Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

Practice simple embroidery stitches while creating a boho stitch sampler in an abstract, modernist style. Use a Cricut Maker with a free cut file to mark and cut this faux hoop art pillow. It makes a great decoration or quick gift, too.

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Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against wood background

Ever since I got a Cricut Maker last year, I have been on a little bit of a sewing spree. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade (here and here), the Maker has been my dream machine. I love the ease of cutting fabric (even into complicated shapes like an adorable bear softie) without a stabilizer with materials that are included in the Maker box (that is, the Rotary Blade and the FabricGrip Mat). Using the Washable Fabric Pen makes it easy to mark up your fabric with sewing lines for attaching pieces, or to create embroidery lines.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against bedspread with embroidered pillow

Since adding the Maker to their machine line up, Cricut has really stepped up their game by offering lots of projects for sewists in Cricut Design Space. Like, seriously, hundreds. They’ve also started carrying fabric in their online shop, including designer samplers, genuine leather (in addition to faux leather), quilt panels (in case the patchwork part of quilting isn’t so much your thing), felt, and even pre-cut fabric (if you want to jump right into sewing with less cutting).

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit in box

And, of course, once you start carrying fabric and catering to sewists, you need to add tools, right? For this project, I used the Cricut Sewing Kit, which includes a set of fabric shears, thread snips (which are perfect for embroidery, too), seam ripper, thimble, measuring tape (because I know personally I can never have enough of these!), and pins with a pin cushion. If the Cricut has inspired you to do quilting, you may also want to consider the Rotary Cutting Kit.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Let me back it up a bit to tell you more about today’s project. A while back, Taunton sent me a review copy of Boho Embroidery: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches by Nichole Vogelsinger. I have always loved hand embroidery since childhood, but I never really had the patience for the detailed projects that were popular then. Once I got old enough to have the patience, my eyesight wasn’t good enough for the detailed work that complex embroidery projects required. Boho Embroidery inspired me to take more of a freeform approach to embroidery, and that’s where I got the idea for this sampler pillow. I don’t have lots of wall space, so while hoop art is, in theory, awesome, there’s no real place to hang it in my apartment. A pillow seemed more practical so I decided to make a faux hoop using my Cricut Maker! I didn’t have to worry about making drawing a perfect hoop circle because the Cricut can do that for me.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Supplies for embroidery

My sampler is very simple. I used the Washable Fabric Pen to make the circle for the hoop outline and then I freeformed a variety of stitches (which are labeled below). If you’d like to have a more structured sampler, you can add more embroidery lines with the Washable Fabric Pen to your cut file by choosing Customize before you cut.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow

Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

I created a simple, pieced pillow using fabric from a Cricut Riley Blake quilt kit. The centerpiece of the pillow is a faux hoop art circle featuring an abstract, modernist embroidery sampler.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 7” (18 cm) before stuffing.

Tools

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with supplies

Materials

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Instructions

Mark and Cut Your Fabric

  • Press your fabric with your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or iron with other heat-safe surface.
  • Open the Boho Stitch Sampler cut file in Design Space.
  • Select Customize to add additional embroidery lines if desired. Click on Make It to start your project. Place the fabric on the mat, install the Washable Fabric Pen, and then follow the instructions for cutting.
  • Remove your fabric from the mat. Use the fabric shears to cut away the unused fabric to save for a future project.

Create Your Embroidery Sampler

  • Place your marked piece of fabric into the embroidery hoop, using the circle as a guide for the hoop.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Fabric on top of embroidery hoop
  • If you’re using your Cricut BrightPad, plug it in and turn it on. Adjust the illumination level based on your embroidery floss and fabric colors, and the ambient lighting in your room.
  • Create your sampler using your chosen colors of embroidery floss and your favorite embroidery stitches. Use your thimble if necessary and trim threads after knotting on back with the thread snips.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Sampled stitches in progress
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler removed from hoop
  • After you finish doing the sampler stitches inside of the hoop, remove your fabric from the hoop and use your EasyPress 2 or iron to press it flat. Then work the back stitch around the marked circle to create your faux hoop.

