Monday, July 18, 2016

"Citrus Motifs" Design Featured in Just CrossStitch Magazine

Wow, summer is just flying by! The August issue of Just CrossStitch magazine is on newsstands now, and my citrus design is inside. The design features bright slices of orange, lemon, and lime--cross-sections of avacado and kiwi too (they may not be citrus, but they certainly are summery). The bottom left photo shows some of the detail. 

If all that fruit is intimidating, you can stitch just one slice of citrus on perforated paper and make it into a refrigerator magnet. By the way, don't you just love that beautiful flamingo on the cover by Marie Barber?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Farmer's Market Tote

It's farmer's market season again--time to stock up on the fresh fruits and veggies our local farmers grow. I bring this canvas tote along to carry the zucchinis, carrots, beets, and greens I buy. 

The vegetable shapes are cut from wool-blend felt sheets and appliqued to a felt background panel. Simple embroidery stitches--backstitch, split stitch, French knots, satin stitch, and straight stitch--add color and texture to the veggies. If you're intimidated by this project, don't be--it's easier than it looks. I purchased the canvas tote ready-made at Michael's and just sewed the appliqued panel to it. 

This design was originally published in the 2015 Garden Issue of Craft Ideas magazine. Click here to go to the instructions on the Craft Ideas website. You'll find a link to the patterns there too.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer Craft Roundup

Happy Fourth of July! To celebrate, I've rounded up six of my favorite summertime crafts. They're all simple projects that you can cross-stitch, crochet, stitch, or craft. Click on the title of the project below to visit its original blog post. 

Use embroidery floss and crocheted chain stitch to transform a piece of colored sea glass into a unique pendant.

This simple paper star garland can be a family project--grownups can do the tracing and cutting, the kids can glue the layers of stars together with glue stick.

Another easy crochet accessory. This one uses paillettes (oversize sequins) and embroidery floss to create a frothy necklace.

A little cross-stitch sun replaces the clock face on this wrist watch. Who cares what time it is when you're on vacation?

To make this summer accessory, embellish a scrap of pretty fabric with embroidery and mount it in a pendant setting.

This fresh felt watermelon basket looks good enough to eat. You can use it to hold coasters or other tabletop trinkets.