|Clutch I made for my sister a few years ago using|
a pattern from Urban Threads.
Like all things craft related, there is no shortage of design inspiration on-line and in-print. A few great resources:
- Sublime Stitching: Fun patterns and supplies. There are also a couple of books by the owner, which I borrowed from a friend when I was learning. The FAQ page has a lot of good info on how to transfer patterns to fabric.
- Urban Threads: Many great patterns, but I think their crafty series is particularly fun and I hope to make one of these for my sewing room some day. I'm also partial to the "cubicle sweet cubicle design".
- Doodle Stitching: I purchased this book earlier this summer when I was looking for designs for the baby quilt. The designs are really adorable and it comes with a CD, making it really easy to put together a motif of any size.
- Penguin and Fish Really cute animal designs for kids, and I think she's local (patterns and kits are sold at Sewtropolis).
- Creative Market: I don't know what led me to this site, as it is geared toward graphic designers (which I am not), but a lot of the clip art and fonts that you can purchase here could make great embroidery designs and many are the same price as what you would pay for an online pattern. Couldn't you just see these mason jars on a dish towel or set of napkins? I purchased this pattern for my "Love is Love" quilt on a stick. Many of the designs come in clip art files that don't require special graphic design software.
My quilt on a stick embroidery
- Hand Stitch Embroidery Swap: A flicker swap group with a lot of great photos/ideas.
Never tried hand embroidery? It's really easy and rewarding and there are many great tutorials online. Here are a few sources I put together for the baby quilt embroidery bee, which had sewers of all levels (including the baby's dad who has agreed to do a square):
- Sublime Stitching Tutorials: instruction for some of the basic stitches.
- Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread: some very good videos on specific stitches. I could not figure out how to do the stem stitch despite reading numerous diagrams until I watched one of these videos.
- Sara's Hand Embroidery Tutorials for detailed diagrams for any stitch.
|12 family members are stitching blocks for this baby quilt. The baby's mom is a vet, hence the animal theme.|