Freaking out about Sarah Homfray


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Embroiderer Sarah Homfray (trained at the Royal School of Needlework — how freakin’ cool is that?) has a great website filled with kits and supplies. She also has an etsy shop.

The first thing that caught my eye was the kit for this lovely white work bee.

Bee whitework embroidery kit

And check this out: William and Kate clothespin dolls.

William and Kate Clothespin doll kit, Royal Wedding Souvenir

Love. Lots more on her site.

xoxo, Shannon


Remember me? (and new patterns – woot!)



Hollaaaa! Remember me? Yeah, I know, it’s been a month. In my defense, I’ve been sincerely bummed about this whole tendonitis thing. I got really angsty about it and decided that if I couldn’t stitch, I didn’t want to write about stitching either. So nyah.

Thanks to two giant shots (one in each hand), my hands are better and I’m slowly recovering and, therefore, getting back into stitching.

I’ve also been adding some fun, snarky patterns to the shop.

For your enjoyment:

This is why we can't have nice things - ombre cross-stitch pattern

I also said good-bye to this cutie, one of the first things I put in my shop last July.

Dream Big - hand embroidered hoop art

That reminds me – I should totally have an anniversary sale this summer.

And you, what’ve you been up to? What are you making?

Hugs, Shannon

Felt foodz by Felt Cuisine


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I am changing my eating in hopes of some day getting back to stitching. Sorry, allow me to explain. I’ve had some pretty severe tendonitis in both hands, thanks to mouse use at work and my insane love of needlework. That means I’ve been in physical therapy and haven’t picked up a needle in months. I literally can’t pick up a needle. Thhbbpppppttt….

One of my last ditch attempts to relieve the inflammation in my hands is to completely change my nutritional intake — anti-inflammatory foods only (except for dressing. I will never give up Ranch. That’s just…No.).

In celebration, please enjoy these elegant felt foods by the aptly named Felt Cuisine. Yummm.

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - A Taste of Italy

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - Pancakes by Design

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - The Silver Collection

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - The Fish and the Chips

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - Burgers by Design

Pretend Play Kitchen - Felt Food Patterns - Cakes by Design

Gorgeous. Right down to the seeds in that strawberry. I kinda’ want to eat that ravioli. And these are all patterns so you can totally make them yourself.

Om nom nom, Shannon

Freaking out about Kari Breitigam


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Did I spell her name right? *checks again* Phew, yes. I did. Welcome to the work of Kari Breitigam. Or perhaps you beat me to it, which is fine. I’m discovering new people e’rry day.

In any case this talented Houston artist has caught my eye with her precise, meticulous stitching.


Hand-Painted and Embroidered Pouch

Image of Horn Heads

Image of Hey Jealousy

Geo Triangle Embroidery

Leaf Burst Embroidery

This is the reason it’s called satin stitch, people. Look how tight and seamless it is. (Did that sound erotic? I almost called it “buttery.” But, no, really…)

Geometric Embroidered Pendant Necklace: Green

More of her work on her website and in her etsy shop.

xoxo, Shannon