Thursday, March 26, 2015

pattern premiere week - holiday angels

Angel embroidery pattern holiday embroidery designs from SeptemberHouse

Hello again, I am sad to see these premieres come to close - they are so much fun. After months of tweaking in my quiet basement it is really exciting to let these patterns see the light of day! This last pattern set has a holiday theme and it's one of my favorite Christmas motifs - angels. You can find the Holiday Angels Pattern Set over at SeptemberHouse.

Angel embroidery pattern holiday embroidery designs from SeptemberHouse

Angels have found their way onto a few of my other projects in the past, mostly Christmas ornaments and I have always enjoyed coming up with ideas for these little gals. For this set I have three different embroidery designs and one more little freebie pattern too just for fun.

Angel embroidery pattern holiday embroidery designs from SeptemberHouse

Normally I put all my examples in hoops but I wanted to branch out a little more for these new pattern sets so one was sewn into a banner (don't you love that crochet lace trim?) and one was made into a stocking. Now, as you may already know, sewing is not exactly one of my superpowers BUT I used this pattern/tutorial that I saw on Pinterest and was able to sew this up without a hitch. A big thank you to Amy Smart for putting this wonderful tutorial together and for making it available for free - it is appreciated!

Angel embroidery pattern holiday embroidery designs from SeptemberHouse

Thanks for sharing premiere week with me. I hope to have some more projects to share soon! And yes, I am working on my Crafting Confession installment for March and I hope I can post about that next!.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

pattern premiere week - modern monograms

alphabet embroidery patterns by septemberhouse monogram patterns

Today I am revealing what has kept me so quiet over the past few months. After hemming and hawing over whether or not to take on a project this big I decided to give it a try. There are not one but three alphabet pattern sets now available at SeptemberHouse!

alphabet embroidery patterns by septemberhouse monogram patterns
starlight letter patterns
These are available as full alphabets or single letters (the single letter patterns have designs for all three styles but for a single letter).

alphabet embroidery patterns by septemberhouse monogram patterns
floral letter patterns
No, I did not stitch up examples for all 26 letters in each style (let's see, that would be 78 examples to stitch!) that might have been the end of my eyesight and maybe even my sanity. Hopefully the examples I did stitch give a good sense of how the style looks. There are some digital renderings on the pattern listings too so I hope that will be helpful too.

art deco alphabet embroidery patterns by septemberhouse monogram patterns
art deco letter patterns

The three styles I narrowed it down to were a floral style that is kind of swirly and fun. It has a few options for stitching too - the 'shadow' and the outline can both be omitted if that is preferred so it can be made a little simpler than it is shown. And art deco inspired design is also available. I love the way the colors look together on my stitched example but I confess, I had an inkling to try it in metallic gold or silver - can you imagine? That metallic thread can be so tricky though so I chickened opted out. You have to admit though - that would have really given it an art deco flair, am I right? Perhaps a bolder embroiderist will take on that challenge.

The last design is probably my favorite. It's the simplest but I think it's also the cleanest. I called it "Starlight" due to the starburst in the center (and because I could not think up anything else). I added some lengths of 1.5mm cording underneath my satin stitches to give it some added dimension and I LOVE the way it turned out. That is a really easy way to add a little something extra to your embroidery.

Thanks for taking a peek at these new designs, I am thrilled to be able to share them with you today. One more pattern premiere is coming this week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

pattern premiere week - Happy Houseplants

Hand Embroidery Patterns Happy Houseplants from SeptemberHouse

The time has finally come to share some new patterns from SeptemberHouse! Normally I focus on one set at a time but over the past few months I have experimented with working on several patterns at once. These Happy Houseplants are the first to debut!

Hand Embroidery Designs Happy Houseplants from SeptemberHouse

This collection of patterns is completely customizable. The set contains designs for eight different plants and eight different pots. Choose the combo you like, trace them together onto your fabric (or trace onto stabilizer - whatever method you prefer) and stitch them up. I added some stitch guides for the combinations I embroidered but there are so many more possibilities beyond that and I hope people will just have fun coming up with different color and stitch variations.

Hand Embroidery Designs Houseplant Mis and Match from SeptemberHouse

Here is a little close up of one of them. They fit in a three inch hoop as they are but the patterns can be enlarged or reduced on a printer or copy machine too. I think they would be cute in a little collection of hoops but I wanted to try a wall hanging idea I had too so I gave that a go for my example.

Terrarium hand embroidery pattern by SeptemberHouse

I also decided to include this friend that you might recall from a while back. It seemed to fit the theme and I hope people will find it to be a nice addition to this collection. It has so many different stitches in it as well as some experimenting that I did when I stitched it up originally. It can be embroidered with more basic stitches as well but if someone wants a challenge they can really have fun with this one.

Oh and I think there might be a couple of little freebie patterns too - or that might just be a rumor that is floating around. I really cannot confirm at this point *wink*

You can find Happy Houseplants Here.

Watch for more new pattern sets to hit the shop shelves this week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

crafting confession #2 february

This post almost didn't make it online because at just month #2 I already have doubts about this whole crafting confession series. I liked the idea of it when I envisioned beautiful completed projects that I could share here on my blog. I had not really thought through what I would do on those months when my end results fall short of my expectations. But - the point was to have fun and try new things and I promise I am continuing with that mission.

This month I took on some basic beadwork. I was so excited about this one. What ended up happening though, was that I would end the month in frustration and my seven year old would end the month with a new favorite thing to do. I had not intended this to be a mother-son venture but once he saw me working with the beads he wanted to give it a go as well. The projects on the left are his and the ones on the right are mine. He started with perler beads and embroidery floss which worked beautifully for someone his age. We set up an embroidery hoop 'loom' found here - which again, worked great for him.

