Bears in the Hills – a Progress Report

I’ve finished all the whipstitching around the edges of the hills and the bears.

Ready for the fancy stitching!

I wanted the whipstitching to be fairly invisible. To make sure I got all the scallops outlined, I flipped it over to check the back.

So here’s what comes next. . .

Next week I’ll be putting together the online class. Here’s what will be available as soon as the class opens. . .

  • the pattern – both a PDF for printing on freezer paper to cut by hand and an SVG file for those who have cutting machines
  • a video showing how to cut, layer and glue the pieces in place
  • a video showing how to whipstitch the edges
  • a bundle of felt sheets in the colors I used
  • a bundle of pre-cut pieces for those who want to jump right to the fun part πŸ™‚

After the class releases, I’ll start adding more videos showing how to embroider the faces and how to add fancy stitching to the hills.

This is going to be so much fun!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Meet Maxwell Monster – new amigurumi pattern

Meet Maxwell Monster! He’s the new Ami Club pattern for October!

I just love him. πŸ™‚ I love his hairy ears, his adorable underbite, his meaty monster hands, and his old man pants hiked almost all the way up to his armpits. πŸ™‚

Want to make him? Sign up for Ami Club! You’ll be able to download the pattern right away – plus you’ll get lots of other perks. Get all the details here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Monster Pattern Sale – 20% Off

October is Monster Month (of course) so we’re having a Monster Craft-Along and a Monster Pattern Sale!

Stacey and I both LOVE monsters, so you’ve got a lot of patterns to choose from. πŸ™‚ Those images up there are just a tiny sample.

Shop all the patterns here.

Use the discount code SILLY for 20% off.

Sale ends Monday 10/7 at midnight eastern time.

Stacey and I both have really terrific monster classes on Craftsy. The Shiny Happy World sale code doesn’t work on them, but Craftsy has sales all the time and if you use these links you’ll get the current sale price.

Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster Craftsy Class

Stacey’s Design Your Own Monster class is fantastic – my favorite of all her classes. Get that class here.

Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters - a new Craftsy class with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

My Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters class includes my Mix & Match Monsters pattern. It’s so much fun to make! Get that class here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Happy October! Free calendar and wallpaper

Happy October!

October is Monster Month at Shiny Happy World – so meet Maxwell! I loved the new Ami Club pattern this month so much that I had to use it on the calendar. That smile! I’m going to be smiling back at it all month long. πŸ™‚

Want to see what’s coming this month at Shiny Happy World?

Download your wallpaper below – there are options both with and without an October calendar.

Click here to download the one for computers/tablets.

Click here to download the same image with no calendar.

Click here to download the one for phones.

Click here to download the same image with no calendar.

Have a great month! And happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Don’t Forget Your Ami Club Downloads!

September is almost over!

You know what that means – your Ami Club perks are about to change! On Sunday there will be a new pattern, a new discount code for eyes and noses, and a new set of four patterns at 50% off – just for members!

That means the September links are about to disappear – so download your patterns before Saturday night.

Here are links to the four 50% off patterns.

This sale is for Ami Club members only. You’ll find your discount code in the Ami Club newsletter that you received on September 1st. There’s also a PDF of that email in your account download page.

While you’re on that download page – don’t forget to download and save the pattern for the adorable Ruth the Red Fox.

I can’t wait to show you the new pattern for October! It’s super fun and slightly goofy. πŸ™‚

If you haven’t joined Ami Club yet, you can sign up here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Mandalas to Embroider – book review

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris is a beautiful collection of easy-to-embroider mandala patterns.

I love stitching mandalas so much! (You can find instructions for stitching freestyle mandalas here. And here’s a mandala sun I made using this round graph paper.)

The book is great for beginners, with a short spread about materials and a few pages showing how to do some basic embroidery stitches – all you need for these pretty designs.

There are patterns for 12 large mandalas and 12 small mandalas – and they’re all iron-on transfers.

And – I love this thoughtful detail – the book has a pocket in the back cover to hold those transfer pages after you cut them out.

I love it when the publisher of a book really thinks about how it will be used.

I was going to stitch one of the tiny designs and maybe wear it as a necklace. I love this group – all named after artists. πŸ™‚

But in the end, the paisleys sucked me in. πŸ™‚ I decided on Paisley Constellation.

There’s a two-page spread for each design, showing the pattern, a color chart, stitch guide and the finished design all in one place. I love that!

Here’s a closer look at the information page.

See how clearly everything is laid out?

Of course, I ignored it completely. πŸ™‚

As soon as I got my design transferred (just a super easy iron-on) and hooped in the purple hoop I decided on a bunch of cool colors for a watery-ish look.

I always start stitching the biggest outlines first.

After I was almost done I decided that it need a little pop of warm color, so I made the flowers dark pink, and decided on a light pink for all the little stars.

Here’s my finished hoop!

I’m so happy with how it turned out!

