I’m delighted to be participating in Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style Blog Tour! Embellish your world with embroidery designs from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style. You’ll find 20 fashion oriented projects, featuring 65 unique hand-embroidery designs, with over 100 styles and sizes to trace or transfer. The projects feature Crossroads Denim by Amy Barickman, as well as repurposed denim. Bring new life to ready-made jeans, jackets, purses and totes with a needle and thread. Or create your own one-of-a-kind items from scratch! Never embroidered before? No worries, the materials guide, detailed trace and transfer instructions and stitch dictionary will tell you all you need to know to add some Stitched Style to your life!
The designs featured in Stitched Style were inspired by Amy Barickman’s SoHo Bandana fabric collection with Red Rooster. A longtime collector of vintage bandanas, Amy took those classic designs and updated them for today. Using contemporary colors and stylized designs, bandana has never looked so fresh and fun!
For those folks who aren’t interested in embroidering by hand, check out the Stitched Style embroidery designs in a machine collection through OESD. The SoHo Bandana collection offers 33 embroidery, applique and reverse applique designs to easily embellish garments, accessories or home decor projects.
Amy is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and Amy Barickman LLC. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books. Named one of Country Living Magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, her recent book releases include Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, and Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers. In 2013 Amy released her 15th fabric collection with Red Rooster Fabrics as well as her debut fashion denim line with James Thompson Inc., Crossroads Denim. Through her blogs, websites and e-newsletters, Amy inspires crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Want to learn more and keep up to date with Amy, visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com. Also, Amy is offering a special discount during the blog tour — if you order Stitched Style directly from Indygo Junction, you can save 20% by using the code SSBT14 at checkout.
As a young teen, I enjoyed taking embroidery lessons with my mother and when Indygo Junction invited me to participate in this Blog Tour, nostalgic memories of embellishing my wearables rushed back to mind. Once I had my copy of Amy’s new book and my Crossroads Denim in French Vanilla and Periwinkle in hand, I grabbed by embroidery floss and needles and headed to my studio. I love, love love the paisley designs featured in Stitched Style but after looking through the cool collection of patterns, I decided I had better start by first brushing up on my stitching skills. The “Stitches” pages are filled with 16 illustrated patterns so I selected the chain, lazy daisy, french knots and satin stitches. (Now that I have those stitched, I’m feeling a lot more confident to take on the paisley designs!)
Here’s the link to my YouTube video where I share how I created my bracelet collection and check this out!! NOTE: Giveaway winner announced! Congratulations Carmen! Indygo Junction is offering a special giveaway to Cool2Craft readers & viewers. This giveaway collection includes the Stitched Style book, four 1/2 yard cuts of Crossroads Denim, Sullivan’s embroidery floss, Clover embroidery hoop and Clover embroidery needles. To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite embroidery memory or project! (Please note that giveaway ends January 23, 2014 and is open to US residents only.) P.S. On the last day of the tour, January 24th, hop over to Indygo’s blog to enter for a grand prize giveaway.
I also encourage you to visit each of the blog stops on this Stitched Style tour. Here’s where to go:
1/13 Flamingo Toes: flamingotoes.com
1/14 Today’s Creative Blog: todayscreativeblog.net
1/15 Designs in Machine Embroidery: You’re Here!
1/16 Tip Junkie: tipjunkie.com
1/17 Wild Olive: wildolive.blogspot.com
1/18 Amy Barickman: amybarickman.com/blog
1/20 Cool2Craft: cool2craft.com
1/21 We All Sew: weallsew.com
1/22 Kollabora: kollabora.com
1/23 Sew Mama Sew: sewmamasew.com
1/24 Indygo Junction: indygojunction.com/blog