Next month I’ll be sharing my windmill pincushion pattern, and the embroidery tutorials I’ve been showing you lately are leading up to that adorable little pincushion. This windmill pincushion project could make a great Christmas gift for someone you know, especially for someone who enjoys sewing, and this project is also a great opportunity for a beginner to practice various embroidery stitches.
Today’s video tutorial shows you how to do the herringbone stitch. This stitch really is as simple as it looks!
For my windmill pincushion, I used this stitch to provide simple background leaves for some of my knotted flowers, like the French Knot flowers that I showed you in yesterday’s tutorial.
Of course, any of these embroidery stitches can also add a pleasant decorative trim to doll clothes as well.
It has recently come to my attention that my older patterns and projects no longer appear on my Gallery Page. Two examples are the hairdresser apron and smock project and the Monster High/Ever After High pants patterns. I’ve contacted WordPress, my blog hosting company, and they have suggested that I may have over-run my limit for images in a single gallery. They’ve suggested I re-design my website to include multiple gallery pages.
So when I get a little vacation time (maybe during my Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday break November-December), I plan to take the time to re-organize my website. Some links may be lost in the redesigning, so if there are patterns you really want to use, I suggest downloading them before this website remodel takes place.
Of course, if you ever have difficulty locating a pattern or tutorial on my website, feel free to contact me using my Submit a Question form. I’d be happy to email you with attachments or links to the pages you’re seeking. Also, I now have a mailing address, which can be found on my “About the Author” page as well as on this recent blog post.
Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing.
My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns and tutorials:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can post or like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts.