Monday, August 28, 2006

latest stitchings...

latest stitchings..., originally uploaded by floresita.

I like the rather odd creepiness of these old embroidery designs - there's something about their kitschy-cuteness I can't get enough of. I'm curious as to the age of these transfers - having seen a few dated examples on Ebay, I'm inclined to say they're roughly from the 60's. I love the graphic design of that white-on-black Vogart banner and the color illustrations on every front.

I stitched this bunny almost exactly as the illustration suggested because I loved how odd it looked and wanted an odd bunny of my own. I got stalled on the eyes however, yanking out the stitches when I was unhappy with 2 separate tries... I'm also unsure what I'll put this on... a funny apron? A strange pillow? :)

Here is a freebie from the patterns - click on the pic to get to Flickr and view a larger size...Enjoy!

Happy as a...

Friday, August 25, 2006

mini felt Kitty Ipod

So, I got this great idea from someone on Craftster - I'd been trying to think of something small that would fit in that little pocket... :)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bonjour, new Kitty

bonjour, originally uploaded by floresita.

So, it was of course impossible for me not to follow up on Blue Kitty with a new little pal. I began stitching this little cat a few days ago, ran out of stuffing mid-way, and re-stocked on stuffing yesterday to finish her. I used the same slacks fragments I used for my stuffed dinos because I liked the very light cream color, and a fancy Italian dress shirt my boyfriend was throwing out for the body:

me + free time = trouble

I stocked up on buttons at, believe it or not, the local Duane Reade (for non New Yorkers: it's a drugstore). Singer makes some decorative buttons which are not a bad deal at 2.50 for about 15 or so matched pairs:

new button stash...

It's kind of funny how very different the two kitties look, even through they were cut from the same pattern - I chalk it up to the different fabrics I used...

new palsNew kitty takes a seat...

In any case, she's lumpy, but I love her! :)

Friday, August 18, 2006

a beautiful package arrived

I was so pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful package waiting for me - by now the people at the Post Office must think I'm running some illicit craft-related ring, I've gotten so many vintage transfers on Ebay and so forth. This is hands-down the loveliest package I've ever received, and it comes from a dear Flickr friend, Olivia. Inside, there was such an assortment of wonderful things (and these are just a few):

cute sullen hamster-ish creature I don't have it!
lovely! I love it!

It was so exciting, unwrapping carefully everything that had been wrapped with such care... Thank you Olivia, for making my week! :) Even Blue Kitty seemed fascinated by the big box, and ultimately found it too tempting to resist:

Blue Kitty cannot contain her excitement

Yes, folks, this is what happens when you don't have a real cat to play with! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

hello there, blue kitty!

I was so excited when I received the Wee Wonderfuls book that I started sewing right away... and 3 long nights of hand sewing later - meet Blue Kitty! :) I've never been one for uber-cutesy stuff, but I love items that are very uniquely cute - like these designs. I was determined to use only materials I already had - I've been buying too many crafting materials lately and wanted to keep this project thrifty...

So, the blue body is made of an old workshirt that shrank too small for me, and that lovely brown plaid is from a skirt I used to love, but which just doesn't fit well. The eye buttons are from my boyfriend's old pair of pants (yes, I asked) and the only thing I bought was the felt pieces, because I don't own any.

closeup on my funky stitches

I'm still a little clumsy with the blanket stitches, so I mostly improvised... In the end, it's a wee bit lumpy, some stitches show through - but it's such a satisfying feeling knowing I made this. I wonder if I would have loved this half as much as a little girl - but as an adult I find her adorable!

in all her glory...

Eh, sorry that grate looks so crusty - he he, totally New York, you know! :)

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

overrun by Dino softies...

Okay, I'm all done with the dino softies for my niece, and I hope she has half as much fun playing with them as I did. :) My favorite is still the trilobite, but I think they are all fun in their own way. Here are the backs:

dino love

Poor triceratops was the wonkiest by far - the most challenging part for me is sewing the opening you use for stuffing... I think I had gotten much better by the time I made the last dino, dimetredon. :) And, the best part about making little stuffed toys is getting a little goofball playtime in, for yourself:

little dino has a friend...

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Mr. Trilobite softie

I made this little softie for my niece - the pattern is from an Aunt Martha's Dinosaur book. I used scraps from some slacks I made into capri pants on Friday, and did the lettering myself. I really like it - and I already have a couple more in the works... It took me a bit longer than I expected to stitch this little guy - I think it was all the detailed segments, feelers and legs. :)

cut and ready to stitch together

Saturday, August 5, 2006

new embroidery transfers

new embroidery transfers, originally uploaded by floresita.

I just bought these fun vintage embroidery transfers on Ebay and I am way too excited about beginning! :) My interest is piqued - I'm really fascinated with the history of these transfers, too...

I also want to share a freebie from these patterns, as a "thank you" to anyone who has stopped by...
mexican hats

If you use this little freebie in a project, please add a link or pic in the comments - I'd love to see your work!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Carmencita pillowcase

I just finished this birdie pillowcase for my sister-in-law. The birds are a free pattern from the banner design is from the Stitch-It Kit, as is the lettering. Those little birds were just too cute not to stitch. I chose the name "la Carmencita" because I was listening to Carmen arias while I stitched this:

la carmencita

My favorite version of Carmen, by the way, is the 1960's Leontyne Price performance. :) The finished pillowcase:

finished pillowcase