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Monday, October 12, 2009

Marigold Sugar Skull pattern

Hola! It's a new pattern! I bet you can tell where the inspiration for this one has come from. Mexico and Dia de Los Muertos. It is called Marigold Sugar Skull. Hope you like it. :-)

Actually, to be honest, a lot of my embroidery is inspired by folklore type embroidery. Stylised natural elements with lots of colour. This one has a bit more 'natural' or maybe pictoral elements. The skull and the large flowers.

Years ago I went to an exhibition of Frida Kahló's paintings and they made a big impression on me. An interesting thing about them is that most are quite small. But I guess that's only natural, since she made a lot of them in bed. At that exhibition they had also made a Dia de Los Muertos shrine which was very beautiful. Lots of candles and flowers. Yellow and orange flowers. Marigolds. So there is the inspiration for the flowers. And it is such a lovely, happy colour. :-)

I think it is interesting how Mexicans (and other South American countries too?) celebrate the dead. But in a non creepy way. Celebrating the life and love of friends and family. That is beautiful. I think other countries/cultures could learn from that...

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Leafy stitches

So I wasn't quite done with the leaves yet. I wonder if I'll ever be. Aren't leaves just one of the most amazing things ever? The come in any shape, size and colour you can possibly imagine. And probably some you can't. Do you have a favourite leaf?

Dear Universe, thank you for the leafy abundance! xo

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Cozy + Posy

I am finally able to 'unveil' another couple of embroidery patterns (in the wee shop: here and here). I made the embroideries some time ago, but I have only now got round to turning them into patterns. I guess some things take time, eh? ;-)

I really love these. I love it when something is heavily embroidered. That feeling of running your hands over a stitched surface. So lovely. Do you like the names? It's fun to think up names. I don't want my patterns to just have a number - how boring would that be? I hope the names tell a story; even if the pattern itself is abstract... Does that make sense?

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Small Stitches giveaway

Happy Wednesday! I would like to thank those who have supported my little book in one way or another. From the bottom of my heart: thank you. I really, really appreciate it. You rock my world!

Now, I want to give something back (apart from the free pattern which you can get right here). 1 copy of the book and 2 x the Pompeii Arabesque pattern (see picture above).

You can enter the give away in three ways:
- leave a comment on this post, telling me either why you love embroidery or why you would like to learn embroidery (don't forget to fill in the email field so I cancontact you)
- tweet about the book, with a link to the book's page - don't forget to add @carinaeh in the tweet so I can find it! :-)
- blog about it, then either email me or come back here and leave a comment with a link to your blog post

You are more than welcome to do more, or all, of these, it will only increase your chance of gettin' your mitts on a pattern or the book! :-)

You have until midnight on Monday (September 7) and I will pick the winner on Tuesday.

The give away has ended. Thank you all soooo very much for your comments! I'll let you know who is the happy winner tomorrow! :-)

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Small Stitches - with love

Happy Monday, everyone! Wow, I am absolutely excited about my news today: I have written an e-book! I've been working on it for the past month and half and now it is finally done so I can share this news with you. The book is called "Small Stitches Booklette" and it is an introduction to embroidery stitches. You can get the book here.

You know I love embroidery (you DO know that, right?!) and I hope that this little book will help others to discover the joy of stitching. Embroidery isn't just cross stitch, it can be anything you can possibly imagine. I think maybe that is what I love the very most: that it is so versatile; there's a type of embroidery to suit everyone!

I've made a page for the book where you can read more about the details, like what stitches you can learn from the book and sneak peeks at a couple of pages and some of the patterns and images. The book includes 9 patterns for you to have fun with. Atleast I hope they will be fun!

Yes, that leaf there is filled with like a gazillion French knots, which is a great way to perfect your 'knotting' skillz. This is one of the patterns in the book, along with 2 other leaves. And guess what! Because autumn is right around the corner, you can download a page with those 3 leaves in 2 sizes for your own foliage-related stitching fun. Yay!

