Embroidery

Learn Hand Embroidery with Me

Can you believe that we're already at the end of November? Christmas is creeping up quickly and I've been working on some gift ideas for this year (okay, I'm actually just thinking about them, but I've almost decided on what I'm going to make).

I like to create quilted or embroidered items as gifts, either technique works for me as long as it is something I can make quickly - because I'm always down to the wire with my gifts. Hey, it's the way I am and has become a bit of a tradition and who wants to break a tradition?! Okay, my hubby would definitely like me to break this tradition, but that's another story :)

 
You can create lovely gifts with just a few hand embroidery stitches that you'll learn in Hand Embroidery Essentials on Curious.com.

You can create lovely gifts with just a few hand embroidery stitches that you'll learn in Hand Embroidery Essentials on Curious.com.

 

Thinking about embroidered items made me realize that I haven't told you about my latest on-line course at Curious.com. When you enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials you'll learn everything you need to know about hand embroidery: tools, fabric, stitches. I've even included my Flourishing Heart pattern in this course and you can work along with me to create your own Flourishing Heart pincushion. It makes the perfect gift either as a pincushion or as an ornament. Create several, add some potpourri to them and they make lovely sachets or basket stuffers.

To learn more about what's included in the course, watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials and create at least one gift in lots of time for Christmas. Unless you'd like to start a new tradition like mine...

Creatively,

 



Holiday Gift Ideas - Hand Embroidery

It's that time of year again. Halloween has just past and Christmas is looming on the horizon (and Thanksgiving is just a few days away for my American readers). Don't get me wrong: I love Christmas, but I'm always stitching down to the last minute creating my gifts. To help you avoid this situation, I've included a list of easy projects that are great for giving - and you've still got lots of time to get them done!

If you love hand embroidery, try these quick gifts:

Flourishing Heart Pincushion 

 
Flourishing Heart pattern by Chatterbox Quilts

Flourishing Heart pattern by Chatterbox Quilts

 

This is a FREE pattern from Chatterbox Quilts and can be used to create a pincushion, ornament (add a hanging ribbon), shelf sitter or sachet (add your favourite potpourri). If you'd like to have complete instructions on doing the embroidery stitches in this project and see how to create it, just enrol in my Curious class, Hand Embroidery Essentials. Click here for a 20% discount on the course now.

Snowflake Brrr! is another frosty seasonal design that makes a quick ornament or is great just placed into an embroidery hoop for a quick and fun wall decoration. You can find this FREE Chatterbox Quilts' pattern on our store. 

 
Snowflake Brrr! by Chatterbox Quilts makes a quick wall hanging in an embroidery hoop

Snowflake Brrr! by Chatterbox Quilts makes a quick wall hanging in an embroidery hoop

 

Our Christmas Stitchery Set and Winter Stitchery Set each include three little designs that can be used for a variety of projects. Stitch up all three patterns, add sashing between each of them, border them all and you have the perfect wall hanging. Better yet - buy both sets and then create a small quilt or wall hanging using all six designs.

Christmas Stitchery Set by Chatterbox Quilts includes 3 seasonal designs.

Christmas Stitchery Set by Chatterbox Quilts includes 3 seasonal designs.

 
 
Winter Stitchery Set by Chatterbox Quilts can be made into an ornament or wall hanging.

Winter Stitchery Set by Chatterbox Quilts can be made into an ornament or wall hanging.

If you need a gift for a little one or baby, Screech, Hoot and Whoobie would be perfect. These little stuffed toys use hand embroidery for embellishment, so there aren't any buttons or pieces that might fall off or be a danger to the under 3 year-old group. I just like them because they make cute shelf sitters in my studio.

 
Hoot (the daddy), Screech (the momma) and Whoobie (the baby) by Chatterbox Quilts are adorable toys or cute shelf sitters.

Hoot (the daddy), Screech (the momma) and Whoobie (the baby) by Chatterbox Quilts are adorable toys or cute shelf sitters.

 

Don't know how to hand embroidery? No problem! Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials to learn all about the tools you'll need, thread choices and how to create simple embroidery stitches. We'll even create the Flourishing Heart pincushion/ornament together.

 
Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials to start stitching today.

Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials to start stitching today.

 

Next time I'll have some quilted project ideas that make great gifts. 

Creatively,

 


New FREE Embroidery Pattern from Chatterbox Quilts

Snowflake Brrr by Chatterbox Quilts

Snowflake Brrr by Chatterbox Quilts

We've just posted a new FREE embroidery design to the Chatterbox Quilts website. Snowflake Brrr! is perfect in an embroidery hoop as a wall decoration, but you could also choose to stuff it for a pillow. Add a backing to it and it's an ornament for your Christmas tree. 

Detail of Snowflake Brrr

Detail of Snowflake Brrr

Download Snowflake Brrr! now and have a new wintery decoration for yourself or a friend.

If you need help in creating these stitches, enrol in my on-lline class, Hand Embroidery Essentials, where you'll learn all the basic hand embroidery stitches and create a lovely heart ornament. Another gift for one of your crafty friends :)

Creatively,

 



Telecast Thursday - Hand Embroidery Tool Kit

Welcome to Telecast Thursday. This is the final week for hand embroidery stitches and information. In this week's video I'll show you what I have in my hand embroidery tool kit. I like to keep my items in a small tin or zippered pouch and I have everything in it I need to work on my hand embroidery projects. 

You can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel

I hope you've enjoyed this series on hand embroidery and that you'll try out some - or all - of these stitches in a project soon. If you're wondering where to start, I suggest you try my Flourishing Hearts ornament. The pattern is available on my store and it's FREE! I'd love to see what you're creating, so be sure to send photos of your projects to me at kim@chatterboxquilts.com.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive automatic notifications when new videos are posted. You can also click on the Chatterbox Quilts logo in the lower right corner on the video itself to subscribe. If you like my videos, please share them with your fellow creatives.

Next week I'll be sharing a "new" vintage sewing machine that is now in my stable.

Telecast Thursday - Hand Embroidery Reference Books

Welcome to Telecast Thursday. This week I won't be showing you a new hand embroidery stitch, but don't worry, I'm still keeping with the hand embroidery theme. While it's great to learn all these stitches, you may also want to know what books I have in the embroidery section of my library. This week I'll be sharing with you my "must-have" books for reference and inspiration.

You can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel

If you haven't seen the other episodes in this series, you'll can find them here. Let me know what your favourite embroidery books are.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive automatic notifications when new videos are posted. You can also click on the Chatterbox Quilts logo in the lower right corner on the video itself to subscribe. If you like my videos, please share them with your fellow creatives.