of the ones my Mother grew, One bed of soft pink and one of blue. I always wanted to gather them and bring them into the house because I liked them so much. But Mother always said, we don't cut them, we leave them outside in the beds for all to enjoy.

Jenny said...

wow, these projects of your are amazing! I love the little additions of bugs and frogs and other details! Great job!

Janet said...

Wow!! So much creativity! I love your stumpwork bugs and the idea to make centres for your Dresden plates. Lovely work. And what's not to love about hydrangeas??

lefuntz said...

Sew many fabulous projects! All of your stitching is gorgeous. Yes I like Hydrangeas but I like all your little bugs better!

legato1958 said...

Your work is awesome and amazing!
I love hydrangeas! I don't even mind watering mine during the summer to keep it from wilting!

susie
legato1958@aol.com

Debbie M said...

Oh my gosh Amazing!! I love all of your Pieces! Nut the beading on the chair.....Love it!

Robin said...

Oh my, they all look amazing!

valerie said...

Wow, what fun embroidery! I love the design on your little sewing pouch and that hydrangea is so pretty with all those lovely knots!Have fun playing with your patterns!

Lou said...

Love all your "extra' touches!!!! Makes them super special!

Maggee said...

Man! That is some wonderful stitching! Wow! All the bugs are too cool! And that Hydrangea--excellent, excellent job doing all those dang knots! Better you than me! Have a great Easter! Hugs!

Sarah Beth said...

I love hydrangeas and I love your stump work beetle, froggie, and best of all ladybug:-)

Quilt n Queen said...

WOW WOW WOW, your stitching is wonderful. Luv Nana's comfy chair, the embellishments are perfect. Great job Patty, the bugs amazing! Happy Easter, Pauline

Melanie said...

Such amazing work!!!!! You are rocking it.

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