I’m a New Feeling Stitchy Contributor!

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I’m so excited to announce that I am a new contributor to the Feeling Stitchy blog! Every other week, starting this Friday, March 20, 2015, I will publish a curated list of embroidery and stitch-related artists I find on Instagram. 

If you find a great embroiderer or stitch-related needle worker who you think I should feature, be sure to tag one of their pictures with #feelingstitchyig, and I’ll take a look!

While you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow Feeling Stitchy @feelingstitchyish My personal account is @RandomActsofAmy

Good Luck Shamrocks

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I stitched up a couple of shamrock-themed hoops for the occasion.

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A coworker’s birthday is today, so I stitched up this little shamrock in a mini embroidery hoop from Dandelyne to give to her.

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If you go out tonight, please make sure you stay safe, and don’t drink and drive. It really is a lot more fun to stay sober when everyone around you isn’t.

Spring Sale in the Random Acts of Amy Etsy Shop!

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It’s sale time in the Random Acts of Amy Etsy shop! ALL ITEMS are 25% off! Click the picture to go directly to the shop.

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I’m making room for new designs that I’ll roll out at Urban Farmgirl’s Main Street Market Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Midway Village in Rockford, IL, so I need to clear out some inventory, and make room in my shop! Click the picture, or this link, to go directly to the Random Acts of Amy Etsy shop! http://randomactsofamy.etsy.com 

Here’s a picture of the shop, with a sampling of the items available. In each description, I give you a suggestion for rounding out the gift with a couple of inexpensive purchases you can make to create a gift that’s sure to please. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10th. Hand embroidered pieces make perfect gifts for many of life’s special occasions, or as a just because gift, and they’re made to be an heirloom to be treasured for generations to come.

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Pi Day 2015

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It’s Pi Day 2015 today, and it’s today that a once in a century occurrence happens! Maybe you’re reading this thinking, “Hold on, Amy. What’s Pi Day? Don’t you mean Pie Day?!” Well, no. We’ve already missed International Pie Day, celebrated January 23rd of each year. Pi Day is March 14th every year, and that’s because the first three numbers of Pi are 3.14 (get it? 3/14). What is Pi? Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle‘s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi” (/p/).

I don’t know about you, but math isn’t my thing, so it’s all Greek to me (Get it? Greek!)

Anyway…Today, March 14, 2015 just happens to be a special day in the world of Pi. Today is a once in a century day in which the numbers of Pi out to the 9th number correspond to the month, day, year, hour, minute, and second of Pi: 3-14-15 9:26:53 (March 14th 2015 at nine twenty-six AM and 53 seconds). In honor of this illustrious day, I made a hand embroidered piece for it! I tried something a little different, too, by using colored pencils to color on the fabric to fill in the look of the pie and pie pan.

Pi Day embroidery piece by Amy Byrne-Henderson of RandomActsofAmy.com

 

Pi Day embroidery piece by Amy Byrne-Henderson of RandomActsofAmy.com

As a fun aside, my husband’s Grandpa turned 101 years old in February, so this means that he’s lived through not one, but two Pi Days! The one that’s happening today, and the last one in 1915.

Date with Myself in Geneva, IL

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This past Saturday I had plans with my son, but he ended up getting sick, and couldn’t come to visit. My husband worked the 1:30-9:30 pm shift, so we weren’t able to make plans together, either. After thinking about it for a little while, I thought it would be a great day to take myself out on a date, and I knew the perfect place to go: Geneva, IL! Geneva is a picturesque town on the Fox River, and it has a delightful downtown with more specialty shops than you can image. One of those shops, Designer’s Desk, is one of my favorite places to go. They tout themselves as a needlepoint and cross stitch shop, but, really, they have almost everything a hand embroiderer like me could want.

The sheer number of skeins of floss that they have in stock is breathtaking! This video I posted on Instagram does not even do the collection justice. In addition to all of the rolling pegboard walls, they stock the full line of DMC and Sullivan’s floss, along with every kind of speciality floss you can imagine. My mission was to find silk ribbon for silk ribbon embroidery, which I recently started to learn via Mary Jo Hiney’s class on Craftsy.  

Portion of the Floss Room

Portion of the Floss Room

One side of the DMC floss section

One side of the DMC floss section

The shop is jam packed, and not one space is wasted. It can be a bit overwhelming, so plan to spend quite a bit of time here. The top floor is all about cross stitch, the main floor is mainly full of floss of all kinds, beads, books, and needlepoint supplies, and the basement is a bargain area. The only thing that I don’t like is that none of the floss on the main floor has a price on it. I thought I was being pretty conservative in what I was selecting to purchase, but I was quite surprised when my sale was rung up! The below video show my haul. Not pictured are the milliners needles I forgot in the bag.