Assemble the Pillow

  • Once your sampler piece is completed, trim down the fabric with your hoop art to measure 5” (13 cm) square, with the faux hoop centered in the middle.
  • Pin the short fabric rectangles to the sides of this square.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned front of pillow with pin cushion, scissors, and measuring tape
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow being sewn on Baby Lock Jubilant machine
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | First panels sewn to pillow top
  • Pin the longer rectangles to the sides of the fabric piece.
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned fabric on front of pillow
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pieced front of pillow
  • Position the square piece of fabric on top of the seamed piece of fabric with the right sides facing.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Backing fabric
  • Sew both pieces together using a 1/2″ seam and leaving approximately 3” (7.5 cm) open.
  • With your fabric shears, cut the triangle out on each seamed corner as shown in the picture.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow inside out
  • Pull the right side of the pillow out through the 3” (7.5 cm) opening.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Unstuffed pillow turned right side out
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | partially stuffed pillow
  • With thread and needle, fold over the seams of the opening and hand sew closed.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow next to bag of Poly-Fil

Enjoy your pillow!

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against faux fur background

21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 9

21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterThis is the ninth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 21 free patterns and tutorials for ornaments, including crochet, knitting, embroidery, and other crafts projects! This roundup includes ornaments with classic, modern, and kawaii looks! Each project would make a great gift, a handmade touch to a store-bought gift, or even a wonderful decoration for your own home.

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterOrnaments are fun projects for adding a festive touch to a Christmas tree, but they can be used for so much more! Add your ornaments to ribbon as a bit of decorative gift wrap. Several of these patterns make great additions to the home all year round. And, of course, some of the cuter ones make wonderful “stocking stuffer” gifts for children.

7 Free Crochet Patterns

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  • Plaid Ornament Baubles by Whistle and Ivy: This crochet pattern is one of many free patterns in Bethany’s annual Plaid Week celebration.
  • Gingerbread Family Ornaments by Red Heart for AllFreeChristmasCrafts: This crochet ornament set includes a gingerbread man, a gingerbread lady, a gingerbread baby, and a gingerbread house.
  • Lion Rag Doll Pal by Underground Crafter: This cute crochet ornament pattern includes rounded and boxy versions.
  • Little Stocking Ornaments by Red Heart for AllFreeChristmasCrafts: This crochet ornament set includes two variations on a little Christmas stockings.
  • Stocking Ornament by Stitches n Scraps: This crochet pattern makes a vintage-style Christmas stocking as an ornament.
  • Christmas Pickle by Posh Pooch Designs: This crochet pattern shares the Christmas pickle tradition and also includes a video tutorial.
  • Snowman Ornament by Crochet for You: This crochet pattern is part of a mini ornament crochet along.

4 Free Knitting Patterns

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 4 free knitting patterns collage

  • Christmas Mousey by Phoenixknits: This adorable knit ornament is 3” tall.
  • Mini Sweater Ornament by Hands Occupied: This knit ornament is one in a set of three free patterns for winter wear ornaments.
  • Little Christmas Tree Ornament by Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days: The cute little knit ornaments are embellished with beads or sequins.
  • Mini Christmas Tree by Handy Little Me: This knit ornament has a decorative embroidered edging.

3 Free Embroidery Projects

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 3 free embroidery projects collage

8 More Handmade Ornament Ideas

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 8 free crafts projects collage

Need more inspiration for handmade ornaments? Check out this roundup with 25 more free patterns and tutorials for ornaments!

25 Handmade Ornaments to Make and Gift via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes free crochet and knitting patterns, sewing and embroidery tutorials, and more!

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 6

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground CrafterThis is the sixth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 32 free patterns and tutorials for projects for the home, including ten crochet patterns, eight fabric and embroidery projects, seven knitting patterns, and seven projects made with other crafts including dyeing, melt-and-pour soapmaking, painting, and more! This roundup includes home decor projects that are for decorating for the winter holidays along with some year round projects that make great gifts.

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32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home

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32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground CrafterWhether you like to decorate for the holidays or you’re looking for the perfect gift, you’re sure to find a project in this collection. In this roundup you will find a diverse selection of projects for the home including pillows, throws, a dog bed, a table runner, an apron, a bean bag chair, hanging wall art, and more!

8 Fabric and Embroidery Crafts Patterns and Tutorials

These eight free patterns and tutorial include no-sew, low-sew, sewing, and embroidery projects. Shown clockwise from top left.

