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pattern // pineapple marmalade cross stitch chart

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Hey, cross stitch friends! Are you ready for your version of the Pineapple Marmalade Jam of the Month pattern? I hope so. Because this month's free cross stitch chart is here.

Some of these patterns have taken me a while to set up and post, but I don't know what it is about summer and pineapples that gets me so excited...I just couldn't wait! That summer tropical fruit motivation made it happen.

When I design cross stitch patterns, I try to keep the back stitch to a minimum. This is funny because, in embroidery, back stitch is my favorite! But for this design, it does have a little back stitch to make the markings on the pineapple. If you LOVE to back stitch and want these designs to "pop", you can always outline the jars and some elements like my friend Jess.

Pineapple Marmalade Cross Stitch Pattern


With summer designs, I think it's best to go outside for your stitching. (I say this as I have yet to stitch outside at all this year.) Get out in the shade (yes, I'm a shade girl...), breath in the fresh air, and stitch.

If you're stitching the individual designs or a whole shelf, I'd love to see. Bonus points for backyard, porch, poolside, or beach pics! Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #wildolivestitchingclub.

Cross Stitch Supplies

pattern // june's jar of pineapple marmalade

Pineapple Marmalade Embroidery Pattern


Who's ready to make some pineapple marmalade? Because it's time for another Jam of the Month embroidery pattern!

As I typed that, I just realized that this may be the only jam of the month club where you have to make the jam yourself. I'd think that was weird, but you're probably here for the making, so I'm just giving you what you want!

Anyway, this month's jar is filled with embroidered pineapple marmalade, and there's a tiny kawaii pineapple on the jar.

I've been using three strands for all of my stitching for these patterns, and mostly keeping to back stitch plus the faces. This one has two small changes to that plan. First, I used only two strands for the lines on the pineapple and I could have even gone with one strand. Everything else is three strands. And then I also added a bit of satin stitch for the pineapple bits because they're just cute that way!

Pineapple Marmalade Embroidery Pattern


Stitch this pattern, add it to your growing shelves filled with delicious jams and jellies, and then share it! Tag me on Instagram (@molliejohanson), use the #wildolivestitchingclub hashtag, or send me an email (molliejohanson at gmail dot com).

And for my cross stitch friends, your pattern is coming soon!

calendar // june's pineapple marmalade wallpapers



It's an extra-quick post for today! I'm just dropping in to drop off these new wallpapers for you. For June, it's a pineapple marmalade kind of month.

Grab a calendar and then make a batch to enjoy!


project // loved coffee cuff with stencil cutting file

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff


Remind someone (even yourself!) that they are loved with this easy freezer paper-stenciled coffee cuff! It's fast and easy to make, especially with the free SVG cutting file and a cutting machine.

You don't need to have a cutting machine though. You can hand cut the stencil for almost the same effect. Or, use the PDF template as an embroidery pattern and stitch a loved coffee cuff!

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

You will need:

A basic felt or fabric coffee cuff
Freezer paper
Cutting machine -OR - a pencil and craft knife
Iron
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush or foam paint dauber

DOWNLOAD THE LOVED SVG CUTTING FILE

DOWNLOAD THE LOVED PDF TEMPLATE

For this project, I used the same sleeve base as I did for my Serious Crafter coffee cuff (scroll down in that post to grab the download and simple instructions). But you can use your favorite pattern and just apply my stencil.

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

Use the SVG cutting file on a cutting machine to cut out a crisp freezer paper stencil. The stencil should face the right way on the non-shiny side.

If you don't have a cutting machine, trace the PDF version of the pattern onto freezer paper. Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the design.

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

Iron the stencil onto the coffee cuff.

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

Dab paint onto the stencil and sleeve. Let the first coat of paint dry, then add a second coat.

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

Peel away the stencil to reveal the design!

Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff
Loved Stenciled Coffee Cuff

I made this design so I could make gifts for some special people. I want them to know that they are loved, and I want you to know the same thing.

You are loved by me. I know we may not have met in real life or even exchanged emails or comments on social media. But I truly care about you.

And bigger than that, you are loved by Jesus. He created you and you have value. You are loved no matter what.

when you enjoy designing patterns of all kinds

Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater

My craft portfolio has always been diversified, but I feel it more these days. Especially as move into designing things like my latest knitting project, the Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater.

In one way or another, I've designed projects all my life. It started with wonky sewing projects, Perler bead fails, and a simple scarf idea that still didn't work. As I got older, I've essentially still done all of these things. But now I also make a lot of embroidery and cross stitch pattern, some English paper piecing, and most recently crochet.

Designing a sweater knitting pattern wasn't really in my plan, until I brought home a lovely bundle of yarn from England last summer. And actually, it wasn't until September that my sketch appeared. Still...was I really ready for this? The sketch was simple, so I thought I'd try to make it work.

Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater Sketch

It wasn't until January that I started swatching and trying out my plan. The first swatch was a mess. I had to figure out a better way. But then I found a classic lace stitch pattern that I loved. It's called Crest of the Wave stitch, which is where the title Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater came from.

And so yeah...I designed a sweater.

Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater

Even with the lace hem, this might be the easiest sweater you'll ever knit. You don't have to worry about shaping, there are no sleeves to set in, and the only seams are the shoulders which you graft together.

But the result is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-knit tunic. I love it with jeans, but I have a pencil skirt that I'll be pairing it with soon. It's also light and breezy, so I can find ways to wear it all year.

Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater
Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater

My favorite parts are the hems (I mean, come on...scalloped lace? I'm a sucker for scallops!) and the shoulders. Those little details just get me and make me feel like I actually designed a thing.

Graceful Waves Tunic Sweater

It feels strange at times to share all the knitting and crochet I'm working on these days. I'm supposed to be about the embroidery and such! But I'm simply expanding my needlecrafts, right?

Anyway, that's my story of how designing patterns grew into designing even more patterns. And honestly, there's so much more to come. If you're a knitter or know a knitter, I'd love it if you knit or share the Graceful Waves Tunic Pattern! You can find the FREE pattern at The Spruce Crafts and add it to your queue on Ravelry!

pattern // blueberry jelly cross stitch chart

Blueberry Jelly Cross Stitch Pattern

Hey, cross stitch fans! Your time is here, and the May Jam of the Month Club chart is ready for you to get stitching. The Blueberry Jelly pattern has cute little blueberries with teeny tiny faces, and a fun checked lid.

I'm a super slow cross stitcher, so I decided not to even try and make all the cross stitch versions of these jam jars. But that didn't stop me from grabbing the supplies. Because who can resist a craft supply photo?

Anyway, enjoy the Blueberry Jelly jar, as well as the shelf pattern with this new addition.

Blueberry Jelly Cross Stitch Pattern


If you're stitching the individual designs or a whole shelf, I'd love to see! Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #wildolivestitchingclub.

Crazy-256-Mini-makes

And if you're a cross stitch fan, you should also check out Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine! I have a set of kawaii cacti in the latest issue (number 256), plus I did an interview with them for this one too. It was Cross Stitch Crazy that got me designing cross stitch patterns, so I'm especially thankful to them.

pattern // may's jar of blueberry jelly

2019 May Jam of the Month Embroidery Pattern


Fill your shelves with the cutest jars of blueberry jelly with this free kawaii embroidery pattern!

It's May and we're stitching a jar of jolly jelly. I'm really quite smitten with this design...especially the colors. I've been a little behind on my own stitching, so it was fun to finally sit down and just stitch. The funny thing is that it only took about two hours. Why do I put these off?

For those who are new, this is the latest Jam of the Month Club pattern. If you haven't seen the rest of the patterns yet, be sure to check out the EPP shelf mini quilt that holds all the jar patterns, plus January, February, March, and April.


Have you been stitching along so far? I'd love to see your progress! Tag me on Instagram (@molliejohanson), use the #wildolivestitchingclub hashtag, or send me an email (molliejohanson at gmail dot com).

Need help learning the basics of embroidery? I can help with that!

Okay, now go and stitch a little jar with some super sweet blueberries. I promise they'll make your day berry happy!

calendar // may's blueberry jelly wallpapers



One berry, two berry, pick me a Blueberry!

I remember reading those words many, many times to a little boy I babysat when I was in high school. He LOVED the book Jamberry. And with jars of blueberry jelly lining the shelves this month, it just felt appropriate to quote a classic.

Yes, we're already up to May, and I have thoughts and feeling about it. But rather than focus on the passage of time, before you download a new wallpaper for your favorite device, I have a very important question:

When it comes to blueberry, do you vote jelly, jam, preserves, or some other variation of this? If you're not sure what the differences are, check out this helpful pin that summarizes (it also leads to a yummy-sounding savory jam!).


pattern // grapefruit jam embroidery and cross stitch designs



April ended up being a more difficult month than I anticipated. But while the month is almost over (like, in a few hours), I couldn't let it go by without posting my free patterns for the month. So without much ado, I present the Grapefruit Jam embroidery and cross stitch patterns!


I sincerely apologize for letting this go so long this month. AND for not having another one stitched just yet. But tomorrow starts a new month and a new shot at getting better. That goes for all of us. Because yay for fresh beginnings!

printable // holy week verse cards

Holy Week Printable Verse Cards


It's almost Holy Week, and I like to find my own Wild Olive ways of remebering, observing, and celebrating the most important week in history. This year I'm sharing these printble verse cards with you. The artwork is based on the Holy Week felt garland I made a few years ago.

These cards are a great way to learn a few verses from this week in Jesus' life, to mark these sections of your Bible, set around in your home to see Scripture daily, or even to add in to your Bible journaling.

Holy Week Printable Verse Cards
Holy Week Printable Verse Cards

All you need is some card stock and a pair of scissors.

I recommend printing the cards at the highest quality setting on your printer. You can also send this to an office supply print shop.

While I ask that you not use these commercially, I do love it when people share my work. Feel free to print as many as you want to give away, whether to a friend or your entire church.


Holy Week Printable Verse Cards
Holy Week Printable Verse Cards

For the cards, I could have chosen a lot more verses and icons to go with them. But I went with Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. I'll also be sharing these on Instagram (I'm @molliejohanson there) on these key days, with some reflections.

Holy Week Printable Verse Cards
Holy Week Printable Verse Cards

Allow me to be candid. Sometimes I question whether I should put face on these objects that we connect with things that are holy. Like, do I cross a line by making communion cute? But here's the thing: my faith — my relationship with Jesus — is in every part of me. Or at least that's my hope! And making things cute is part of me, so why wouldn't I make these kawaii faith icons?

"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work (for me, that means drawing cute things), and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him."

Romans 12:1 The Message (parentheses added by me!)

Holy Week Printable Verse Cards

May your Holy Week and your everyday ordinary life be filled with good things and God things!