Here’s an update on what I’ve been busy with these last few weeks…
A set of Mo Willem’s pigeon themed items…
ornaments for your tree (or your teacher’s tree!)
hoops for your wall
clutches (and introducing a new smaller size)
custom onesies for a gift order
new packaging for my advent calendar/christmas countdown sets
color your tree with an initial for everyone in your family
part one of a set of embroidered moleskin journals
peace-hope-joy-love ornament set
Most of these items are only available locally. I will be at the Maryville Farmer’s Market Holly Days tomorrow morning from 9-2 and all of these items will be available there. It is part of the Christmas open house for the town of Maryville. All the local shops are running specials all day.
And then I will be at the Christmas Fair at Fellowship Church in Knoxville in early December. If you aren’t local and see something you can’t get in the shop, just email me or join my facebook page and we can figure out how to get the perfect gift to you!
It’s been a while since I’ve taken the chance to do a stitch-a-long or enter a stitching contest so I decided it was high time! I entered the &stitches back to school stitching contest and man it was a blast to sew. The requirement was that you design (or copy) a flashcard.
Me, loving all things Frenchy and vintage, found this little fox illustration and used it to draft up a little french flashcard. I did some searching online and this was the layout of my draft
A little stitching later…
And then finally this past weekend I finished him up
He is a mix of modified brick stitches, back stitches and satin stitches. And I absolutely love him!
This has been on my hoop for the past 3 weeks and while it was fun to do I am not sad to see it done! I love how these big embroideries turn out, but man oh man they wear me out!
This was a second year anniversary gift for the client’s husband. The pink was requested to match their wedding colors; black and pink.
I also redesigned the original pattern with a different version of Scripture that she was looking for. I kind of like this redesign better! Isn’t that the way it works?!
I’m working on a new venture around here.
If you’ve followed this blog, if you know me or if you follow me on facebook, then you know that one of the greatest desires of my hearts has been to open a shop here in my little town. I started a business plan for it about this time last fall and over the course of this past year my focus has changed a little bit. The reality of a storefront at this stage of our lives made me realign my focus a little bit and while I do hope at some point I might have an actual store space, I’m deciding to start smaller. In an effort to bring some accountability to this idea, I’ve finally published the facebook page and am doing a little promo here. Hopefully in the next month or so I’ll have an actual website and I’m hoping to have the beginning stages rolling by October.
My plan at this point is to offer two different opportunities:
The first is sewing lessons that come to you. Basically, I come to your house (or wherever is convenient) and work with you on a project, on beginner sewing stuff etc.
And the second is sewing/crafting themed parties for kiddos. I’m pretty sure that the first two offerings will be hand embroidery/hand sewing themed party (such as making an initial hoop and possibly finger puppets) and the other would be making pillowcases with applique initials. Again, these parties would be at your home and I would bring all the materials needed to make the projects. By next spring I hope to have added an American Girl sewing themed party….and many more ideas roaming through my head!!
Want to stay informed on when and where the big launch is? Like The Crooked Stitch on facebook or follow along on this blog for more information coming soon!
A while back I was spending some time “etsy-gazing” and came across this amazing embroiderer who had taken a photograph, printed it on fabric and them embellished it with embroidery. It was the coolest thing and I added it to my long list of “things I want to try.”
I looked into the materials needed to try this out and finally had a chance to order them and tried them out this weekend. I was pretty hesitant to try something like this and just kept crossing my fingers that it would work!
I ordered the solutions from dharma trading company after doing a little research online. They aren’t cheap and honestly you use a ton of the Bubble Jet Set. One thing I did learn is that if I’m going to keep on doing this, it’s best to do a fairly large size lot of items instead of just a couple to make it really worthwhile. I digress.
Overall it was pretty simple. After cutting your fabric (I used 100 percent cotton muslin) to a little smaller than a sheet of paper, you pour the Bubble Jet Set 2000 into a container and and let the fabric soak for 5 minutes. After soaking, you take it out and let it hang dry. After it dries, you iron freezer paper onto the back side of the fabric and then load it into your printer. Then, after printing let it sit for at least 30 minutes before you wash it in the Rinse. Let it hang dry again and then peel off the freezer paper and voila!
I made labels to stitch onto the backs of my embroideries and then printed a couple of photos I am planning on embroidering onto. Easy peasy!
A facebook fan asked me about the washability of these after printing and I don’t know. I wasn’t planning on using these labels for items that would be washed, but it’s something that I plan on looking into.
I call this first chemistry experiment a success!! Now on to tie-dying a few shirts for the kiddos…
In an effort to make sure that I’m always on the up and up, I share this little bit of background information in order to save face a little bit.
Ages ago when I joined Pinterest I saw a really cute printable that had been pinned with this quote on it. At that point, I wasn’t in the habit of checking links or anything along those lines (which I do know almost religiously and encourage everyone to practice responsible pinning!) I had no intention of copying the design, I merely wanted to stitch a version of the quote.
I usually do make a habit of researching a quote before I design something to make sure that I can give credit due to the speaker. This time around, I didn’t do that. I guess in the back of my mind I was thinking that if it was a specific quote from someone, the printable would have had the speaker’s name on it.
I came to find out later that this quote was indeed spoken by a person who was seeking her name attributed to her words. No issue from me at all. Per her request, I pulled my listing down and recently the pin was pulled off Pinterest too.
I share all this just to make known that I had no intention of “stealing” someone’s artwork or words. I think as artists we all take bits and pieces of what we see all around us and hodpodge it all together to make something new that is every bit our own. I do admit fully that there are people out there who are actively copying other people’s art, but I want no part of it.
It’s always one of the most refreshing things ever to see something that you had pictured in your mind come together via your hands. That was the case with this birth announcement.
I had done a subway style version to begin with and I did love how it turned out, but I knew I wanted to do a more girly version. After doing some research and looking around the web, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at a mix of felt flowers and embroidery.
I added a few vintage buttons to the mix, plus some lazy daisy stitches and I’m stunned with how well it turned out.
These will be up in the shop in the coming weeks so you can get your own custom made version!
I’ve had these adoption embroideries designed for probably the past six months and finally was able to get them done this summer. I’m crazy happy with how they turned out.
While I’ve done a few embroidery items focused on the country of Africa, I have wanted to move towards offering some items that are for other countries as well. With these new sets, you have a choice of
There are two options for stitching: either the outline of the country or a hand appliqued outline of the country. Buyers also have a choice of 6 different colorways in this fun American Jane fabric.
Why adoption themed embroideries and why “love finds a way”? I’m surrounded by amazing friends who have answered the call to adopt from foreign countries. I’ve had the privilege of walking this road of almost 8 years for some. It is filled with blessing, but also such trial. And the way all of these friends persevered through it was through love. Love for these children that they knew the Lord had placed in their care. These embroideries are a tribute to those friends and all the many others out there that have walked the same path.
If you didn’t know it, this year I’m giving a portion of all my sales to Lola Children’s Home in Ethiopia. When you buy from daisyeyes handmade, you are helping to support the vision of Abebe Fantahun who started a home for HIV+ orphans and their siblings. So far I have been able to give nearly $80 of my profits to help support this ministry. I’m thankful for the ability to give out of the blessings that God has given me.