Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Capture the Year in Stitches

2020 Brought us so many historic moments both good and bad. How will those moments be remembered years from now? Have you ever considered documenting your year in embroidery? Perhaps you've seen some of these year-long projects on craft blogs or social media. There are many inspiring ways artists have captured each month's milestones. Whether it's through words, tiny motifs, or color schemes, their stitches tell a story of all that made the year special and memorable. To see a jaw dropping example, check out this blog post.

In fact, embroidery can be a wonderful medium for documenting just about anything. It can be used for journaling as seen here and here. Or, if you are a data enthusiast, why not explore recording data in stitches? I recently came across this helpful post about documenting weather with counted cross stitch (spoiler alert - no matter what the weather brings, the results are beautiful!) Even knitters and crocheters can get in the game with a woolly weather-driven project.

If you'd like to give it a go but aren't sure where to start, try the free documentary wheel pattern available here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

New Needlecase Design Debuts at SeptemberHouse

A new addition to the SeptemberHouse needlecase collection has landed! 

Needlecase in modern bird design by SeptemberHouse

This brand new bird design in black, ivory and chartreuse is now available in my Etsy shop and on Handmade Amazon

Modern Embroidery Supplies by SeptemberHouse

Other favorites are still there as well, waiting to add a little flair to your flossbox or to be tucked into the stocking of your favorite fellow stitcher this holiday season.

Modern Embroidery Supplies by SeptemberHouse

P.S. The magnet inside these cases is removable so they are great for storing any tiny thing(s) you like!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

New Needle Minder Designs Have Arrived

I've been keeping myself busy with some new design work lately and wanted to be sure to share a couple of the new additions to the needle minder collection at SeptemberHouse.

Needle Minder Crab Design from SeptemberHouse

Because I live, and have always lived in the Midwest, nautical and coastal themes are usually not on my radar screen but I thought I would branch out a bit and have a go at a crab design. Crabs have such a cool shape and I was excited about seeing how they could be embellished. I am so happy with how this turned out and I just know I'll be exploring more ocean-y ideas in the future.

Needle Minder Floral Design from SeptemberHouse

 And speaking of fun, this new floral design was a joy to create. I started out kind of rigid with it - trying to get it to look like my other flower designs...but also not quite. Those vague parameters started stressing me out and I decided to just throw out the rules and let this one become whatever it wanted to be. That's when things got interesting. I love the imaginative, other-worldly quality of this one and I am so glad to add it to the other floral offerings - even if it doesn't necessarily "fit" with the other designs. 

More new items on on their way including a new needlecase design. I can't wait to share that one too!

Friday, September 18, 2020

These might look familiar

It may have taken a little longer than planned (thanks a lot, covid-19!) but 2021 calendars are finally available!

2021 Calendar Kit for Embroidery by SeptemberHouse

I didn't depart too far from past designs with this one. A floral theme was used for these and I tried to create flower designs that are broken up into smaller areas/pieces. That way they are easier to fill in with stitches (in my opinion). Of course, for those who would prefer to cover a larger area with whatever fill stitch they have chosen, it's always possible to just stitch right over those smaller details. As with any project I take on, I love to have lots of options so I can really customize it. So, I try to create kits that have that feature too. 

2021 Calendar Kit for Embroidery by SeptemberHouse

This year, there are three colors available. I stitched up my example in a monochrome color scheme which I loved! For someone who is a little anxious about matching up colors and developing palettes, monochrome is the way to go!😀 Admittedly though, I could not help but be extremely curious about how a more dynamic color combination might look. Not to mention how these might look with the addition of beads or fancy flosses/threads. My hope is that customers will share some photos of some of their bold color and stitch choices. It's always so fun to see what everyone comes up with and I am always amazed at the creativity and skill shown in the finished projects. 

2021 Calendar Kit for Embroidery by SeptemberHouse

As in past years, these kits come with a color and stitch guide (plus a link to additional content) and two skeins of DMC embroidery floss. The color of the floss matches the printed color on the calendar. Deciding what floss to include was tough this year. I know people are going to go in all kinds of different directions with these (which is great!) but I knew I could not realistically keep all the different possible combinations in stock.

You can check these kits out here and if you have any questions about these please don't hesitate to let me know, I am happy to help! 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Social Distance Stitching

Hi Everyone,

Wow, we are all spending a lot of time at home these days - more than any time in history perhaps? This is new territory and, let's face it, it can be stressful. So many of us are thinking about small ways we may be able to help, myself included. One very small step I'm taking today is to put together a quick post that contains links to the SeptemberHouse patterns that were previously only distributed via the newsletter.

