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Let's stop pooh-poohing embroidery.

August 06, 2017 Megan Eckman

There's a lot of division in our world right now but the easiest one to mend is between stitchers. It happens nearly every time I attend a craft fair. Someone walks into my booth and tells me that my kits are so simple, they couldn't possibly be bothered to buy them, let alone sew them. Guess what, that's fine! I applaud and am amazed by your skills to sew with a single strand of gold thread. But don't pooh-pooh those who are sewing for meditative reasons, or have never tried it before, or love silly designs over stitching a medieval British tapestry, because it is those people who will be keeping embroidery alive.

Summer releases: Flamingos and sailors

August 02, 2017 Megan Eckman

In between outdoor dinners of iced tea and kebabs, I've been working on a few things for Studio MME in secret that will be coming out for your stitching pleasure over the next few months. Since I'm feeling in a particularly good mood (I just came back from a vacation, after all), I thought I'd give you a little peek into what's coming next.

Love beach scenes, cocktails, and bright colors? My Flamboyant Flamingos kits are flying into the shop next month. Want to know something even more exciting about them? They use variegated pink thread! You can go with the flow or be a bit persnickety like me and line up your colors according to real flamingos.

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

July 28, 2017 Megan Eckman

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.

Gallery walls - a great way to display your finished embroidery

July 24, 2017 Megan Eckman

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.

May's Instagram winner

June 09, 2017 Megan Eckman

The winner of the May Instagram contest is Luann! She sent in this great picture of her finished Night Owls kit. Didn't they turn out great? She's the first winner of my monthly Instagram contest and was chosen at random out of all of the amazing people who tagged me in images this month. She'll be getting a pre-printed fabric pattern of her choice.

A little jealous? There's always next month. Every month I'll be picking a winner from those who tag me (@studiomme) on Instagram. You're already bragging about your mad stitching skills to your friends on social media so just brag to me as well and you'll be entered into the contest.