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground Crafter - fabric and embroidery crafts collage

7 Knitting Patterns

These seven free knitting patterns include a blanket, lavender sachets, kitchen projects, and more.

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground Crafter - knitting patterns collageLeft column, from top to bottom:

  • Double Andalusian Stitch Dishcloth by Underground Crafter: Learn a new stitch while knitting a dishcloth with this pattern and video tutorial.
  • Fox Tea Towel by Imaginacres: This knitting pattern includes instructions for adding a fabric background.
  • A White Christmas by Frankie Brown: This knitting pattern makes a three-dimensional Christmas scene in a box.

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Right column, from top to bottom:

10 Crochet Patterns

These ten free crochet patterns include pillows, coasters, Christmas stockings, throws, a trophy head, and an advent calendar.

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground Crafter - crochet patterns collageLeft column, from top to bottom:

  • The Wripple Blanket by Underground Crafter: This w-shaped crochet ripple blanket is perfect for snuggling underneath on a cold night.
  • Coasters by Flamingo Toes: These coasters combine inspirational sayings in embroidery with a crochet pattern.
  • Macaron Cushion by 5 Little Monsters for Fairfield World: This crochet treat is a great gift for your favorite sweet tooth!
  • Zebra by Vanessa Mooncie: This crochet amigurumi faux taxidermy head makes an interesting conversation piece.

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Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Bright Stripe Blanket by Stitch11: This beginner-friendly striped crochet throw is embellished with tassels.
  • Snowman Advent Calendar by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts: This crochet advent calendar makes a great gift or a decoration you can use year after year.
  • Yuletide Stocking by Pattern Paradise: This textured crochet stocking is available in two sizes.
  • Farmhouse Stocking by Sewrella: This feminine and lacy crochet stocking is a twist on the classic design.

7 Other Crafts Tutorials

These seven free crafty tutorials are all beginner-friendly, or include detailed tutorials, or both! Shown clockwise from top left.

32 Handmade Patterns and Tutorials To Make Great Gifts for the Home via Underground Crafter - various crafts collage

  • No-Sew Christmas Pillow by Lydi Out Loud: This no-sew Cricut project will add a holiday feel to any pillow form.
  • Marbled Goat Milk Soap by Fiber Artsy: This melt-and-pour soap tutorial includes step-by-step photos.
  • DIY Blanket Ladder by Tastefully Frugal: This simple DIY woodworking project would make a great gift for a quilter.
  • Easy Cork Magnets by Ann’s Entitled Life: This hot glue craft project includes bear and gingerbread printable patterns.
  • Hand Felted Soap by Fiber Artsy: Use store bought or handmade soap with this felting tutorial for a great gift.
  • Dyed Batting Wall Art by Pattie Wack for Fairfield World: This dyeing project would brighten up any room.
  • Burlap Snowman Art by Country Chic Cottage: This painted burlap project includes step-by-step pictures and a printable snowman template.

Need more handmade home inspiration? Check out 22 Handmade Gift Ideas for Home and 24 Free Crochet Patterns for the Home.

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24 Free Crochet Patterns for the Home via Underground Crafter

Tunisian Crochet Pattern: Fiducia Clutch with Embroidery Tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground CrafterI’m so excited to introduce a new guest contributor today. Emily Reiter is the designer and tech editor behind Fiat Fiber Arts. In this post, she’ll be sharing her Fiducia Clutch, a Tunisian crochet pattern embellished with embroidery. If you’re an embroidery newbie, not to worry! Emily has included video tutorials for 11 different basic embroidery stitches in the patterns. You’ll be able to learn them through this sampler project.

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About Emily Reiter from Fiat Fiber Arts in Her Words

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter

As a Catholic wife and mother of 5 small children, the most common remark I get regarding my work is, “How do you find the time?” My half-joking answer is “neglect.” Cross-stitch was my first fiber love. I’ve stitched since 2nd grade. But when I had my first three children, I stopped stitching and life became exceedingly stressful. I fell into a horrible bout of post-partum anxiety after the third was born. As part of my recovery, I began to attend meetings of our local chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. It reminded me of the true contentment I feel from creating things with a needle in my hand. My husband could also see the effect.