The links below will take you to the downloads. These are digital PDFs so you will need to transfer the patterns to fabric. I have some little slideshow instructions on my tiny YouTube channel to get you started on that if needed.

In a pinch these make "good enough" coloring pages for little ones that might need a little distraction too. :)
Art Deco Snowflakes Embroidery Pattern
 Forest Friends Raccoon Embroidery Pattern
Forest Friends Raccoon Embroidery Pattern

Winter Cheer Cardinal Embroidery Pattern
Calavera Cat Embroidery Pattern

Decorative Frames Embroidery Patterns

Girl Power Embroidery Pattern

Ice Cream Truck Embroidery Pattern
Little Miss Mermaid Embroidery Pattern
Let It Snow Embroidery Pattern

Sandcastle Embroidery Pattern
Mr. Rogers Embroidery Pattern
Sweater Weather Embroidery Pattern

Summer Harvest Embroidery Patterns
Summer Soar Kite Embroidery Pattern
Snowglobe Embroidery Pattern

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Iron-On Refresh

iron on transfer projects by SeptemberHouse
Iron-on transfers for embroidery have been around for generations and they are still a favorite for both experienced and novice stitchers. But did you know that they can be used for more than just embroidery?

I used an iron-on transfer to spruce up this little gift box and I just love the way it turned out. 

Here's how I did it:

iron on embroidery patterns

I opted for one of the butterfly designs in the Kaleidoscope collection. Iron-on transfers can usually be used over again for several projects (though the lines become more faint with each use). Even if you have used a design for an embroidery project, it can have a new life for a project like this.

I started by cutting out the design I planned to use and left a border of approximately 3/8 in. around the outside. I turned it face down on the box lid and used some very small bits of tape to help keep it in place. One thing I learned the hard way - this cardboard lid has some give to it, so when I first tried to iron on my pattern, my iron plate was losing contact with the lid. I ended up turning the bottom of the box upside down and I fit the lid on top of that. That gave it the extra support it needed and I was good to go.

Using high heat iron setting with no steam worked best for me and within just a minute or two I had transferred my design to my box lid. 

Then it was time to paint. Nothing fancy here - I just used craft acrylics and the smallest brush I could find in my stash. Yes, there were some tight spots here but if you enjoy detail work you will find this to be a relaxing and fun challenge. I did! This is definitely a "podcast project"- easy to complete in an hour or so while listening to a single episode of whatever you like to listen to.

iron on embellishments for DIY craft projects

Pretty cute, right? I like the look of the light colored paint on a kraft background but you can use iron-ons on other surfaces like wood too. I actually had a tough time deciding what to embellish for this tutorial. A box like this one is fun and practical but I love these wood pennants, photo frames and paper maché ornaments too. There's so much potential with a technique like this one.

So, don't forget to hang on to those iron-on transfers - you might just find the perfect fabric-free project for them. Thanks for checking out this tutorial and if you are on the hunt for cute iron-on transfers you can find SeptemberHouse iron-on patterns on Etsy and Amazon.  

Easier Embroidery Pattern Transfer

I've never heard an embroiderist say "My favorite part of the project is transferring the pattern!" Have you? Even though it's widely accepted as a necessary hassle, it's still worth looking for any way the process can be made easier. Here's a trick I have been using for a few years and now I'm adding it as an option with SeptemberHouse digital downloads.

This tip makes transferring patterns with an iron-on transfer pen/marker easier. I love the fine tip transfer pens from Sublime Stitching so much that they have replaced my previous favorite transfer method. The fine tip makes your tracing so much more precise than the clumsy transfer pencils I had previously tried to use. The ink transfers beautifully and I certainly don't miss pulling out bits of stabilizer after I am done stitching which is what I used to do with every project.  

So, here's the thing - downloaded embroidery patterns are often presented with black linework. That works great for most transfer methods. When I started exploring iron-on transfer pens, I started printing pattern designs in colored linework so that when I was tracing over them I could see where I was. This is great if you are able to do your tracing without any interruptions - but it's just plain awesome if you do happen to get interrupted in the process. Looking at the side-by-side photos above, would you be able to see where you left off if you had to put down your project to answer the front door/pull dinner out of the oven/catch the last scene of the show you are binge watching - if your pattern was printed in black?

Is this an earth-shattering revelation? No, but anything that gets us through the transfer process faster must be shared with fellow stitchers, in my opinion. Because this has worked so well for me, I'm including colored linework versions in my new embroidery pattern downloads. If you have any tips for making pattern transfer less painful please feel free to share them in the comments!