The one thing the book doesn’t have is instructions for finishing your hoop art. But I’ve got you covered. πŸ™‚

There’s a video here showing how to frame art in a hoop – without using any glue.

And there’s a post here showing how to cover up your messy back when you frame it in a hoop. This is especially nice for a project like Christmas tree ornaments, where the back can actually be seen. And all the small designs in the book would make FABULOUS Christmas tree ornaments.

My mandala was so much fun to stitch – I’d love to do another in a completely different colorway. You can transfer each design about 10 times before the ink runs out. That’s a lot of stitching fun!

Get Mandalas to Embroider here. And have fun with it!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

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Ringo Rabbit Crochet Pattern Is Here!

Ringo Rabbit was the Ami Club pattern way back in the early spring.

Now he’s in the shop for everyone!

Get the pattern here.

This cutie is so much fun to make – I made him three times!

Once in spring green.

Once in Easter Egg-ish stripes. (There’s a video tutorial here showing how to crochet stripes with almost no jog.)

And once (maybe my favorite) in Caron Simply Soft Tweeds in a warm and woodsy taupe.

I can’t wait to see the colors you all make!

Get the Ringo Rabbit crochet pattern here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Peekaboo Mouse Pattern

A lot of people have pulled the little mouse from the Noisy Farm quilt pattern to use in other quilts – but not everyone wants to buy a pattern with twelve different farm animals just for the little mouse!

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for the mouse as his own little pattern.

He’s finally here!

You can use it on its own – that mouse would be adorable peeking out of a pocket. Or you can use it combined with other quilt patterns, as shown in the image above.

Important note – the pattern only includes the mouse – not the cat. The cat is just there to show the two ways you can use the mouse pattern in your quilt blocks.

I didn’t just write up the pattern – I also recorded some new video tutorials especially for this little guy!

This is the first pattern I’ve ever done where I also include a link to download an SVG file of the pattern pieces – for those who have cutting machines like Cricut and Silhouette.

This video shows what to do with that file (for a Cricut Maker) once you’ve downloaded it. Heads up – it’s a long one.

If you don’t use a cutting machine, that’s fine. The pattern includes the regular pattern pieces for printing or tracing and cutting by hand.

Once you’ve got all your pieces cut, here’s how to assemble the little guy. I show how to put him on the edge of the block, and also how to make him peek out from behind another applique critter.

Finally – there’s the outlining. I know a lot of people will see that face and think NO WAY. I don’t like hand-stitching and that’s too small to do on the machine.

Not so!

Of course you can stitch the face by hand, but you can do every bit of it on the machine – no fancy embroidery features needed. Here’s how I do it on mine, just using regular straight stitch.

That’s it!

Get the pattern here and start adding adorable little mice to all your projects. πŸ™‚

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Bears in the Hills – WIP

I don’t usually do all caps but. . .

I AM SO EXCITED WITH HOW THIS IS TURNING OUT!

Seriously! I can’t wait to get these guys in a frame to start stitching. You’re going to have to pry me out of my couch for the next few weeks. πŸ™‚

And that’s not all!

I want you guys to stitch with me!

I decided the best way to make this a pattern is to actually make it a video workshop. I’ve shot video already showing how to position all the pieces and my little tricks for securing them in place while I stitch.

This was my studio today, with those fancy new lights in action.

Look at that awesome even lighting! πŸ™‚

The next step is going to be whipstitching the edges down with matching thread (not embroidery thread – I want these stitches to disappear) and then I’ll jump into fancy stitching!

My plan is to get all the kind-of-boring-to-most-people-but-I-really-love-it whipstitching done, and then start recording videos showing how I freehand stitch the hills. Maybe one new video a week?

But I’ll make the class available before I get all those videos recorded.

You’ll be able to download the pattern and cut out your bears. (The class will include patterns you can print on freezer paper for hand-cutting, and also a link to the files on Cricut’s Design Space for those who have Cricut machines.)

You’ll be able to watch the videos showing how to lay out your hills and bears and whipstitch all the edges down.

And then we’ll be able to fancy stitch together! I’ll add new technique videos showing the fancy stitching as I make them. Since it will be an online class you’ll just find the new videos in the “classroom” when I load them up – without having to constantly download new files or anything like that.

I hope that sounds like fun to you! It sure does to me. I’ve got new episodes of Call the Midwife and Poldark waiting for some couch time. πŸ™‚

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Henrietta Hedgehog Amigurumi Pattern

Remember Henrietta Hedgehog?

She was the Ami Club pattern earlier this year – the first one where I used that no-tears surface crochet technique for eyelash yarn. πŸ™‚

Well – it’s Woodland Critters month here at Shiny Happy World, so I needed to release sweet Henrietta as a stand-alone pattern so people can make her for the craft-along.

You can get the pattern here.

Remember – Ami Club members get patterns early – and at a discount! Join Ami Club here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi