We couldn’t decide which we loved more, so we’re calling it a tie
We can't count how many times we've heard a mother say, "Don’t play with your food." Chances are you’ll eventually find yourself saying it to your kids if you haven’t already. But what moms rarely remember to say is, "Don’t draw on the table." Hey, don’t mind if we do.
Doodle by Stitch, a brand hailing from across the pond in London, brings out the child in all of us with their brilliant idea of tablecloths that can be scribbled on. These tablecloths are completely washable and come with the perfect set of markers, making it easy to play tic-tac-toe, draw a landscape, or thank mom for dinner all on one sheet.
What’s even better is that the same concept can be found on Doodle’s aprons as well. These genius kitchen accessories make it easy to jot down recipe notes, last-minute ingredients, or cook times instead of having to remember them while cooking a five-course meal or entertaining a house full of guests.
On their site, the brand states that "our products inject creativity and humor into everyday life and enable you to personalize your surroundings." We couldn’t agree more — they’re both a perfect addition to family fun!
Available in England and the U.S.
Inspiring Free Filet Crochet Patterns
Filet crochet is a terrific niche of crochet that uses double crochet stitches worked with spaces to create fabulous graphic designs. You can spell out words and messages using filet crochet, or you can use the technique to recreate detailed pictures and designs. This is especially great for seasonal crochet, showcasing the different motifs of various holidays, but it also works for so many different kinds of designs. It is easy to learn filet crochet and there is a lot you can do with the technique once you've learned! Here are 20 inspiring crochet patterns that will make you want to learn filet crochet today, including several that have additional written and symbol crochet chart instructions, which can be very helpful for beginners to the technique.
DIY Mermaid Costumes for Kids
Oh, how little girls love to pretend to be mermaids. Here on Ruffles and Rain Boots, we&rsquore no stranger to dress up and costumes. My daughter and her friends often use our fun dress up aprons (even YEARS later, as we made them such a long time ago).
Here, we&rsquore rounding up our favorite DIY mermaid costumes for kids. We&rsquove even thrown in some fun accessories!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Lucky # 13Finally worked that Random Generator thing out and it picked lucky #13 for our Giveaway!! Sarah ! She has a thing for cupcakes . well, hello . Congratulations! Thanks for all the great feedback! (ohh, lots of exclamations today!!) If you didn't win this time come back on Thursdays for our weekly giveaway of. yes, fabric . (Your chances are much better on Thursdays :) We enjoyed looking and peeking into each of your lives, as well.
Most Popular Hand Embroidery Designs for Your Inspiration!
1. Pineapple Hand Embroidery Pattern
Practice the different embroidery stitches. Try adding your own style to this pineapple pattern hand embroidery design.
Perfect for: pillowcases, tote bags, denim clothing, quilt blocks
Stitches used: stem, stretch, blanket
2. Boho Crafts Hand Embroidery Designs
I’m a big fan of hand embroidery designs fo r boho-chic outfits. You can try different colors, but I’m all for this pastel selection. Plus, this design is simple and fun to do.
Stitches used: basic seed, chain, back, split
3. Redwork Towel Traditional Embroidery
This is a perfect example of an easy hand embroidery design. But its simplicity makes it all the more lovely. Who can resist its rustic charm?
Stitches used: chain, stem, herringbone
4. Forest Hand Embroidery Design
Make any fabric look interesting with this forest pattern. It’s such a unique fresh forest and cabin in the woods design.
Perfect for: linens, tablecloths, napkins, aprons, pillowcases.
5. Kaleidoscope Hand Embroidery Project
Yes, it seems complicated at first. But this kaleidoscope hand embroidery design is easy to do. And once you’re done, you can add it to your framed wall decor.
6. Squid Love Embroidery Pattern
Don’t you find this woman and squid design so beautiful? And I can’t wait to add it to my living room wall or on a nice shirt!
Perfect for: wall decor, clothes
7. Under The Sea Embroidery Design
I love this simple under-the-sea embroidery design. It helps me practice different kinds of stitches. Plus, it’s always so much fun to do.
Perfect for: pouches, tote bags, hankies
8. Four Herbs Embroidery Design
Calling all green thumbs and cooks who love growing and cooking herbs! This four herbs hand embroidery design is for you. I can’t get enough of its fresh design with realistic stitching.