Soon my fiber love branched into crochet. I had always crocheted but wasn’t very adventurous with it. Then I discovered a book of amigurumi patterns in the library. The embroidery section abuts the crochet books. Each toy I made was like Christmas for my kids. They still have and play with all those toys from 6 years ago. Crochet took off after that.

“After testing for a designer for a few years, I was encouraged to pursue technical editing. Finally, I feel tech editing combines the value of my educational background (BS, MS & Unfinished PhD in Range & Wildlife Management, strong data collection and manipulation skills, eye for detail) with my natural passions for fiber arts. I feel that I am finally serving God through my fiat (thus the business name), God’s will for my life. Why else would I have the combination of these great skills if not to serve and provide for my family?

Oh, and the answer to “how do you find the time?” is a loving and understanding husband, early bedtime for the kids, I tend to stitch fast because my time is limited. Neglect probably still plays a part, my home certainly isn’t the cleanest, but the kids are happy, clean and fed.

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Fiducia Clutch

Tunisian Crochet Pattern with Embroidery Tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter | The Fiducia Clutch is a beginner-friendly way of learning basic embroidery stitches. The pattern includes video tutorials for 11 embroidery stitches.I’m so excited to bring you this project via Underground Crafter!! Fiducia is Latin for trust. The last several months of my life have seen some very trying times. I have had to trust in the Lord a great deal. As I was developing this project, the idea of stitching flowers to practice embroidery came to mind. Even though we’re about to enter summer, I’m still thinking about April showers brings May flowers. We go through hard times with faith that there will be beauty on the other side.

Embroidery has been a big part of my life and I’ve always wanted to do more embroidery on crochet so I could combine my fiber loves. I chose to use the Lily cotton, honestly, because it was in my stash. You can choose any colors you wish. Pick a multi colored yarn that you enjoy to make your design. I have videos depicting the various embroidery stitches if you aren’t familiar with them.

Materials

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream Medium 4 weight (100% cotton, 120 yards / 109 meters, 2.5 ounces / 70. grams) Color A (Yellow) 1 skein, Color B (Violet Stripes) 1 skein
  • Boye US K 6.5 mm double ended Tunisian hook. (*special note: double ended Tunisian hooks have no markings on them. I’m fairly certain it is over 6 mm and possibly 7 but I found a similar photo that claimed size K 6.5mm.)
  • Notions: Scissors, Needle
  • Additional Lining Materials: Fabric of choice measuring at least 1 inch wider on all sides than finished crocheted piece. Sewing Machine, Iron, Craft glue or needle and thread.

Gauge

  • 18 Tunisian Simple Stitches = 5”, 13 rows = 4”

Size

  • Stitched fabric measures 10.5” x 12”/Clutch measures 11″ long by 5.25″ when folded

Pattern Key

  • CH: Chain
  • TSS: Tunisian Simple Stitch: Insert hook under the vertical bar of next stitch, draw up a loop. (Note from Underground Crafter: A video tutorial for this stitch by Kim Guzman is available here.)
  • YO: Yarn Over

Embroidery Stitches (Note: See below the pattern for video tutorials for each of these stitches.)

  • Back Stitch
  • Buttonhole (Blanket) Stitch
  • Chain Stitch
  • Cross Stitch: placing an “X”
  • Fern Stitch
  • French Knot
  • Lazy Daisy
  • Running Stitch
  • Stem Stitch
  • Split Stitch
  • Straight Stitch
  • Woven Wheel

Experience Level

  • Intermediate: Projects may include involved stitch patterns, colorwork, and/or shaping.

Notes

  • First we will stitch a piece of fabric with Tunisian Simple Stitch. We will then embroider our design on the fabric, then stitch up the sides and line the material. My clutch doesn’t have a closure, I’ll just fold over the top flap.
  • If you’re not familiar with Tunisian crochet, you can crochet a uniform piece of fabric in single crochet, if you wish. I don’t recommend larger stitches with gaps or holes between them.
  • Video tutorials for each of the embroidery stitches are available after the pattern.

