Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Retro Stitchery

Well hello!  I've been working on something just a little different (for me) this past week and I have a fun new book to share with you today.

Embroidered patchwork pillow by Andy of A Bright Corner - using a pattern from the book Retro Stitchery

My friend Bev McCullough (a.k.a. Flamingo Toes) has written a great new book called Retro Stitchery.  

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Retro Stitchery book by Bev McCullough found on A Bright Corner

It's filled with creative and inspiring embroidery patterns + plenty of great projects to go with them. Bev has such a great style and it was fun to put my own twist on her pillow project, called There's No Place Like Home.  


Here's Bev's version:

Pillow pattern from the Retro Stitchery book by Bev McCullough found on A Bright Corner

As you can see above, the original pattern uses embroidery for the letters as well as the flower, but since I'm still so new to embroidery I decided to use some raw edge applique for the letters and embroider that pretty flower. I mean...it really IS the star of the show, isn't it?

Home quilted pillow - pattern from Retro Stitchery book by Bev McCullough - pillow made by A Bright Corner

I first embroidered the flower on my background fabric (Moda Grunge in Fog). 


Then for the letters, I traced a mirror image of the "H" "M" and "E" onto some Heat n Bond Lite, and fused it to the wrong side of a gray print I had in my stash. I then fused those letters to the background fabric on either side of the embroidered flower. To stitch the letters down, I used a straight stitch in gray thread around the edges of each letter. And I LOVE how it turned out!

Home quilted pillow - pattern from Retro Stitchery book by Bev McCullough - pillow made by A Bright Corner

Bev's book is full of so many great ideas and projects - I have "This is My Happy Place" on my want-to-make list, as well as the "Choose Joy" hoop pictured below. 

Embroidery projects from the book Retro Stitchery by Beverly McCullough

One thing I love about this book is that the patterns are not just for the embroidery designs - she also steps you through how to make the whole project...whether that's a pillow, a mug wrap, zipper bag, or a wrapped canvas art.

Embroidered quilted patchwork pillow by A Bright Corner

For the next several weeks Bev is hosting a book tour for Retro Stitchery. You can find the full schedule for the book tour here on Bev's website. 

Want to get your own copy of the book? Find one here on Amazon, and here from the Fat Quarter Shop, and here from Martingale


For more embroidery, cross stitch, and quilting inspiration, be sure to follow Bev on Instagram (@flamingotoes) and she has a fabulous facebook group as well!


There's No Place Like Home quilted pillow - pattern from Retro Stitchery - found on A Bright Corner







1 comment:

  1. Oh Andy I love it so much!! The colors are so pretty and I adore how you appliqued the letters - I think I need to do my next version that way!! So cute!! Thank you so much for joining in with the book tour!

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