Fabric Blocks – the Wave of the Future!

Fun with fabric blocks

Cross-stitching, embroidering, quilting – all great, wonderful craft options. They are very time consuming, however, and I always have a dozen or so cross-stitch patterns in my hopper. Sometimes, I want to make a quick little something, either for my wall or to make as a gift. Enter, the fabric block.

If you haven’t worked with fabric blocks before, you are in for a treat! They are SO versatile and easy to work with. I make my own here at Bella Stitchery, and have several here in my Etsy shop under the “Fabric Block” category. I can also custom print designs or images for you as well. Fabric blocks are great to frame and hang as-is, or you can personalize them with your own special embroidery and embellishment. The sky is the limit!

They are fabulous to use on so many projects, too:

*pillows
*frames
*quilting
*messenger bags
*wall hangings
*scrapbooking
*embroidery

My fabric is all handmade, so they are dry-clean only. Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders and special prices for larger quantities.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Cross Stitch

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree cross-stitch pattern

Christmas cross-stitch patterns are some of my most popular designs. It’s great to be able to take that finished piece out year after year and incorporate it into your holiday dĂ©cor for the family to enjoy and ooooh and awwww over for generations to come.

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by my Bella Stitchery shop in awhile, here are just a few of my current designs. I like to create everything from kitschy and retro, to funny and pop culture.

Thoughtful Santa cross-stitch pattern

Vintage Santa and praying girl cross-stitch pattern

Retro Christmas snowman cross-stitch pattern

Vintage Christmas Carols Pattern

Retro Reindeer cross-stitch pattern

Retro reindeer with candy canes cross-stitch pattern

Retro ice skating silhouette cross-stitch pattern

Nativity scene silhouette cross-stitch pattern

Coca Cola Santa Pattern

Jack Skellington cross-stitch pattern

Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Feel free to contact me for custom designs! 🙂

Thanks so much, and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

Thankful for Fiber Art

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The holidays are here once again, and it’s a great time to cozy in with the family, enjoy a little time off of school and work, and get busy cross-stitchin’! With all the classic holiday movies about to start up on television, what better way to relive those old favorites than with a Thanksgiving themed cross-stitch pattern?

Here are some that I have made. They can all be found under the holiday section of my Bella Stitchery Design shop on Etsy.

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Do you have a favorite image or photo that you would like to make into a cross-stitch project? Please feel free to contact me for custom patterns – I would be delighted to design a special project for you!

xoxo

Genevieve

How to Photograph Scrapbook Layouts Using an iPhone

Scrapbook Pictures

Great product photos are everything – whether you are using them on a blog, for sales, or to have your images re-pinned on Pinterest.

I am always looking to sharpen my skills. With a tight camera and lighting budget, I have to make do with what I have.

Below are some tips for using your iPhone to best show off your scrapbooking works of art. I used an iPhone 5s for these layouts.

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1. Purchase a large white poster board from the craft store (around $1.00). It helps to clear the background in the pictures and provide a nice, neutral base. I like to use the shiny side too, in order to get the most out of my available light source.

2. Choose your poster board position carefully. As you can see, I like to have mine next to my craft room window. I also used a standing OTT light to the right, to help balance the light (you don’t want a lot of shadows).

Here is the view of my "photo studio" wall.

Here is the view of my “photo studio” wall.

3. Stick a piece of tape behind the layout and affix it to the board.

4. Take the photo using some kind of stabilizing structure. I don’t have a tri-pod, so I usually use my desk with a box on it to help hold the phone steady. Take several pictures so you can choose the best one.

5. I then clean up the image using either www.fotoflexer.com (a free site) or Afterlight (a $.99 app). You can use these to play with shadows and lighting, crop and rotate, etc. I also use Photoshop Elements 5.0 at the very end to add white paint to the background, making it as bright as possible.

Before and after editing my pictures.

Before and after editing my pictures.

That’s it! Now you can save and share your masterpieces!

With these tips, you can make sure your artwork is the focus - not a messy background.

With these tips, you can make sure your artwork is the focus – not a messy background.

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BIY – Infinity Scarf

As an avid crafter, there is no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization, just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project – that, let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s item is the fabulous, trendy infinity scarf. Here are some amazing crafters that would love to share their handiwork with you:

The Borrow scarf from Deroucheau on Etsy looks snuggly and stylish for $75.

The Borrow Scarf

The Borrow Scarf

This Chunky Infinity scarf from Plexida is $58.87 and is even sent in gift wrap – what a perfect Christmas gift idea!

Chunky Infinity Scarf

Chunky Infinity Scarf

The Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl found on MicheleMade is a steal at only $25. You can even pick your color options!

Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl

Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl

They’re not just for women, either! This purple man scarf from Necklush is priced at $95 and is perfect for wearing all year long.

Purple Man Scarf

Purple Man Scarf

Still want to make your own? Well, OK. Here’s fun how-to guide for ya from Handimania:

Infinity Scarf

Handimania

Thanks for supporting handmade, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve