Sunday, December 13, 2015

Be Mine Garland

It's Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink Countdown and I've got a new stitching die for you today. In keeping with the love theme for December, there is a large size primitive heart shape for all your crafty fun. Today I've made a felt garland to take the place of my stockings on the mantle when I take them down after Christmas. Best to be prepared.

Felt Garland with Stitched Primitive Heart

This makes me happy just looking at it. I've cut out seven of the Primitive Heart Stitching Dies in shades of Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, and Raspberry Fizz felt and backed them with the ultra stiff interfacing by Pellon that I like to use on my projects to keep things economical.  I used the Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies to create my message. By using the full six strands of floss, the letters really stand out. Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 is a good option here as well.

I ran a long piece of floss through all the hearts to connect them, placing wooden beads in between. I was fixated on the wooden beads for some reason. Even made a special trip on a Saturday to town to pick some up. I just wanted the contrast between the wood and the felt, the roundness of the beads and the bottom point of the hearts. Just have to go with it sometimes.  Chase the muse.

On the ends, I have loops from the Stitched Garland Die, which is still available in the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit.

Floral Cluster Die 1 with Primitive Heart Stitching Die Garland by Papertrey Ink

On either ends, I've stitched a floral accent from the Floral Cluster 1 Die. Flowers for Valentine's, after all.

Also, we got our dies a bit late this month. To make quick work of the garland, I went with a bias stitch instead of a running stitch. Cut the work down by half.

Be Mine Garland Using Stitching Dies From Papertrey Ink

For the heart that serves as the spacer between the words "be" and "mine", I've used the Valentine Stitching Dies (released a few years ago) to add a set of crossed arrows. A heart button finishes it off.

Thanks for joining me today. Hope you are enjoying the countdown. Primitive Heart Stitching Dies will be available on 12/15/15 at 10:00 PM EST at


  1. How festive! Love how you alternated the hearts so that they're not all pointing the same way - that really adds some fun interest. Can't wait to get my hands on this newest die!

  2. As always, Erin, you take creativity to new heights! Just love this garland.

  3. Love this, especially the bias stitching. Nice to see the versatility of the kit components, too.

  4. Hi Erin,

    Love the hearts, love the color, love the stitching.............LOVE,LOVE,LOVE!!!!

    María Alba

  5. Very cute banner. I like that the hearts go both directions.

  6. Love this banner & the alternating direction of the hearts!

  7. Love this Erin! Can't wait to make a banner out of those primitive hearts...