How to make a simple brooch using felt circles and embroidery

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Sometimes, the simplest thing can be a winner. This brooch is made from four circles cut from felt using pinking shears and is embellished with just a touch of embroidery. Children can make them too. What a fun holiday craft to do on a rainy or overcast day. 1.  Draw four circles of slightly varied sizes onto sheets of tracing…

‘Felt Designs on Calico’ Embroidery Hoop Art

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I needed a sign.  A sign for my craft/writing/webinar/life organising room. What do you think? I think this just about sums it up perfectly. Why not make your own perfectly imperfect sign too? How to make your own Calico embroidery hoop art. First, you need to prepare the calico. Then it’s just a matter of cutting out your design from…

Embroidery Hoop Art Template Preparation

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I love a blank slate for creative inspiration, and I adore cheap and cheerful crafts too.  Embroidery hoop art meets all these necessary requirements.  Right now, my creative brain is in washing machine mode- agitating the dirt to make way for fresh, new ideas.  Maybe yours is too? But we can prepare for the new fruits of our imaginations, can’t…

Whip (saddle) stitch, a step-by-step photographic tutorial

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Whip stitch, also called saddle stitch, is one of those staple, quick and easy stitches that should be in your repertoire.  It can be used to join two pieces of fabric together, to close or seal an area or for decoration too. Here we go. Hold your two pieces of fabric together.  Thread your needle with a length of cotton, in…

Stem Stitch Tutorial

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  Stem stitch is my favourite stitch for embroidering words or outlining detail. It is such an elegant looking stitch, don’t you think?     Draw your design on your material with a pencil or chalk.  Practice on a straight line.  Curves are more tricky as you sometimes have to switch from side to side with your backward jump to…

Spider Web, or Rose, Stitch tutorial

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  Another embroidery stitch I love is the ‘Spider Web’ or ‘Rose’ stitch.     Simply find the place on your material where you wish to place the spiderweb/rose. Thread a needle with a long piece of cotton and bring it up from underneath the fabric. The knot at the end of your string will stop the thread coming right…

Back stitch tutorial

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  The three most important stitches that I use are Blanket Stitch, Gathering/Straight Stitch and Back Stitch. When I worked in the kindergarten, these were the three essential skills they needed to tackle just about any crafty challenge. If 4 and 5-year-olds can master it, then anyone can. Yay for easy crafty expertise!   This is back stitch.    …

Star Stitch tutorial

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  I often like to make little quick embroidery stitches on my projects. The Star Stitch is one of my favourites. Of course it is, my former blog identity wasn’t MamaMoontime for no reason!  Night skies and stars are my world. Yours too?     Just thread a needle and be sure to tie a knot in the end of…

Gathering (or Straight) Stitch: A how-to tutorial

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  If you know just a few basic stitches, you can pretty much sew anything. My favourites are blanket stitch, gathering stitch, backstitch and daisy stitch and a bullion knot for embroidery embellishing.     Children can do them too. Simply thread a needle, tie a knot on the tail to stop the thread going right through, and bring the…