Category Archives: embroidery

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Return of the Snow People

What do you do when a friend gives you half their wool stash? Hummmm… I was over at Teri’s house when she decided to purge her wool stash. Now, this is not just a casual stash; it was a well-cherished, thought-out cache of woolie love. And, this is only half of it!

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Floral Fiesta Embroidered Pouch

Mexican folk art was a huge inspiration for not only my Fiesta collection, but also for my embroidery pattern. I love folk art embroidered peasant blouses and dresses. I'm drawn to the vivid colors and symmetrical design elements. The motifs themselves are simple, but composed of so many different elements, makes such a bold and striking statement. The tightly packed embroidery and boldness of colors just make me smile.

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Cartouche pillow making another debut!

With the return of Rhapsody of Reds and Symphony of Blues, so comes the return of my Cartouche embroidered pillow!  What's great about this design, is it's striking appearance as well as it's versatility.  I took some of the main circular motifs from the Rhapsody & Cartouche prints and had fun with the placement of my design, by deliberately having the motifs cut off.

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January Candle Mat

The last of 12, the January Candle Mat is a flurry of snowflakes. I just had to add a bit of embroidered snowflakes to round out our final FREE candle mat. Made from our Quilter's Candy again, I used Solid-White, Swirls-Patriot Blue, Classic Dot-Cerulean, Solid-Sea Breeze, and Multi Stripe-Tidal Wave.

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Embroidered Pillowcase

As a young girl I purchased pre-printed pillowcases from a local five-n-dime store. The images were sweet, quaint, and creatively stimulating. The colors were beautiful and the embroidery threads luscious. I enjoyed creating such a project in this FREE Emboidered Pillowcase Pattern with a bit more of a modern flair, and designed it with a holiday theme. The design is so simple, it can be embroidered in a day! Try it, it's free!

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December Candle Mat

Awe, isn't he so cute?! Perfect for the holiday season, this little snowman will bring a joyful cheer to your home. The December Candle Mat is constructed from Quilter's Candy fabric options. Applique, embroidery and half-square-triangles (HST) make up this cheerful project. I'm sure you'll want to make a number of them as gifts for friends and family. Certainly a quick sew, and easily created in a couple of hours. You just need to be careful which way you turn the HSTs.

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My 12 Weeks of Christmas project!

It’s that time again; the holidays are just around the corner and we here at Connecting Threads have been getting into the holiday spirit with a fun new project: 12 Weeks of Christmas.  To learn more about the 12 Weeks of Christmas event, check out yesterday's blog post: We're counting down the weeks to Christmas! I’m starting off the countdown with a new embroidered pillow pattern. 

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Fall Pin Cushions for Gifty!!

Judy and I decided to collaborate on a Gifty Galore project, since I love to embroider and she loves to sew.  It was a win win situation!  For Gifty Galore, the staff here at CT typically just chooses a project out of one of the new books that we are going to showcase.  For this project though, we chose a project from a book and paired it with a pin cushion pattern we carry.  When we ...

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New Batiks! Midnight Snowflakes & Let it Snow

  Since I enjoy working with batiks, it was fun to look for archived Connecting Threads (CT) patterns to combine with our new Fall/Winter 2013 batiks. It always amazes me how different a quilt can look when made in a different color scheme or design theme. I hope you like these new renditions of two CT favorites as much as I do!

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Autumn Blanket

It was fascinating to watch Jenni’s watercolor of sunflowers, pumpkins, and fall foliage evolve into the stunning fabrics of the Sun Kissed Harvest collection. I love Autumn Blanket, an unusual geometric, strippy-quilt design made with the Sun Kissed Harvest fabrics.

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