Kitty Committee Continued: Orange Tabby

I finished another installment in my Kitty Committee series: the orange tabby. I’m not quite as happy with the colors on the orange tabby as I was with the other kitties, but it’s still pretty cute.

a cross stitched hoop showing an orange striped tabby cat

This orange kitty is available in my Etsy shop as a completed hoop and as a DIY pattern.

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Free Pattern Friday: No Ban No Wall

It’s been far too long since I posted anything for free pattern Friday, but I’m back with a vengeance this week, with the first in a series of resistance-minded cross stitch patterns.

a round cross stitch pattern with red brick-pattern background and black text that reads 'no ban no wall'

Click here to download the PDF from Craftsy. The pattern download includes both a full-color and a black and white version of the chart.

Although you can download it for free, if you enjoyed this chart, I encourage you to show your appreciation by donating to the American Civil Liberties UnionBorder Angels, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Keep fighting & keep stitching.

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Finished Project: Everything’s Coming up Milhouse!

Second finished project of the year! This one has been on my to-do list probably 100 times longer than it actually took to complete it.

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It’s Milhouse! I framed him up in a 5 by 9 inch wooden hoop painted gold. The pattern is self-made and available on Craftsy. The finished hoop itself is destined to be a gift.

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Finished Project: Snow golem & fire wolf needlefelted bag

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Here it is, my first finished project of 2017 — and it certainly took me long enough! I made it my New Year’s resolution to finish this Adventure Time inspired needle felting project. All I had to do was felt the fire pup; I kept putting it off because I was intimidated by how small he is. And yet, it turned out great!

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I made it into a bag and lined with this cotton Adventure Time print from Joann Fabrics.

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It’s just the right size for a couple of books or to hold sewing projects, except I don’t really want to use it in case it gets dirty. My husband wants to frame it, but if we put it behind glass, he couldn’t pet the soft felting all the time.

In other news, summer can’t come soon enough, because when the sun barely gets 23 degrees into the sky and it’s always overcast or actively raining, it is impossible to take decent pictures — even if you turn on every single light in the apartment.

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Finished Project: Chanukah mini-quilt

Last year when my dad visited us for Chanukah, we used a piece of cardboard under the menorah to protect the table from wax drips. This year, I thought maybe we could be a little classier and use something nicer than diverted recycling, so I made this star of David mini quilt to put under the menorah.

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This was my first attempt at paper piecing, which I had read a lot about and still only vaguely understood. The pattern is from Leisure Arts’ 1,000 Any-Size Quilt Blocks, which gives a brief tutorial on how to paper piece, but I think it’s really a technique that needs to be done to be understood. The 60 degree angles were a little hard to wrap my head around at first, but once you figure it out, paper piecing is great. I love the tidy seams and matching points on the triangles.

I made the mini quilt with Modern Background Paper & Ink Collections from Fresh Modern Fabrics on Etsy for the star, and Robert Kaufman Blueprint Basics #14539 in Indigo for the background & backing.

And here it is in action, with fancy beeswax candles from Big Dipper Waxworks (I’m really excited about these).

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Chag sameach (happy holiday), everyone!

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Finished Project: Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Hoops

I finished these hoops ages ago but never posted them, and that is a crying shame because look at how adorable these little kitties are!

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These peeping kitten hoops are just 4 inches wide. My favorite is the calico, it just turned out so well (and I love calico cats in cat-form, too). They are quick to stitch, too, because they are so small.

The patterns & the finished hoops are available at the PDXstitch Etsy store.

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Gray tabby finished hoop and PDF pattern

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White kitten finished hoop and PDF pattern

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Finally Finished: Hand Embroidered Notecards

In anticipation of holiday-related social calls (read: people coming to our apartment), I’ve been cleaning up around the place. Last night I went through the big bookcase, finding treasures (and plenty of junk). Among the treasures: a tiny dried out gingko leaf, and these embroidered notecards I made back in 2012 or 2013.

four white notecards embroidered with different animals: top left, an adult and a baby elephant; top right: a tortoise; bottom left, a single sloth hanging from a branch; bottom right, a mother sloth hanging from a branch with her baby

I completely forgot that I made these until I found them in a paper bag tucked inside a book. I’d already done the hard part of embroidering through the paper; each card just needed a piece of cardstock glued on the inside to hide the messy backs of the stitches. I took care of that and now they’re ready to go!

Each card is about 4 by 6 inches, typical notecard size. The elephants, tortoise, and single sloth are my own design; the sloth with baby is a free pattern from Wild Olive.

Hooray for cleaning up!

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Finished Project: Pineapple mini-hoop

Long time, no updates, but I can assure you all, gentle readers, that I have been stitching away. I just haven’t had the time to take nice pictures to share with you! But now that’s changed and I am proud to present one of my recent finishes, this fun pineapple cross stitch.

photograph of cross stitched pineapple accented with gold metallic embroidery thread in small embroidery hoop

I wanted to use some of my large collection of variegated and metallic threads, so I made up this pattern to use them up! I love the juicy yellows and oranges!

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I also used the gold metallic thread (from DMC) to make a checkerboard pattern all over the fruit part, and framed it in a gold-painted hoop. Oh so shiny!

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I covered up the back with this green and white printed cotton from a fat-quarter pack I got at Joann.

Both the pattern & the finished cross stitch can be had on Etsy. Click here for the pattern, and here for the finished hoop!

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Finished Project: Let’s Blow this Popsicle Stand

It’s already August; I can hardly believe it. The summer here in Portland has been very strange — cold and rainy for so much of June and July that it almost feels as though we haven’t had a summer yet at all. Hasn’t stopped me from eating popsicles, though, or from designing and stitching this popsicle cross stitch.

let's blow this popsicle stand completed cross stitch hoop

This is one of my favorite ways to say “let’s go,” but I have never heard it used seriously. It is almost too ridiculous. There are also many variants: blow this pop stand, blow this hotdog stand, blow this popcorn stand. So many stands to blow!

back of let's blow this popsicle stand cross stitch, showing the hoop backed with splotchy orange print fabric

I backed it with part of a variegated orange print that I got in a fat-quarter pack from Joann. It was the most popsicle-y fabric I had.

The pattern for this one is available on Etsy, as is the completed hoop.

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Finished Project: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I’ve been waiting to send my latest cross stitch to its new home before posting about it here — didn’t want to spoil the surprise. But it is safe and sound with its new people, so now you can enjoy it too.

picture of cross stitched embroidery hoop with the nautical signal flags for whiskey (W), tango (T), and foxtrot (F), spelling "WTF"

back of cross stitch with blue and white sailboat fabric

I backed it with some of the sailboat fabric I used for the big nautical signal flag sampler. The flags spell out “WTF” and the border is a visual representation of Morse code that reads “SRSLY WTF.”

The pattern for this one is available free here; kits with the floss, hoop, and aida fabric are available in my Etsy shop.

Incidentally, knowing the NATO alphabet is extremely useful if you ever have to take down people’s information on the phone. No more searching for words that begin with right letter when you’re spelling things out (none of that “so that’s ‘F’ as in… ‘frankfurter’? ‘U’ as in, uh… ‘underwear’?”) It should be required in schools.

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