2008 Crafty Things (other than Needlework)

Although I primarily did embroidery in 2008, I also played around with some other crafty projects.

PERLER BEADS:  These were lots of fun, and my son worked on some of them with me. It’s pretty easy to tell what was popular in our household circa 2008!

01-2008 perler-bead K.K. & Pokeball

02-2008 perler-bead Sonic

04-2008 perler bead coasters for zach

EMBROIDERED/EMBELLISHED KID’S ARTWORK:  My son drew a picture for his Nana, then I embroidered his handwriting and used fabric & buttons to embellish his artwork. He and I did several embroidered-artwork projects within a couple year time-span, and they were always enjoyable to create and were well-received as gifts.

03-2008 picture for nana's birthday

PAPERCUTTING:  This interest was sparked by the beautiful papercuttings Amy Karol had shared on her blog. This pattern was a freebie in one of her newsletters. I did this plus one other papercutting project and decided, as a craft, it required a steadier hand than I had!

05-2008 paper cutting for mom for mother's day

FROG PLUSH:  This was a quickie gift, using a freebie pattern from Purl Soho. Since I was making this for a toddler, I omitted the beads for eyes and the beans for stuffing and instead used only poly fiberfill as the stuffing.

03-2008 frog for amos


2008 Needlework: Part 3

Continuing from where I left off from 2008 Needlework: Part 2 . . .

NOV. 2008 — OWL:  This was fun to stitch up on the bright fabric. Pattern is by Sublime Stitching.

11-2008 zoe's owl

NOV. 2008 — ANGEL:  I volunteered to test-stitch this cute angel pattern designed by Annie Oakleaves.

11-2008 angel - annie oakleaves design

DEC. 2008 — SOUTHERN BEAUTY:  Stitched on artist’s canvas, this was a pattern I found by way of the vintage-patterns Flickr pool.

12-2008 southern belle

DEC. 2008 — HANKIES:  The weenie-dog pattern is one I’ve stitched multiple times. It was a freebie from Orange You Lucky, although I’m not sure if it’s still available. The koi may be from Sublime Stitching, but I’m not 100% sure about that.

12-2008 dad's hankies

DEC. 2008 — BIRD & TEAPOT TEA TOWEL:  This design came from the Hoop Love vintage-patterns Flickr pool.

12-2008 laverne's tea towel

12-2008 lavernesteatowel002

DEC. 2008 — 2 BIRDS ON A BRANCH:  Another project on artist’s canvas, with a design from the vintage-patterns Flickr pool.

12-2008 two birds on a branch

12-2008 twobirdsonabranch--complete002

12-2008 twobirdsonabranch--complete003


In addition to needlework, I did several other types of crafts in 2008, which I’ll share in the next post.

2008 Needlework: Part 2

Continuing from where I left off from 2008 Needlework: Part 1 . . . 

AUG. 2008 — ST. LOUIS CARDINAL’S MASCOT:  For a family of die-hard Cards’ fans, I found a pic of the 1956-1966 Cardinals’ mascot, traced it, crayon-tinted it, and stitched it. I was pretty stoked with how it turned out, and, as a gift, it was very well received.

08-2008 St. Louis Cardinals mascot 1956-1966.JPG

AUG. 2008 — PIN-UP GIRL:  Sublime Stitching has some great pin-up girl patterns; this design was my favorite. I was trying out using seed-stitch as a filling stitch back when I made this.

09-2008 pin-up girl on hankie

AUG. 2008 — FAIRY:  A Sublime Stitching pattern, which I used as the first item stitched on my tea towel for one of the Craftster Tea Towel Tours.

08-2008 fairyformytowel - sublime stitching design

SEPT. 2008 — WINGED ROLLER SKATE:  A sweet little quickie project, using a Sublime Stitching pattern.

09-2008 llexi's skate

SEPT. 2008 — GIRL WITH SPOON (for CRAFTSTER ROUND ROBIN):  For a Craftster Tea Towel Tour. More seed-stitching, plus practicing my french knots. The pattern source is unknown Needlecrafter.

