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Stitched Style

I'm so honored to be participating in the blog tour for Stitched Style! This recently released book contains 20 projects and 65 embroidery motifs, and if you like anything remotely floral, you're gonna want to stitch it all. And here's something cool...the designs were inspired by vintage bandanas! Love that!

Stitched Style

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to admit that I have been missing out on seeing fantastic blogs, companies, and the people behind them. Such is the case with the author of Stitched Style. Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction has a wonderful style and her products and projects are so full of color and life! Take a look at her impressive summary of work:

Amy Barickman is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and Amy Barickman LLC. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two­million patterns and published 80 books. Named one of Country Living Magazine's prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, her recent book releases include Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, and Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers. In 2013 Amy released her 15th fabric collection with Red Rooster Fabrics as well as her debut fashion denim line with James Thompson Inc., Crossroads Denim. Through her blogs, websites and e­newsletters, Amy inspires crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. To keep up to date with Amy, visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com.

Stitched Style
Stitched Style

Stitched Style is set up a little differently than many craft books. The cover (front and back) is covered with full color photos of the projects, and the internal pages contain simple illustrations and instructions. In fact, most of the pages are devoted to the motifs, which come with traceable designs on one side, and iron-transfer patterns on the other.

Normally, I wouldn't like the idea of cutting apart a book (my mom was shocked at the thought!), but I wanted to give the transfer a try. Plus, I was using some of the Crossroads Denim (thanks, Indygo Junction!), and tracing with fabric like this is harder. And guess what? Having the iron-transfer made my project super fast and easy!

Stitched Style

What do you think? Cute headband, right?

The instructions were very easy to follow (even with only the one photo of the finished project to look at), and it went together pretty quickly. In fact, I see myself making more of these with other fabrics and motifs. The only thing I struggled with was satin stitching on the denim. But then, that may be my perfection not liking my own stitching...

Bottom line, as I said, if you like stitching florals and making fashion and accessory items, you'll love this title! It's not the type of thing that I usually stitch (you know how I like my faces on things!), but these designs are so pretty and perfect for embellishment that I'll wear and use all the time.

Now, for some important pieces of information!

First, if you order Stitched Style directly from Indygo Junction, you can save 20% by using the code SSBT14 at checkout.

Prize

Next, I'm happy to say that you can enter to win a prize pack including a copy of Stitched Style, some Crossroads denim, embroidery floss, a hoop and needles! This giveaway is only open to US residents, and you need to be 18 years old to win. Enter using the Rafflecopter box below (you'll need to be at the actual blog to do this, so if you're viewing in email or a reader, come on over!). Contest ends January 24th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Also, remember that this is a blog tour, which means there are a lot more places to visit and check out their thoughts and even enter to win the book on their blogs!


And finally, see that last stop on the tour? You won't want to miss that, because that's when Indygo Junction will be hosting a mega giveaway on January 24th. Good luck!

100 comments:

  1. O love any kind of flowers in embroidery style :)

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  2. I love to embroider animals and saying! Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. My 12-year-old daughter and I are just starting to play a little with embroidery. This book looks great!

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  4. I have some great designs that I love to embroider--woodland animals like deer and foxes, a bicycle, eyeglasses. Great on tea towels. I really like the bandana-inspired designs in the book, so maybe that will be my new favorite!

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  5. Flowers are always a favorite but little animals and motifs are fun too!! Thanks for the give-a-way!!

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  6. I love to embroider all kinds of things! doodly designs are a current favorite

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  7. Interesting. I was unaware that Stitched Style contains Iron-on transfers too! Very cool.

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  8. I love words and flowers very much!

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  9. i like cute things like animals or household objects. i'm a big fan of your designs with the cute faces.

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  10. I love stitching flowers, trees, and words :)

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  11. I think I use flower designs the most but I embroider many different things.

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  12. laurie kim9:28 AM

    I haven't stitched in a while, but I love the simple alphabet letters and flowers :)

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  13. I embroider all the time and especially love flower motifs!

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  14. Flowers are my favorite!

