First set finished: Kickstarter Progress

This blog is two years old! Wow!

The stitching is complete for the first set of elements, hydrogen, oxygen, and helium. The color palette red, yellow, and blue, so I used those colors pretty playfully.





I love the neat messiness of the wrong side.


The thread is DMC and the fabric is a Kona solid in Snow.














Cricket Bear!


Thank you again for all the support! This next year we hope to start offering a slow trickle of ready-to-order items off of Etsy.

Happy New Year!


Two Everyday Totes

Goodbye 2017 and thank you for the many lessons over the past year!

One of my goals is to be busier and I wanted to make something special for my Aunt, a person I admire greatly from her loving and proactive spirit. After puttering around their website, I found Purl Soho’s “Everyday Tote” pattern.

I made my own binding using Cotton + Steel’s “Fiskers” in lavender.


The pattern calls for some beautiful cotton webbing handles, but I decided to use some of the extra canvas to make handles. I also put binding on one tote’s handles, and really like the look.


The sewing took under an hour for each bag. I used a combo of Aurifil thread and Gutermann.




Cricket loves the camera.


The contrast between the gold corduroy and the blue canvas is one of my favorite parts of each tote.


I ran out of the Cotton + Steel binding and found some of this extra binding, and though why not? I’m pretty happy with the pop of color and how it adds more to the tote’s character.




I highly recommend this, and any pattern, from Purl Soho!

Thanks for stopping by all year. It has been a monumental year for Brambleton Threads. This year we not only became an LLC, had our first gallery showing, but also completed a successful Kickstarter.  We are grateful for the continued support on the blogging communties, Twitter, and from Kickstarter.

For any new eyes stopping by, thank you and enjoy!

Have a calm and safe end of the year.


Sweet Baby Quilt

I’m loving making crib quilts right now.


This is the twin to the last quilt I made. I used pink Aurifil thread and some extra grey Cotton + Steel fabric on the backing.


The batting is wool, and I like that. It adds a nice layer of puffiness.


I think this Cotton + Steel print is sweet and perfect for a tiny baby girl.


The quilting here is a bit more random, but I stuck with the basic X and straight lines to create a pretty and consistent movement.

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I hope everyone has been well.

Crib Quilt

This crib size baby quilt is 54″ x 41″ and has a cotton batting. We aren’t sure if our friend’s baby is a boy or a girl, and not knowing that allowed for me to play a lot with color and some prints. I pieced together the top earlier this year, of course using Aurifil thread. The binding are batiks I had left over from another quilt.

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This quilt reminds me of watching the sunrise over the Atlantic ocean, something I’ve been able to enjoy pretty often lately. The quilt backing fabrics are both Cotton + Steel. I love the pink’s lushness.


I used a deep gold thread to machine quilt this. In all spots that looked like a square I made an X and filled in the rest of the quilt with lines. The ocean often has pockets of smooth water on the surface and I thought of those spaces while I was making X’s.


A thank you to my husband for holding up the quilts!


I find machine quilting on cotton batting to be a lot smoother and quicker experience than with wool batting. The fibers in wool are much more like a bramble. Cotton typically settles down with itself. What do you like to use for batting?

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials for the Kickstarter Project

This Spring we launched a successful Kickstarter project (thanks again, everyone!) and are now in the process of creating the pieces. I’ve been brainstorming about each element all year and I’m thrilled to start stitching soon.


The fabric is a Kona solid in Snow. I’m pulling thread from 454 colors of DMC floss!

Lately I’ve been using watercolor to sketch out ideas, and the process has been rewarding. Here are some of the ideas I have for the elements I’ll be embroidering.









Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful August.

Watercolor Postcards

After a trip to the art store I came home with watercolor postcards and a small travel watercolor set. I haven’t used watercolor since I was in high school, but I’m back at it. To shake of the cobwebs I used Creativebug‘s Beginning Watercolor tutorial by Yao Cheng. Her teaching style is welcoming and clear.


This is a travel set offered by Winsor & Newton plus a pencil from Camel Pencil Company. I love the portability, and the affordability.


As some say, this palette is becoming seasoned!


These crescent shapes are something I’ve been playing with in pencil and pastels. The shapes came out nicely with watercolor. Yao Cheng demonstrates in her tutorials how to let colors bleed in to the other, and the effect is stunning to me.


The crescent shape is one that I love, maybe because it is almost a circle.




What have you been getting in to lately? Thanks for stopping by!