When Amy Barickman sent me a copy of her new Stitched Style
book, of course I immediately opened it and flipped through the pages while Belle and I walked back up to the house. Beautiful! It’s full of pretty embroidery motifs and simple projects, all sort of “boho” style, which I love. And there are SO MANY designs! 65 unique motifs, with over 100 designs to trace or transfer, ranging from tiny blossoms and leaves to big paisleys and borders, including some lovely applique and reverse applique designs. “Hmm…,” I thought to myself. “I wonder if I could digitize some of these and sew them on my embroidery machine?” And I set the book aside to let that idea percolate a while.
Flash forward a week or so, when Betsy Brockett from Indygo Junction contacted WeAllSew about taking part in the Stitched Style Blog Tour. And, get this… she told us that OESD has digitized several of the embroidery designs to stitch by machine in their SoHo Bandana collection
! No need to digitize them myself – while I do love BERNINA’s Embroidery Software
, it’s always nice to have someone else do the work for you. Now I just needed to decide what to make for the tour!
First, a little more about the book. Have you ever noticed that bandanas aren’t all the same; designs vary from simple to complex, scattered mini-elements to intricate paislies. Well, Amy’s huge collection of bandanas provided inspiration for her SoHo Bandana fabric collection (just one of her 13 collections with Red Rooster), which in turn sparked the idea for the designs in her Stitched Style book.
Amy is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and Amy Barickman LLC, as well as a leader in the needle and sewing arts industry. She has PUBLISHED almost 1000 sewing patterns and published over 80 books including one of my favorites – Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun
– a must for anyone who collects sewing notions and for vintage domestic arts aficionados. Catch up with Amy at IndygoJunction.com
The projects in Stitched Style feature Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim (named after the Crossroads District in her hometown of Kansas City) as well as recycled denim and upcycled garments. If you’re not familiar with Crossroads Denim fashion-denim collection with Thompson, Inc., it’s a beautiful medium-weight denim in a variety of luscious, to-die-for colors including Downtown Teal, Sweet Potato, Midtown Moss, and Coffee House Brown. Combine those colors with similar and/or contrasting threads, and the result is absolutely scrumptious. Here are a few of my favorites:
Santa Monico Cell Phone Case (great for iPods, too), with swatches of Crossroads Denim
Banded Baskets in Three Sizes – These would be great in a sewing room or office.
Ocean Denim Case – Perfect for business cards or credit cards.
Pasadena Denim Jacket – Subtle in off-white, this would be fabulous in bright jewel tones, too.
To see all of the designs in Stitched Style, click HERE for a video tour.
Getting back to my Stitched Style Blog Tour Project… Do you remember Jessica Abbott’s adorable Dachshund Pencil Case from last year? Doxies have always been special to me – my grandmother bred dachshunds, and boarded them, too, so there were always a few around when we visited. And of course we had a dachshund at home, too. The timing for this project is just right, too – I’m taking a drawing class and need something to hold my colorful new pens! Here’s my version of Jessica’s zippered case:
I adore the reverse applique designs, with contrasting Crossroads Denim peeking through. For smooth stitching with no chance of catching the stitches or cut fabric edges, I used the extra-wide BERNINA Cutwork and Echo-Quilting Foot #44C
Would you like a copy of Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style
for your very own? Leave a comment below to win a copy (note – we can only ship to US addresses); we’ll pick a winner
, January 24, at 11:59 pm, Central time. Or purchase one at 20% off using code SSBT14
A third option for one lucky winner is this awesome grand prize gift package from Indygo Junction: a copy of Stitched Style
, one yard of every color of Crossroads Denim (just think of all the things you could make with 8 yards of denim!), Sullivan’s embroidery floss, a Clover embroidery hoop, a set of Clover needles, and a HUGE pack of embroidery patterns and books from Indygo Junction! Don’t miss this contest on Thursday, January 24 at blog.IndygoJunction.com.