Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: Needlepoint

Embroidered Holiday Ornament

Today I just finished a christmas ornament, for a swap I’m in on swap-bot.

I titled today’s post as a “holiday” ornament, because this ornament is holiday neutral, so you can make this for Christmas or Kwanzaa.

I just designed it freehand. It’s a simple enough design for anyone to recreate.

As always, I used DMC Threads. I would tell you which colorways, but the labels ran off in the hands of my little one. So I must leave you to guess which color is which.

You like it?

The Craftaholic

Day 325: Felt Embroidered Hair Clippies


“Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.”

-The Dalai Lama

I can

make me happy




so all that is good in the world

comes from me

and all that is happy in the world

comes from within


within my

mind, my

body, my


and spirit




inside me

Today, I worked on some embroidery work. I made a pair of hair clippies, and a hair pin.

These are simple, and kind of plain, because I made them to match most of my daughter’s outfits.

Nice, right? This one is pour moi, my friends.

That’s all for now. I have to catch up on emails, write an article, and clean the house.

The Craftaholic

Day 322: An Embroidered Hamsa Talisman


“In other words, if someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them limited disturbance.”

-The Dalai Lama

A verse for the the man I see, frenzied and hurried:

I wish you peace

and when I see you speak loudly on your expensive telephone

I wish you peace


wish you peace when you worry about everything

when you worry about things that are

out of your control

because you see,

peace comes not from a happy situation

but in your ability to be


even through the storm

like the trees

they move

they waiver

but they stay


Even if their branches break

they stay


So, my frienzied friend,

stay rooted

in whatever it is you believe in

and if you believe in nothing

start believing

in something

because life is bigger

and grander

and better

than we could ever imagine

with our human senses and our

small brains

Today, I did some embroidery work. I actually really love doing embroidery. It’s so much fun, and so easy for me!

I made an embroidered Hamsa talisman. Click here to find out what a hamsa is. Anyway, here it is:

Do you like it?

I used DMC Thread Colors: 930, 3722 and 932. The pendant in the middle is a millifiore pendant from Fire Mountain Gems.

I did post a template for the hamsa, to my scribd account, and here it is. You’ll excuse the raw sharpie drawing.

What else? Oh, here’s a couple cheesy pictures of my daughter dancing. This time we were dancing to Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. What a good song.

Yes, she has no pants on. It’s better that way.

Here’s one in action.

haha, she’s so funny. The TV was on, and she insisted on leaving it on, tho I did mute it so we can hear Mr. Lou Reed properly.

I hope you liked my thing for today!

The Craftaholic

Day 294: Embroidered Matroyshka Doll


“It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.”

-The Dalai Lama

But we do, don’t we? We expect things. Expectations are what lead to disappointment, especially when it comes to money. I never worry about money, not because I have a lot (because I don’t). I never worry about money because the truth is, it goes as easily as it comes.

It’s wrong to think that your life will be better with money. Life is better when you make it better. It’s not about money, it’s about your attitude toward life, and how you see your future, and what you do with your life.

Today, I did a bit of embroidery work. I of course, used DMC threads.

You like it?

This doll is for a workshop I’m teaching at Sacred Vibes Apothecary in Brooklyn, NY.

You can call them to sign up for it: (718) 284-2890.

This is a “passion” doll. She embodies everything that I am passionate about. The colors are symbolic, and she’s stuffed with herbs, money, and beads.

The beads represent my art, the herbs represent different things (depending on the herb), and the money represents my desire to allow my passions to “pay my rent” so to speak.

Anyhow, that’s what this doll is.

The doll has one eye, which is “The evil eye”. The evil eye is an old superstitious symbol that supposedly protects from bad vibes. I struggled with the eyes, so I just gave her this.

Yesterday, my little one and I went to the park.

It was hot, but fun.

Today, we’re going to manhattan. I never dropped of the samples for that class, so I’m doing that today. But I’m going to be frugal and pack my own lunch. It’s more eco friendly that way, right? Then I can buy some ice cream.

Oh! The peanut butter pie was made and devoured.

Here’s a link to a good recipe for it.

The Craftaholic

Day 228: A Collaborative Stitch Effort


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Share your joy with others. Share.

