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. Welcome Heart 2 Heart Stitches!

(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.)
  • 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**
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  1. Wow, these are wonderful. I must give it a try. Thanks for chance at the giveaway.

  2. Oh, my! I love the chalk effect. I will be trying this today!

  3. I lOVE these stitcheries. Thanks for the great giveaway… I really want to win!

  4. I am a HUGE fan of Kassie’s patterns! Love her work!

  5. 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!!

  6. LOVE this idea!
    You ladies have so many fun ideas, so glad I stumbled on to your site!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. 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!!!!

  8. TyLeen Dixon Says: September 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Oh how fun, I have never used chalk before. I have only used crayons. I can’t wait to try it.

  9. Oh what fun stitcheries! Gives me the crafting bug!

  10. Those are so stinking cute! I would love to win.

  11. Her patterns are so cute! I’ve been looking for a new project and this might be the winner! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Love them! Super cute!! I’d love to try making my own :)

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. I would love to win. N I love the chalk idea.

  16. I’ve been stitching since I was 12. I love it and would love to win these patterns.

  17. I love it! Just what I needed…another craft to try:) I definitely will need to try this one!! Thanks!

  18. 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.

  19. I want to try!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. 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.

  21. These are so cute! I would love to try to make one.

  22. Jennifer Cleaver Says: September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I love the chalk idea. So fun! I would love to win!

  23. Adding chalk to these really make the embroidery look great! Thanks so much for a chance to win the patterns. They are adorable.

  24. You did an awesome job! They are beautiful! Would love to try it, thanks for a great giveaway.

  25. Love these! I would love to win some more!!

  26. Oh, those are so cute!

  27. Oh wow those are adorable!!!! I would totally love to win those!!!

  28. shantel schow Says: September 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I LOVE, your patterns and the chalk idea. Thanks for sharing.

  29. 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!

  30. These are so darling. I would love to win.

  31. I’m loving the chalk technique. I will defiantly have to try it and these patterns are so cute. Thanks for the tip.

  32. So Cute!!

  33. adorable

  34. 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!

  35. I love these! I can’t wait to try it. I hope I win!!

  36. Andrea Watts Says: September 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I would love to win this

  37. Lynnsey Tackett Says: September 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I love all these patterns and I’m always looking for new things to make!

  38. Lee Ann Sanchez Says: September 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    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!!

  39. I LOVE stitchery and the patterns are just to die for. I would love a chance to win them! Thanks a ton for the chance!

  40. 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.

  41. LOVE these patterns and the chalking makes them really pop!

  42. 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!

  43. 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.=)

  44. Very cute, waiting for fall here in Fl and this gives me hope!

  45. I love the chalk effect. What a great giveaway.


  46. Mary Jo McKenna Says: September 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    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.

  47. I just might have to give stitching a try- these are really cute!

  48. I love her patterns. They are always so cute. Thanks for such a great give away!

  49. Tara Weinert Says: September 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    So adorable!! I would love to win!

  50. cannot wait to try this!!

  51. How Cute!
    What stores can we find the patterns at?

    • 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.


  53. Sylvia Brindley Says: September 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    DaRlInG!! I need some cute new Halloween decor :)

  54. 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!

  55. Thanks so much for your amazing blog. You have such fun ideas. Can’t wait to try the chalk.

  56. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to win these…they are amazing!

  57. Starling Knight Says: September 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    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!

  58. These are so adorable and thanks for the fantastic tips. I can’t wait to try them. Also great giveaway!

  59. […] if you didn’t win, the coupon code is good through Nov. […]

  60. […] themes. You might also  remember Kassie’s awesome tutorial from September on our blog about how to add chalk to your stitcheries. These would make wonderful, heartfelt handmade gifts for your loved […]

  61. When using chalk, do you have to set it in any way? Thanks!

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