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!



Carrie P. said...

A very creative guest blogger. Off to see her blog.

Baa. xxx said...

What a great guest blogger Jenny. Lovely pattern and we visited her blog and told her so. Thanks.

Patricia said...

Love the interview and the little bunny free embroidery.

Patricia C

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Sweeeeeeeeeeet! :)

Unknown said...

What a dear little bunny stitchery, thankyou so much

Concha de Aromadetela said...

Es una labor sencilla pero muy bonita y además muchas, muchas gracias por ese precioso tutorial. Muchos besos desde España.


Wendy said...

what an adorable little bunny, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Annie, this little bunny is just adorable! Bunnies are my favorite animals and I can't wait to stitch this one for my little granddaughter! I also like your finishing tutorial for a hoop frame! Great work!

Christine M said...

Hello Annie, It's lovely to meet you. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous bunny with us and for the framing tutorial.

Anonymous said...

A great opportunity to meet Annie and see her work, very creative and beautiful work, easy to follow tutorial. Thank you Annie and Jenny for the this post. Judithann :-)

Anonymous said...

An adorable piece, and what a cute design. Thanks for bringing Annie to meet us, Jenny!

Teresa said...

I LOVE Annie's work and happen to know she is a MOST WONDERFUL woman too!!! Congratulations Annie on a terrific post as a guest blogger!! Keep up the creativity!!

Christina said...

Thank you so much for the adorable bunny and tutorial.

Sew Useful Designs said...

What a lovely lady - and a cute stitchery!! Thank you for sharing :-) xo