Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Blogger ~ Annie Belcher!

 My name is Annie Belcher and I am the owner/operator of Annie Beez Folk Art.

First of all I want to thank Jenny for the opportunity to share here on her wonderful blog. I am a devoted reader and have stitched several of Jenny's projects myself!
I am from the USA and live outside of Chicago. I live in the town that I grew up in not far from my childhood home, where my 88 year old mother still lives!
I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have raised 4 children together,
the youngest of which is still at home.

I have been designing patterns for various crafts for about 15 years now.
When it comes to art and creativity I have rarely met a craft I didn't like. You will notice if you visit my Etsy Shop or Craftsy Shop that there are a number of different types of items there - from cross stitch, doll and embroidery patterns, to handmade cloth dolls and paintings!
But my greatest love is sewing!

I love handwork of all kinds and have been embroidering in one fashion or another since I was about 8 or 9 years old. 
I have a new grand baby (my first) named Amy Ren, and I love sewing for her!

She has inspired a lot of cute baby-type designs lately, and I am excited to share with you my little bunny design, which actually began life as a watercolor painting!

I hope you will enjoy stitching him - he is very quick to do!
I have also included a tutorial if you would like to finish him in a wooden hoop frame as I did. This is a simple and inexpensive way to finish your piece and is great for gift giving!
It was so nice meeting you. I hope you will visit me HERE at my blog and say hi!

 You can download my free 'Little Bunny' pattern here


If you'd like to know how to frame the stitchery inside a hoop here is how I do it!

1. Take the stitchery out of the working hoop and press from the back.

2. Using hoop bottom as a guide, trace circle onto white felt. Trace outside of hoop.

 3.  Cut out the felt circle.

4. Center stitchery into wooden hoop and tighten until drum tight. Make sure there are no wrinkles on front.

5. Trim excess fabric all around about 1” away from hoop.

6. Press excess fabric toward center.

7. Put a row of glue dots all around the perimeter of the felt circle. Do not use too much glue! Remember, a dot is a lot.

8. Lightly press glue side of felt circle to back of stitchery. Press toward hoop, not the stitchery. You don't want glue to bleed to the front.

9. Allow to dry and you are done!

 Isn't he a cutie-pie!

I hope you enjoy this stitchery and tutorial!