March 21, 2021

Tiny Treasures Pincushions

 



My Tiny Treasures book is loaded with miniature hand embroidery designs.  I thought it would be fun to show you some options for using these stitcheries. 

In this post, I'll show you how I used a single design to create a little hexie pincushion.


The first thing you'll need to do is stitch up one of the embroidery designs and create a 1" hexie with it.
Choose 3 coordinating fabrics.
Create 6  - 1" hexies (3 each of 2 fabrics) for the sides.
Create 1 - 1" hexie for the bottom.

I like to use the Hugs 'n Kisses Iron-On hexie papers.  These are ironed in place and stay there after your stitching is complete.  They are firm enough to hold their shape well while stitching.  If you give them a gentle hand wash when you are finished with your stitching, the fibers loosen and they become quite soft.
Instead of hand basting, I use a Sewline Glue Pen.
For more information about the Iron-On papers and the Glue Pen, please see my previous post.

Start by sewing the 6 hexie sides onto each side of the center embroidered hexie alternating between the two side fabrics.
Add the bottom hexie to one of the 6  side hexies.


Sew the side hexies together. Fold them as you go so that the right sides are on the inside of the pincushion.
Continue sewing until all of the sides are sewn leaving 2 seams open along the bottom.
Baste these 4 sides seams.  
Gently wash in warm water and agitate to soften the fibers if you are using the iron-on papers.  
Turn the pincushion right side out.


You can see how soft-looking they are now that they are washed.


This part is optional, but I think it really finishes it off nicely.
Using 50" of a coordinating DMC floss (all 6 strands), and a Kreinik Custom Corder, I made a 10" length of pretty cording.
*The rule of thumb I use for making cording is to cut a length 5 times the finished length I need.

Using 1 strand of the same floss, whip stitch the cording around the top center hexie leaving a 2" tail at the beginning and end.  Tie a square knot where they meet.  Tie a knot about 1/2" up the tails and trim the ends. 
*This could be done earlier in the process, but I wanted to do it after I washed the project.

Sew up one of the open seams leaving just one seam open.


Now it's time to stuff this beauty.
You can use a soft stuffing material or ground walnut shells.  I love ground walnut shells so I went that route.
Keep in mind you need to use VERY small stitches if you use the ground walnut shells!
A funnel is very helpful when filling pincushions.  Keep pushing it in with your finger and fill it as much as you possibly can.
*I buy my ground walnut shells at my local pet store.  They are used for pet bedding.


Hand stitch the final seam closed.
Remove the basting stitches.


How fun and quick was that!? 
You can also add lavender to the filling to make it a sachet/pincushion.
These would make lovely gifts for your stitching friends.  



Please share your finished projects and tag me - KathySchmitz

I hope you like this project!  I'll share more projects using the embroidery designs from Tiny Treasures in the future!

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February 24, 2021



I'm so excited to share my book Tiny Treasures with you!
I thought it would be helpful for me to show you how I like to trace my patterns, make my hexies, and any other helpful tips I can think of.

The first step I take is to make a copy of the designs onto the paper side of a piece of freezer paper.  The freezer paper is available in 8 1/2" x 11" sheets which feed smoothly through an inkjet printer. *NEVER USE A LASER PRINTER WITH FREEZER PAPER.
Simply place the pattern page from the book onto the scan bed of the inkjet printer.  Load the freezer paper so it will print on the paper side and make a copy.
The one thing I will point out is this will give you a finished design in REVERSE of the original.  This really doesn't make a difference with most of the designs, however, there are a few designs with letters or numbers which are directional so this method won't work for those designs.
You can find a pack of 10 freezer paper sheets HERE.

Cut the designs apart keeping the pattern number attached for reference.

12 designs fit nicely on a piece of fabric 12" x 14".
Space the designs about 1 1/2" - 2" apart.
Iron them onto the WRONG side of your fabric using a DRY iron.  The wax side of the freezer paper will melt a bit and adhere to the fabric.



