Monday, February 27, 2017

New Designs in "Just CrossStitch" and "Craft Ideas"

What a great way to end the month! Spring issues of two of my favorite magazines came out, and my designs are featured in both of them. You can find my appliqued flower sachets (above) in Craft Ideas. They're filled with dried lavender and make a pretty spring or Easter gift.

If you're a cross-stitcher, you might like my Ireland Sampler in the April issue of Just CrossStitch (that's it on the cover below). You can find my Ho, Ho, Ho Ornaments in the magazine's "Christmas Stitch" section. It's always Christmas when you're a crafter, right? I'm also super honored that the nice people at Just CrossStitch featured me in the issue's "Designer Q&A" page.

Happy (almost) Spring, all--and happy stitching!  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mini Felt Robots

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

These miniature robot ornaments are made from some pretty low-tech materials--wool-blend felt, buttons, snaps, and embroidery floss. They hang out on the bulletin board in my craft room, where we can keep an eye on each other, but you could also clip them to a backpack or use them as decorations in an older child's bedroom.

The inspiration for this project came from my love for 1950s sci-fi movies and a need to use up some of the odds and ends that had accumulated in my sewing box. I started with National Nonwovens WoolFelt® in Denim, Smokey Marble, Confederate Blue, Silver Grey, Black, Strawberry Parfait, and Opal. I created simple body shapes and then added felt appliques and simple embroidery to create the "control panels" and other details. The buttons and snaps are sewn on with metallic embroidery floss. If you want to have a go at making your own little robots, print the patterns below and size them so they're about 4 1/2 inches tall.  

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

Use the photos above and below as reference to create details, such as panels, eye bands, and mouths on the front pieces of the robots. When you're happy with your designs, sew the robot fronts to the backs with running stitching, stuffing them lightly with polyester fiberfill as you go. I added jump rings and key chains to my robots for hanging, but you can use ribbon, chain, or another material you have in your craft supply stash.

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

This project was originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Quilts and More magazine, which includes detailed instructions and patterns for making these little robots. The print issue is no longer available, but you can click here to peek inside and order the digital issue.

Images used with permission of Quilts and More magazine and Meredith  Corporation.  Copyright 2015.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cross-Stitch Hearts & Arrows

Don't wait for someone to surprise you with a Valentine's Day gift--make one for yourself! Aren't these hearts-and-arrows cross-stitch pendants sweet? And better yet--they're super simple to make.

If you follow this blog, you know how much I love these jewelry settings from the Etsy shop Kailea. I stitched my hearts and arrows on 18-count white Aida, so the finished pieces fit perfectly in the rectangle pendant setting. Follow the charts below to stitch your own. I used two strands of DMC six-strand embroidery floss in 3831 Dark Raspberry, 3852 Very Dark Straw, 995 Dark Electric Blue, and 996 Medium Electric Blue. It's not a traditional Valentine's Day palette, so feel free to substitute pinks, reds, or your own favorite colors.

Cross-Stitch Hearts & Arrows   ©2017 Kathleen Berlew

Cross-Stitch Hearts & Arrows   ©2017 Kathleen Berlew
This project was originally featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Craft Ideas magazine. Click here to go to the instructions and charts on their website.