Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stretching My Brain Through Stitching and Giveaway

I'm on Stencil Girl Talk today showing some journal covers I made with the February Stencil Club stencils.  There's a video there too -- hope you'll hop over and take a look!   And there's a giveaway at the end of this blog post, so please read to the end!

Before we get started, I wanted to announce the winner of the Valentine's tag.  It is Kay Wallace!  Congrats Kay.  

The tag is on its way to you!.
After taking Kecia's and Linda's fabulous stitching and sewing class at Art is You, resulting in these prayer flag style valances, I decided to teach myself to embroider.   I found Mary Corbet's YouTube channel and started adding new embroidery stitches to my repertoire.  

I have fallen in love with using my stencils to create custom-patterened fabric.  It is so much fun to stencil on fabrics, and then use embroidery to embellish my designs.

You can see past posts about stenciling and stitching here.

Recent creations:

This is the Horned Owl stencil from Stencil Girl Products, jazzed up with different embroidery stitches.

Here is the Shiva Stencil over the Cascading Leaves Stencil with seed stitches, french knots and other embroidery stitches. 

I even put the scraps to good use, as leaves on a tree...

with elements from Traci Bautista's Tropical Floral stencil...  
Or petals on a flower.

Using words from Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words, and my Tea (love), Doors (adventure) and Judy's Trees (Grow) stencils.

Here's what happens to these panels when I finish them!

GIVEAWAY: I also made mug mats with a bunch of the scraps.  Want one?  Leave me a comment with your email address.  I will pick someone by 9AM Friday morning!

And please hop over to Stencil Girl Talk for a step by step for how to create journals with fabric covers,  and a video for fabric printing with stencils!

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  1. Extra cool! That's a great vest. Wonderful colors and powerful imagery. I haven't embroidered since I was 9 but this makes me want to dig out the hoop and risk the inevitable blood loss. Did I mention I'm fumble-fingered?

  2. I love embroidery and what you are doing with it...bea

  3. Oh, dear. I am in love with the owl. And the tree! But especially the owl. Do you sell owl through an Etsy shop? How fun it would be as a poetry journal cover! Beautiful work, Arty Soul! :) My email address is linked through my blog! :)

  4. Love love watching your artwork evolve from class! Love the colors as always !

  5. Love love that jacket (or vest?) Fabulous wearable art for all to see!!

  6. Congratulations Kay! Mwaa!

    Jessica, aren't you the clever one?! Look at all of these wonderful stencil/stitching pieces! Not sure which is my fav , however I am digging your vest! Great work! xo

  7. Jessica, your embroidery is gorgeous! It really complements the stencil designs.
    I also want to thank you for the greeting cards. The designs are wonderful!
    ....Raine Phoenix

  8. Cute, cute, cuter. Love your fashionable attire. Stitching is so meditative isn't it. xox

  9. Oh Jessica! i would LOVE to win one of your mug mats!!! They are simply too cute!! Beautiful jacket!!

    1. Nydia - You are the winner! I'm emailing you today!

    2. Thank you! I sent you a reply yesterday!!

  10. The fact that you used the stencils on Fabric in this way is brilliant. I would love to win one of the mat mugs. You have the most artistic and beautiful mind. I am going to have to try this.

  11. Ummmmm....Jessica! I think my mouth fell open. WOW is all I can say! That jacket--goodness! Have you been sleeping????

  12. Congrats Kay on winning! Jessica- your stitching is amazing- and that jacket- speechless!

  13. Jessica, your stitching is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! I would love to win a beautiful mug mat!!!

  14. Wow - I love your jacket!
    I would love to win one of your mug mats!!
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot uk

  15. I love these. I love to do stitching also. Can't wait to get my carpal tunnel taken care of.


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