July Post/ Patriotic
Styling with Stitches
Friends Who Stitch
Happy Summer everyone! We hope you have found ways to stay cool during this heat wave. Luckily, Mary and I have been able to get away a lot this year to cooler spots for vacation stays. We hope you all have been able to do the same. Due to internet issues, this July post is a bit late but we hope you still enjoy it. If you have been following us awhile, you know that we do two posts a year with a pinafore and a monthly word play. We each get to do one of each which is a lot of fun. After today, we will have six pinafores and six word plays finished and six of each still to do to complete every month of the year. So we are halfway there!!!
We also have our Friends Who Stitch to share with you. Both Robin and Marilyn have sent some lovely stitching we know you will love. This is open to anyone who stitches and does not have a blog. Just send me an email with a photo and we will get your completed stitch on the next post.
RJ's Styling with Stitches
I was so excited when I found out I would be doing the July pinafore this year. I've had a pattern I was saving and really wanted to use. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Shepherds Bush. It is everything you have ever heard and then some. I felt like a child at Disney World as soon as I walked in. You are overwhelmed at first because there is so much to see. There are samples of almost all of their patterns finished and hanging in the store. It is so well organized into sections with themes. I quickly went to the patriotic section and found too many kits I really loved. My basket was filled in no time with kits, charts, buttons, linen, rick rack, ribbon and gifts for Mary. Good thing I saved for a year and my generous husband bought two of the bigger kits for our anniversary and my birthday. Good planning on my part!
For my patriotic pinafore, I stitched the chart Life, Liberty and Happiness. I have to admit after I saw all that was involved it sat in it's package for two years! There were 7 specialty stitches that intimidated me. But, once I got going there was no stopping me and I loved every minute completing this neat pattern. And in the process, I learned some new stitches which I'll know how to do the next time.
To make my pinafore I used tiny stars, ticking and floral fabrics. I used the triangle trim on the sides because it reminded me of pennants waving which seemed perfect for our patriotic theme. I usually add a bow at the top of the stitch but this time I added a floral yo yo with a rusted star button at the bottom. It also has six different adorable buttons added throughout the stitch.
|The kit included the hand dyed linen, silk floss, six buttons, floss holder and even a needle!|
|Can you find the heart, square, blackbird, bee and flower buttons scattered throughout?|
|The specialty stitches included a hatch, double hatch, satin, herrringbone, back stitching and a long stitch. Love the sweet child with the flag. What a fun stitch!|
|Life, Liberty and Happiness Kit|
by Shepherds Bush
dyed linen and silk floss in kit
six decorative buttons in kit
fabrics from Hobby Lobby
tin star found in Texas
Mary's Styling with Stitches
July Word Play by Brenda Gervais was another fun stitch. And to my surprise, it was actually fun to finish. I never thought I would use fun and finish in the same sentence as I am certainly unaccustomed to have the finishing process go easily. And, certainly not without lots of cussing!!!
This was the first time I ever made a yo yo. If you haven't tried your hand at them, I recommend this video. I also learned that yo yo is an American name for Suffolk puffs.
Another first was covering a button. Arlene from Nanaland recommended the button maker from Hobby Lobby. She was so correct on how easy it is to do.
My husband and I went to Sew Easy in New Jersey ( great shop) with stitch in hand to find a coordinating fabric. I selected a floral and my husband found this orange print that he thought went better. Of course I didn't agree, what do men know about fabric!!! Well, much more than I thought as I had to change my mind when the sweet salesgirl whispered to me that my husbands selection was a better choice for my stitch.
|Love the colors in this stitch and the perfect fabric my husband chose|
|Closeup of the herrringbone stitch. You can find great tutorials on you tube.|
|I'm in love with the yo yo and covered button.|
|July word play|
by With thy Needle and Thread
Country mocha linen
called for floss
fabric from Sew Easy
covered button maker from Hobby Lobby
Friends Who Stitch
We are so happy to have Robin and Marilyn join us again with some of their stitching. Robin has sent two of her beautiful award winning stitches framed. And, Marilyn has put together an adorable basket of patriotic stitches. I know you will enjoy both of these great stitchers. Thanks so much ladies. We love your work.
Robin's patriotic stitches
by Tree of Life Samplings
Best in show 2013
by Blue Ribbon Designs
Best in Show 2012
Marilyn's patriotic stitches
|Basketful of pretty patriotic stitches|
We are so happy you stopped by for a visit. Next post will include our August Styling with Stitches projects and a SAL update. Plus the winners of our give away will be announced. We will be by to see all of you now that the internet problem has been worked out. Until next time, stay cool and keep stitching!