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Entries in beginning embroidery (3)

Embroidery Inspiration

By April

It’s nice to have an embroidery project in the works, it travels well and is a true way to sit and enjoy the art of making, one stitch at a time.

This is a vintage piece that I cherish and it inspires me. This is from a flour sack tea towel made into an apron. Grab a flour sack tea towel next time you are in the shop they make a great pallet for embroidery.

We carry this pattern from Anna Maria Horner.  It includes directions on how to stitch all sorts of styles of embroidery stitches.  I can imagine a great monogrammed gift from this lovely pattern.

Perle Balls of Floss are such a treat. No need to separate strands and great for projects that require lots of one color. 

I recently took a camping trip here in Oregon, the river we camped on was just full of newts.  They are so cute!

Sassy Spurs and Penguin and fish patterns shown above.  We have a few other state patterns in stock from Sassy Spurs: California and Idaho. Each state pattern includes the outline of the state, it’s capitol, official bird, flower and a landmark of significance.  You can choose to make the pattern as shown or pick and choose from the graphics.  We carry Penguin and fish alphabet animal patterns from A to Z.  These were just a few of my favorites.

Stock up on Floss for your next project.  Road trip, long plane ride or lazy days of summer with the kids…. embroidery is a great way to go.

Flossin' embroidery style

by April

Showing off our ever growing embroidery selection. Ten packs of dmc floss are now available in our own color combos, just a few shown below.  There are some new colors of size 8 perle balls and sashiko floss.

Ten pack floss “Rainbow”

Ten pack floss “Fall Style”

Ten Pack floss “Tutti Frutti”

Ten pack Floss “Hair and Fur”


Finca brand perle balls in a rainbow of colors.  Great for embroidery, tying quilts and hand quilting.


 Sashiko Floss in cream, black, navy, white, red and turquoise



Just In: Summer Fabric, little projects

By- April

A fresh shipment of oilcloth is here! Get ready for those summer picnics and backyard bar-b q’s, after all isn’t today the real start of summer in Portland.

  Totally into gardening?  These are by Hoodie, bold graphics for the gardener, food lover or gnome affectionado.

This next batch is printed on organic cotton. Tossed Vikings, Vikings in ships and a complimentary cross hatch print.

Have kids that are needing some busy work for these summer days? These kits are a great little project to get the beginning embroiderer a start. By Penguin and Fish, a cute gift recommended for ages 8 and up.  Everything is included: the hoop, the floss, a needle, fabric, an iron on transfer and complete instructions with the pattern.  Once done they can be hung on the wall as art, complete with a tiny ribbon to finish off the top.  (Not shown Alligator, monkey, fox and many more)