Handmade Highlights – Crazy Dog Lady

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Glenda created this piece last summer after a year off from hand embroidery. She added some cute flowers, and colored pencil to distinguish each dog. Plus, she used french knots to create a polka dot dress! This is a great piece to hang in any dog lover’s home!

Check out the Crazy Dog Lady hand embroidery design, and add your own special touches.

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Quick Pic – Little Dragon Family

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Daww… is this not the cutest use of the Dragon Wing hoodie tutorial you’ve seen? UT Stitcher Kathryn stitched them up for these special guys. That little bitty dragon? Gah! I’m melting.

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Color Inspirations – Twig & Mint

Try this unexpected Twig & Mint color scheme out on your embroidery designs.

This week, go natural with a twist using this Twig & Mint color scheme. A soft faux wood fabric sets off the natural tones of browns and soft oranges and berry reds, but the real charm is in the pop of unexpected mint. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Quick Pic – Laced Up

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Laced up embroidered jeans

Janice Harris is working on a sew along called the Perfect Pattern Parcel, where you get a bunch of great patterns by independent designers. You support indie designers, and support children’s education through Donor’s Choose.  One of the patterns she made was these adorable pants, with the super cute “lace it up” accent stitched on the backs. Adorable!

You can see more about the project on her blog.

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Win an Online Course in Goldwork Hand Embroidery!

UPDATE: Congratulations to commenter #51, Jennifer Somerset, winner of the free goldwork course! Wish we could’ve given a class to each and every one of you who entered — so many awesome goldwork dreams out there. Know we say it a lot, but you guys are THE BEST.

Didn’t win, but still interested in the class? Use the code URBAN20 to take 20% off any Mastered textile class through April 24, 2014. Thanks so much to Mastered for sharing this prize!

Machine embroidered version of the Gilded Heraldry Eagle design.

Hey, hand embroiderers! Loving the new Gilded Heraldry designs? Want to learn how to make ‘em really shine?

Over on Mastered, the amazing stitchers of London hand embroidery company Hand & Lock (embroiderers to the royal family, military, celebrities, and top fashion designers) are teaching an online course in goldwork embroidery. And we’re sending one of you to stitching school! Watch the trailer for a glimpse into the course (or see the hi res version here):

In addition to the detailed video instruction, this course lets you upload images of your work to get feedback from industry experts. If you want to learn goldwork from the very best, short of visiting Hand & Lock, this is probably the awesomest way to do it. Read more about the online goldwork course here!

To enter, comment on this post before Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Central time and tell us: what project would you cover in gorgeous hand-stitched goldwork?

One commenter will be chosen at random, and we’ll put you in touch with Mastered to claim your prize. We’ll contact you at the (hidden) email address you provide with your comment, so make sure to use a good one.

Hand embroidered goldwork showcases a variety of materials and techniques.

Not the lucky winner, but still want in? Use the code URBAN20 to get 20% off any course or school with Mastered. In addition to goldwork, they offer classes in the business of embroidery, tambour beading, and creative embroidery, plus lots of other fashion-oriented topics. This code expires Thursday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m., Central time. Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Mastered for providing this prize! Best of luck!

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Problem Solving

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Color Inspirations – Morning Harvest

Try this cozy and comforting Morning Harvest color scheme out on your embroidery designs.

This week, go extra go warm and cozy with the Morning Harvest color scheme. A deep navy velvet sets of warm tones of reds and soft fading oranges. Pink adds that final touch of warmth, allowing the harmonious tones to let the complexity of the dimensional layers shine. It’s both rustically charming and contemporary in its colors. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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