Instructions

  • Tunisian crochet is stitched by drawing up loops and keeping them on the hook all the way across a row in a forward pass. The return pass is always worked the same.
  • Ch 40.
  • Row 1: Draw up a loop in each back bump of the chain – 40 loops on hook.
  • Return pass: YO, draw through 1 loop, *YO, draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook. (40 st)
  • Rows 2-42: TSS across.
  • (If you don’t have enough yarn to complete 43 rows, that’s ok. Stitch until you have enough yarn left to do your “cast off” final row.)
  • Row 43: To “cast off” the stitches and have a clean edge (see below for photo tutorial), I insert my hook under the front vertical bar and under the back loop of the top stitches to complete a slip stitch. Draw the remaining bit of yarn through the final loop to finish.

Photo Tutorial for slip stitch “cast off” Tunisian final row

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter | Final row of Tunisian crochet detail with hook

  • Insert hook under next vertical bar.
  • Insert hook under back loop of ‘top’ stitch. Next, YO and draw through all three loops, slip stitch created.

Finishing

  • Fasten off and weave in ends with yarn needle. Proceed to embroidery.

Embroidery Preparation

At this point, the clutch forms a slightly rectangular shape. If you want a trifold clutch, like mine, we need to visually separate the clutch into 3 sections. Cut a length of yarn from Color B (it doesn’t matter which color), and run a basting stitch from one side to the other 26 rows down from your chosen top edge of the clutch. Then take another length of yarn and run another basting stitch from one side to the other 8 rows up from the bottom of the piece. Now you have divided your clutch into 3 sections. The top large portion will be folded up (wrong sides together) to the larger portion. The small portion will be the closing flap of your clutch.

Embroidery

You may choose to use the embroidery stitches in any way you wish. I have chosen to cross stitch the word “TRUST” on the inside, and embroider a series of flowers and rain on the outside of the clutch. However you choose to do it, remember which way is “up” for each side of the clutch is opposite. You will have to turn your piece in your hands while stitching to keep the outside and inside oriented correctly. Always use one length of yarn when embroidering. We are not splitting our plies, nor are we doubling strands of yarn. Also, for ease of stitching, I recommend using a length of yarn about as long as your arm. You don’t have to be precise, it’s just a guide. Too long, and the yarn could get tangled as you pull it through, as well as lose it’s twist. Too short, and you won’t be able to do many stitches before getting another length. You’ll find what works best for you.

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter } Front of lined Tunisian crochet clutch with TRUST embroidered on itI started by creating my stems to each flower with my green color. Starting on the right, I used straight stitches meeting at one point. Next I created a chain stitch of 5 segments. The third in from the right was a series of fern stitches. Fourth was some stems and leaves made with split stitch. The fifth plant from the right was made with stem stitch and had a few lazy daisy leaves. Next were some longer straight stitches worked parallel to each other. The final stem all the way on the left was worked as a curved backstitch line with several lazy daisy leaves on top.

For the flowers, on the left hand plant, I worked straight stitches with French knots at the lower end. The parallel straight stitches had a woven rose upon it with alternating color French knots in the center. The following flowers were made with the blanket or buttonhole stitch made in a wheel. One is a complete wheel, while the second is a partial wheel to look like it is behind the first. The 4th flower is made with random short straight stitches meeting in the center with an alternating color French knot in the middle. I left the fern stitch sans flowers. The chain stitch stem is a flower made of lazy daisy stitches and several French knots in the middle. The first plant on the right is roughly a large triangle shape made of French knots. I thought this last one resembled a yucca flowering stalk.

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter | Back of Tunisian crochet clutch with rain and flowers embroidered on itThe rain was made with stand alone lazy daisy stitches and several running stitches. There is no need to keep any of these uniform. When was the last time you saw rain happen in a uniform manner? Make more or less, it depends on how rainy you’re feeling on that day.

The following image is a very general design for where to place your stitches. Surface embroidery is a very free form technique. I’ve added this graphic to help with the TRUST lettering and general placement and description of the stitches I used in the prototype. The lazy daisy, button hole, and woven wheel indicators are NOT drawn to scale, simply showing placement.

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter | Embroidery chartOptional Lining

It is your choice to line the clutch before or after you fold and seam it. If you are more comfortable with a sewing machine, you may choose to fold and stitch the sides of your clutch first, then fold and seam the sides of the lining to insert into the clutch. Or you can hem in the sides of your fabric so that it lies just ⅛-¼” inside the margins of the clutch. Using your craft glue, run a thin line of glue around the edges of the fabric and press to the clutch. Follow your glue instructions for drying time. 

