Welcome 2016



I am so excited about this new year. I have so much to be thankful for and I count my family and friends among my many blessings. I am especially grateful to my dear friend for giving me the opportunity to design more for Sizzix. This is going to be a truly amazing year!

I can finally start sharing a few of the designs I’ve been working on. The embroidered design shown above began with two different sets of Sizzix clear stamps.


I designed a set of clear stamps that can be used for birth announcements which includes bunnies and my favorite Hollyhock flowers. I fell in love with Hollyhock flowers after seeing some quaint illustrations in vintage children’s books. I also designed a set of alphabet/number stamps. They are a nice size to use on cards or scrapbooks.

For my embroidered project I used the Hollyhock border and numbers to create the basis for my stitching. I placed the linen fabric “backwards” in the embroidery hoop so that it would lay flat and taunt for the stamping. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to stamp because it was dark enough to see but light enough to blend in with the linen after I was done.


After I stamped the image, I removed the linen from the reversed embroidery hoop and retightened it on the correct side to begin stitching. I started with the yellow at the center of the flowers following the lines of the stamped art. I will list the embroidery thread colors that I used at the end of this post. Next, I stitched the dark pink and then the light pink, varying the stitch direction.

Detail2The small leaves on the top are done in a lighter shade of green with the large leaves at the bottom in a darker shade of green. I used a chain stitch to outline the year.

The final step was to remove the linen from the larger, working embroidery hoop and place it in a smaller hoop that would act as a frame.

Here is a suggested list of DMC embroidery floss that I used:

DMC 726 yellow
DMC 3687 dark pink
DMC 3354 light pink
DMC 472 light green
DMC 471 dark green
DMC 959 aqua

I will post more projects using these stamp sets as soon as I can. These sets will be available in early 2016. I can’t wait! This is going to be an exciting year!

Wishing everyone a year filled with happiness. Welcome 2016!


About Lynda Kanase

Former Sizzix Senior Product Designer and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

4 Responses

  1. […] On Sunday I demonstrated in the Stamps and Paper booth. I journaled on the tag in the right pocket. The ring of flowers are a Hollyhock stamp that I designed. I love vintage Hollyhocks so I drew some that are large enough to color. This is the same stamp that I embroidered here. […]


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