Tutorials & Patterns

Once Upon a Time Sampler: March is for Three Little Pigs!

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Hello March!

And Hello Little Pigs!

One pig was smart and built his home out of bricks. The other two guys? Not so much. They made it out with just the hand knit sweaters on their backs! That wolf, eek! He’s a real grouch. He’s the first of two wolves in this pattern.

I just finished reading Siege and Storm this morning. I have mixed feelings about it! I really enjoyed the story but I felt so annoyed by the two main characters! But then the last 15% sucked me back into the story. People usually ask me if I’m a quilter or a knitter or a cross stitcher but by far, my favorite past time is reading. I’m totally a reader. I’m looking forward to starting The Undead Pool tonight!

I cast on last month for a new Brandywine shawl. I switched from keeping track of which row I was on from paper to adobe reader…well I updated the app and lost my row! So I picked up where I thought I left off and I am WAY wrong. Now I have 3-4 rows of mistakes but I’m not sure I have it in me to pull it completely apart! I’ve done 10 or 11 repeats of the second chart, oi! Sometimes I wish I had a knitting fairy god mother who I could mail project when I get stuck! haha!

We went and saw the Lego movie today…everythingggg is awesomeeeee!!!

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Sugar is Sweet Sampler: Sneak Peek

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Helllllo Sneak Peek!

Tonight is a super fun night for Pumpkin Fans. We have our March Once Upon a Time Sampler PDF mass email scheduled and ready to go at midnight PST. The subscribers will be the first people to see the full version of Sugar is Sweet Sampler!!!!

These photos were taken last month and are *not* the complete sampler! They are just a sneak peek! :):) There is one more special element on the top that we want to keep a surprise! Over the course of the next year, we’ll be releasing a total 5 of these alphabet samplers. They range in subject matter, some are symmetrical like this one, others aren’t. All of the projects are approximately the same size and stitched on hand dyed fabric using solid floss (ie- not overdyed threads)!

In addition to Once Upon a Time subscribers receiving the first look at the brand new pattern, they’ll also receive a promo code for the Sugar is Sweet Sampler! Woohoo!

If you aren’t a subscriber, don’t worry! The pattern will go live tonight at midnight in our shop!

This project is *really* beginner friendly. It’s small- just 6.1 x 6.1 inches. For ease of stitching, start in the middle of your fabric with the middle of the chart- it’s the alphabet. Then you can work outwards. It’s very instant gratification, the desserts stitch up very fast! You’ll have generous borders and it could be framed, turned into a wall hanging or even a little pillow! I had mine framed  but I almost turned it into a zip pouch.We are stitching it on hand dyed opalescent fabric, it’s a silver-y gray with subtle brown smudges. It’s really unique and beautiful.

The palette for this project is sophisticated and sweet! It’s an assortment of pink, dark brown, pale yellow, mauve, beige and peach. It was a joy to stitch it because it’s so different than anything we’ve done in the past! I literally had to force myself not to share photos of the WIP every five seconds on instagram! I think it’s one of those projects that you could hang in a nursery and it could stay hung up all through childhood and into teen years. I plan on hanging mine in our kitchen!

We’ve teamed up with our three favorite shops for supplies for this project making supply purchasing super easy!

Picture This Plus

The Cottage Needle

The Workroom

All three shops also carry an amazing assortment of supplies and notions! If you can, try and support independent shops before heading to Michaels/JoAnns!

I’ll be posting some photos of the March edition of Once Upon a Time Sampler tomorrow :):)

Have a good weekend :):):)

Day Four at The Stitchers’ Village

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Patty invited Ashleigh & I to take part in The Stitchers’ Village 12 Days of Christmas!

Stitchers’ Village is a neat online needlework community with activities and chats! You can click on each building and visit different designers. To keep up to date with cross stitching info in the community, you can sign up to be a member.

If you click the tree in the middle of the village, you’ll be brought to a click-able room that has free ornament designs! We have a little gingerbread theme pattern for you!