9. Floral Hand Embroidery Design
This flower bouquet embroidery design is one of my personal favorites. You can use them for any of your creative works. Make this beautiful hand embroidery design with your favorite types of stitches.
Perfect for: hankies, clothes
Stitches used: back, chain, lazy daisy, and French knot
10. Fireworks Hand Embroidery Pattern
An embroidery design like this will make any outfit look amazing! Running stitch plus colors? Yes, please! Get them both in this fireworks hand embroidery design.
11. Satin Stitch Flower Hand Embroidery
All the love for this flower embroidery pattern. A design like this deserves a spot on your favorite clothes. Not to mention, on your dainty hankies.
Perfect for: clothes, hankies
12. Flower Bouquet In Garden Sprinkler Embroidery Design
With enough practice, you’ll end up enjoying the buttonhole stitch. So apply this neat flower bouquet to any of your plain fabrics today!
Perfect for: plain fabrics
13. Wildflower Hand Embroidery Design
Imagine running your hands over this delicate wildflower hand embroidery design. It reminds me of easy breezy summer days in the outdoors.
14. Full Circle Embroidery Pattern
What a perfect pattern to work on for embroidering beginners! This full-circle embroidery pattern lets you use all the basic embroidery stitches. That way, you can improve your skills while enjoying.
15. Retro Birds Hand Embroidered Tea Towel
Simple designs never age. And these cute birds in a tree design proves that. You can use different embroidery stitches too.
Stitches used: lazy susan, back, chain
16. ‘Winter Joy’ Lovely Anemone Wreath Pattern
This anemone wreath floral design is perfect for boho-chic clothes. Isn’t is such a lovely embroidery pattern?
Stitches used: satin, French knot
17. Flowers And Hummingbirds Hand Embroidery Design
Lovers of satin stitches will fall for this flowers and hummingbirds embroidery pattern. These are elegant details I can’t resist.
Master your own hand embroidery design projects. Watch this fishbone stitch video tutorial from Honey Craft:
Weren’t these hand embroidery designs adorable? Hand embroidery has been around for ages and is here to stay. Even if machine embroidery is more convenient, nothing beats the work of your own hands. That’s why I’m sure these designs will make an embroidery hobbyist out of you. Discover or improve your embroidery skills with these classic designs!
Eyeing a hand embroidery design to work on for the weekend? I’d love to know your choice. Do share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published 0n September 11, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
I have already sent multiple emails asking for my product to be removed from this post that encourages copying artists’ work. Perhaps this will get your attention. My permission was NEVER granted to use my item in this post, nor was it given to use my image off my website. I want my cactus embroidery removed from this garbage article immediately. It’s absurd that you are promoting “patterns” for people to copy when they are not patterns – they are individual pieces of artwork for sale from independent artists. Disgraceful.
Our Favorite #PetsInUnison
We love when our customers share how they style our products in their homes, especially when there’s a cute pet to go along with it. That’s why we felt it made sense to add our own unique hashtag for the occasion #PetsInUnison. In this post we’ll highlight some of our favorite furry friends living with Unison.
Thanks to all our great customers + their pets! Keep the posts comin’!
This pup blends right in to our classic Stitch Black + White Bedding. photo @samteich
This cutie is all snuggled up in Grid Black Bedding, and couldn’t be more comfy! photo @taylorntobin
This fluffy guy is Kevin, owned by one of favorite artists + Unison collaborators, Stephen Eichhorn. It’s fitting that he’s laying on Stephen’s design, our Orchid Blue Duvet. Check out more of Stephen’s designs here. photo @stepheneichhorn
Last but certainly not least, is the beloved Jazz owned by former Unison Production Assistant Kim Morski. Jazz is fun-loving + a fan of all things Unison! Jazz is looking especially great next to the Shapes Royal Tote. photo @kimmorski
You’ll Love These Knitted Dog Patterns
Knitters, you’ll be in doggy heaven with these gorgeous knitted dog patterns that are not only fabulous but free. Yes, you’ll barking mad! Be sure to make them all today!
Knitters, you will be so excited by this new collection of Deramores Dera-Dogs. We have rounded up the collection that has been designed by Amanda Berry for you.
Scroll our page in its entirety so that you can pin all the individual free patterns as you go. We have added the individual links below each dog for you. We also have another popular post that is filled with knitted cat free patterns, be sure to check it out.
