I hope you have already been over to the Aurifil blog and checked out the year long blog hop that includes 12 wonderful embroidery designers. We started off in January with a super cute Snow Bird design from Roseann Kermes. She is one talented lady and I hope you will check out her blog.
It's February now and that means it's my turn to share an embroidery pattern with you!
Since February is the month for "love" and it's winter here in Minnesota, I have designed a snowman couple sharing a little "LOVE".
You can download the "Snow Much Love" pattern here on the Aurifil blog.
I must confess that one of the biggest reasons I designed the snowmen is because we just haven't had enough snow this year. I know alot of people right now are saying "your crazy to want snow!" But I think there is nothing better than a fire in the fireplace, a pot of chili on the stove, some fun embroidery to work on while sitting in a comfy chair and the snow if flying outside. (With all my and your family home safe of course!) It really is a bit of heaven to watch the snow fly....yes, I know I'm kinda crazy but I really do enjoy the snow.
This is what winter in Minnesota is suppose to look like~
My favorite stitches to use are the backstitch, french knot and satin stitch. I find that a great way to learn a new stitch is to you-tube it. There are lots of great videos that can help you learn new stitches and are easy to watch over if needed. (I seem to need to watch a few times to get a technique down...so I love that it's easy to re-wind a video clip.)
Here is a great video for french knots~
Here is a great video for backstitch~
And here is a video for the satin stitch. It's a pretty basic stitch but it's nice to watch someone do it so it makes sense~
These are the three stitches I used in my design...Feel free to use what you like and make it your own.
If you are looking for a great stitch guide that you can print off and keep with your stitching projects, a great place to find it is here.
I also love the Pocket Embroidery Guide. It can be found at your local quilt shops.
It's the perfect sides to slip in any project bag for on-the-go stitching.
I hope you will join us all as we stitch up the year. There is a quilt pattern that has been design for you to stitch all your monthly embroidery together in to a wall hanging. The pattern will be posted sometime in the spring/summer...so be sure to watch for that!
I am almost done with my little extra pattern for you to use with my embroidery design. I will have that posted by the weekend. Be sure to watch for that.
Also, I would like to invite you to join me on Monday's for my Mystery Monday's project. Each monday I post a bit of the mystery to be sewn up that week. The projects are small and the sewing is easy to get done within a weeks time. It's a nice way to have a little time for yourself each week. We just started Mystery #3 a few weeks ago and you can join anytime!
Don't forget to circle the first thursday of each month on your calender for the next Aurifil Designer post. March will be Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
Of course a blog hop has to have prizes! So when your done with your stitching, load your finished stitchery each month into the Aurifil Flickr folder. Aurifil will pick a random project once a month to win a thread gift!