Since I didn’t get a chance to blog this weekend with the holiday promo code, I’m going to give my blog friends a special chance for 25% off your total pattern purchase! From now until 12/06/2013 at 12:00am PST you can use  promo code PORKCHOP in our shop! Woo hoo!

CONTEST HAS ENDED AND COMMENTS ARE CLOSED!

Noodlehead’s Super Tote

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I’m not quite sure how I managed to complete one September goal so quickly but I’m not going to question it!

I made a Noodlehead Super Tote yesterday with Ashleigh!

We went to JoAnn’s in the morning, she had to pick out a lining for her bag and I wanted some elastic. We both found these super cute microfiber handles for $5.99 a pair…and then they rang up as $2! I think they are phasing out their bag making supplies at my local shop because they had practically nothing left and everything was on clearance! Woowoo! I love using Clover leather handles on handmade bags but I can’t always find them locally and I wanted to work on this bag with Ash!

Together we cut and sewed and watched The Suburban Stitcher podcast (that accent! that sweetness!). And drank absurdly giant RT44 iced teas. I stopped eating sugar (real & artificial) a few months ago and a mango diet green tea was an amazing treat! So good!

Let’s talk about this pattern k?

  • Super clear directions, illustrations and prints beautifully. That last one is important to me, if it’s a pdf and the pattern has you line up pieces and tape them together, nothing is more frustrating than something that doesn’t line up. Printing & taping the few pieces in this pattern is a breeze.
  • Clever design! As I was making the pleats I kept saying “oh, I LOVE this. LOVE.” The pleats allow the top of the bag that sits under your arm to have a slim profile but the bottom remains big so you can cram it full of stuff.
  • Sturdy construction!
  • Anna offered to help! This is HUGE. While I didn’t think I’d need help, I *love* when a designer goes the extra mile and stands by their pattern. Ashleigh & I do this with our patterns and seeing Anna have such a good approach to being available for help with her patterns made my day.

Here are a few of my personal changes and they reflect what I personally like in a handbag!

  • I used Pellon fusible fleece as my interfacing and I used it on the lining ONLY. Why? Because the body of my bag is a sturdy 100% wool tweed. It didn’t need anything but adding the fleece to the lining gives it a little bit more shape.
  • I lined all my pockets rather than just facing them.
  • I didn’t add the extra gusset pieces for the same reason, thick wool is thick!
  • I used commercial handles instead of making my own.
  • I did my zipper and pulls slightly differently because I made this on my featherweight with a jacket separating zipper.

Fabrics I used:

  • 100% Wool Tweed I had in my stash!
  • Fort Firefly for the outer pocket and the top of the recessed zipper!
  • Juliana Horner from JoAnn’s for the lining, I’m not sure why but this reminds me of my grandmother in a very good way.
  • A random orange lace printed fabric also from JoAnn’s for the pocket.
  • Pellon fusible fleece
  • JoAnn’s microfiber straps & a Dritz magnetic snap

Can we talk about Fort Firefly for a second? O M G. Ashleigh and I both love Teagan White. She has such an amazing style, some things are so painfully sweet, like this fabric, then she has this completely heart-wrenching macabre side that kills me. Seriously. She’s amazing. But the fabric is organic cotton, therefore, expensive. I have mixed feelings about organic cotton, sometimes it’s incredible, other times it’s quite thin and practically sheer. So we picked out the above fabrics, bought a yard of each and then split the yards in half. I love sharing fabric. ANYWAYS. When I opened the box I almost died, this cotton feels AMAZING! dreamy! perfect! It’s absolutely worth the price and the print quality is also phenom! So so so so happy! We spent the day daydreaming of dresses made from these prints too. I couldn’t bear to cut any more than I already did, that’s saying something. I’m not a fabric hoarder at all but this stuff feels like it should be something special.

