Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Be Mine--A Little Something for You

I know you're giddy with excitement about the upcoming Be Mine blog tour, and I certainly can't blame you--I'm pretty darn excited too! But remember when you were a kid and you just couldn't stand to wait until Christmas day to open your gifts, and so your mom and dad let you open just ONE gift on Christmas eve? Well, this post is kind of like that. I've found some stuff for you to play around with until the real thing gets started. Cool, huh?! Yep, I thought so too!

First is my very own pattern. Here's a photo of the "Be Mine Bird" done in wool applique and turned into a pillow:

I've tweeked the pattern a bit to add some curliques and embroidery details, so it can either be used as an embroidery pattern or for applique. There are no directions on the pattern and I haven't expanded out the different pattern pieces, so if you want to use it for applique, you should either have some experience with applique or check the internet for some basic directions. You can find a PDF of the pattern HERE.

Next, Bird Brain Designs just released their latest freebie embroidery pattern. I love their stuff--they're always cute but simple.

You can get to the Bird Brain website and pattern by clicking HERE. (If you've never visited Bird Brain, look around while you're there--really good stuff!) This design looks great on a tea towel, but I also think it would be cute on white wool and then made into a heart ornament or a pincushion. Or embroidered onto muslin and made into a little bag for holding Valentine's treats.

This frilly heart design can be used on so many different things--

This heart is from Mary Corbet's blog and a link to the PDF file can be found HERE.

Finally, here's a bit more elaborate embroidery design by Andrea Zuill. Her stuff is kind of quirky and you won't find anything else like it. Luckily, she's kind enough to design and post a free embroidery design every month (or two), and this is one she designed a couple years ago.

You can get to Andrea's design by clicking HERE.

I hope there's something here that will occupy you until the big event, but please don't get so busy that you forget to check back here between now and then. (And, by the way, isn't opening THIS better than opening a new pair of Christmas jammies, which was usually what we were allowed to open on Christmas eve?) I have a couple other projects I thought I'd share (and maybe another hint or two about my secret Be Mine blog tour project), so don't forget about me.


Mamacessories said...

Thank you! I am so excited about the new Blog Tour! I checked out all the other sites yesterday.


Tina said...

I am looking forward to the blog tour. I love the sites you posted today. Thank you!

Jean Burke said...

Thanks for all the treats - I can't wait for the tour to begin! A sure-fire way to ward off the January blues....piece.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Kim, these patterns are SO cute! It may even persuade me to pick up the embroidery needle again ;-)

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I keep forgetting to post this. I'm going to amend my new blog post RIGHT NOW to mention the tour.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting those sites and can't wait for the blog tour! Dori

Robin said...

We could never forget about you! Cute patterns, btw, and thanks!

Cindy said...

I'm really looking forward to the hop - very smart ladies to include you in this event! Thank you for these goodies - going to try one this weekend!


Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Thanks for the pre blog hop tour treats! I love them all!

Carrie P. said...

thanks for sharing the patterns.