17 January 2024

Beaded Embroidery Collection for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's design teams are celebrating the release of a collection of Sizzix Classics dies which all have a stitching theme. During the Release Party back on January 2nd I previewed a collection of beaded embroidery projects using a couple of the new dies (plus some older favourites). Now I'm back to show you them in more detail.

First up is the Embroidery Hoop, and at 4" in diameter it is a perfect size for creating home decor pieces. I began by choosing a heavier weight piece of linen to fit between the two hoops - make sure to check the fit when doing this as you may need to sand the hoops a bit. I also chose to stick together three die cuts to make a sturdier frame since it will be handled a lot, but if you are going to wall mount yours one or two layers should do. Paint the hoop and 'metal' tightening piece and fix in place over your chosen fabric. Securing the fabric in place on the back of the inner hoop can easily be done by using high tack tape.

Taking a closer look you can see how the felt flowers and leaves, cut from the Envelope, Folder & Flowers Die Set, have been stitched with a mix of blanket stitch, satin stitch and French knots. The leaf stems have been created by adding craft wire down the centres before couching them with dark brown embroidery thread. Doing this allowed me to bend them into more realistic shapes.

Now whilst I love stitching it is not for everyone, so some suggestions to achieve a similar look with a 'no sew' approach try gluing felt flowers and leaves onto the fabric background, embellishing them with glittering, vintage buttons and floral brooches. I will be back next month with more ideas for taking this approach.

Moving on to the Needle Book, I cut mine from thick felt with the intention of embroidering them using a mix of Eileen's flowers and leaves, various stitches and more beads. Since the threads could be seen inside the books I chose to die cut a layer of fabric, heat bonding it to the reverse of the felt cover before adding blanket stitching around the edges. Inside the first one I added a simple felt panel, perfect for holding needles and pins in the traditional way.

Inspired by the contents of a Christmas cracker, I stitched a piece of elastic inside a second Needle Book to hold tiny make-up brushes, perfect for those 'on the go' touch ups. The small size of the book (3 1/2" x 2 1/4") makes it the ideal size for slipping into the smallest of handbags so think about other small things you want to keep protected/secure/discrete when you want to go out and about.

During the Release Party FB Live I asked for other suggestions to fill the inside of the final Needle Book and the general consensus seemed to be requests for small pockets to hold medication or even sweet treats. So I used the folder die from the Envelope, Folder & Flower Die Set to cut a piece of felt, folding it in half and sewing it onto the lining of the Needle Book. The tabs at the top make the two resultant pockets more accessible. Again I have more ideas for using this 'fan favourite' die and will be back with more to share with you.

That's it from me for this month's theme. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects from the rest of the team - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

2 January 2024

Eileen Hull Designs Chapter 1 2024 "It’s All about Stitching" Release Party

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining Eileen Hull's "It’s All about Stitching" Release Party where Eileen and the team will be sharing creative ways to use her Chapter 1 2024 Classics release dies - we can’t wait to share them with you! There will also be giveaways too so make sure to watch the live show on the Eileen Hull Designs Facebook Live/YouTube/Instagram Livestream on Tuesday, 2nd January at noon Eastern Time.

And now it's time to introduce the Chapter 1 2024 Eileen Hull/Sizzix collection!
Here's what Eileen has to say about this exciting collection;

"You asked for it - we did it! The Classic Cantilever Sewing Box, Embroidery Hoop and Needle Book dies have been brought back because you asked. These dies all relate to stitching but of course may also be used in other ways. They are all Bigz dies which are so versatile because of the number of materials that may be cut with them.
I have fond memories of my Mom’s wooden sewing box and designed this Cantilever Sewing Box to replicate that. It’s great for storing sewing supplies like needles, thread, buttons, floss and pins - but it also works for hair bands and clips, small storage items, jewellery, desk organization and small treats. Use the drawers separately to organize your desk drawers or create a shadowbox - so many ways to use! Finished size is 3 1/2” x 6 1/4” x 2 1/4”.
The Embroidery Hoop measures 4” and is designed to be cut from thick material such as matboard or chipboard. You can actually tuck thin fabrics in the hoop and stitch on them. Or you can die cut from paper and use the hoop on card fronts. Use the pieces separately or all together.
The Needle Book is also a ScoreBoard die and features a pretty scalloped edge to the book. It measures 3 1/2” x 2 1/4" x 1/2" and is perfect for storing your stitching needles and pins - works great when made from felt! But it can also be made from matboard, chipboard, leather or fabric - one of the benefits of the Bigz dies."

Projects I've made with the new collection;

Since it's all about stitching I've been having fun with Eileen's dies, felt, beads and embroidery, creating a floral 'Embroidery Hoop' and a set of three 'Needle Books'.

The flowers from Eileen's 'Envelope, Folder & Flowers' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set are the perfect size to mount on the Embroidery Hoop.

I developed a set of three floral felt Needle Books because I couldn't decide which of Eileen's flower designs to use on just one. And because they are small it doesn't take much to decorate them!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first of my projects using Eileen's latest Classic die releases. Make sure to tune in to the Eileen Hull Designs Facebook Live/YouTube/Instagram Livestream on Tuesday, 2nd January at noon Eastern Time and also head on over to see the rest of the project peeks in the blog hop.

Blog Hop Stops;
Eileen Hull Designs
Pam Bray
Sarah Lizzie
Lisa Hoel
Jenny Marples - you are here
Maggi Harding
Susie Bentz
Tonya Trantham
Sue Eldred
Sharon Curtis
Jennie Atkinson
Teresita Arvelo
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...