Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free solar eclipse pattern!


Who else is excited about the solar eclipse happening on Monday?? I've never seen a total eclipse before and I can't wait to see it. So in anticipation, I've created this free eclipse embroidery pattern to share with you! 
(you can download the pattern at the end of this post. :)


This is a simple and fun project that you can stitch up in a few hours and use in a variety of ways to create your own little piece of history.
I used a scrap of navy batik that reminded me of a night sky, with pale grey and aqua floss. Looking closely, you can see I used pretty basic stitches, split stitch and straight stitches for the lines, and long and short stitch for the solid areas. If you need a tutorial on that one (along with another moon pattern), check here! 
I'm not sure what I'll do with mine yet, but it is a lovely little momento of a super cool and special event.



I hope you'll stitch up your own version of my eclipse pattern, and will be able to see it on Monday, August 21! Be sure and tag me @aimee_littledear on Instagram if you post pictures!
Have fun. 
xo aimee

(click to enlarge and download pattern.)




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

hoop in a hoop

birds and feathers dream catcher

I've just listed a new dream catcher in the shop! I've been seeing this 'hoop within a hoop' technique lately and I had to try it out and put my own spin on it. :) It was so much fun to put together and I love how it turned out! This is such a unique piece and is the perfect addition to your special solace space. Find this, and other one of a kind embroidered dream catchers at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

new animal dolls

Owl Fox Rabbit

A sweet little owl, fox and rabbit are waiting at the shop for their new homes! 

xo aimee

Saturday, August 5, 2017

new embroidery samplers! (and get one free!)

embroidery samplers

little dear embroidery samplers have arrived!! I've been working long hours on these lovelies and I'm so excited to finally roll them out to you. Three printed fabric samplers are new in the shop and waiting for you to stitch up. 

sloths and moths

autumn love

"Sloths and Moths" and "Autumn Love" are 8 inch, full color printed designs on high quality cotton fabric. They will come to you with instruction sheets detailing stitches and colors to use. 

mini mandala

"Mini Mandala" is a little 4 inch pattern printed in grey lines so you can use your favorite colors! It comes with stitch guides and diagrams as well as some color palettes to try out. 

For a limited time, all embroidery sampler and embroidery kit orders from www.littledear.etsy.com will come with a FREE mini mandala sampler! Order yours today and start stitching.

Friday, August 4, 2017

mermaid dolls at little dear

una and merin

I just finished two new mermaid dolls and they are waiting at little dear for you. 
Una is adorned in greys and silvers with an intricate narwhal design and horn headband. Merin is covered with pretty stitched flowers and carries her merbaby Minnow in a lace netted sling.

Mermaids have always been my favorite and I love making them! Catch one today before they swim away.

xo aimee

Monday, July 31, 2017

dream catchers


2 dreamers

Have you seen my newest embroidered dream catchers at little dear? These are so dear to my heart, I absolutely love making them. 

3 dreamers

My dream catchers incorporate many of my favorite elements, woodland animals, plants, mandala motifs and my unique dream catcher stitching technique that I developed. (You can find a little tutorial for how I create it here on my blog!) 

These one of a kind wall hangings are available now at www.littledear.etsy.com
Do you have a perfect wall space or special, solace corner you might hang one in?

xo aimee

Monday, July 24, 2017

DMC wrist cuffs! (and a Giveaway!)


I’m so excited to be part of this Blog Hop and share this project (and awesome giveaway) with you! At the bottom of this post you'll find our Blog Hop schedule and giveaway details.

DMC has introduced these new stitchable faux leather wrist cuffs and they are so much fun to work with. They come in four colors and are punched with holes and ready to stitch up with the design included, or one of your own! Although the dot grid is designed for Straight or Cross stitches, you can easily use some of your favorite hand embroidery stitches as well. I’ve used French Knots and Lazy Daisies in addition to Straight stitches for this design and I love how it turned out.


For this project I chose the navy blue cuff and a few of my favorite colors of DMC floss,
 501, 503, 3813 and 3072.


You can stitch up this design by counting the holes and following the Flowers and Feathers pattern below. 
The 360 pre-made holes on the cuff are are arranged in a 36 x 10 dot rectangle. To begin, count over 18 holes from the left and 5 holes down. This is where you’ll make your first stitch.
(Note that since there are an even number of holes, there is no true center point. Parts of the design will be a little offset but it won’t be noticeable.) 

I embroidered this cuff exactly how I would embroider on fabric and had no problems at all. Use all 6 threads of floss and tie a knot in the end, then pull it through at the correct hole and begin stitching diagonal Straight stitches to form the center of the flower shape. Switch colors and add the lines at the four corners.


For Lazy Daisies, make a loop across two holes. At the third hole, make a tiny stitch to secure the loop in place. This stitch will come up from and go back down into the same hole. Pull it just tightly enough to keep it in place, but not so hard that it pulls the end of the loop through the hole.


For French Knots, begin by wrapping the floss around the needle as shown. Reinsert the needle into the same hole, pulling the floss taut as you push the needle back through. 


Count holes out from these center stitches to continue the design with Straight stitches.

For the top feather shapes, turn the cuff vertically. Count three holes up (towards the center) and one hole over for each diagonal stitch, then begin the next stitch in the center of the previous one.


Finish up the pattern with French Knots and Straight stitches at the top corners.


All done! Stitching these cuffs is easy and fun, and you can complete one in an hour or two. Check out this video for more cute wrist cuff ideas.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you’ll give these cuffs a try. 

***Here’s a bonus: for a chance to win a DMC prize package including their new stitchable mesh, cork, cuffs and floss, leave a comment below and tell me about your latest embroidery project! I love to hear what other people are working on. :) I’ll choose a random winner on August 4.***

I hope you’ll enjoy following along on this blog hop, be sure to check out the other awesome designers in our series to see more unique projects using DMC’s new stitchable mesh, cork and wrist cuffs! (and you can enter their giveaways as well! ;)
   

Tuesday July 25:
Positively Splendid – Cork Project
U Create – Mesh Project
 Little Dear Tracks – Cuff Project
Wednesday July 26:
The Scrap Shoppe – Cork Project
Cutesy Crafts – Mesh Project
Random Acts of Amy – Cuff Project
Thursday July 27:
Lova Revolution – Cork Project
The Pretty Life Girls – Mesh Project
Wild Olive – Cuff Project