Heart 2 Heart Stitches

Have you seen those cute stitcheries, but don’t know how to get the wow effect in your own? Kassie is here sharing her tips to turn your needlework into art! Not only are her patterns adorable, she is also one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

(Pumpkin Stack Pattern #909 — Cedarberry Stitches)
The above photo shows a good example of a stitchery framed with just the tea dye effect and one that has a bit of color.  This was my first attempt at using chalk to add color to my stitcheries and I have been addicted ever since.  Many of you have probably used paints or crayon to color fabric, but this is so much easier!  I am so excited to teach you a few tips and tricks on how to add a little color and sparkle to your stitcheries.  I did make a quick video demo for you and have longer writen instructions here as well. (Try and ignore the rotating camera on video :) )
You will need:
  • Crafters Chalk (Any scrapbooking chalk is perfect.  I use the Chalklets from EK Sucess)
  • Lots of Q-tips (Cheapest brand is best for its firmer tip)
  • Completed stitchery project (I love to add chalk to items that are already framed.  This holds your working surface in place and is easier to chalk.)
Instructions:
  • Practice using your chalks on a scrap piece of fabric or muslin.  Try dipping the Q-tip into the chalk and applying or carefully remove your chalk peice and apply directly to fabric for larger areas.  This will help you get the feel of how much color you want to apply.  As you practice, try moving your Q-tip in circular motions to blend color into fabric.
  • Pick Your Colors.  I choose at least three colors for every object I chalk.  Start with a base color.  For these pumpkins you would choose orange.  Then a highlight color, for these pumpkins it would be red-orange for a darker pumpkin or a yellow-orange for  a lighter pumpkin.  I always end with a touch of brown to complete the object.
  • Apply Your Colors. Start with your base color and apply the color next to your stitches.  I usually apply my color on the left side of the object and then pull inward with my q-tip, using circular motions to blend.  It is always easier to add more color than it is to take away, so start with less chalk at first and a lighter color than you think.  Next, use your highlight color and add to the top and/or bottom of object and blend inward mixing with the base color.  Add a few touches of brown to finsih up.  The brown goes on dark, so apply softly with q-tip.   You can always add more of your base color if you get to much brown.
  • Finishing Up.  I always finish blending my object with my finger to really rub the color into the fabric.  Then I love to add a bit of sparkle to some items.  Use a clear, sparkle fabric glitter glue in your Walmart craft section.  Simply add a squirt to your finger and apply near stitch line and pull inward like you did with your chalk.  Your fabric will turn darker while the glitter glue is wet, but dries beautifully.  Enjoy!  (Middle pumpkin of “Pumpkin Pleasure” below has a touch of sparkle added)
Crafting Chicks get First Peek of NEW pattern!
(FALL05 – Pumpkin Pleasure)
6 x 10 Frame Size
Crafting Chicks readers are being treated to 50% off all Primitive Stitchery E-patterns from Heart 2 Heart Stitches Sept. 23rd to Nov. 23rd.  Simply enter the coupon code CHICKS50 at checkout. That makes each one of your E-Patterns only $2.00!  Buy, Print, Stitch, Create!
{Giveaway is now closed}
And a Giveaway…
Two lucky winners will receive all 5 patterns from the Fall Collection…a $7.00 store value for each pattern! To enter, leave a comment on this post. You have until midnight on Monday and the winner will be announced Tuesday.


** Kassie is the designer and owner of Heart 2 Heart Stitches**

Comments

  1. Toni says

    Darling effect that really do make all the difference. The colors make the effort of the stitches just POP! Thanks for the tips. I have several similar projects needing a little extra something. I think this is exactly what I was looking for!!

  2. Sarah E. says

    I haven’t done stitcheries forever! I forgot how much I LOVE them!!! And I have so much chalk from my scrapbooking days–that was one thing I held on to (I switched to digital years ago). Thanks for the chance and I might just have to shop!!!!

  3. says

    I love stitcheries!! I just really got into it this year and have a whole pile stitched that I still need to color!! Perfect timing on your post!! I love her designs…and I love the price for the epatterns with the discount!! Thanks!

  4. Tenille says

    I love to stitch but I’ve never tried the chalk. I am so excites to try these tips. I hope to win these new patterns to add to my collection

  5. Wellmom says

    I have been looking for a cute way to introduce my young girls to hand stitching. I have been looking at the cute patterns on Heart 2 Heart and can’t wait to try some out. Here’s to hoping we may win some too.

  6. Justina says

    I love the chalk. I feel like I am copying all the previous comments, but I needed a project and I too am going to start a stitchery and try this.

  7. Kelsey says

    I worked with a lady who started doing stitchery with the chalk and I think it’s adorable! I would love to win and try them myself!

  8. says

    I love these! So much fun! I use crayon, but wonder if chalk would be easier to blend. This is so great! With Christmas right around the corner, I will be busy stitching!

  9. Lee Ann Sanchez says

    Love, love, love the stitcheries and found a new use for my scrapbooking chalks. 8 am in love with the fall pumpkins!! Thanks so muchfor your inspiration!!

  10. says

    Wow! I have been left in the dark because I had no CLUE that CHALK could be used to color the fabric. I am just getting into stitching and I love the holiday patterns. Very cute.

  11. Emily says

    I love these Nikkala. I always admired Kassie’s stuff. I didn’t know she had a website. Going to have to check it out!

  12. Sandy N. says

    These are awesome! I love what you did with the color! Will absolutly be giving it a shot! Thanks for the tips and the chance to win some great patterns.=)

  13. Mary Jo McKenna says

    These designs are wonderrful, and I am spending my weekend sewing some up. They are so easy and quick to do. Kassie is a great designer.

    • says

      I hope to have my patterns in more stores in the future. But, right now building my collection of designs. You can find Heart 2 Heart patterns online and in the following stores…

      The Porch on Main
      138 N. Main Street
      Springville, UT

      **One of my favorite little shops. They sale my patterns as well as stitcheries all done up with chalk and sparkle in unique frames. Great place to get fun ideas from local artists.

      The Gathering Place
      524 6th Street
      Rupert, ID

      **A crafter’s heaven! A very large selection of quality fabrics to fit all styles and a wide variety of patterns to choose from.

  14. Kathleen says

    Oh my goodness! How cute! I would have never thought of using chalk to color my stitching!

    Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

  15. Starling Knight says

    Wow, I’ve been inspired to pull out my Stiching stuff that has been put away for a few years now! I would loveto win these patterns for getting started up again! Thanks so much for your ideas!

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