One thing I personally am rotten at is knowing the size of things. I just struggle with envisioning numbers. Is it Nordstrom where their purses online have a little key that says “fits water bottle, magazine, etc”, I can’t remember, BUT I LOVE THAT. SO! Here we go!

What does a Super Tote fit?

  • An iPad in a case!
  • A knitting bag with a sock (um, also a tutorial by Anna, it’s her open wide pouch that I made giant! Did you know I like Anna? Yeah, Lizzy too a ton!)
  • A wallet! 
  • A cat pouch crammed with girl essentials, a present from my bff.
  • Part of a Single Girl Quilt top.
  • My camera (not pictured because…you know! I’m using it!)

That is pretty super. Sadly, the pattern doesn’t come with a cape. Or a super hero power. But you’ll feel pretty pleased with yourself when you finish so that’s kind of like a super power, the power to conquer sewing a new cute bag!

Anyways, I had fun and I wholeheartedly suggest this pattern! Now to find my Single Girl pattern so I can finish this top…I was hoping if I pulled it out and took some photos on it, I’d be extra motivated to finish it. ;) success!

FO: Tardis Dish Cloth, Lady Rainicorn Socks and WIPs

A little knitting has been happening lately! Woo hoo! Clearly…pink love is continuing!

I knit my first dish cloth! That’s sort of exciting I think?! I used Cascade Pima cotton in a pretty hot pink, the pattern used to be available on Ravelry & I’d downloaded it ages ago but the designer took it down. It was a fast and fun knit! Tardis = LOVE!

This is the first pair of socks I’ve finished since my Pheasants! Sock knitting hasn’t agreed with me lately which is a bummer because I made a grand goal of knitting 12 pairs of socks this year, I think it’ll be more like…6 pairs. And that’s fine! Even just ONE pair of hand knit socks is special and an accomplishment! There is no greater pleasure than a pair of cute socks!

Details:

I cast on yesterday for some new socks. These are called…nothing yet! Haha! I can’t decide on a pattern! I LOVE these ribbed ones, I haven’t knit a pair of plain ribbed socks yet and they just look so squishy and soft!

  • Yarn- Becoming Art Agave Fingering in Hummingbird…it reminds me of zombies & halloween! IDK why!
  • Needles- Quite possibly my new favorites! The *new* Kollage Squares! They are pointy…like SHARP. And I looooove them. I’m using a size 1 with a 40 inch cord…two at a time. Dreamy!

Have you made a pair of ribbed socks? Which pattern did you use? I’m working with 64 stitches! :):)

March Means…Marchy McMushroom!

March 1st equals…NEW ADDITION TO THE WOODLAND SAMPLERRRRR!!!

Soooo many people were like OMG SO MUCH STITCHING IN FEBRUARY! I’m super glad when we designed the pattern that we put this little mushroom in for March! I think it’ll help people not become too discouraged. April is going to be super fun, it has a lot of details but not so many that it’ll be overwhelming.

Can you guess who named this guy? I did. ;) Haha! Each time we come up with a pattern, I send Ashleigh these goofy little emails with a story about the character. Because I think I’m actually a daydreaming 8 year old, doodling in a notebook and laying in the grass.

Here is this guys story in email form.

“hi mushroom, what’s your name?”

“my name is marchy mcmushroom! I live in a little glass terrarium in the study of a girl who loves kit kats!”::
Can you guess who recently discovered the joy of kit kats? ;) I told Porkchop yesterday my dream milkshake would involve kit kats and potato chips. Clearly I’m craving salty & sweet. But don’t worry, I didn’t actually make that milkshake.
Actually, speaking of strange food, one last thing before I go…have you guys seen the Lay’s new flavor chips? I got a bag of chicken & waffles and a bag of sriracha. I’ve had a few of the chicken & waffles, I’ve never actually had the pleasure of eating chicken & waffles together but I’m sort of obsessed with the idea. I love…salty & sweet (I know, I’m repetitive and predictable!). One of my favorite things is breakfast sausage with maple, when I make sausage from scratch I tend to go a teeny bit overboard on the maple extract. And I lust after making this recipe ALL THE TIME but you know…clearly not a health food. ANYWAYS, the chicken & waffle chips aren’t too shabby. I can’t eat more than a 4-5 at once because they are a little much but a good rare treat!
And, you can sign up for Woodland Sampler year round! There’s no deadline, you can join whenever you want! The workroom has floss in stock for it too! We do have another club coming up, SPRINGTIME SAMPLER! I’ve been sneaking in photos on instagram but I’ll take some photos today for the blog so you guys can see it too!
It’s supposed to be 72 degrees here today and I have spring fever xten.

