Hooped Embroidery Art

hooped embroidery projectsHello Friends!  Lately I have been indulging myself in something that I haven’t done in a long time-spending hours in the sewing room. My latest passion is hooped embroidery art. I have seen so many creative designs that I would love to copy. However, since I have a machine that does the embroidery work for me I decided to put it to use for my first hooped embroidery art project.

hooped embroidery artMy next embroidery hooped art project is hanging in the kitchen area of my sewing room. Doesn’t this Pear honey sound yummy. Wow, what a load of sugar though! I’d be buzzing like a Bee with all that sweetness in my system. On the other hand it may be just what I need. BTW, if you have missed my previous hooped embroidery art post you can check it out here.

hooped embroidery artI want to share with you what I have found to be the best and most economical machine embroidery thread around. A real plus for me is that it is a Canadian company so the shipping isn’t  ridiculously expensive. Believe me, using a cheaply made thread can cause your thread to break often which can quickly turn a fun day of sewing into a miserable one!

hooped embroidery artHere is the company where I purchase the thread from for my hooped embroidery art projects. Try it , I think you’ll like it!

hooped embroidery art


Woolie Tatoos

woolie tatooHave you ever heard of a Woolie Tatoo? I spent yesterday applying one to my favourite cool weather sweater. I don’t mind saying it turned out kind of cute!

woolie tatoosI’d like to tell you that this was done out of my creative aspirations, however the photo above tells all. This, my friends, is the bleach splatter that caused me to look for some way (any way) to save my beloved sweater. I’m not joking you, this sweater is to me like comfort food is to the body.

woolie TatoosMy first intent in covering up the bleach splatter was to slap a piece of flannel across it. Horrible, I know! But you have to understand this is my hanging out at home sweater, not one I am ever seen wearing in public. Once again Pinterest came to my rescue. While surfing there I discovered the amazingly talented Dottie Angel blog, which just happened to show a couple of examples of Woolie Tatoos like the one above.

Woolie TatoosBe smart ladies, don’t throw out your favourite sweater, pants, or whatever piece of clothing you love just because it has a little hole, a food, paint or bleach stain.

woolie tatoos

Within an hour you can stitch your very own Woolie Tatoo and rescue your sweater from the trash bin just like I did! If you’re not in a big hurry to get your project finished like I was, you can take the time to do a really bang up job on the embroidering. Have fun and use your imagination!

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Machine Embroidery Knitting Bag

Yes, pinch me!
Because I have finally finished the Machine Embroidery Knitting bag I have been working on for my MIL.
As many of you know my own Mother passed away a little over two years ago. I try to concentrate on what a wonderful mother she was and not on my loss and just how much I miss her on this special day, but it isn’t always easy…
 Tim and I are especially appreciative that we still have his mother here with us though. She is the last remaining of our parents now.
For Mother’s Day I wanted to make my MIL a special gift. The knitting bag is a combination of machine embroidery and cross stitching.
Nana (our children’s name for her) and I went to a very nice women’s tea on Saturday.
It was one of the nicest teas I had been to in recent years-real cucumber sandwiches and yummy tarts, followed by several cups of  good strong tea!
In case you haven’t caught on yet, the photos are of the knitting bag that I made for her as a Mother’s Day gift!
You might remember that I had finished the cross stitching panel while we were in the Yukon, the rest I put together this last week.
Believe it or not, the very hardest part of the whole bag was sewing the X stitched reinforcements.
I wanted them to look perfect!
Did you notice the beautiful pink embroidered flower located on the centre brown panel?
 It was created with my new embroidery machine..
Naturally, my mind is just spinning with all sorts of plans for this little Brother of mine.
But before I can have any fun with the new machine I have to devote myself to making two Quiet Books for our two youngest grandsons for Nana to deliver to them when she heads back down south to visit.
Wish me luck, as I’ve got a feeling they are going to be a whole lot of work after looking at all of the little pattern pieces I’m going to have to cut and sew.
I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and I also hope you don’t get the snow they are predicting for me here tomorrow!