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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #44

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on February 8th, 2016

With less than a week until Valentine’s Day, you might not have time to embroider a large project but there’s still time to take some of the small designs in today’s vintage Workbasket pattern sheet and make something hand stitched for those special people in your life or perhaps to decorate your house.

That’s what I did for this felt heart ornament.

Heart Within a Heart Embroidered Ornament

To transfer the design to the felt for stitching I tried something new to me. I used this great tutorial from Kristyne over at Pretty by Hand. As you can see… it worked great!

After I finished stitching the blanket stitch all the way around the outside and stuffing the ornament, the outside edge looked like it needed something. So I took two strands of the variegated DMC 107 that I used to stitch the heart and flowers and whipstitched around each of the edge bars of the blanket stitch.

I think it added just the right touch.

Heart Withing a Heart showing whipstitched edge

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for Edgings and Small Motifs from pattern page 74Edgings and Small Embroidery Motifs pdf.

I have several more of these small motif sheets in the archives. Such as this one featuring a rose and basket of flowers plus several other small designs.

For the cat lovers, there’s an adorable little kitten along with lots of tiny flower patterns.

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Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #44

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

Subscribing is easy. Simply add your e-mail address to the box below:

You will receive an activation e-mail at the address you entered. Click on the link in that e-mail to begin receiving updates each time I post.

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Just a Quick Note

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on February 7th, 2016

I just wanted to give everyone the heads up about a few things that are happening here at Super Mom – No Cape!

First, I usually schedule Vintage Embroidery Monday and the Stitchery Link Party to go live each Monday at 7 am EST. For this week only, I’ve scheduled it for 1 am EST.  You’ll be able to link up your posts early, if that’s what works for you.

Second, I have something super fun that I’ll be posting at my regular Monday time!

You’ll be receiving two posts in your e-mail tomorrow within a few hours of each other. But I’m certain that when you read the special post, you’ll agree a second one was absolutely required. It’s going to be fun!

And third… over the next little while Super Mom – No Cape! is getting a redesign.  Most of the changes you’re not even going to notice but one day soon, when you come to visit, she’ll be wearing a brand new dress!

To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Tissue Box Covers

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on February 5th, 2016

Yesterday I promised to show you what I made in my sewing therapy session on Wednesday when I needed a break from reviewing all the lessons in the BYBC pre-conference webinars. I’m learning so much but I will admit that each week’s session is intensive!

When our kids were living at home, I went all out to make Valentine’s Day fun for them… special treats, flowers, treasure hunts, notes stuck to bedroom doors to find when they woke up… all sorts of memory building things.

I’ve never really done much by way of decorating for Valentine’s though. So this year, I thought it would be fun to have little pops of red or hearts here and there throughout the house.

To that end, on my last trip to Joann’s in the States, I picked up some pretty red fabric with gold hearts and made a set of Valentine’s tissue box covers following my Reversible Tissue Box Cover Tutorial.

Didn’t they turn out pretty!

Valentine's Tissue Box Covers in three sizes

The tall square one is in our downstairs guest bathroom:

Square Valentine's Tissue Box Cover

The short rectangular one is in the kitchen:

Short rectangular Valentine's tissue box cover

And the largest one is on the end table beside my chair in the living room.

Large Valentine's Tissue Box Cover

I even got out and ironed the gingham table cover that Dave’s step mother gave us years and years ago.

Of course, the end table looked like that just long enough for me to take a photo to share.

Five minutes later, it looked like this:

What the living room side table looked like five minutes later

Today, I’ve been in my sewing room again making something so incredibly cute, I just know you’re going to love it! Pop on over to instagram @supermomnocape to see the new pattern I’ll be working on this weekend.

Oh… and I haven’t forgotten about the tutorial for the tissue box cover using one-way/directional fabric. That’s being worked on too and I hope to have it ready to share soon. Like all my tutorials and patterns, I try to make sure that I have all the kinks worked out before I share them.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful, heart-centered weekend with much Aloha!

 

If you happen to be visiting for the first time… Welcome!

I have so many fun things planned over the coming weeks and months.  I have several more tutorials besides those mentioned above in the works, quite a few quick tips, some recipes and there may even be a visit (or two) from the Hexie Turtles!