ELIZABETHAN BLACKWORK SMOCK
O.k. I know a few of you want me to do a blow by blow travelogue of our London trip. But that’s not my forté. I’ll wander over and cover some of that material several posts, but mostly want to write about specific things we saw, this being one of the first times I’ve been able to get relatively up close and personal with historical artifacts. Besides, The Resident Male is a much better travel writer than I am.
First off, to satisfy my stitching readers, is this blackwork smock, currently on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum:
The full citation cites it as being of British make, and stitched some time during 1575 to 1585. They posit home manufacture rather than a professional house. If you read through the full description, you’ll find out that the top part (the stitched bodice) was done on fine linen, and the unseen and unstitched lower part was also linen, but of a much coarser fabric. The plain lower skirt and the needle lace around the neckline and cuffs are modern reproductions. The accession number is T.113 to 118-1997.
I tried to take pix of this artifact to show the details. It’s basically three large rectangles, with underarm gussets (each sporting a flower, and unseen here). One rectangle for each sleeve, plus a larger one with head hole for the front, back and shoulders. I wanted to see if that center strip was seamed from smaller parts, but I wasn’t able to do so based on my examination.
One thing that delighted me was the use of various techniques for the fills. Some were done on the count. It looks like the grid may be 4ࡪ threads. I can’t estimate the stitch per inch count, but it’s roughly comparable in look to between 20 and 25 stitches per inch. The thread does look finger spun from floss silk, with some areas more tightly twisted than others, and some variation in thickness.
Some filling placements were eyeballed, and done freehand (note the trailing vines and spot motifs that follow the flower forms rather than marching rigidly in diagonals). The solid bits look to have been done in satin stitch or a stitch in the Romanian couching family. The dark borders around the shapes look to be either outline or stem stitch in some places, and in other places possibly whipped or threaded back stitch. There may be knot stitches in there, too, (especially the knotted line stitches that sport little side stitch “legs”) but my eyes couldn’t pick them out for absolute identification.
Effort was made to use the same filling in matching areas of symmetrical designs, but some variations do occur. In fact, the occasional lapses in attention to detail on the fills, and that some are presented in a couple of variations (see below) are charming, and makes me think that my guess that the fillings were thought up on the fly, rather than being copied from canonical works may be true. (Filling inventors, take heart.)
I tried to get very close to the turned back cuffs to determine whether or not they were exactly double sided, with both front and back identical. Well, they’re close but not absolute. My pictures aren’t good enough to show it, but there are (barely) detectable knots on the inside of the cuff. The double running stitch fills and solid areas (satin stitch in this case) are certainly worked very neatly, especially compared to the relative chaos of the back sides of other contemporary work, but they are not spot on exactly the same front and back, although they are presentable and nicely done, for sure.
Here are some more pix of the thing. These shots were taken by Elder Daughter, with her superior camera skills and equipment:
And finally, to satisfy the people who pointed out that I did not include exact citations for every fill in my free-to-download Ensamplario Atlantio collection, here is a set of 10 plates with fills sourced specifically to this artifact.
So much for facts. I have to say there were several items on display that caused me to hyperventilate like a Twilight fangirl. Blackwork geek that I am, this was one. It’s in excellent condition, with the stitching, dense, the threads shiny, and minimal wear or damage. The overall effect was one of understated opulence, but not splendor. For one, there is an aspect of “loving hands at home” to this piece, especially in the composition and heaviness of the fills.
But what struck me the most was that the standard of excellence in this piece is entirely achievable today. Yes, it’s exacting, and acquiring the materials would be difficult, but it’s not miles beyond the capability and reach of modern amateur needleworkers. It’s time we stop bowing to “the ancients” and banish our temporal craftsmanship insecurities The best of us are darned good (no pun intended), and many of the contemporary projects I see on the web are just as well executed as this prime piece from the 16th century.
Maggie Monday: Recovery Edition
Thanks so much for your compliments on the advent calendar. All props go to my Stampin' Up! demonstrator who designed it. I just cut and paste! )
Today the dude and I went to see the National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China. A-MAZ-ING! If they are coming to a venue near you, GO! ( Buffalo, Detroit, Toronto, I'm looking at you.)
Easy Embroidered Pillow Project
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction offers this free pattern for a bohemian embroidered pillow. Her downloadable tutorial shows you how to stitch the motif on a tea towel, then transform it into an envelope-style pillow cover. What a beautiful way to display your newly-learned skill.