September 28, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #9

Still Snowing!

Snowflake trivia -
Colorado holds the record for the most snow to fall in a single calendar day. 
On December 4, 1913, 63 inches of snow fell on Georgetown, Colorado.  


Snowflake #9


Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #9
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!

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Snow Cones pattern and KITS go on sale Wednesday, September 30th at 9:00am west coast time!


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September 21, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #8

A snowstorm is brewing!  

Snowflake trivia -
According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflake in the world was 15" wide and 8" thick.  This was recorded on 28th January 1887 by Matt Coleman at Fort Keogh, Montana.  I'm not sure if I believe Matt.  


Snowflake #8
Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #8
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!

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SNOW CONE FUN!
The Snow Cone patterns will come with a card of vintage Christmas images.   Cut them apart and dip the sides in Elmer's Glitter Glue to add a little sparkle to the cones!




Aren't they fun?!  These little clothes pins worked great to hold them while they dried.  I didn't dip the bottom of them because it will be hiding inside of the cone.

Snow Cones pattern coming soon!










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September 20, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #7


Baby, it's cold outside!

Snowman joke -
What does the snowman like to ride?
An "icicle"


Snowflake #7


Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #7
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!

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Snow Cones!


The Snow Cones pattern will be ready shortly!  This pattern will include directions for making these 6 wool cones PLUS a sheet of vintage Christmas images to add to your cones!
You will need a piece of wool 14" x 14" to create these 6 cones.
KITS!
I'm assembling 48 kits filled with greens, berries, bells, the pattern, and more!
These kits, and the pattern, will be available on my website on September 30th at 9am Pacific time.  Mark your calendars! I will remind you again when the date gets closer.

Kits will be listed under the "KITS" tab.
KIT - $24.99 Includes the pattern / add wool for $4.00 more.
*The cones in the picture are filled using 1 of the KITS



The cording is made from DMC Ecru floss using a Kreinik Cord Winder.
1 skein of floss is enough to create the cording for 3 Snow Cones.
You will need 2 skeins for all 6 Snow Cones.



Thanks again for stitching along with me!
Kathy









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September 7, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #6


Snow! Snow! Snow!

Snowman joke -
What do vampires get when they bite snowmen?
Frostbite



Snowflake #6

Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #6
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!

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Snow Cones



Last week I shared my new pattern, Snow Cones, with you and talked about the "aged" jingle bells I attached to the points of the cones.  Today I want to share how easy it is to take the store-bought shine off of jingle bells.

You will need - 
jingle bells, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, salt, glass bowl, towel




step 1 -
Place the jingle bells in a glass dish or bowl and cover the jingle bells with vinegar.
Let stand for several hours or overnight.


step 2 -
Remove the jingle bells from the vinegar (discard the used vinegar), and dry the bells on an old towel.


step 3-
After they are dry(ish) place them in a glass dish or bowl and cover them with hydrogen peroxide.


step 4-

Pour a generous amount of salt over the bells and mix it up with the hydrogen peroxide.
Let it sit and do its thing for several hours or overnight.


I didn't have quite enough hydrogen peroxide to fully cover the bells so I will shake it up every once in a while and it should work fine.

The pattern, Snow Cone, will be available soon!
*You can make 6 Snow Cones from a 12" x 14" piece of wool

Happy Stitching!
Kathy





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August 31, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #5


Let it snow!

Snowflake joke -
What is a snowflake's school grade based on?
Class precipitation. 



Snowflake #5


Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #5
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!

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Extra wool? 



I've been busy designing these little Snow Cones as a way to use up extra wool, beads, vintage buttons, and Christmas ephemera.  The pattern will include a 4" x 6" color card with 12 little Christmas images.  Cut them out, add a touch of Elmer's® Glitter Glue, and they look awesome peeking out of the cone along with greens, berries, candy canes, and more. 
The pattern is called Snow Cones and will be available for purchase in the near future!

There will be kits of the "stuffing" goodies -
red glitter berries, chenille stem candy canes, metal snowflake and star charms, artificial greens, a wooden glitter reindeer, miniature Christmas bulbs, 6 aged jingle bells.  There will be enough in the kit to fill 6 cones.
I will give you a heads up before I post the kits on my website as there will only be 50 kits available.


In the meantime, here are a few places you can find the Elmer's Glitter Glue 


The gorgeous cording I made myself!
 It's simple and fun using the Kreinik Custom Corner. 
 It turns simple DMC floss into pretty cording fast.

The Kreinik Custom Corder is available HERE
DMC Ecru floss available HERE
*1 skein will create enough cording for 3 cones.

Want to "age" your own jingle bells?  I'll show you how in next week's post.

Happy Stitching!
Kathy

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August 24, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #4



A snowstorm is brewing!  

Snowflake joke -
ENTER PASSWORD: "snowflake"
Confirm password: "snowflake"
Error, your passwords are not alike


Snowflake #4

Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #4
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and previous snowflake patterns.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!
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August 17, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #3



Let it snow! 

Snowflake trivia -
Frances Chickering, from Maine, was the first person to cut out snowflakes after studying the snowflakes 
on her window sill.  She published a book of her paper snowflakes in 1864 called Cloud Crystals.

Snowflake #3


The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

A whipstitch is a very simple stitch to connect the two pieces of wool together.

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August 10, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #2

A snowstorm is brewing!  

Snowflake trivia -
The smallest snowflakes are called Diamond Dust crystals. They might be as small as the diameter of a human hair.
I'm very glad my snowflakes are larger than that!