These are hard times. Property value is low, unemployment is up, and when the unemployment rate rises, so does crime. Hard times in the country, as A. Bogs says. It really is. In these times we become more self focused, more “me” oriented. It’s understandable, really. But actually, happiness and good fortune are best when they are shared. Share things. Share your happiness, your peace. I’m not telling you to preach at your atheist neighbor. I just mean that when you see him or her in situation you know you can help with, do so. Help. Give. Share.

I am quite inspired today. While browsing Craftster forums, I came upon the wonderful site of Amy Powers, called Inspire Co.

It’s a needlepoint and embroidery focused craft blog. She has wonderful site full of inspiration and does AMAZING needlepoint and fiber work.

So I was excited to see that she has stitch a longs! How fun, right? Anyway, I started working on the stitch a long, planning what sort of design I would be working on. I have this little canvas bag that I’ll be stitching on, since my work always has to have some sort of purpose. You know? Anyway, this stitch a long is about counting your blessings. So I’m making an embroidered canvas bag with little pictures of all the blessings in my life on one side, then the other will have an embroidered poem, based on it all. Cool, eh? Embroidered poetry, who’d have thunk it.

Anyway, go on over to her site, to check out all the details about the inspiring stitch a long! I’m off to dig through my DMC embroidery threads…..

The Craftaholic

Day 217: A Felt Embroidered Cupcake

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” -The Buddha

I have decided that I want to continue the quotes every day for a year, but mix it up a bit. I normally just use the quotes from the Dalai Lama, but you know what….I’m starting to come up dry lately, after using a different one of his quotes every day for over 200 days. So from now on, it’ll be The Buddha and the Dalai Lama every day.

So this that the Buddha is talking about , just means we must live our lives to the fullest. Right? I mean, it doesn’t mean you have to be UBER impulsive, spending all your money on art supplies and traveling the world (although really, that does sound grand). When you’ve lived a good positive life, you have nothing to fear. You have no death to fear, no judgement. Because you know that you’ve lived the best life you can, for yourself and the world around you.

Live a positive life. Be happy. Don’t poo poo on another person’s happiness.  Choose today to go beyond the comfort of your own little circle, and go beyond that. Go beyond yourself. That’s what enlightment is, really. The whole idea of reaching Nirvana, to me, means going beyond yourself and your ego and all the things that you THINK make up you.

What you are is pure spirit, and nothing else. The whole point of buddhism, is for you to get in touch with that side of you. So…maybe if you remove the negative distractions in your life, you will be able to see the good things in your life, you will be able to create your happiness. And then this perhaps, will make your life a little bit better.

Today, there is a fun crafty how to.

I made a half a dozen little cupcakes. They are so cute!  I made them out of the Eco-Fi felt, with DMC Embroidery Threads and Tapestry Wool.

If you don’t know how to draw very well, or normally draw strange and abstract things, never fear.

All you need to make your template is white watercolor paper, a good sized rubber stamp, a black ink pad and scissors.

I used the stamp, “Simple Birthday Thanks” by Stampin up, because it’s a good sized rubber stamp, and it’s a cute cupcake. But someone needs to tell those stampin up people to take the lettering off the stamp. I think the cupcake is just fine without it. Don’t you?

Anyhow, stamp the image onto watercolor paper. I did this so that when you use it as a template, it can be nice and sturdy, as watercolor paper is.

Anyway, cut out all the pieces, and then cut out the pieces with felt.

You get something like this. Although it is kinda cool all by itself, I wanted a little embroidery into it.

It’s cool, right? I used DMC Embroidery threads on this beautiful…aplique, I guess? I wanted to make it a luggage tag, but then I realized I don’t really travel much. So I’m keeping it as an applique for the future jean jacket that I’m getting my daughter this year. It’s either that, or an applique for a tote bag. Either way, I like this little cup cake a lot.

And it’s so easy to just use stamps as a template! Choose a rubber stamp that is easy enough to cut out. The possibilities with this technique are endless! You can make little embroidered flower clippies! This is a fun thing to do for those of you who want to make cool embroidery, but don’t necessarily draw all that well. Or, maybe you have a lot of rubber stamps, and you’re just bored like we all get sometimes.

What else? I have tried to clean my desk to no avail. I try, I do. But then I end up starting a project, and then it gets messy again.

The Craftaholic