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Some October Sights

One of the great parts of being an Artist-in-Residence with Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association is the time I spend in Red Rock Canyon.

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Cricket loves his K9 Sport Sack.

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Olive cools off in a rock.

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A portrait of a desert tortoise crossing paths with us.

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Hope you had a wonderful month. Onward!

October Workshops at Red Rock Canyon

September is awesome. This Fall I’m an Artist-in-Residence, along with two other amazing artists, at the Red Rock Canyon Interpretative Association. The residency dates run from October 1st through the 14th, with embroidery workshops on October 4th and October 11. My classes will focus on stitching the impressive Red Rock Canyon landscape. Call the number on the flier to sign up. Hope to see you soon!

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Rocks in Round

Rain clouds stopped by last week allowing us to trek midday with the pups to Red Rock Canyon. It’s a stunning landscape with much for the eye to catch, making me itch for extra time out there to hike, think and imagine.

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I sat down immediately when home and started stitching this idea. The coloring stitches aren’t finished yet, but the piece is pleasing to the eye already.

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Back stitch and straight stitch are being employed here. The thread is DMC.

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The photography professor I studied with encouraged shooting around 7 AM & PM for interesting lighting. Today I caught shadows.

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Husband!

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How was your weekend? What did you make?

Greeting Card Tutorial: Embroidery!

A thank you to all that have stopped by & looked, liked, commented, or a combination of all three. Deciding to start a blog wasn’t easy for me due to introversion, but that was a feeling I pushed aside to forge ahead.

The way I typically thank those in my life is through a greeting card. With the internet being my platform here, I thought it best to provide a greeting card tutorial. The embroidery greeting card first came in to my life in the form of tiny hearts I cut out. I embroidered my friends’ initials or names in the hearts. Many of the tiny hearts were cut  without a thought about templates and I hadn’t learned back-stitch yet (my favorite right now)! This is the sophisticated version, using calligraphy style script, of those sweet little hearts. The embroidery greeting cards don’t take much time, but make a big impact on the recipients!

Materials:

  • Card-stock or any type of paper you would like to use for a card. Firm is better here.
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Embroidery Thread
  • General Purpose Thread
  • Pencil & Eraser
  • Scissors

1.  Measure the paper to to size of card you would like. Here I cut the paper down to 6 1/2″ x 11″.

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2.  Fold the paper in half hamburger style. I used my fingers to set the crease.

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3.  Free hand draw what you might like on the card. Typically I write “Happy Birthday, _____!”, or if for a couple I draw both their names with a heart in-between. Don’t worry about using fancy script, because everything looks beautiful once embroidered.

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4.  Poke holes in the card every couple of millimeters or centimeters. The closer the holes are the more likely of a collapse of the card-stock between the spaces. The further apart the holes the larger the stitches will be and this will make the card faster to complete. A variety of stitch lengths are used in the making of this tutorial for demonstration.

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5. Pick your colors and embroider! I like to use french knots for periods. The thread may feel bulky and stiff, but this is because paper is a more firm fiber than cloth overall!

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6. I prefer to hide the knots inside the card, but if you are feeling bold you may leave them on the outside of the card.

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7. The corners have to be secured since the card will not close flat on its own. I used general purpose thread to anchor each corner with an X, but you could as easily use embroidery thread. I tied the knots to the back of the card.

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8. Admire & fill out your card to send away. Or you might use the card as a wall hanging for your inspiration board.

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Thank you for reading & I hope everyone has a lovely week. Please feel free to share any made embroidery cards!

Embroidery Work

Embroidery first entered my life through a sampler of a kitten in a dress given to me by my grandmother. Over the past couple of years, with the help of a few books and fantastic people, I’ve started to feel more comfortable with floss & needle. This Alison Glass sampler caught my eye while browsing Super Buzzy & I started it as soon as possible. IMG_4785.jpgIMG_4788.jpg

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Backstitch is beautiful, versatile & fun. It is my favorite stitch. I love that this sampler has opportunity abound for backstitching & look forward to trying some of the others in the collection.

What samplers are you working on?