I am going to make a 'leftie' version of the book too, it's almost ready, but it may not be completely done until we come back from holiday. However, if you want this version of it, buy it and let me know in a note to seller to hurry up already with that 'south paw' version - that should speed things up! ;-)

I hope people will be inspired by the book and take the patterns to places I can't even imagine. Embroidery is fun! And although it is time consuming, it is also a great pleasure to work on. And the more you work on it, the easier and quicker it will be! :-)

This is one of the patterns in the book and it is also available on its own, because it is goes with some of the other patterns I've done. I reaaaaaally love it! It is called Pompeii Arabesque, because when I had finished stitching it, it really reminded me of some of the frescos we saw in Pompeii. You can find it right here.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Closeup

On the slopes of Mons Vesuvius...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Stitchin' Summer Garden

There is something nice about working on something that is symmetrical. It is calming, meditative. Well, most embroidery is. Except for cross stitch, it makes me nauseuos, strangely.

And have you noticed that I am actually using a fairly limited palette here? I find that really challenging! I have to really restrain myself from using every single colour in my thread stash. :-) Anyone else have that 'problem'?

Although, obviously symmetrical should be used loosely when looking at my sample there. It's a wee bit lopsided at the bottom. The pattern, of course, isn't lopsided. But feel free to make it so, if you desire. ;-)

Available here (4 available) and here (2). :-)

Oh and before I forget, I finally got a Flcikr group up and running for those of you who feel like showing off some Polka & Bloom stitchin'! Go join here.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Happyscape winners!

Sorry I didn't post about the winners of the Happyscape embroidery pattern yesterday. I was just absolutely exhausted - been doing too much lately! Too many ideas, too many patterns, not enough chocolate!

Anyway! The new pattern now has a name! Happyscape Tropical Island. Noone suggested exactly that combination, but there were a few with island or tropical. The name popped into my head after reading Kelly's comment, so one pattern goes to her, and another one goes, completely randomly, to Karin. Congratulations, ladies! Congratulations to all of you for making so many wonderful suggestions!

And thank you, all, for supporting my patterns in one way or the other. That is really unexpected and very, very muchly appreciated.

The new pattern is, of course, available in both the Artfire and Etsy shop (more in Artfire). Buy this pattern with any other pattern this week (July 7 - 12) and the cheapest one will be ½ price. :-)

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Cycle patterns

It's the beginning of July and that means that I will actually be watching the telly in the afternoon (I rarely have the telly on when I'm on my own). Why, you ask? Because it is time for the Tour de France! Hooray! I don't really care about sports in general. But Le Tour? That I can get into. And have been for many years.

Not sure why, exactly. Maybe it's because it is awe inspiring to think that these guys cycle some 3,000 kilometres in less than 3 weeks. And not only that, but they climb some rather steep mountains in the process. That is pretty cool, I think!

So, my new embroidery patterns are inspired in a small way by Le Tour, although most of the cycles I've drawn up are probably less than ideal for participating in Le Tour. But how cool would it be if someone entered on a penny farthing?!

There are 2 patterns, Freewheelin' and Keepin' Steady. Each has 3 cycles. Freewheelin' is old skool lady's bike, racer and a tandem. Keepin' Steady is a bit more adventurous: unicycle, penny farthing and tricycle (based on the ones I remember from my child hood).

Now, not only are the patterns inspired by Le Tour, but also by my sweet husband. This year Tony is participating in the London to Southend bike ride (60 miles/100 kilometres) for the British Heart Foundation. He's pretty cool, huh? Funny thing is, when he did it last year; immediately afterwards he said 'never again'. But shortly after he said that he was doing it this year after all! ;-)

So, for the rest of July (the bike ride is on July19), the proceeds from both of the cycle patterns will be donated to the BHF. I hope you will help me (and Tony) support this very worthy cause.

Get them here: Artfire & Etsy.

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

There's a tomato on my tomato plant!

Some new patterns are in the work. Quite cute! More about them tomorrow - right now we're off to visit Tony's parents. Escaping this flat in the late afternoon is always a good thing this time of year!!

PS - buy anything from either my Artfire or Etsy shop today and tomorrow and get an exclusive embroidery pattern for free. Yay! :-)

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The mad embroiderer, that's me

Goodness me! I really have been bitten by the embroidery bug this time. It is ALL I do! And when I'm not actually embroidering I am thinking about it or doodling the next thing. Crazy! Maybe it's the heat... ;-)

Although, this one didn't come from any sketch or drawing.. I just added a bit here and there and it ended up looking like this.

I really cannot emcourage you enough to just have a play with a needle and thread. Let the stitches guide you, with the help of the colours. It is FUN! And, I believe that the brain needs this sort of 'switching off'. It's good for ya, just like staring out the window, thinking about nothing in particular, is good for you.

I stayed up ridiculously late to make a pattern for this (find it here and here). It is a bit more streamlined than my original; my original needle wanderings are usually quite wonky! ;-) While making the pattern I can't help playing around with different colour possibilities. And I just seem to gravitate towards white on blue (or blue on white sometimes) - it reminds of old china... and it just looks pretty..

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Parsley coming soon

One of my 'coming soon' embroidery patterns. Parsley is very summery to me. Dunno why. Have you got a favourite herb? I think mine is basil. As in, fresh basil on a pizza. Yummy. Man, wish I was having that for dinner now!

Speaking of which, dinner is almost ready so I guess I better get goin'! ;-)

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My not so creative space

My goodness. What was supposed to be an hour's worth of work turned into an all day kind of thing. Just because bloody software wouldn't cooperate! If any of you are Scribus experts, I'd love to hear from you: Scribus keeps crashing, especially when I save a document!

I finally succumbed and downloaded a trial version of InDesign, which I can barely remember how to use, which took a wee bit to install and stuff. Oi. Don't you just hate it when tech misbehaves?

Anyway, I have managed to put together a pattern for the Tree of Life embroidery. Not terribly creative today, but I did play around with different colour ideas and stuff. I have done some cushion covers for my mum which are white embroidery on blue and that's the inspiration for this particular one. I 'owe' her another one, so I may just have to make her one of these. :-)

The pattern is available in my shops (Etsy + Artfire) or you can email me and we can sort it out directly. :-) Anyone who purchases this pattern (until June 30) and quotes "I wanna beat my computer with a stick" will receive an extra little embroidery pattern. :-)

And here's to hopin' that tomorrow is a bit more creative and bit less frustrating!

More folks with more creative spaces!

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Herb preview

A little preview of one of the embroidery patterns I am working on. I was hoping to have it finished today, but I've woken up with a cold and a sore throat, so not sure if I can concentrate on it!

These embroidery patterns are a series of herbs and I am wondering if I should include lettering for the name of each one? I didn't think of it originally, so I haven't done any lettering with my own embroidered versions. What do you think? With lettering? You could always leave that out if you didn't feel the need for words with your herbs...

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happyscape embroidery pattern revealed!

Here it finally is! My first embroidery pattern. I am so happy about it! It is called Happyscape Spring. Oh what else could it be? I love my little abstract fairytale world of Happyscapes! It is my plan to do more of these, embroidery patterns, not just Happyscape ones (although they are fun to make!)

I loved sketching it all out and inking it (well, as ink-y as it can get on the computer, eh?). Going through my stash of embroidery thread to find the right colours. Stitching my version of it. All good.

It's a special little world, drifting along in a cloud. Fairies live there, I think. In little smurf-like houses; colourful toadstools. Maybe they will offer you a cup of tea in their fairy tea cups?

It's funny, just a few years ago I never in my wildest dreams imagined draming up my own embroidery pattern. And if you had told me so, I think I would have asked you (in the nicest possible way) to F*** off! But here we are, pattern in hand! I don't know if she would have appreciated the image, but I think my grandma would definitely have appreciated the fact of it and the effort. She was a craft genius and even owned her own yarn shop for a number of years!

The pattern is for sale (Artfire + Etsy) and this is what you get in the pattern:

- the original pattern in 2 sizes
Approx. 6.5" x 4.5" and 5.5" x 3.5" - - 16.5 x 11 cm and 13.5 x 9 cm

- the same images in reverse

- enlarged elements from the original pattern (both in a 'right' and 'wrong' version)

- extra patterns using these enlarged elements

- instructions for pattern transfer

- suggestions for stitches and colours to use


Want to win a copy of the pattern?! Leave a comment telling me/everyone about your favourite thing about spring. Please fill in the email thingy so I can contact you! You have from now until Monday.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Crochet bicycle seat cover pattern - translation

I finished translating the first of the patterns found at Hendes Verden. I figure you really only need one of the patterns - you can adapt it quite easily - so I'm not going to translate the other one. The only real difference between them is the flower on the second one and you can just use any large-ish flower pattern instead.

