Felt Bird Free Pattern

I’m so excited to be sharing this free felt birdie pattern with you today! I have created some out of my own handmade felt (shown in the photo above) and in pre-made wool felt and they both turned out so lovely! These felt birds are a fun project for beginners as well as more experienced felt sewists/embroiderers. You can use […]

Beginner Embroidery: Valentine Embroidered Cloth Napkin

This is a fun, simple hand embroidery project! Perfect for beginners. Follow along on the video to learn how to make this valentine’s day embroidered napkin. Download the pattern below and use your choice of transfer method (I prefer Fabri-Solvy) SUPPLIES: Cloth Napkins  Fabri-Solvy (for transferring the pattern) Pattern: FREE DOWNLOAD below Hoop  Thread: Your choice of color/brand.  I prefer […]

Painted Journal Papers Kit

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you have probably seen my Create40Project. If not, here’s the short version: I turned 40 in January and to celebrate I’m releasing a new product every month this year. Last month was some waterproof stickers: A Well Read Woman is a Dangerous Creature sticker and Be A Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud sticker. This […]

FREE Sunflowers Hand Embroidery Pattern

Free hand embroidery pattern, perfect for beginners! This small floral hand embroidery pattern makes a great gift or Christmas ornament. Hello there, friends! I’m so happy to tell you about the A Lively Hope Embroidery patterns that are available today! I have TWO new patterns/kits in the shop and one free pattern. It’s a happy day! This sweet floral bouquet […]

Super Simple Scrapbook Process Video

Super simple scrapbook session! I love making simple scrapbook pages to document our lives. Today I’m sharing a two page spread about the activities that kept us busy during Covid isolation and a page about my daughter’s favorite little stuffed animal. I love to preserve our memories in simple, easy scrapbooks. Making cute, fast scrapbook pages is one of my […]

Hand Embroidery Frequently Asked Questions

How to start hand embroidery. Answers to frequently asked questions for beginners. One of my favorite ways to while away a quiet hour or two is with an embroidery project in my hands, and an audiobook in my earbuds.  I also love to stitch away while my husband and I watch an episode of our latest Netflix show in the […]

Super Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments to make with Kids!

An easy and fun Christmas ornament craft to do with kids. Every Christmas my kids and I gather to make some simple ornaments.  We give these as gifts to their grandparents, teachers and youth group leaders and they often make extra for their friends as well. There’s nothing better than a sweet handmade gift from a kiddo, so these little […]

Hand Embroidery: How to do Chain Stitch

How to do hand embroidery Chain Stitch video tutorial. Hey there! Today I’m dropping in with a quick explanation of how to do Chain Stitch in your hand embroidery projects.  Chain Stitch creates a stunning, raised effect and is perfect for drawing your eye to certain words in a lettering piece. In the piece shown, I used Split Stitch for […]

Hand Embroidery: How to do Split Stitch

  Hello there!   Today we’re continuing on in my series of hand embroidery stitch tutorials.  I’ll show you how to do Split Stitch in the video below.   I use split stitch often in my embroidery pieces.  It’s a great way to get a nice smooth line, so I use it often for lettering, for outlines and for detail […]

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