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  15. I embroider mostly items for my grandchildren, but I'm inspired to make items for myself. I'm thinking florals or paisleys around the neckline of a lightweight linen tunic.

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  16. I like to embroider animals for the grandchildren in our life and besides, I'm a kid at heart, so I love animals too. But others designs are fun as well.

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  17. I love to embroider flowers and trees the most! thank you!

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    1. I have not done a lot of embroidery. I am always drawn to flowers and have made some quilt labels

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  18. Flowers and animals

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  19. Tammy R11:04 AM

    I love to embroider flowers as it's the only way I can sneak them into our home decorating scheme. If I make it, my husband doesn't complain!

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  20. This looks like a fun book to have on hand.

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  21. Too bad the link at the bottom doesn't work :(

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    1. Do you mean the one for the big Indygo Junction giveaway? That will update once their giveaway post is starting on the 24th.

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  22. I like to embroider everything but people. For some reason, I have a hard time getting people to look right.

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  23. I love the look of the floral embroidery and this looks easy s well as cute.

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  24. I definitely like flowers and geometrics. Thanks for the inspiration!
    emyerly(at)wideopenwest(dot)com

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  26. Sorry about that, a glitch. To resume:

    Ooh, I just made an Indygo Junction ornament over the holidays! This book looks great, and I love floral motifs.

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  27. I've just started embroidering and I like working on snowmen and flowers. I'm also working on a pattern for a pillow with shoes. :-)

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  28. I love stitching animals. Cute little animals! My boys love them!!!

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  29. I love the look of the embroidery on the denim. I'm surprised to about about the iron on transfer. I might find it hard to cut the pages in the book too. Thanks for offering the give away.

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  30. I love doing flowers, but I'm also working on a mini-sampler about things I love: just how do you embroider "road trip"? Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I've got a pattern set called Road Trippers that might give you some ideas! https://www.etsy.com/listing/61441597/road-trippers-travel-embroidery-pattern

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  31. Debbie Chouinard1:54 PM

    I love to embroider simple flower designs.

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  32. What a great book. I've been dying to try this stuff out!

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  33. Beautiful embroidery book!

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  34. I love embroidering all kinds of stuff - this book looks wonderful!

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  35. I love the outdoors and so I love stitching anything nature related.

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  36. Laura J2:51 PM

    This book looks great!!

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    1. Laura J2:55 PM

      I didn't see the question until after I commented. :) I like to stitch flowers.

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  37. I love to stitch flowers and little animals. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  38. I think flowers and random patterns are the most fun! Of course, anything with a cute little face is fun, too :)

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  39. Rebecca P3:53 PM

    I love to stitch anything with a repeating pattern. Bandana swirls and prints sound perfect!

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  40. Before learning to sew I learned to embroider. Since I was really young I used to love to copy pictures from coloring books like Hello Kitty to strawberry shortcake and embroider them on muslin.

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  41. Oh my, so many lovely things! Would love to win them!

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    1. Oops missed the important part! I love stitching things like cartoon characters or illustrations I find online, so much fun to stitch something quite random.

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  42. I love to embroider flowers and words

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  43. Oh, I love embroidery, especially little gnomes, fairies, and flowers! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. def flowers and swirlies!

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  45. I used to do a lot of embroidery when I was in High School...back than they mostly referred to it as Crewel Work...I even worked in a store in Milwaukee by that name (back in the late 70's!) I still like to do flowers occaisionally but see everything popping up now so am anxious to get back into it...if anyone is looking for ideas check out Herrschner's...they have an online store and catalogs available in all kinds of crafts and yarn...reasonable prices and if you live in Wisconsin you should make the trip to Stevens Point (where they make up kits and ship items) during their annual craft sale.

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  46. I live to embroider flowers but really I just like to do any kind of embroidery!

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  47. I'm a Day-of-the-Week dish towel girl. Love 'em. Especially the dishes and vegetables with little faces and arms and legs. Creepy and cute!

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  48. I am so excited for this give-away, I hope to win so that I can try all the lessons from the book. Good luck to all of us!!!

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  49. Pat Scull8:08 PM

    This looks like a wonderful give-a-way.
    I love these quick to stitch items, and the fabrics are beautiful.
    The book is right in style, I would love to win this!!!
    Pat

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  50. I like anything tiny and cute, mostly little animals. I love the Bento (lunchbox Bento) cuteness and try to copy some of the ideas I see with them. Many of these are cute little faces, mostly animals like I said!

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  51. Anonymous9:14 PM

    I'm a floral person -- definitely love to embroidery florals on just about anything!

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  52. I love flowers and birds - in lots of colors! Thanks for the inspiration on your delightful blog!

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  53. I like flowers mostly.

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  54. I am really enjoying embroidering Mollie's mini motifs!

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  55. I always enjoy stitching cute animals, but more abstract patterns are fun too.

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  56. I am new to embroidery and am leaning to embroider flowers.

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  57. to be honest, florals aren't really my thing at all, but i kind of love some of the ones pictured that don't really come off as "regular" flowers (that might not make sense....i'm a tad sleep deprived).

    BUT! i do very much like this and may have to go get myself a copy.

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  58. I love graphic designs and Jacobean designs. The SOHO bandana set by OESD is awesome.

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  59. Flowers have to be my favourite, I use a lot of old 40s and 50s designs that my Nana taught me to embroider with when I was a nipper!

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  60. I'm just starting to embroider but so far I like animals, flowers, and anything "swirly."

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  61. I love stitching for holidays..all holidays

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  62. This looks like a great book. I love the flowers. :)

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  63. I love to embroider flowers, vines and text.

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  64. I love all things Jacobean!

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  65. I just finished my very first embroidery project, and it was snowflakes! I'm in loooove!

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  66. I like to embroider flowers the most.

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  67. I seem to stitch a lot of animals, but really, it's anything that strikes my fancy. And I like to stitch words & quotes.

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  68. I love to embroider all sorts of things including flowers and people and silly stuff.

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  69. I like to embroider flowers and also lots of things for my grandbabies!

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  70. I like to embroider flowers but also like cute prints like the ones you have!

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  71. I love to embroider whimsical character!

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  72. Oh I am in love, why hadn't I seen these before? Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Vicki
    stardesertnight@yahoo.com

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  73. I love redwork flowers!!

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  74. FloweS, Birds And Doodles.

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  75. I like a little of everything. Probably mostly initials/words, flowers, and animals. But a bit of everything, I reckon. Really keen to see more of this book, as I quite like bandanas. Also, very nice job you did on that headband! It's really cool. I like it a lot! Thanks for the review and for the giveaway.

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  76. I don't have a favorite! I love to stitch anything!

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  77. I used to cross stitch stuff like bears and cute little peas in a pod. Otherwise I've only done a couple of Christmas ornaments in felt from your site. Not exactly embroidery.

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  78. I like embroidering flowers and flower-like designs. I also like embroidering cute animals where they seem appropriate, and vegetables!

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  79. I've actually been transferring my kids drawings (5 and 7) to fabric and then embroidering them. It is super fun and I've been able to practice all sorts of stitches.

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  80. I like to embroider flowers and objects, like the stitching club items! :)

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  81. I guess I would have to say geometrics!

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  82. Anonymous7:25 PM

    I Love to embroider cats! Lots and Lots of CATS!

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  83. I embroider all kinds of designs! I like them all.

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  84. This looks like a great book. I will wait to purchase after I see if I won it! Ha!

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  85. That is a super cute design and it looks just right on you as it fits your personality ^.^

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  86. I'm definitely a floral person.

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  87. Sorry, I got so excited about giving you a great compliment that I forgot to answer the question,lol

    I love to embroider traditional samplers with lots of flowers, what can I say, I am a very old fashioned girl that got stuck in a modern body,lol

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  88. I am just getting started in embroider. Actually haven't done a thing. I would love this book and to really get into it. I have gathered some must have tools but just haven't found the right instructions to help me get started. Thanks so much!

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  89. I love flowers, and cute animals. Embroidery is so much fun. Making a little picture of thread and fabric.

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  90. Some books beg to be cut apart. Love simple designs that are stem stitch, french knots and minimal fill.

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