Tag: embroidery

Go vintage with embroidered handmade jewelry. Because, dainty can be darling.

Jewelry with embroidery and lace? I know, I know. Very dainty. Very breakable. But still. So pretty! I’ve gone through all the stages of mom jewelry — from chewable beads to no (pullable!) stud earrings. Now that my kids are old enough to avoid snatching my favorite pearls, I’m into more delicate looks and longer chains, but I like something unique, something with an edge. These pretty handmade pendants and earrings deliver, big time. And you can even have something custom-made from your wedding dress or other lace-y keepsake. Related: Affordable keepsake jewelry for moms and grandmoms. This new Quaintrelle...

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12 wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms

I happen to have a mother who’d be more happy with a political biography or a “smash the patriarchy” print for Mother’s Day, than a salt scrub. (Not that she’d turn down a nice salt scrub.) It got me thinking, that I’m sure she’s not alone! So for those of you looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift that’s a little more empowering, a little more forward-thinking, a little more radical than most traditional options, here are a few gifts for progressive moms that I’m totally loving. Just be sure to check ship dates if you’re trying to get them...

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The ABCs of Game of Thrones: A is for Arya

Hi, my name is Liz and I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones. So I’m cheering that the show has earned 24 well-deserved Emmy nominations — though oddly, no nods for comedy after that really bizarre Sandsnake fight scene in Dorne. In any case, while our children may be too young to watch the show (I told mine that 30 was an appropriate age), they’re not too young to know that W is for Winterfell. Or White Walker. Or, WHAT THE $&*!-ING  $&^%! which is pretty much what I screamed as the closing credits rolled after every episode this past season. Okay, maybe kids are a little young for that...

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She had me at Hashbrown: No Filter

Kimmy Schmidt fans (Me! Me!) will rejoice at the discovery of embroidery hoop art featuring my own favorite quote of 2015 thus far: Hashbrown: No Filter. Hey, can’t beat an Instagram inside joke making a hot new Netflix series. Oh, and if you haven’t seen The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? You need to do that. Right after you check out this Etsy shop. Thread Honey features the kind of embroidery hoop art that go right up to the line of irreverence — and perhaps crosses it for some of you. As for me, I’m giggling at one more than the next. But it’s not...

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Stitch the coolest big city gifts with these DIY embroidery patterns

My vacation fund tends to get used for school tuition, so it looks like Italy, Sydney, or San Francisco will stay on my travel bucket list for a bit longer. In the meantime, I can dream about them while I make Christmas gifts, using these stunning DIY embroidery patterns from Satsuma Street featuring skylines of the world’s greatest cities. Artist Jody Rice (out of sunny LA) fits the landmarks of cities from Tokyo to Amsterdam to our own favorite, New York City, into one pattern. Love these names–Pretty Little Barcelona, Pretty Little London, and so on, all around the world–and their modern, bright color scheme that gives...

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This is your brain on embroidery hoop art

I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my much cooler younger sister (shh, don’t tell). While we have tons of ideas for fun and irreverent best friend gifts, I’m excited about the embroidery hoop art over at Merriweather Council’s Etsy shop, where their wry sense of humor matches their hip design aesthetic. Merriweather Council has been a favorite of ours for a while—have you seen their irresistible monogrammed embroidery necklaces?—and these embroidery hoop art pieces have really gotten us talking. This is a fun, unexpected bit of decor to hang in the kitchen for that pop of vintage coolness.   If you don’t...

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Sweet dreams are made of these.

My daughter’s baby mobile came with the crib and featured four demented and hungry-looking rabbits, so I don’t know why I’m surprised she had sleep issues. Maybe a cozy handmade modern baby mobile  like the new from our pals at Blue Without You would be more soothing. Whether you prefer hearts or stars, they’re sure to bring sweet dreams when dangling overhead. These simple baby crib mobiles come in a rainbow of colors and feature hearts or stars and clouds, all swinging beautifully from a mountain laurel branch–with non-toxic finish, of course. Select from one of the color schemes shown...

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Crafty gift kits for the creative people on your holiday list

Have a budding Martha Stewart on your holiday shopping list? Go ahead and check them off — these sweet little craft kits from Purl Soho (the folks behind The Purl Bee) are just perfect. Knitting, embroidery, and other craft projects are all packed in perfect kits ready for holiday gifting. You’ll find  coasters and tea towels, even iPhone covers you can make yourself. I happen to dig the coin purses, embroidery kits and DIY barrette kits, which make excellent stocking stuffers. And oh my goodness, the tiny felt animals (look at the penguin!) are also pretty freaking adorable too. The felted dove craft kit is...

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This cute and crafty DIY calendar kit has us in stitches. Literally.

I’ve always been pretty crafty. Problem is, I’ve also always been kind of unmotivated to gather up all the materials required for said craftiness. So I’ll get these great ideas for homemade holiday gifts and then never follow through. Until now! I’ve found an adorable embroidery DIY calendar kit from Heather Lins Home that will leave me with no excuses but to cross-stitch my heart out as soon I get my hands on it. The 2014 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit comes with everything you need to stitch your way through the months of the year. All twelve months...

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Love: Perfect in any language.

Looking around Etsy for more cool Hanukkah gifts, I was so happy to discover an Etsy shop doing the most beautiful work with embroidery hoop art. (And you know how we like the embroidery hoop art.) Whatever you celebrate, there’s probably something here you’ll adore. At Buligaia, artist Adia Berkovich makes hearts that spell love in any language, and they are just so stunningly done. The Hebrew love art is such a sweet Hanukkah gift, plus you can customize it in any colors you’d like. I love how perfectly she cuts the felt to form a heart with the letters, then hand-appliques...

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Places to go, people to see

Because I have a thing for typographical art, I’m geeking out over the typography shop online at Fab right now.   There’s so much cool stuff to see right now, from prints of the litograph book shirts we recently featured, to lots of cool tees and artwork. But the thing that really grabbed my eye is this You Can Do A Lot In A Day embroidery hoop art. Not to play too much into the whole “women can do it all” thing that drives us all crazy–but at least for me, it’s a nice reminder that if I spend a little less time...

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Embroidery hoop art for your kids’ walls to inspire. Both of you.

Back when we started this site in 2006 (and we have the archives to prove it), messages for kids were all about irony, irreverence and sass. Over the years, it’s been thrilling to see the trend turn towards positivity, encouragement and smarts. And not even in a cheesy, “Hang in there, it’s almost Friday!” kitten poster kind of way.   I love the embroidery hoop art from Athena and Eugenia on Etsy, and while there are a few wonderful pieces for various places and spaces, these in particular would be so great in a child’s room.   The truth is, it’s nice...

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The coolest embroidery kits just for kids, hold the needle!

With all the fun my oldest daughter had making the DIY cross-stitch keychains and necklaces I found on Etsy, I can’t wait to try this awesome embroidery project with her.   This amazing DIY embroidery kit for kids is perfect even for your younger but still dexterous kids since it doesn’t require a needle. Instead, it uses scoubidou tubes (don’t ask me to pronounce that!), which are thin, plastic “threads” that are easy for littler children to manipulate through the wooden holes.    And the final product, with a little help from an adult to attach the metal hangers,...

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The scoop on cute custom embroidered hoops for kids’ rooms

Lately, we’ve been loving this trend of personalized embroidery hoops for babies. And now, we love this troop of adorable animals that will be a major hit for unique kids’ room decor. These Personalized Embroidery Hoops from Otak on Etsy are a fun way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room. Each hoop is a little over five inches wide and can be personalized with a hand-embroidered name, and your choice of four animals on various background fabrics. The hoops can go super girly, traditionally boyish, or as gender-neutral as you wish. And we love how...

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It’s you! But tiny, wearable, and made of embroidery floss.

Mamas, this might be the most personalized necklace we’ve seen in a while. Whether you’re gift shopping for the mom, grandma, or bestie who has everything, we guarantee she doesn’t have your portrait together embroidered on a tiny custom wood hoop. Bonus: the artist can also do guinea pigs. It’s no surprise that we love embroidered gifts, especially embroidered necklaces and adorable wall hangings. But we’re just cooing over these sweet  hand-embroidered portrait necklaces based on your photos, then stretched on custom hand-made hoops. The artist is more than accommodating and will work with your suggestions and photos to...

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Need an affordable, personalized baby gift? Hoop, there it is!

Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...

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Paper or polka dot? Personalized pendants with irresistible charm

It’s always a red-letter day when you’re wearing or gifting something beautiful and handmade. You’ll love what one of our favorite Etsy artisans has up her (polka-dotted) sleeve. We’ve long been fans of the sweet baby gifts and lovely embroidered jewelry by Merriweather Council on Etsy, and we adore the most recent twist on the line: patterned fabrics. Those juicy polka dots are extra sweet. And the lined notebook paper fabric would make an especially lovely gift for a favorite teacher without screaming, “Here’s another apple!” There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Embroidered heart handmade card

Last up in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series, here’s an embroidered heart handmade card that your kids can easily sew and send, created by Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. If you’re like us and get a little nervous when you see the word “sew,” you won’t believe how easy this card is to make and how truly wonderful it looks. You’ll just need a few craft supplies plus the free, printable heart card or XOXO card. For more Valentine’s Day...

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Sew sweet: DIY embroidery gifts for under $15

I realize it’s not even November yet, but since I’m a fan of DIY holiday gifts–especially for my family from my kids–I try to start early. And in my search for easy, affordable crafts that my daughter and I can make, I found these lovely little needlepoint kits from Red Gate Stitchery. I snatched up a bunch of these affordable DIY embroidery kits that include everything you or your kiddo needs to make a pretty holiday gift. These are so small and easy that your child can finish one in only a sitting or two, like the pretty DIY bamboo pendant...

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And we’re off…

Spring just makes me want to get out. Also redecorate. Which is hard to do if I’m always out. But now there’s this lovely bit of art that kind of bridges both needs for me. This “Off to See the World” embroidery hoop art from the UK’s Three Red Apples just makes me happy. I love the vintage Citroën applique which is free hand embroidered, and the vintage fabrics in cheery colors bring it all together. Or maybe the airstream is part of your own travel fantasy? At least it’s easier to get a few car seats in there....

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