Thursday, September 18, 2014

ship in a bottle

ship in a bottle

I've just finished a new embroidery pattern! I've been wanting to do something nautical for awhile now so this design was born of my favorite oceanic imagery.

details

I used mostly Split Stitch on this one, it's my favorite stitch for outlines. I generally use all 6 threads for most lines, and cut it to 3 threads for some smaller, interior details.

details

Fish scales were stitched in tiny straight stitches and bubbles were done in satin stitch.

I have so many different floss colors from all the projects I've done over the years, I usually pull from my stash. But for this pattern, I wanted something unique. I actually consulted my floss color chart and picked out all new colors! Here they are, if you want to use the same palette.

ship in a bottle floss colors

This pattern is available now in my shop for instant download: www.littledear.etsy.com

enjoy!
xo aimee

Friday, September 12, 2014

the Holiday Motif Collection is here!

My new book is here!!

I just received my advance copies of my newest Doodle Stitching book, The Holiday Motif Collection! I'm so thrilled to share it with you, I can't wait to see what you create this Christmas!

My new book is here!!

We gathered some super talented guest designers to help create some of the projects in this book, and they did an awesome job. Besides my own designs, the book includes projects by some of my favorite crafters: John Q. Adams (that's his pillow on the cover), Carina Envoldsen-Harris, Laura Howard, Mollie Johanson, Annie Kight, and Teresa Mairal Barreu.

My new book is here!!

My new book is here!!

While most of the projects are Christmasy, (it's never too early to start sewing Christmas presents!) the 300+ motifs in the book cover holidays throughout the year, including Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's and Father's Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukah and lots more. Plus TONS of Christmas and winter imagery, you'll never be at a loss for what to stitch on those holiday gifts. Also included is a CD with digital files to make it easy to size, print and arrange your own patterns from the motifs.

My new book is here!!

I'm giving you a chance to get a copy free! Just leave a comment here, let me know what handmade holiday gifts you have in mind for this year. I'll pick a random winner one week from today, Friday, Sept. 19. Please be sure to leave an email or web address so I can contact you if you win!!
Good Luck!

xo aimee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

new art

kokeshi neko

Here is some new artwork I've been working on lately...

tiny secret worlds

Some personal pieces for my illustration portfolio. I always try to give myself new assignments when I'm not busy with other things. Stay frosty! 
You can view my entire online portfolio at www.aimeeray.com

xo aimee

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dryad

dryad

A new custom petite Blythe is available at little dear!

dryad

This is Dryad, a tiny forest faery.

dryad


Dryad has a pretty hand painted face and body with leaves and tree bark. Her green leafy felt hair is topped with a needle felted nest and three tiny clay eggs. She has antlers made of real oak twigs which are removable. (These twigs are sturdy yet delicate, so I can't guarantee that they won't break eventually. I've included extras however, so you can replace them as needed, or just swap them out for a different look.) She comes with a tiny dress embellished with hand embroidery. Dryad also comes with a custom embroidered stand and a hand painted, keepsake tag. 
Little Dryad would love to come live with you!
Adopt her today at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee