We’re so excited to celebrate the release of Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris with the first stop on the official blog tour! You probably recognize Carina’s work: she’s the artist behind Polka & Bloom and part of &Stitches. I’ve always been drawn to her designs and, especially, her use of color. And her lovely personality!
There are so many things to love about Stitched Blooms: the sumptuous cover (for starters!), Carina’s informative section about color, the 20 incredibly cute projects (the Mexican Folk Blouse has taken up permanent residence on my to-do list!), the 300 motifs that you can do absolutely anything with, the CD so you can resize the motifs to suit your needs…it’s hard-working, it’s lovely to look at, and it’s incredibly inspirational – the kind of book you want in your workspace! I loved working on this book…and I also love that I’ve got a copy to keep and use!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite motifs from the book, leaf number 165. I have a lot of favorites, but this one caught my eye; it’s a simple design that offers lots of color options. And since most of my crafting time these days is spent accessorizing my daughter, I decided to alter a hand-me-down skirt with some hand stitching.
I stitched my leaf in magenta, purple, and red tones. Instead of French knots, I stitched little asterisks in orange.
To balance the leaf, I added a double line of running stitches along the bottom edge of the skirt. Here’s Ruby in her (in)famous purple shoes. She has a thing for sequins, this one.
I’m pretty sure you need some stitched leaves – and blooms! – in your life. Download the leaf motif (in several sizes for your convenience) here: Leaf #165
And follow along with the rest of the blog tour for free stuff, giveaways, and more info about the book! Here’s where we’re headed next:
Sept. 16th – Shannon Cook, Luv in the Mommyhood
Sept. 17th – Lynne, Lily’s Quilts
Sept. 17th – Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness
Sept. 18th – Alicia Rosello, DMC blog
Sept. 19th – Jessica Crapo, Running with Scissors
Sept. 19th – Diane Gilleland, Crafty Pod
Sept. 20th – Mollie Johanson, Wild Olive
Sept. 21st – Aina Crescimbeni, Casa Andersen
Sept. 21st - Beth Wilson, Sew Mama Sew
Sept. 22nd - Amy Proff Lyons, APL Creations
Sept. 23rd - Jo Stafferton & Floresita, Feeling Stitchy
Sept. 23rd – Rachel Hobson, Average Jane Crafter
Sept. 24th – John Adams, Quilt Dad
Sept. 24th – Aimee Ray, Little Dear Tracks
Sept. 25th – Jenny Doh, Crescendoh
Sept. 25th – Nicole Vos van Avezathe, Follow the White Bunny
Sept. 26th – Hanna Andersson, iHanna
Sept. 26th – Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps
Sept. 27th – Susie Stubbs, Flower Press