the juki

Thanks to a very generous birthday gift last week, a pretty new sewing machine arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I think I'm in love.


2011 calendars: rosettes

So for the third calendar panel (here's one and here's two), I decided to keep things simple. I tacked down some grosgrain ribbon in the top left corner and hand-stitched three turquoise rosettes to the panel that I had made as potential wedding accessories back in 2009, but had never used. I finished the calendar by backing it with this fabric.

The calendar is simple, and came together the quickest of the three, but I love how it turned out. Now I just need to finish the fourth calendar panel which is for our house, which is currently sitting on my workbench, untouched...


featured on brides.com!

Photo by Shannon Renee Photography

Last fall, I was contacted by Brides.com to create a custom cross-stitch dog bandanna for a photo shoot that would be featured on the wedding web site. I stitched one up using some lovely yellow gingham from the local five-and-dime, and after a bit of waiting, I'm happy to report that my bandanna is among the adorable wedding day accessories for dogs that are now featured in the online photo spread!

Photo by Shannon Renee Photography

I will soon be adding a custom bandanna listing to the shop (which is now reopened after a much-needed vacation!), but feel free to contact me in the meantime if you're interested in a custom order or have any questions.


2011 calendars: embroidery

For the second 2011 calendar I worked on (here's the first), I decided to incorporate a little bit of embroidery. Using only navy embroidery floss, I stitched up a pattern designed by SeptemberHouse.

I used a variety of embroidery stitches, including the satin stitch (which I usually avoid, but now no longer fear), and I then backed the entire panel with this fabric by Kathy Davis.