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Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured | 22 comments

Finish: Sewing Sayings Embroidery

Finish: Sewing Sayings Embroidery


Something many of you may not know about me is that I am a huge font nerd. I try not to let her out too much, but she’s in there. Watching. Waiting for that moment when it’s absolutely necessary to point out the best uses for slab serifs or wax nostalgic over my love affair of Bodoni. (Now you see why she mostly gets hidden in the closet.)


When I first saw Rachael @ imagine gnats‘s sewing sayings, I fell in love with them. I love the typography – her choice of fonts work beautifully together – and the scale and spacing are lovely.


So when she invited me to participate in her january pattern tour blog hop, I didn’t hesitate to pick her sewing sayings as the pattern I wanted to try out!


I like that she included suggested stitches, but also showed some variations on the theme. I even tried out a couple of stitches that I’ve never tried before, my favorite being the laced running stitch I used around the outside. I used a chambray for the fabric, which is a bit thicker than standard quilting cotton and it worked out quite well.


These come together pretty fast, as well. I made most of this on a game day while waiting for the guys to take their turns (why do they take soooo longgggg?!), and finished up the rest in front of the TV.

january pattern tour bloggers and button 800 px

If you’d like to try them out, Rachel is having a 20% off sale on all her pdf patterns in her shop during the blog hop. Just use the coupon code: januarytour

Since the guys haven’t gotten any faster at taking their turns, I’ve already started gathering supplies for the next one!


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  1. With your love for text fabric, being a font nerd was no surprise but you’ve also been hiding your amazing talent for stitching. Beautifully done (and photographed). The laced running stitch is so pretty.

    • Awww, thanks Karen! I grew up doing counted cross stitch, so I guess embroidery isn’t too far from that? :) Some of my favorite memories growing up are when my grandma, aunt, mom and myself would retire to the front room and do cross-stitch while the guys did whatever it is that they do. :)

    • Thanks Sarah! I promise you it’s not perfect, but I know better than to point where the flaws are. :)

    • Oooh yay! Fellow font lover! :D It’s been a while since I was super into fonts, but I still retain a deep appreciation for a well-chosen font. :)

  2. It is really pretty but lucky for me nothing I need to try out :-)

    • Haha what, you don’t want more things to add to your growing “make it” list? :)

    • Thanks Adrianne! :D This project reminded me how much I love doing hand stitching. I always considered myself a cross-stitcher only, but now I want to try more of this. It’s way faster than cross-stitch! lol

  3. Full on font nerd here! Love this!
    Your stitching looks fantastic, love the laced running stitch. I think i need to give it a try!

    • Yes! I’m glad I’m not the only font nerd around. :D
      The laced running stitch was so simple, I was kinda shocked. Just do a running stitch, and then come through with another color and lace it through the running stitches. You don’t go through the fabric at all except at the beginning and end. Takes some tweaking to get it the size you want, but really straightforward otherwise. :) So yes, give it a try!!

    • Of course you are! You spend too much time looking at text to be anything but. :)

    • Thank you Lorna! :D I always forget how much I enjoy hand-stitching. :)

  4. i’m a giant font nerd too, so it makes me SUPER EXTRA happy that you appreciate my font design decisions ;) i love it!!

    • I figured you had to be given your font choices (and that you stayed away from papyrus. :)) Thanks Rachael! I need to carve out a little time so I can make another one. I have the perfect place to hang them. :D

    • That’s where mine is goin’! :D You should give it a go! They come together super quick.

  5. adorable! “something embroidery” is on my list of things to try this year, so I’ll have to go check out her patterns!

    • I just ordered one of the frosted pumpkin stitchery samplers and need to go buy more floss before I can start. So there will be more embroidery for my 2014 as well (well, okay cross-stitch. But that’s a type of embroidery, right? :)
      I can’t wait to see what you make! :D

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