Project Idea: Spring Time

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This week's project is an adorable chart from Citrouille's Designs, customized to use some of the beads and other goodies from our Water Lilies box. 

Project Details:

Chart: Spring Time by Citroiulle's Designs

Fabric: 28 count Lazy River handdyed linen



Spring Time chart photo, copyright Citrouille's Designs

Spring Time chart photo, copyright Citrouille's Designs

Project Notes:

As you can see from the chart cover photo, not only did I add in some accent colors to our version of the project, but I also customized it a bit to allow me to make use of some of the fun buttons and beads included in the Water Lilies box.

I replaced the smaller potted plant with the butterfly focal bead, and added the glass pearls to the centers of the flowers along the top row, to the center of the hearts on the potted plant, and to the tail feathers of the peacock. I also replaced the single charted stitch in the middle of the pot with a glass pearl.

Lastly, I added some straight stitches to the stitched button, to give it the appearance of being sewn onto the fabric.

This won't be the last you see of this project - check back next Friday to see how I'm using the remaining designs that come in this chart to help me turn this into a box pincushion!

Project Idea: Valentine Swirls

I know Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I couldn't resist stitching up this little swirly heart anyways!

Project Materials:

Original chart photo, copyright Fireside Originals 2014

Original chart photo, copyright Fireside Originals 2014

Chart: This is one of two charts in Fireside Originals' GHO42 The Swirls - January Snowman / February Valentine chart. There are six charts in this series, with one small swirly chart for each month. Released in 2014, this chart is available from your favorite needlework shop.

Fabric: 14 count Violet Mist Aida (Wichelt) (we are all out of this fabric in the supply shop, but you can order it from your favorite shop!)

Threads/Other: Forget-Me-Not (Silk n Colors, Thread Gatherer), Copper-Lined Teal 11/0 seed beads (both available in our Supply Shop).

Project Notes:

It's a bit hard to tell from the original chart photo (right), but the design is charted for two threads. For my version, I decided to replace the center accent swirl thread with the copper-lined beads instead - to my surprise, it really brings out the teal in the Forget-Me-Nots silk, teal I didn't really even notice was there previously. I used a single strand of the silk to attach my beads on the diagonal.

This simple chart was a quick stitch and super-easy to personalize. Check back on Friday for our monthly Finish It Friday post, and I'll show you how I'm finishing this little guy. Happy Stitching!

Project Idea: Stitched Button Needleminders

I love the little laser-cut buttons from Katrinkles in our Water Lilies box, don't you? I'm planning to use them to finish off a biscornu or two in the future, but I couldn't wait to do something with them, so I decided to make up a few little needleminders with them for this week's project. 

These buttons can be decorated in all sorts of ways - for mine, I picked out a few of my favorite stitches and some threads in our Water Lilies box and started stitching.

For minder 1, I used the two Valdani cotton threads (Sweet Violets and Nantucket Rose) and satin stitched around the edge of the button (2 strands of Nantucket Rose) and radiating out from the center of the botton (2 strands of Sweet Violets). 

For minder 2, I used 4 strands of Forget-Me-Nots (Thread Gatherer) to stitch a spider web around the top of the button. I love how this stitch allows the ombre variegation of the thread to shine!

Turning these stitched buttons into needleminders is super-simple - you just need the right glue and some tiny rare earth magnets. I like to use E6000 glue - it sticks to just about everything, and since it is a thick gel, I didn't have any trouble with it leeching through to the front of the buttons. You could certainly cover the back with felt before you glue on your magnet if you'd like, but I just glued mine on directly to the back of the buttons, right to the wood and thread. Let the glue set for at least a few hours (or, even better, overnight), and your needleminder is all ready to use!

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Project Idea: Priscilla's Pocket's Stoneware Pillows

Stoneware Pillows II chart image, copyright Priscilla's Pocket 2015 

Stoneware Pillows II chart image, copyright Priscilla's Pocket 2015 

Pricilla's Pocket has a series of charts (two released so far, with a third scheduled to be released at the Nashville Market next month) called Stoneware Pillows. Each chart has a collection of designs based on salt-glazed stoneware motifs. I love the simplicity of these designs, and the way they let the fabric and thread colorways take center stage.

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For today's project, I selected one of the seven (yes, seven!) designs in the Stoneware Pillows II chart along with 40 count Chalice linen  from Picture This Plus and Kreinik Silk Mori 5016, both from our Water Lilies box. 

I'm planning to stitch one of these pillows for each of our upcoming StitchyBox shipments, because I love the idea of having a pile of them in a wooden bowl (as shown on the cover images of the charts) or a big ole vase. I'm not going to finish the pillows until I have a few more stitched up, so I can give them a unified look.

If you'd like to stitch up your own Stoneware Pillows, you can find both Stoneware Pillows I and II from your favorite needlework shop, and be sure to let them know you'd like a copy of Stoneware Pillows III when it's released next month!

Now it's your turn - what have you been stitching up this week? If you are using StitchyBox goodies in your project, be sure to tag is #stitchybox so we can see your fabulous work!