You haven’t heard of the Hexie Turtles, you say?

Well then, I must introduce you to some of their adventures!

The Hexie Turtles’ Snow Adventure

The Hexie Turtle’s Cookie Baking Adventure

Teeny, Tiny Turtle Quilts

The Hexie Turtles’ Christmas Eve

If any or all of this sounds like your kind of fun, please take a moment to subscribe.

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In Our Garden & Two Other BOMs

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on February 4th, 2016

It’s been a busy week here!

Those of you who follow me on instagram @supermomnocape may have noticed that I’ve been attending weekly webinars hosted by Bonnie of Hobby to Hot and BYBC (Build Your Blog Conference). The webinars are pre-conference training leading up to the conference itself February 19 & 20th.

I’m learning so much but figuring out how to implement those lessons has been cutting into my crafting time… in a good way!

However yesterday, on the verge of information overload from re-watching Tuesday’s and the previous webinar replays, I just had to take a break and get in some sewing therapy.

First, I searched through the scrap drawer of my fabric dresser and pulled fabrics to make Amy’s applique block from the In Our Garden Blog Hop that started on Monday.

Here’s what I’ve chosen so far:

Fabric pull for Block #2 of In Our Garden BOM

I realized just now looking at the photo that I’d forgotten to pick out scraps for Toady’s eyes! I can’t have a sightless toad. I’ll have to go digging in the scrap drawer again.

I still need to pick out a background fabric that I’ll use for all the blocks in the hop. I’m thinking a light blue might work.

 

Now if you clicked on the link to my fabric dresser you would think that I’d have more than enough fabric for any project I wanted to make. Not so, not so!

Cindy over at Quilt Doodle Doodles is hosting a “Tis the Season” BOM. When I went searching for browns to make the adorable reindeer blocks for January, I didn’t have a single piece of brown big enough to make even one block let alone five.

So on the weekend, middle daughter and I made a trip to Len’s Mill to check out their clearance section. They were having a 50% off sale in their already reduced section.

I bought a 1/2 meter each of these… more than enough to make the reindeer blocks and to rectify that alarming lack of browns in my stash.

Brown fabric for reindeer blocks

Then as I was standing at the fabric counter waiting for those to be cut, what should I see but a display for a Canadian Mystery BOM which will feature blocks from each of the provinces.

Canadian Mystery Quilt Nanavut block

As you can see… the kits are a little pricey, so I’m not sure I’ll be buying the whole set. But I simply couldn’t resist the Nunavut block with the Inuksuk!

From the online Canadian Encyclopedia:

Inuksuk (also spelled inukshuk, plural inuksuit) is a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. Traditionally constructed by the Inuit, inuksuit are integral to Inuit culture and are often intertwined with representations of Canada and the North. A red inuksuk adorns the flag of Nunavut. In Inuktitut, the term inuksuk means “to act in the capacity of a human.” It is an extension of the word inuk meaning “a human being.” Inuksuit have been found adjacent to archaeological sites dating from 2400 to 1800 BCE (see Prehistory) in the Mingo Lake region of southwest Baffin Island. While stone figures resembling human forms are often referred to as inuksuk, such figures are actually known as inunnguaq.

I always wash all my fabrics before using them, so I serged the edges of each piece in the kit, threw them in the washer with the rest of the clothes (appropriately sorted) and now they’re ready to be turned into that beautiful block.

Fabrics for Nunavut block

Yesterday afternoon, I did get down to some actual sewing but I’m going to save that until tomorrow to show you. This evening, Dave is flying home from Calgary for a 10 day break after being gone for a month.

I’m baking chicken with honey mustard garlic sauce for supper and I need to get that in the oven before I head to the airport to pick him up.

I’m so excited, I’ve got butterflies in my stomach. You’d think we were newly weds instead of getting ready to celebrate our 33rd anniversary next week!

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #43

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on February 1st, 2016

Today I’m sharing another pretty Valentine’s Day pattern but before I do, I just wanted to remind everyone that the In Our Garden Blog Hop starts today over at Sew Incredibly Crazy with Amy sharing the two blocks she designed for February. Be sure to hop over there to see what she’s created for you to make.

And don’t forget… there are prizes for those who hop along with us as well as prizes for those who make the blocks and link them up at the end of the month!