Long Weekend Projects

I started a little embroidery yesterday for a friend who’s having a baby. I’m super slow at embroidering so I figured I’d get a head start! I’m using this pattern, because mama-to-be is a Kurt Hasley fan. I don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or girl yet so I picked some constellation scraps for the background. Stars are gender neutral right?! ;) I super love iron on patterns, I’m the absolute worst at tracing and for some reason the whole “iron it and it’s magically on your fabric” is really magical to me. I’m a nerd. ;)

Porkchop made me a little scrap thread holder! It’s a piece of 4″ x 6″ wood that he wrapped fabric around and stapled down. Then he hammered a few nails in it and we sprayed it with a bit of glitter spray. I love it so much, I tend to just leave little piles of floss everywhere and now I have them all together with me!

I finished my Donut Quilt on Sunday night, it was the best weekend of sewing, relaxing and watching t.v. Those are the best kinds of weekends to me.

Also! Voting ended in our poll for the next patterns! We’ll be doing Japan, Australia and Ireland! Ashleigh is already designing and I’ve ordered new linen/evenweave for us this morning. I can’t wait to start stitching them and sharing sneak peeks! I was begging everyone I knew to vote for Japan, Ireland and Russia, but sadly Russia didn’t win! But once these patterns are done, we’ll have another round of voting! :):)

I hope you had a nice long weekend :)

Weekend Plans: Frosted Pumpkin Shop Update & Donut Quilt

TGIF! TGIF!!!

Today was the best mail day, all the fabrics I needed to complete my donut quilt arrived! Woo! That never happens! Usually one or two will meander in at a time but today, BAM! all at once! Although sadly the fabric I’d planned to bind the quilt with I bought in the wrong color! oops!

I spent the afternoon listening to Driving Mr. Dead & cutting this quilt out. I never listened to audiobooks until last year when Amber got me into them. Now I can’t imagine an afternoon without them! Molly Harper’s books are read by Amanda Ronconi and she takes the book up a notch. Truly *hilarious*.

This quilt is the most sweet and girly thing I’ve ever sewn. I used Lizzy’s little constellation stars for the background, a bunch of favorite pinks (and two rebel black fabrics) for the donuts and then the border I went with pearl bracelets in cotton candy. And then! I found donut fabric for the backing. That totally cracks me up!

Ashleigh & I are asking for your help! We are having a poll to decide the next countries in our Around the World Series! You can vote between now and Sunday! Full confession: I voted for Japan with my other hopes being Ireland & Russia!

We’ve also updated our shop with all the new Valentine’s Day patterns, included one we kept secret, Elements of Love! ooOOOooo!

What are you going to do this weekend? I’m cross stitching and working on this quilt. I heard a rumor someone is going to take me out for yogurt tonight. ;)

DIY Glitter Linen

Raise your hand if you love glitter!

Meee!!! I loooove glitter. Fierce. And I also love cross stitch. Combine the two and you get pure radness!

