We first met embroidery artist and kit designer Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press while working together on a quick and easy DIY project for attendees of the Create: Now Summit. To say it was love at first stitch would be an understatement! Michelle has the ability to bring fabric to life with her extraordinary embroidery skills and today, we’re so thrilled to welcome Michelle to the blog to share her Matryoskha dolls with the entire Spoonflower community.
Just like the traditional Russian nesting dolls where the artistry is found in the way the dolls’ outfits are decorated, Michelle’s dolls will come to life as you embroider the cut & sew pattern with your own personal spin.
Calling all world travelers, history buffs and DIY enthusiasts! If you’ve been looking for a creative way to highlight your road trip memories or trace your family ancestry, today’s tutorial by embroidery enthusiast and Spoonflower maker Robert Mahar is the “X marks the spot” on your handcrafted adventure. Once you’ve seen the five ways Robert personalizes a map with embroidery, keep your DIY journey going by reserving a spot at Craftcation, a four-day business + makers conference filled with DIY workshops including an embroidery class from Robert!
Not just for “grannies” and Victorian-era ladies anymore, needlepoint has made a comeback in recent years (even Taylor Swift needlepoints!) — and we’re so glad it has! For National Hobby Month, we wanted to spend some time paying homage to one of our favorite past times, needlepoint with a design challenge. Congratulations to Elena Naylor with her gorgeous Embroidered Flowers design. Elena will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Amy of Pennycandy will receive $100 in Spoondollars, and the 3rd place winner C-hawk studios will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required. Shop the entire the winners here!
1. 343 votes for Embroidered flowers by elena_naylor
2. 267 votes for Fauxboro (Jackie Blue) by pennycandy
3. 257 votes for Botanical Sampler by c-hawk_studios
4. 231 votes for Stitch Sampler by gracesutherland
5. 227 votes for Stitched Garden by susan_polston
6. 220 votes for Sashiko stitching by lauraflorencedesign
7. 216 votes for Embroidered flower pattern on creme by heleen_vd_thillart
8. 215 votes for Floral Needlepoint in soft pastels by suzytaylordesigns
9. 192 votes for Mexican Embroidery Sampler by pinky_wittingslow
10. 184 votes for Needlepoint / Hand Embroidery by matite [Read more…] about Announcing the Needlepoint Design Challenge Winners
Make it Monday is a weekly series where we highlight simple DIYs to work on throughout the week. Sew a couple seams or add a few stitches here and there each night to have a finished project by the weekend. Today's post comes from Spoonflower crew member Allie. She shares a fun embroidery project to whip up for your BFF!
This Christmas, I wanted to make something handmade for my best friend. Since college, we've lived four and a half hours apart–her in DC and me in Raleigh. While browsing the Marketplace, I stumbled upon this great little embroidery pattern by Kate Gabrielle. I love how it's like the BFF necklace of embroider patterns. Embroidery is a fun and simple project that can be a creative as you'd like. Start with a printed pattern or sketch something yourself on a piece of fabric, pick up a hoop and some embroidery floss at your local craft store and you're off and running! The possibilities are truly endless with what you can create.
- A swatch of fabric–I used Linen Cotton Canvas
- Embroidery floss + needles
- Embroidery hoop
Ready to whip up an embroidery project of your own? Grab a few simple supplies you probably already have and get started! Brush up on your satin stitch and french knots while creating something thoughtfully handmade for a friend. Here's a few of my favorite embroidery project for a little inspiration!
Don't forget to share your Monday makes with us throughout the week using the hashtag #MakeItMonday and #Spoonflower!