09-2008 sonjabegonia's towel

OCT. 2008 — BEACH SCENE:  I found several different coloring book images online and cobbled together this beach scene. On the other end of the towel, I stitched different sea shells (which show through a little bit on this photo).

10-2008 dini's towel - beach scene

OCT. 2008 — PEARS and CHAMPAGNE (for CRAFTSTER ROUND ROBIN):  Another design I cobbled together, based on the likes of one of my group’s participants; the wording came directly from her “Likes” list. I loved how the pear turned out; chain-stitch was a tough stitch for me back then, but it ended up working out just fine on that pear!

10-2008 gatsbygirl's towel

The remaining 2008 projects follow in the next post! (2008 Needlework: Part 3)

2008 Needlework: Part 1

[Since I deleted my prior incarnation of my Wren & Stitchy blog a few years ago, during a long, dry loss-of-stitchy-mojo spell, I’m re-starting my blog from scratch and will be posting pics of past projects, oldest to newest.]

PRIOR TO 2008, I’d done a little bit of cross-stitching in the late 1980’s & early 1990’s, then my interest fizzled out. At that time, pattern options to be found locally were limited, and what was available was not particularly appealing to my twenty-something self.

FLASH FORWARD TO 2007, when, by way of Amy Karol’s blog, I found my way to Craftster, which is where I discovered Sublime Stitching. Both Craftster and Sublime Stitching opened my eyes to fresh and modern takes on embroidery and cross-stitch, and re-ignited my interest in needlework.

I dipped my toes back into needlework by making myself a plastic-canvas case for my Nintendo DS Lite, using a tutorial from Craftster (possibly this tutorial? but I didn’t do the game controller design on the top). It felt good to be doing needlework again, and it was such an easy and fun project.

Then I moved on to Sublime Stitching’s iron-on embroidery patterns and learned how to do embroidery stitches. I quickly fell in love with the versatility of embroidery and was off and running!!

I lurked on Craftster’s embroidery & cross-stitch boards and began embroidering gifts for family and friends; eventually I joined a couple Craftster tea towel round-robins. The round-robins provided my first opportunity to finally be able to see and touch other people’s embroidery work, which was SO important in helping me better understand how the various types of stitches should look. I loved being able to see other stitchers’ work up close and personal!!

I don’t have photos of the late-2007-to-early-2008 projects I made, so the following photos are of projects from when I had 4 or 5 months’ embroidery experience under my belt.

MAY 2008 — DRAWSTRING BAGS:  These were Sublime Stitching patterns, which I stitched up and added to flannel-lined drawstring bags I’d made, to be used as GameBoy or DS bags. (I don’t recall where I found the lined drawstring bag tutorial, but it was probably a Craftster tutorial).


ireland's & rhys's bday bags 05-2008

MAY 2008 — THROW PILLOW COVER:  The patterns and the blank pillow cover were from Sublime Stitching. The pillow cover looked too sparse with just the two designs, so I free-handed the running-stitch border using a variegated DMC floss. Even now I still love how that border turned out!

05-2008 rex & lanie's pillow

JUNE 2008 — LOVEBIRDS:  I was still on the Sublime Stitching kick!

06-2008 lovebirds for melinda & ron

JUNE 2008 — SAILBOAT ZIPPERED POUCH:  I drew the design onto the zippered pouch, then crayon-tinted & embroidered it.

06-2008 sailboatzipperedpouchforchris

JULY 2008 — “FOSTER’S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS” T-SHIRT:  I drew the design onto a t-shirt, then crayon-tinted and embroidered it. Bloo and Cheese are two of our favorite characters from Foster’s, and the “flaming bunnies” episode is in our top five. My son wore this shirt until he grew out of it, and it made me so happy that he loved wearing it! (I think this shirt is actually saved in his keepsake box.) As happy as I was with how this turned out, I’d embroidered several tees for him that birthday and, by the time I was done, I’d decided no more stitching on stretchy material :P.

07-2008 foster's shirt

JULY 2008 — HUMMINGBIRD HANKIE:  A sweet Sublime Stitching design.

07-2008 hummingbirdhankieforchrisbday - sublime stitching design

More 2008 projects to follow in the next post! (2008 Needlework: Part 2)