Doesn't Tony's bike look prrrrrretty? I couldn't be bothered to cut off the loose ends. Oh well. ;-)

Here is the pattern - I hope it makes sense. If it doesn't, well, tough bananas! Only joking. If it's completel gobbledygook, please email me or leave a comment... :-)

PS - Now there is also a French translation - head over to Potiron Blogue!

Bicycle Seat Cover
- translated from the original pattern in Danish found here at Hendes Verden magazine

Hook size: 3
Gauge: 19/20 hdc on hook no. 3 = 10cm
accessories: 65 cm button hole elastic or similar, 1-2 buttons

Chain 25,
hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2ch counts as first hdc), hdc in rest of ch stitches, but 2 hdc in last stitch

ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same stitch, hdc in the rest of stitches, but 2 hdc in last stitch – continue this increase (2 stiches in the beg. and end stitches) until there are 39 stitches.

Work the next 6 rows without the increase. Meaning: ch 2 that counts as first hdc, hdc in all other stitches along the row.

Now we start decreasing!
For the next 3 rows work 2 tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch
After these 3 rows you should have 33 stitches along
(if you're wondering how to do 2tog with a ch stitch; this is how I do it: instead of making 2 ch stitches, do just 1 and then do the following hdc as usual – I don't know if this is the right way, but hey, if it works..)

For the next 2 rows work 3tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch
After these 2 rows you should have 25 stitches along

For the next 2 rows work 2tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch
After these 2 rows you should have 21 stitches along

Next row: no increase

Next row: work 2tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch = 19 stitches along

Next 3 rows: no increase

Next row: work 2tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch = 17 stitches along

Next row: no increase

Next 4 rows: work 2tog at each end, the rest is as before, 1 hdc in each stitch = 9 stitches along

Bind off. That is the top of the seat done.

The edging:
Attach the yarn in the middle of the back (the very first row of the work) with 1 crochet stitch, ch 2, work approx 72 hdc all the way around (this depends on the size of the circumference; you might need more or less than 72, but it should be a number that is divisable with 5 and 2 and will result in an even number of 'holes' – made later on), finish the row with sl st in the 2nd ch.

Work another 6 rows of hdc in the same way

Work one row like so:
Ch 5, * skip next 2 st, 3dc, ch2 *, repeat from * to * for the rest of the row and finish with 2ch in 3rd of first chain.

Last row!
Ch 1, 2 sc in each ch sp, 1 sc in each dc, finish with 1 ch into the first sc. Bind off.

To finish
The original pattern tells you to use trouser elastic (through the holes) to keep the cover tight on your seat.

I suggest this instead: crochet a chain that is as long as the circumference of the cover, pull it through the holes and tie with a bow when you've places the cover on the seat. You can even make this cord thicker by doing dc's all the way back through your chain. But that is only if you can be bothered.

Decorate the back end of cover with crochet flowers if you feel like it. Or you can make the cover stripy by changing the colours.


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Monday, April 06, 2009

Excitement. Barely contained.

Oh. My. Gawd. People, I am just sooooo excited about that little sneak peek there. And even more so about the whole thing. It is part of my first embroidery pattern. 100% fresh, new and original! Hurraaah! I am so, so, so happy about it. I hope you will like it too (nay, love it!?)

I finieshed doing the embroidering last night and this morning I ironed it and that is always such a magic thing to do with embroidery. First of all, it removes all the little wrinkles in the fabric, but it also makes the stitches lie closer to the fabric - and I may be imaging things, but it seems like it also enhances the colour of the thread?

I am almost ready to show it to you, just need to do the final adjustments on the pattern itself. Exciting!

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Retro citrus paisley

So, obviously my pattern repeat abilities are a wee bit rusty. It's all good fun, though.



I think this is my favourite...

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