Using a lightbox or a window trace the designs AND the pattern number. This will be helpful when referencing the stitch and color guide in the book.
I used a Pilot FriXion pen to trace the designs.  The lines will disappear with the heat of an iron when the embroidery is complete. 

 

Remove the freezer paper and stitch up the designs following the stitch and color guide in the book.

Press the finished embroidery on the wrong side.
Using a fussy cut 1" hexagon template, trace around the outside of the hexie template.
I found this template I love on Etsy at - Hey Hexie!
She has a huge assortment of sizes.  I went with the 1" hexagon with a 3/8" seam allowance.


Cut the hexagon out.  I use my favorite micro-serrated KAI scissors.
The tiny teeth grip the fabric and make cutting small pieces a snap.  They are also great for cutting applique shapes out of wool too.


Place a 1" hexagon EPP paper on the wrong side, centered.  I LOVE using the 
Hugs 'n Kisses Iron-On EPP papers.  They work great!  No need to remove them in the end.  After a gentle hand wash the fibers break down and soften nicely.
Iron the paper in place (centered). Of course, you can always use regular 1" EPP papers too.

Basting is always an option, but I prefer to use the Sewline Glue Pen.  Works like magic!
Make a glue line on one edge.


Fold over and repeat with the next side.


And now you have your first Tiny Treasures hexie!


If you plan on making the 16" x 20" My Favorites framed piece as shown at the top of the post, you will need 65 of the hexies and 99 1" triangle hexies.  Both Iron-On EPP papers can be found on my website under 
Fabric, Thread, Notions, Kits - Notions
I'll go over piecing this together in a later post.

Make sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don't miss the fun projects I will be sharing using the designs from the Tiny Treasures book!  

Happy Stitching!


 

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October 26, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - finishing directions!

All of your snowflakes are in place and it's time to wrap this project up.

I hope you have had a fun time stitching up these snowflakes with me.  
May this stitchery be a treasure to add to your winter table decor for years to come!


Step 1
Trim away the excess wool leaving about 3/8" extra past the edge of the snowflakes.  This will be hidden by the trim so if your cutting isn't perfect that's OK!  Take a close look at mine and you'll feel better.


Step 2
We will now use the rest of the Sulky12wt thread and the chenille yarn to trim around the table runner.  

Leave a 1" tail when you start your whipstitches.  You will overlap the two ends about 1/2", trimming away the extra chenille trim, and secure them in place with whip stitches.


A whipstitch is a very easy stitch.  Simply stitch through the wool wrapping the thread over the chenille trim. The nice thing about this chenille trim is that it's so fluffy the thread is hidden easily!

Download these directions here -
Snowdrift Table Runner


I hope you have enjoyed stitching up this table runner with me!  I hope to see pictures of your finished table runners adorning your winter table. 

Thank you so much for your support throughout the years.  I feel very
lucky to share my creations with you.
Most Sincerely,
Kathy Schmitz


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October 19, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - snowflake #12


Whiteout! 

Snowman joke -
Who is Frosty's favorite Aunt?
Aunt Artica!



 Snowflake #12

Using simple stitches and a bead, these a little snowflakes stitch up fast.

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 #12
Click HERE to download the snowflake pattern



Next week will be the final post for the Snowdrift table runner!  I will show you how to finish up this wintery project.  I can't believe how fast this stitch along has gone!

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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October 12, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #11

A Blanket of White

Snowman joke -
Where do snowmen keep their money?
In a Snow Bank


 Snowflake #11

We are getting closer to the end!  I love seeing the pictures you are posting on Instagram and Facebook!  

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 pattern



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

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October 5, 2020

Snowdrift Table Runner - Snowflake #10

Snowdrifts! 

Snowman Joke -
Why did Frosty go to the middle of the lake?
Because snow man's an island!


 Snowflake #10

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 #10
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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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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