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My husband's best advice: Do something just for fun.

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My husband's best advice: Do something just for fun.

I'll be the first to admit that occasionally my husband is r- r- correct but I have to say it is thanks to his prompting that this year has been my most creative ever.

When you're talented at something, it's natural for your friends and family to tell you to sell it. They'll point out Etsy listings and chime that your stuff is way better. Or they'll send you job listings looking for a person with your talents. (Been there for both!)

But, sometimes, no matter if you ARE selling your creative work or not, you need to do something just for fun.

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Gallery walls - a great way to display your finished embroidery

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Gallery walls - a great way to display your finished embroidery

A lot of people ask me what they can do with their finished embroidery. If they've got mad crafting skills, I generally tell them they can turn it into a zippered pouch, the front of a tote bag, or the back of a hip jacket. If they're sentimental, they could have it framed. If they're a whiz with the sewing machine, it could be the start of a quilt or a pillowcase.

But if they're none of those things (like me), then I tell them to make a gallery wall.

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5 Reasons Fall is the Best Season for Embroidery

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5 Reasons Fall is the Best Season for Embroidery

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My favorite mobile apps for designing color palettes

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My favorite mobile apps for designing color palettes

Last week I let you in on the secret that I struggle with color confidence. My inability to easily pick good color combinations may be why I love black and white ink illustration and silent movies.Don’t get me wrong, I love color too but it comes as more of a struggle. Fortunately, I have found some fun apps that help me confidently nail color palettes.

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My favorite web app for designing color palettes

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I have a secret to reveal: I flunked my color theory classes in art school. It didn’t matter much at the time because I preferred to work in black and white but I still struggle with color confidence when I create a new embroidery design. Thankfully, there's an awesome web app that helps me with that.

I know many stitchers like to change colors on patterns they sew (including mine) so I thought you might like to know about this fun color app.

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