Seaming your clutch

If lining your clutch, read lining section first. Fold up the “trust” portion of your clutch so that the basting stitch is at the bottom. Matching the stitches on the sides, use a piece of leftover yarn and mattress stitch the sides together. (Note from Underground Crafter: You can find a tutorial for the mattress stitch seam here.) Repeat on the opposite side of the clutch. 

Your final step will be to remove the basting stitch & enjoy your clutch!!  

Basic Embroidery Stitches

Fiducia Clutch, free Tunisian crochet pattern with embroidery tutorials by Fiat Fiber Arts for Underground Crafter | Embroidery samplerHow To Stitch Running, Back, Straight, and Split Stitches

How To Embroider Stem Stitch, Blanket Stitch, Chain Stitch, and Lazy Daisy

How To Embroider French Knots with Yarn

How To Embroider a Woven Rose and How To Cross Stitch on Tunisian Crochet

© 2018 by Emily Reiter (Fiat Fiber Arts) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Julie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/05/3tunisian-crochet-pattern-fiducia-clutch-with-embroidery-tutorials-by-fiat-fiber-arts. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (1984)

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This week’s pick: Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader’s Digest) by Reader’s Digest.

Source:  MC’s mother’s collection.*

Publication date: Eighth printing (1984) of 1979 edition.

Status: Out of print but available at reasonable prices online.

Condition: Very Good.

Crafts: Applique, Crochet, Embroidery, Knitting, Lacework, Macrame, Needlepoint, Patchwork, Quilting, and Rug-making.

Complete Guide to Needlework cover

You know a book is a classic when you find it in the collections of two amazing women.  I came across this book in my grandmother’s collection after she died, and I took it home with me when we cleaned up her apartment.  Two years later, when I moved in with MC, I found another copy in the books he kept to the side after his mother died.  (I ended up giving my grandmother’s copy to one of my best friends.)

This book is a great resource because it includes information on so many different needlecrafts, but also because it goes beyond the basics in a way that most contemporary books don’t.  There is definitely an assumption that the readers of this book will need these crafts to make garments and home decor items for their families, and as a result, the writers attempt to share the skills needed for designing and finishing great custom items.

From the section on crochet necklines.
From the section on shaping crochet necklines.

From the section on knitting necklines.
From the section on shaping knitting necklines.

The book starts off with a section on embroidery, a craft I love the look of but lack the patience for actually doing.

 

Complete Guide to Needlework 21 embroidery sampler

There are quite a few great embroidery samplers shown, followed by detailed illustrations for making loads of stitches.

Complete Guide to Needlework 46 running sts

I haven’t spent much time looking through the next two sections, Needlepoint and Applique.

The Patchwork section has a lot of beautiful and inspiring pictures, but I’ve mostly avoided it.  (As a fairly lazy quilter, I’m partial to newer books with detailed strip piecing instructions.)

Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern.
Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern.

The Quilting chapter mostly focuses on hand quilting, but there are some tips for machine quilters, too.

The Knitting chapter is one of my favorites.  Some of the highlights include tips for getting neat selvages…

Complete Guide to Needlework 284 Selvages

illustrated and written instructions for different types of double increases and decreases…

Complete Guide to Needlework 291 decreases

Complete Guide to Needlework 293 decreases

and the above-mentioned tips for neckline shaping.

Complete Guide to Needlework knitting necklines 2

There are also some great patterns, like this one for a classic Aran sweater…

Complete Guide to Needlework 315 aran pullover

and this one for a lovely evening set.

Complete Guide to Needlework 354 evening set

And, naturally, I love the crochet section, too.  Like the knitting chapter, it includes a stitch guide…

Complete Guide to Needlework 377 motifs

and sections on quite a few specialized techniques including woven crochet…

Complete Guide to Needlework 383 woven crochet

Tunisian crochet…

Complete Guide to Needlework 387 Tunisian crochet

and broomstick lace.

Complete Guide to Needlework 389 broomstick lace

And also like the knitting section, there is plenty of information about shaping crochet garments.

Complete Guide to Needlework crochet sleeves

After the crochet section, I tend to lose interest since I don’t do any lacework, macrame, or rug-making.  But I do like that there are sections on all of these crafts, because you never know when I might pick one of them up!