I used a really simple bead loom which also worked fine for me as a beginner. Somehow though, I was not happy with anything I made. I actually had another completed project but when I tried to put some jewelry findings on it to turn it into a bracelet the whole thing ended up falling apart. (grumble grumble). So I am left with just some practice pieces that may never turn into anything. Adam doesn't know what to do with his either. He just liked the process but didn't care what became of them (maybe I should take a lesson from him).

Please know that I am not saying that there is anything wrong with beadweaving. Just do a quick search online to see what amazing things can be done with it. My main problem (I think) was that I bought the wrong materials. They worked but with better beads and beading thread my odds of making something I could be happy with would be much greater. First there was a lot of sifting through information online about what to use (do you know how many different sizes beads, thread and needles come in?? good grief!). Then I assumed I could just hop down to my local craft store and pick those things up and well, I couldn't. So I got the next best things in the interest of time and the results reflected that. I would definitely do this again but I would purchase the right tools for the job.

So, there's my crafting confession for this month. I am glad to be sweeping up the last of the beads for now at least and moving onto next month's adventure - one that I confess, I am very intimidated by.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

a happy hello with Hoop-La

hand embroidered journal tutorial by SeptemberHouse for Hoop-La magazine

Yesterday I found a treasure in my mailbox... the latest issue of Hoop-La! Magazine all the way from across the pond. It's a thrill for me to say that SeptemberHouse is nestled in the beautiful pages of this publication! Inside you will find a project tutorial I put together and also a mention of the sampler magnets from my shop.

hand embroidered notebook tutorial by SeptemberHouse for Hoop-La magazine

If you are a fan of hand embroidery you will LOVE Hoop-La! Not only is is gorgeous to look at, the information and articles are interesting, informative and inspiring. There are so many wonderful artists featured here, I was truly amazed by it. If you would like to take a peek for yourself (which I recommend!) You can find it available here. You can also follow Hoop-La! on Twitter and Facebook.

One more quick thing to add - how cool is it that the headline for my notebook tutorial evokes none other than the Ramones? Thanks Hoop-La! I think you just increased my cool factor!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

new diy embroidery kits premiere at septemberhouse

hand embroidery kit sampler magnets set from septemberhouse

There is something new at SeptemberHouse today - I love it when I get to say that! These DIY sampler magnet kits were a result of several requests from customers who are enthusiastic embroiderists. While these sampler magnets are a popular item in the shop, some wondered why I got to have all the fun - might they have a go at it too?

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

It's funny because that is probably exactly what I would think if I saw these (and if I were not me). So, after several weeks of pencil chewing and figuring out to pull these together in the most effective way, here they are.
DIY sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

At this point they are available in two color schemes. The Hopscotch and Treehouse collections are both on the shop shelves. I held back on a set for the Confection color scheme which will most likely be riding off into the sugary sunset) I will see how these go and perhaps add more color and design options in the future.

Each kit contains: a preprinted fabric panel with four designs so you can make a complete set of magnets, the metal button pieces and button setter tool, instructions, interfacing, and embroidery floss. The only things that are need but are not included are a needle, scissors, an iron and a small embroidery hoop if you like to use a hoop when you embroider (truth be told I usually do  not use a hoop when I embroider mine)

hand embroidery kit sampler magnets set from septemberhouse

And all those supplies are tucked neatly in a box so they travel nicely and they also are all set to give as a gift if you have crafty friends who might enjoy a little project like this one.

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

For those less inclined to embroider I still have the completed sets available (I still want to have some fun with these too you know).

Modern embroidery sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

I enjoyed putting these together and cannot wait to see what people think!

DIY sampler buttons hand embroidery kit from septemberhouse

Monday, January 26, 2015

crafting confession january : papercutting

Papercutting project septemberhouse floral bird paper cut
I am sharing secrets today everyone so hang on tight, here I go. In some sort of crazed New Year whirlwind I got it in my head that in 2015 I should make an effort to try out some techniques and materials I have never used before but have always been drawn to. You know, that stuff you see on Pinterest and think, "wow, I'd really like to try that." How often do we actually try it though?  For me, it's not often - or, let's be honest, never.

tools for papercutting

BUT! I am making an effort this year and gave myself a list of 12 crafts to try - one for each month. I've been keeping this wild idea pretty hush-hush so far but I think I am committed enough to it now to share it here.

My goal is to just take a baby step - a small project - and just for fun - no pressure. I didn't want to invest in a lot of materials and I didn't want to spend so much time on it that I could not get shop or family work done. I hope I can continue on with this year-long goal because it is actually super fun. My first craft was Papercutting!
This is one of those artforms I have been attracted to since I first laid eyes on it. It seems to be gaining popularity so the opportunities to see beautiful papercut designs are everywhere. 

PaperCutting Design Bird

Perhaps because it is new to me (and I didn't know what I was doing) I ended up spending WAY more time getting my design ready than I did actually cutting it out. You really have to think it through as you draw to make sure you won't be accidentally removing entire areas when you are cutting. They have to interconnect somehow without looking awkward. I don't know if I achieved that but I went through so many more revisions than I thought I would to get to the final design.

Bird Design papercutting

Still, I would probably continue tweaking if the month was not coming to a close. Plus, a new craft is calling my name so if I am going to stick with this program I have to listen to that and be able to let go of the last month's project.

I loved stretching my brain a little to think about the images I make in a new way. Most of my work relies so heavily on line and papercuts focus more on shape so this was a great way to pull me out of my comfort zone a little. I still am deciding on background colors for this but it's fun to play around with it and test out different combinations. 

I look forward to sharing a new crafting experience in February - stay tuned!