This week’s Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern is a lovely heart border:

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for a Heart Border from page 2-949

Vintage Workbasket Heart Border pattern pdf.

Wouldn’t this look pretty stitched on a pillowcase or a set of towels!

You could even spread them apart when you’re tracing them and then insert a monogram using one of the alphabets I’ve shared here in the past; this pretty 1″ floral alphabet for instance. Or this 2″ one.

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Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #43

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

Subscribing is easy. Simply add your e-mail address to the box below:

You will receive an activation e-mail at the address you entered. Click on the link in that e-mail to begin receiving updates each time I post.

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A Wintery Finish and a Garden Reminder

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on January 30th, 2016

During 2015, that Reindeer and Snowman embroidery pictured below was the only one of the small embroideries that I started the year with that didn’t end up being finished into something by the end of the year.

Reindeer and Snowman unchecked

The Merry Christmas Snowman became a zippered pouch stocking. The snowman carrying the Christmas tree was turned into a gift bag.

I made the lady with a mixing bowl into a gift tag for my Santa Sack Swap partner, Debbie.

Keep Calm Santa’s On the Way was used in the banner at the top of my Advent Calendar.

And the little white bird stitched on the blue square had whipped back stitch in silver satin floss added before being turned into a Christmas Ornament.

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what to do with Reindeer and his Snowman buddy. Then in the lead up to Christmas I started seeing cross-stitch designs that had been mounted on something called a flatfold. But all the ones I saw were for much smaller designs. In addition to which, I have more wall space than surface space for displaying items so I thought I’d experiment with just making the front part of the flatfold.

Because I had no idea if my experiment would work, I didn’t want to go the expense of buying the mat board most tutorials called for. Instead, I emptied the Corn Flakes out of their sturdy Costco sized box and used two sides of it for the mounting boards.

Costco Sized Corn Flakes box

Some batting, some fabric, a bit of glue (okay… a lot of messy, sticky glue) followed by two hours of stitching the two fabric covered boards together and this is what I came up with:

Reindeer and Snowman embroidery mounted on flat board

This photo shows the stitching along the edge a bit better:

Reindeer and Snowman embroidery from slightly different angle

I embroidered Palestrina stitch using three strands of floss all the way around to hold the edges of the boards together.

Close up of Palestrina stitchI tried using 6 strands of floss but didn’t like how it looked. A word from the newly wise… Palestrina stitch cannot be unpicked. It has to be very carefully snipped one stitch at a time before it can be removed.

I have decided not to take part in 2016 Finish Along but it does feel good to be able to check this last small embroidery off my 2015 list.

And now on to other news…

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I am one of eleven designers who will be sharing blocks each month for the In Our Garden Blog Hop.

Sew Incredibly Crazy

I just wanted to remind you that the hop starts this coming Monday, February 1st with Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy sharing the two blocks she has designed.

I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at Amy’s applique block and let me tell you it is Sew Incredibly Cute! You are definitely going to want to stop over there on Monday.

Not only do you get two free In Our Garden blocks each month for the next 12 months but there are prizes for those who hop along with us.

Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate here on my blog in June when it will be my turn to share the blocks I’ve created.

Starting Monday, those who make one or both of Amy’s blocks and link up to the link party at the end of February will be entered for a chance to win this beautiful bundle of Riley Blake fabric.

Riley Blake Fabrics

Oh and before I forget… Amy is kicking everything off with a pre-blog hop giveaway of a bundle of Fairy Frost by Michael Miller plus a bit of Color Me Floral Fantasy.

Head on over to Sew Incredibly Crazy to enter for your chance to win. (The pre-blog hop giveaway closes midnight EST, January 31st.)

Have an awesome weekend with much Aloha!

 

If you happening to be visiting for the first time… Welcome!

I have so many fun things planned over the coming weeks and months. The above mentioned In Our Garden blog hop is just one of them. I have several tutorials in the works, quite a few quick tips, some recipes and there may even be a visit (or two) from the Hexie Turtles!

If that sounds like your kind of fun, please take a moment to subscribe.

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday         Fabric Frenzy Friday      Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop!

