Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free Pattern: Winter Ornaments

As promised, here's the link to the pattern to make
the Winter Ornaments I sent to Patty
in the T'was the Night Blog Hop:


Friday, November 14, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop

A big thanks to

A very pretty apron, embellished with ric-rac:

A mini-quilt with a lovely flower:
A clever tree made from folded fabric (front and back view):
The absolute sweetest cardinal pincushion:
And to top it off she included a Mormon Tabernacle Choir Holiday CD; and she sings in the choir!

The mug rugs measure 6" square, and have the same holly design.
And here's the pattern/instructions to make both!
Thanks in advance for leaving a comment (I will reply, unless you are a no-reply blogger and don't leave me an email address), and please visit everyone else on today's list and for the rest of the hop:

Friday, Nov. 14
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs (me)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

T'was the Night Coming Soon

I'm looking forward to participating in another blog hop soon; my day is Friday Nov. 14th. Check back to see what fun projects I've come up with for the holidays!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wicked Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be participating in another blog hop after the summer off, and not joining the last two! A big thanks to

And here are the projects I made:

My first, and major project, is a 24" square wall hanging. I wanted to do something with owls, and this is what I came up with!

The 15" center square is the Black Spider Webs fabric with WoolFelt appliques. I used buttons for the eyes and embellished the owls with some embroidery. Most of the applique, as well as the owl embroidery, was done with Valdani Perle Cotton Size 12 Variegated Faded Brown. I backed the square with fusible fleece before appliqueing; the square holds its shape and the applique process is much easier. I then added wide border with the Orange Dots fabric (again with fusible fleece as the batting), and then backed and bound it the black spiderweb fabric again. I did a very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Finally, I embroidered a spider web in the upper right corner with a running stitch and black floss.

If you have any interest in using the owl applique for your own project, here's the link. This is for the applique shapes only; there are no instructions or materials list included.

I had a small amount of fabric left over so I made two other projects: A folded hexagon candle mat and a small pumpkin. The candle mat has layered folded hexagons, which were made from 7" and 3" circles. I used this Riley Blake tutorial to make the hexagons, (scroll down on the page to the second tutorial). To attach the smaller hexagons onto the larger ones I used large stitches of black floss. Then I added black buttons in the centers. Finally, I whip-stitched the hexis together on the back. The mat measures approx. 10" at its widest point.

For the 5" pumpkin, I cut six of these sections from the Orange Dots fabric. I sewed the sections together with 1/4" seams, leaving an opening at the top. Then I turned the pumpkin right-side out and stuffed it with poly-fill. I rolled up a rectangle of black WoolFelt, stitched it closed with black floss, and then inserted it into the pumpkin for the stem. It is inserted through a star-shaped "top" which I also attached with black floss. Finally, I cut a leaf from the black WoolFelt and stitched it on as well. (It's probably difficult to see the leaf and the star top in the photo, sorry about that!)

So those are my projects...and I had a wicked good time making them!

Thanks in advance for leaving a comment (I will reply, unless you are a no-reply blogger and don't leave me an email address), and please visit everyone else on today's list:

Wednesday, October 29
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs (ME)
And here's the complete Blog Hop list:

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 27

Tuesday, October 28

Wednesday, October 29

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Black Cat Crossing Hop

This fun hop is underway, and my day to participate is next Wed. 10/29. So come back and see what I've been working on!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Pattern: Waiting for the Tree!

I have a new .pdf pattern available in my Etsy and Craftsy stores. It's called "Waiting for the Tree" and is a WoolFelt table mat that is backed & edged with cotton fabric.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

National NonWovens Summer 2014 Newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter on the National Nonwovens site. Two of my projects are included on page 4!

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Pattern Available!

I have a new pattern available in my Etsy and Craftsy Shops for my whimsical wool felt candle mats that appeared in two issues of Create & Decorate Magazine. Pattern includes diagrams and instructions for all four seasonal candle mats: Tulips for Winter/Early Spring; Iris for Spring; Cone Flowers for Summer; and Sunflowers for Fall!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

National Nonwovens Projects Page

National Nonwovens has a Free Projects page on their website.
It's currently featuring my two Zenergy WoolFelt patterns, plus there are many other fun projects up there!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Zenergy WoolFelt Projects (free for you all!)

National Nonwovens was kind enough to send me a fat quarter bundle of their latest collection "Zenergy WoolFelt." I knew the colors would inspire me quickly, and they did! I've created two projects, each of which use all the colors in the collection. And each is stitched with DMC's color variations floss.

The patterns for both are available for free to anyone who wants to download them. Just click on the images below.

The first project is my "Rainbow Trout Pillow." The soft aqua and green make a great water backdrop for the brightly colored trout.

The second project is my "Butterfly Candle Mat" that features butterflies and flowers:

I hope you have fun making either or both!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Latest Published Project!

The latest issue of Create & Decorate is hitting newsstands soon, and my project is on page 68!

My project is also featured in the preview on their website,
(the two floral candle mats), so check it out!

Monday, May 12, 2014

How fun!

I just received a wonderful surprise via UPS...a fat quarter bundle of the new National Nonwovens Zenergy WoolFelt Collection!

I'll definitely be working on a project to showcase these fabulous colors!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

If you're on Facebook...

Create & Decorate is featuring my current project on their Facebook page!

Monday, April 14, 2014

What is My Superpower?

Before I answer that question, I'd like to thank Madame Samm and Pauline for cheering us on in another fun blog hop! I'm excited it involves embroidery, since the very first craft I embraced (many years ago) was cross stitch. Since then, I have periodically completed embroidered projects and even developed a few original designs of my own.

Now back to the question at hand...what is my superpower? I think all creative people feel compelled, on some level, to create. What they create doesn't really matter, but the need to create is ever-present. I personally feel lousy if I'm not working on creating something. Is that a sickness? A compulsion?'s a SUPERPOWER!

So my superpower is, quite obviously, CREATIVITY!

For my project, I designed a simple stitchery that I'm calling "Creativity in Bloom."

I stitched it up using DMC six-strand floss (three strands at a time), and three simple stitches: back stitch, fly stitch, and french knots. At the end of this post you'll find a link to the pattern (for the stitchery only) and a list of the colors and stitches that I used. This is my giveaway to you all!

After completing the embroidery, I turned it into a wall hanging. I used green cotton fabric, and some very simple straight line quilting and binding.
Thanks for leaving a comment (I will reply, unless you are a no-reply blogger and don't leave me an email address), and please visit all the other creative super heroes on today's list:

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs (me)

And here's the link to the stitchery pattern:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Latest Published Project!

Check out my latest project on page 68 of the May/June issue of Create & Decorate Magazine: Two Spring-themed, WoolFelt candle mats!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I haven't been blogging...

...but I've been working! I've got quite a few projects going on right now, none of which I can show at this time.

I'm finishing up an embroidered piece for an upcoming blog-hop (my posting date is 4/14), as well as developing several projects for Create & Decorate Magazine for 2015. Actually, I'll be making something for every issue in 2015, how exciting is that?!

This year, I'll be in four issues, starting with the May/June edition which will be coming out very soon.