Tuesday, January 27, 2015

new diy embroidery kits premiere at septemberhouse

hand embroidery kit sampler magnets set from septemberhouse

There is something new at SeptemberHouse today - I love it when I get to say that! These DIY sampler magnet kits were a result of several requests from customers who are enthusiastic embroiderists. While these sampler magnets are a popular item in the shop, some wondered why I got to have all the fun - might they have a go at it too?

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

It's funny because that is probably exactly what I would think if I saw these (and if I were not me). So, after several weeks of pencil chewing and figuring out to pull these together in the most effective way, here they are.
DIY sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

At this point they are available in two color schemes. The Hopscotch and Treehouse collections are both on the shop shelves. I held back on a set for the Confection color scheme which will most likely be riding off into the sugary sunset) I will see how these go and perhaps add more color and design options in the future.


Each kit contains: a preprinted fabric panel with four designs so you can make a complete set of magnets, the metal button pieces and button setter tool, instructions, interfacing, and embroidery floss. The only things that are need but are not included are a needle, scissors, an iron and a small embroidery hoop if you like to use a hoop when you embroider (truth be told I usually do  not use a hoop when I embroider mine)

hand embroidery kit sampler magnets set from septemberhouse

And all those supplies are tucked neatly in a box so they travel nicely and they also are all set to give as a gift if you have crafty friends who might enjoy a little project like this one.

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

For those less inclined to embroider I still have the completed sets available (I still want to have some fun with these too you know).

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

I enjoyed putting these together and cannot wait to see what people think!

DIY sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

Monday, January 26, 2015

crafting confession january : papercutting

Papercutting project septemberhouse floral bird paper cut
I am sharing secrets today everyone so hang on tight, here I go. In some sort of crazed New Year whirlwind I got it in my head that in 2015 I should make an effort to try out some techniques and materials I have never used before but have always been drawn to. You know, that stuff you see on Pinterest and think, "wow, I'd really like to try that." How often do we actually try it though?  For me, it's not often - or, let's be honest, never.

tools for papercutting


BUT! I am making an effort this year and gave myself a list of 12 crafts to try - one for each month. I've been keeping this wild idea pretty hush-hush so far but I think I am committed enough to it now to share it here.

My goal is to just take a baby step - a small project - and just for fun - no pressure. I didn't want to invest in a lot of materials and I didn't want to spend so much time on it that I could not get shop or family work done. I hope I can continue on with this year-long goal because it is actually super fun. My first craft was Papercutting!
This is one of those artforms I have been attracted to since I first laid eyes on it. It seems to be gaining popularity so the opportunities to see beautiful papercut designs are everywhere. 

PaperCutting Design Bird

Perhaps because it is new to me (and I didn't know what I was doing) I ended up spending WAY more time getting my design ready than I did actually cutting it out. You really have to think it through as you draw to make sure you won't be accidentally removing entire areas when you are cutting. They have to interconnect somehow without looking awkward. I don't know if I achieved that but I went through so many more revisions than I thought I would to get to the final design.

Bird Design papercutting

Still, I would probably continue tweaking if the month was not coming to a close. Plus, a new craft is calling my name so if I am going to stick with this program I have to listen to that and be able to let go of the last month's project.

I loved stretching my brain a little to think about the images I make in a new way. Most of my work relies so heavily on line and papercuts focus more on shape so this was a great way to pull me out of my comfort zone a little. I still am deciding on background colors for this but it's fun to play around with it and test out different combinations. 

I look forward to sharing a new crafting experience in February - stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

a few goodies for the shop shelves

embroidered pendant necklace in modern flower design

I thought I would kick off the new year with a few new things for the shop. It's always refreshing to move away from holiday ornaments and focus on something else for a little while. These little guys are just the ticket for me and I am so happy to be able to share them with you today.

hand embroidered necklace in modern floral design

This batch is full of flowers and I challenged myself to use as many different stitches as I could in each one.

hand embroidery oval pendant necklace

It was also lots of fun to play around with color combinations.

septemberhouse embroidery handmade pendant necklace

Though I admit that some of my favorites are the monochrome designs.

septemberhouse hand embroidery pendant necklace with flower pattern

There are 8 new designs in all and they can all be found on the Embroidered Jewelry shelf

modern hand embroidery pendant necklace with flower pattern

modern hand embroidery flower design

spring hand embroidery bright flower pattern necklace

contemporary hand embroidery floral pattern by septemberhouse
modern hand embroidery floral pattern by septemberhouse


contemporary hand embroidery floral pattern by septemberhouse

Thanks for taking a peek!

hand embroidered oval pendant necklace handmade in orange and navy
hand embroidered floral pendant necklace handmade on red linen
hand embroidered oval pendant necklace handmade in white and navy


kelly green embroidered necklace in modern flower pattern by septemberhouse

  ivory embroidered necklace in modern flower pattern by septemberhouse