Snowflake #2

Using simple stitches, adding buttons, and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool. 

SNOWFLAKE #2
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern

Please visit the previous blog posts for the initial instructions, the supply list, and the first snowflake pattern.

Share a close up of your snowflake on Instagram with #SnowdriftTableRunner and tag me!



Do you have extra wool?  So do I!  I'm playing around with different ways to stitch it up and I'll be sharing those designs in the upcoming weeks.  Hang onto that wool!


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August 3, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #1

A snowstorm is brewing!  

Snowflake trivia -
Did you know snowflakes always have six sides?
I took some liberties designing these snowflakes : )

Snowflake #1


Using simple stitches, adding buttons and beads, this a pretty quick snowflake to stitch up.
The first step is to whip stitch the small circle to the medium circle using the Sulky 12wt thread.
  Then embroider these two before stitching them onto the large circle.  

If you look closely at my snowflake it's pretty obvious that my stitches are not uniform and that's perfectly OK!  Nothing in nature is perfect so my stitching isn't either.  There isn't a need to trace the design.  These are simple enough to eyeball.  If you feel you need a little help, you can use a Pilot FriXion pen which will disappear with the heat of an iron or another type of temporary marking tool.  

SNOWFLAKE #1
Click HERE to download the Snowflake pattern


Please visit the previous blog post for the initial instructions and the supply list.




Start by basting or "sticking" the small circle to the center of the medium circle


Using the Sulky thread, whip stitch the two circles together.


Using the Valdani thread, sew the button in place following the directions (not all of the buttons are sewn on in the same fashion).




Now start stitching the fun stuff! Start with the stitches that are in line with the button stitch.


One done, time to move on!


Complete the 4 sections first and then continue with the stitches in-between.


This makes spacing much easier.


Time to start the next circle.  This is a simple lazy daisy with two stitches coming from the base.


Lazy Daisy's are easy peasy.



Stitch the stitched circles to the larger circle using the Sulky thread and a whip stitch.
When you start the embroidery stitches, eyeball directly out from the middle stitches as shown.

Stay safe out there!
Kathy



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July 13, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Let's Begin!


There is something magical about snow.  Living in Portland, Oregon, we only get a few inches a year if we're lucky.  When we do get a good snowstorm (3"- 4"), it's a white wonderland! 
All of the kids come out and sled down the Henry street hill.  We live at the bottom of the hill and what a treat it is to watch everyone having so much fun in the snow while I stay warm and dry by the fire. 


The Snowdrift table runner is a new FREE stitch-along pattern!  

I hope you will join me, and together we will complete a 12 1/2" x 20 1/2" felted wool table runner, covered in snowflakes, by November.





This table runner is my effort to make a snowscape of sorts for my dining room table.  With simple stitches, we will create 12 different snowflakes starting July 13th and finishing up on October 26th.

Click HERE to download the Snowdrift 

intro pattern and supply list

Gather your supplies:

Felted wool in your choice of color - 26" x 26"
*see cutting diagram below for more specific information on yardage needed

To felt wool wash it in HOT and rinse in COLD.  A top-loader is best, but I have a front loader so I added some tennis balls, towels, and other items to agitate the wool.  Use a mild detergent.  Then dry on HIGH heat and you are ready to go!


Valdani 12wt Pearl cotton O 514 Wheat Husk - 1 ball
This is a beautiful variegated thread that looks good with a variety of ivory colored wools
Need some?  It's available HERE

Sulky 12wt thread Deep Ecru 712 1149  1 - petite spool
This is the thread used to whip stitch the wool circles in place.  Regular sewing thread would also work for this purpose.  
Need Sulky? It's available HERE

11 Ivory Buttons - 1/2" with 4 holes
It would also be cute to use a variety of antique ivory colored buttons in a variety of sizes.  The buttons need 4 holes.
Need buttons? They are available HERE

Ivory seed beads - approximately 100
Need beads? They are available HERE

Chenille yarn trim - 2 1/3 yards
This type of yarn is available at most craft stores by the skein.  
It is also available by the yard HERE

***optional***
KAI Micro Serrated Scissors
These are super fabulous scissors for cutting applique shapes.  The mirco-serrated edges catch and hold the fabric without slipping.
Find them HERE

Freezer Paper
Print the circle template pattern directly on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" freezer paper
Packs of 10 are available HERE


Homework:
Step 1.
Cut the wool according to the instructions in the printout.
Background piece - 14" x 22"
Large 4" circles - 11
Medium 2 1/2" circles -11
Small 1 1/2" circles - 19
Print the circle template page onto the paper side of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of freezer paper.

After ironing the wax side of the freezer paper to the wool (bottom right corner), cut out the circles.  Peel off the freezer paper and continue ironing these circles templates onto the wool until you have all that is needed. The freezer paper can be used over and over!

cutting diagram



Place the large circles onto the background fabric centered top and bottom, side to side.
I added the other circles to make sure I had enough and to get a glimpse of the future ; )


Baste the large circles in place.



Hide the knots under the circles and whip stitch using the 12wt Sulky thread (not the Valdani).

On the backside pull the thread between the backing and the circle to keep the back neat.


Now you are all ready to go!!!

The first snowflake pattern will be shared here on my blog on Monday, August 3rd.
More snowflake patterns will be shared the following Monday's until October 19th.
The final finishing directions will be shared on October 26th, 2020.

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Click HERE to download the Snowdrift 
intro pattern and the supply list



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