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stitch swap: pattern ideas

a fun little canvas for stitches!
(Image by Rachel of Stitched in Color.)

Already so many of you have gotten started on your work for the Stitch Swap. It's really been so fun to see and hear about your progress! But for those still figuring out exactly what you're going to stitch (I'm in this group!), I thought I'd share some ideas and resources.

First of all, there were two favorite motifs that stood out because so many people listed them: owls and geometric designs. Have I mentioned that I have a new Little Owls embroidery pattern for just $2? No pressure though...wink, wink. Geometric designs are another thing. I've seen lots of inspiration, but not a ton of patterns available. But then, silly me...I forgot about how geometric Sashiko is!

The coasters pictured above are from Stitched in Color. Rachel is an amazing quilter, usually tackling large projects and completing them in record time. This is one of her smaller pieces, and one that I could actually handle! It inspired me to suggest that for those looking for some geometry in their embroidery, look to Sashiko! A google search will find some ideas, or here are some free patterns from About.com. You wouldn't even need to stitch them traditionally, but use them as a starting point and do some fill stitches or other favorites!

For those wanting to stitch something a bit different, without spending much, here are some more links:


Lots to choose from! Now it's time to choose and start stitching...

ALSO: I'm still looking for Helena from Australia! If you're Helena and you signed up for the swap, please email me!

13 comments:

  1. Thank You! I'm having a terrible time trying to decide.

    Maureen

    P.S. I drop a surprise in the mail last night and you should get it in a couple of days! I hope you enjoy!

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  2. I might just have a browse through these... I have a few ideas buzzing around but it's hard to choose just one!

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  3. If there is someone you can't get reach and need an extra hoop sent out I'd be happy to send 2!


    rubylynns (at) gmail dot com

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  4. Fun links! I've sent mine off already :-)

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  5. Those are finished to perfection. I'm jealous.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  6. I'm doing cross stich, it's ok right ?

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    1. Cross stitch is part of the embroidery family, but we're focusing more on hand embroidery. So...it would be best if you could add some hand embroidery in with the cross stitch if possible.

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  7. I just made a decision to make DIY stuff as well! And I found your place. And I love it! Thanks. Youre talented. Followed. And maybe you'll stop by me someday.

    thebookness.com

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  8. oh my god i began a big cross stitch for the swap and i'm so sad i cannot use it, well i'll try to do something else but i can't draw myself, i suck ! i want to cry now

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    1. No, no, no! Don't cry, and don't start over. I'm going to send you an email shortly, and everything will be just fine!

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  9. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Hello Mollie,
    I just want to know if we could send a message to our stish swap pattern to whom I will send my stish work?
    I have recived your mail with name and mail.
    Thanks.
    Paulina.

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    1. You are welcome to send a message to your partner!

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  10. Wow, some of the ones on flickr are really good! Kind of intimidating.

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