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #42

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on January 25th, 2016

Last week for Vintage Embroidery Monday, I shared the “Be My Valentine” pattern that according to the Workbasket pattern page was intended to be used to make the front of a small pillow but it could just as easily be stitched and turned into a journal cover, the center panel for a gift bag or even printed off to color with pencils or markers and made into a card for that someone special in your life.

This week’s pattern is the reverse of that pattern with the addition of some sweet little hearts instead of the “Be My Valentine” motif. Use this for the back of the Valentine pillow or separately with a personalized message embroidered in the center.

Thinking beyond Valentine’s Day, it would look especially elegant stitched with white floss on white satin for a ring bearer pillow.

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for Valentine Pillow Back from page 2-949Be My Valentine – Pillow Back embroidery pdf.

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Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #42

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

Subscribing is easy. Simply add your e-mail address to the box below:

You will receive an activation e-mail at the address you entered. Click on the link in that e-mail to begin receiving updates each time I post.

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First Finish of the New Year

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on January 21st, 2016

I had so much planned for the first two weeks of the new year and yet here we are half way through week three and I have so much to catch up on.  I had a horrible after Christmas cold and lingering cough that has zapped my energy levels. I get as much done around the house as I can while my energy is high and then rest when I’m feeling tired.

I have spent many afternoons sitting with my feet up either knitting or doing some hand stitching. If you follow me @supermomnocape on instagram you’ll have seen a few of the in progress photos.

Back around the beginning of December, I was admiring a lovely skein of yarn that Kristyn @melonpatchquilts had posted. I commented how much I envied those who can knit with and wear wool and that I’d just have to live vicariously through those who aren’t allergic to it.

Kristyn replied, “I have some really beautiful bamboo and nylon sock yarn. Want me to send you a ball?

Now how sweet was that!

The next day, I found that beautiful ball of yarn in my mailbox. Kristyn had dropped it off while she was running errands. What Kristyn didn’t know was that it was my birthday.

Wait until you see the name of the yarn and you’ll know why her gift has me smiling all over again even as I write this post.

Here’s the finished the scarf/shawl that I made with it.

Magrathea Shawl

The pattern is Magrathea by designer Martina Behm.

The 75% Bamboo/20% Nylon yarn (Color #2531 Parrot) is incredibly soft to the touch. I must confess that I’ve already worn it, even though it has yet to have the points of the lace edge blocked.

Yarn used to make Magrathea Shawl

I can’t for the life of me find the file on my computer where I saved the pictures of the making of it so to see in progress photos, please head over to @supermomnocape.

The beautiful yarn bowl is the one Dave made for me last summer.  To make one of your own check out my DIY Wooden Yarn Bowl Tutorial.

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #41

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on January 18th, 2016

I know it seems we’re barely over Christmas and New Years but Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and for those of us who like to give small handmade gifts to those we love, we’ll need to get started soon if we haven’t already.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some pretty vintage Workbasket Valentine’s patterns for you to stitch. According to the Workbasket pattern page this Be My Valentine design was intended to be embroidered and then turned into a pillow. (I’ll share the design for the back of the pillow next week.)

Vintage Workbasket pattern for Valentine Pillow FrontBe My Valentine Workbasket Embroidery pdf.

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Stitcher Link Party Button

Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #41

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.  (Please note:  For those of you who have already been kind enough to add the button, the coding has been updated and I would so appreciate it if you would grab the new code.)

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you choose to you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #40

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on January 11th, 2016

Yesterday the temperature dropped from +4ºC in the morning to -6ºC by late afternoon and the rain from earlier in the day turned to snow. We’re supposed to get more snow later today and for the next couple of days after that. Winter is making itself felt in south western Ontario!

So today’s vintage Workbasket pattern recalls the warm, lazy days of summer to remind us that winter can’t last forever but it does provide us with time for stitching that we don’t always have in the summer.

Vintage Workbasket patter for an Old Mill - Upper Half of Pattern from page 90Vintage Workbasket pattern of an Old Mill - Lower Half of Pattern from page 90Vintage Workbasket Old Mill – Upper Portion

Vintage Workbasket Old Mill – Lower Portion

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Stitcher Link Party Button

Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #40

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.  (Please note:  For those of you who have already been kind enough to add the button, the coding has been updated and I would so appreciate it if you would grab the new code.)

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you choose to you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.

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