You can buy commercial glitter linen from sources like dovestitch.com but if you are like me and want the most glitter for your buck, try this!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Krylon Glitter Spray or Krylon Glitter Blast. I can only vouch for these two sprays, different brands may vary. I picked Glitter Blast in Diamond Dust & Glitter Spray in a Multicolor. The multicolor has bits of red, blue, silver, gold and green. I went with Krylon because these are acid free. I purchased these at Michael’s with a coupon. The small can is $5.99 and the large is $7.99 without a coupon. You could get a LOT of glitter linen out of each can. And they had a ton of colors, gold, silver, pink, green, etc.
  • Linen Scraps. Please try this project on scraps first, I’d hate for you to buy expensive linen and have it not work out!.
  • Either newspaper or paper bags. Or your front steps. Just a place to spray your fabric outside.

 

You really want to work on this project outside, it’s spray paint and it stinks.

I simply laid down my fabric and using even strokes, covered the fabric with the spray paint. Easy right?

Here are a few tips:

  • Let the fabric sit 24-48 hrs before you try to stitch on it. Not because it’s wet but because the fumes are crazy.
  • The fabric will be SUPER stiff. I found I liked it, but if you don’t want super stiff fabric, you probably don’t want to try this project.
  • I completed an entire project with minimal glitter shedding. Occasionally I’d look down and see a piece of glitter or two on my hands but it didn’t fall everywhere.
  • The fibers of the linen can be stuck together, meaning it’s a little easy to miscount but a few stitches in I figured it out.
  •  It WILL darken your fabric considerably. In the photo of the spray paint cans, the linen on the left has been glittered, the right hasn’t.

 

Here in this photo shows the original linen rolled up and then the glittered linens below it! Exact same one, Charles Craft Irish Linen Tea Dyed! See how light it is compared to the glittered ones?! Neat!

Look how awesome glitter floss looks with glitter linen?! This is Cosmo’s White (silver!) and it’s super dreamy looking. I’m working on a project today with this sparkle floss and I can’t wait!

See how nice the stitches pop?! This has been ironed on low with a dish towel between the iron and the linen. It is FLAT. Crisp even! Imagine the cutest bookmark ever and this could be it. Sometimes my regular projects I have to starch in order to get the crinkles out but this fabric is so stiff that the crinkles just fell out. Amazing!

Anyways, I hope you give it a try! Ashleigh & I will be releasing a line of brand new Valentine’s Day patterns on Friday, if you haven’t had a chance get, come visit us on facebook! We aren’t spammy (that’s just not our nature!), we share tips & tricks and post photos of things other folks have made from our patterns :)

It’s a Kawaii Winter Wonderland!

 

Ashleigh & I have been working on something really special the past few months and I’m excited to finally be able to press “publish” on this blog post.

We are just not ready for Dessert of the Month Club to end so we came up with a fun new secret project: It’s a Kawaii Winter Wonderland Club! We seriously love surprising you and watching our designs pop up on flickr, facebook and instagram.

This is a mystery club, meaning it’s a surprise what you’ll be stitching up but we’ll be posting sneak peeks through out the month on our facebook page. 

In November, once a week you’ll receive an email from us containing a pdf. In this pdf you’ll have 5 little blocks (these are numbered like days!) of stitching. By the time we finish sending the emails, you’ll have 25 completed blocks!

This is a countdown to Christmas or Winter. It’s completely non-denominational but of course if you wanted it to be an Advent Calendar it most certainly could be!

Some cute things you’ll be stitching:

  • nature!
  • food! (a pickle!)
  • drinks!
  • creatures! (Shhh, there is a certain owl that is ADORABLE)

Once you purchase the sign ups, you’ll receive a pdf with the complete color list and instructions, along with the stitching schedule! Woo woo!

For a limited time the signups are only $10 but they’ll rise to $16.95 on the 10th of November. We are working on a few contests and some little bonus printables for the club! And of course we do gift subscriptions if you want to stitch a long with a friend!

Any other questions, feel free to email us directly at thefrostedpumpkinstitchery AT gmail DOT com. I’m away from my computer this week so I won’t be able to answer any comments.

Winter! Winter! Kawaii! Woo! Woo!