Intro to Under the Sea Fabrics

Under the Sea

Under the Sea Fabrics

Under the Sea Fabrics provides hand dyed fabrics to stitchers around the world by owner Leslie LaFleur. Pictured above, is Frozen Margherita Opalescent fabric. However, there is a catch to these absolutely stunning fabrics. There are only two places to buy fabrics from Under the Sea.

Lafleur for the last couple of years has only sold her fabrics through her social media group on Facebook – Under the Sea Fabrics. Jennifer, an Embroidery Central stitcher, found her and started buying LaFleur fabrics. The employees at Embroidery Central fell in love with the fabric and now carry select pieces from Under the Sea Fabrics in the store.

I say select pieces because Under the Sea Fabrics is currently a one woman operation that is being ran out of LaFleur’s home. She can’t offer what the bigger distributers do quite yet but I am sure she is on her way. What she does offer is awesome fabric in every shade and count from linen to Aida. Plus, she will also do custom orders if you ask very nicely. She also has Opalescent hand dyed fabric for those of you who want a little bit of extra sparkle.

She is constantly posting images of her latest creations but some of the creations are offered for a short time only. Happy Stitching!

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Have I gone to heaven…

The fabric room at Embroidery Central.

The fabric room at Embroidery Central.

No, you have not gone to heaven but it may seem like it when you enter the fabric room at Embroidery Central. Yes, the fabric is out in the open for you to look at. I believe the top row and some of the second row is aida. The rest is all different shades, colors, and counts of linen; including opalescent.

The wall above the cutting table at Embroidery Central.

The wall above the cutting table at Embroidery Central.

Now, you can look at the fabric and pull some off the shelf. However, you do have to ask the employees to unwrap and cut the piece you want. In fact, they are more than willing to help you find the perfect piece of fabric for your project. Sometimes they will even pull fabric off the shelf just to give you more choices which is perfect if you just can’t decide.

The fabric of the month at Embroidery Central.

The fabric of the month at Embroidery Central.

They also have a fabric of the month that is guaranteed to catch your eye and make you ask yourself, “What can I put on that?!?” They also have jars with various scrap pieces for smaller projects that start at a $1 then go up.

The fabric room at Embroidery Central is my favorite room and tends to get me in trouble financially. Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday: Thanksgiving Blessing designed by Heart in Hand

Thanksgiving Blessing by Heart in Hand

Thanksgiving Blessing by Heart in Hand

Yesterday, I decided to start ‘Thanksgiving Blessing’ designed by Heart in Hand. Normally, this isn’t a project I would pick to do but Embroidery Central has Projects of the Month (POM). Last year, they decided that anyone who spent over $50 on a double punch day would be put in a drawing. The winners would be able to pick out the POM’s for 2015.

My name was chosen and I decided to do the POM for October. Keep in mind that the POM’s are discounted during that specific month only. Felicea, an employee of Embroidery Central, suggested I do a thanksgiving project. We narrowed it down to two patterns but we both liked this one.  Of course, being the creative people that we are, we changed a few things.

The start of my project

The start of my project

First, we choose a different fabric called Mummies Curse by Pol Stitches. The fabric looks like falling leaves and matches the required hand dyed threads. Second, there is going to be four bronze tinted charms added in place of some of the stitching – two leaves and two medallions. I’m not stitching the turkey after follow or the bright orange floral between filled and with. The medallions will be place in those locations. One of the leaves will be by the pumpkin and the other will be at the bottom where the flower and heart are.

Anyway that’s my WIP for today. Happy Stitching!

Intro to Hollie Dabb

Worry designed by Hollie Dabb

Worry designed by Hollie Dabb

Here is another budding designer, Hollie Dabb. Her design is a cute little project that reminds us worry is truly a waste of time.

Hollie designed this for herself and had no intentions of it being published. However, stitchers who saw it fell in love and demanded that the pattern become available.

Embroidery Central being attentive to their customers, talked to Hollie, and it became available. Currently, this is the only project that Hollie has designed. I don’t know if she plans to design any more but I will wait patiently.

Happy Stitching!

Finished: Words of Hope designed by Oh My Bloomin’ Threads

Words of Hope designed by Om My Bloomin' Threads

Words of Hope designed by Oh My Bloomin’ Threads

The first one is done and is already being turned into a pillow for the Idaho Elks summer convention. I have two more to do for the Relay for Life team. Okay, I just need to finish the sunflower on the second one.

However, they all look the same so I won’t be posting all three. I just thought you’d like to see how the stitching looks on at least one of them. Happy stitching!

Wish List: Spirit Dancer from Butternut Road

Spirit Dancer by Butternut Road

Spirit Dancer by Butternut Road

I’ve decided to show you a few of the patterns or designers that I wish I had. Plus, this gives me the opportunity to clear out my wish list on Embroidery Central’s website.

First up is Spirit Dancer from Butternut Road. My husband’s grandmother has stitched this pattern and  it is hanging in her apartment. I salivate over it every time I go to visit her. I really want to do this pattern or at least have it in my stash.

However, I also tend to forget what is on my wish list and buy patterns that I need right now. I know that I am not the only stitcher who does this.

This pattern will have to be on my wish list a little longer as the funds just aren’t there to support my habit. I know someday I will own it and someday I will stitch, it is just a matter of time and patience.

Embroidery Central Spring Cleaning Sale

spring cleaning

I guess I should let you guys know about this; even though, I want to keep it to myself so I can buy everything.

Embroidery Central is having a Spring Cleaning Sale with some patterns up to 75% off. However. there is a catch, it’s first come first served. Once the patterns or kits run out, the sale for that item is over.

The sale includes a few Mirabilia patterns, some punch needle kits, some beaded kits, and all sorts of goodies and gadgets that every stitcher would love to have.

Happy Stitching or should I say Happy Hunting!