erika_kernBakersfield, CA, US
You name the craft, Ive probably tried it but my true craft love is embroidery. Ive been stitching since I was 8 (before if you count a fish I made for my mom in preschool) and 3 years ago discovered the fun of combining embroidery with wool felt. In 2005 I began my imaginary boyfriend, combining my love of classic crafts, laughter, and whimsy into my home decor, art, and personal accessories.
My work has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Daily News, Adorn, and Cutting Edge and in many blogs including Craft:,Boing Boing, and Design*Sponge.
craft interests: embroidery, holidays, quilting, sewing, fabric printing
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Member Since: 08/06/2008
No Valentine? No problem! Just make your own using an old wool sweater and some scraps from around your craft space. How romantic!
The number of hand-embroidery stitches out there can be daunting when you first start, but you really only need a few basic stitches to finish any project.
A few dollars worth of fleece, stuffing, and a tennis ball are all you need to make the best valentines for your four-legged friend.
Boutique sweaters are great but so expensive. Here's a way to make a bargain-store sweater shine using two simple stitches.
A bit of embroidery turns simple fabric-covered buttons into adorable, wearable works of art.
Reuse yesterday's cast-offs by turning them into a striking and modern spring vase.
Honor your favorite television OB/GYN with a floor cushion any Huxtable would love! It's super easy with a few thrift store sweaters.
This quilt is a great way to reuse the T-shirts you have that are too full of memories to throw away but too full of holes (or too small!) to wear.
This easy-to-make, affordable, and adorable cake topper will add a touch of whimsy to any wedding celebration.
Vintage linens are a great source for fun fabrics! Here's a project to turn them into great reusable shopping bags for your next grocery outing.
After all my sweater projects, I was left with one thing besides great crafts...sleeves! What to do? Why, make dog toys, of course! Soft, squeaky dog toys!
The yule log . . . the English burn it, the French eat it, now you can stuff it!
This gingerbread house is a great Christmas Eve project for the whole family that will last until next Christmas and many Christmases after that!
Embroidering on stretch fabric can be a pain, but with this tutorial and lovely "Make It Pink" pattern, you'll be on your way to wearing your embroidery in no time!
Send your guests off with this sweet reminder of your special day. Filled with treats, this adorable felt bag is sure to be a memory maker.
Top off your bridal ensemble with feathers with this beautiful and easy-to-make headdress.
Spring is here and the mind turns to weddings and love. This garter is an easy-to-make and personal gift that will make any bride smile.
Sometimes you find nature in the strangest places. This week I found it in my recycling bin.
Last week we covered blocking the quilt front using all the T-shirts you love but never wear; this week we turn that patchwork into a quilt!
Crafting with care for Mother Earth needn't lack glamour! Organic bamboo jersey and broken costume jewelery combine to make a green corsage fit for your favorite fashionista.
Here's a quick little project to punch up that plain T-shirt that's just hanging around your closet, turning it from least worn to most stylish!
A bit of time, some contrasting thread, and a whole lot of vintage buttons come together to form a beautiful, modern home accessory.
London's Pearlies inspire this box that's so easy to make you won't Adam and Eve it!
Got a dog or cat who likes to sit on your couch? Here's a throw that allows you to protect your sofa AND cuddle with your friend.
A few feathers and a little bit of shine will entertain a cat for ages. Tie them to a stick, and you and your cat can play together safe from scratchy claws!
Sure, there were celebrities and products a plenty at this year's Craft & Hobby Association convention but, for me, the CraftStylish booth stole the show!
Sweaters are great and comfy, but sometimes even though you still love your sweater, you just don't want to wear it anymore. Here's a project to turn your favorite unworn sweater into your favorite seat in the house!
If you're anything like me, you have embroidery and sewing patterns all over your house, but with a quick trip to the office-supply store you'll be able to organize them all.
Have a tiny would-be chef in your life? Well, with a few bucks you can make your future foodie some adorable treats, including this scrumptious felt cake.
A simple chain-stitched letter turns a store-bought sweater into a great personal statement for the little fashionista in your life!
This year's Felt Club was chock full of amazing crafts and great people. Here are some pics of my favorites.
The satin stitch intimidates many a beginning embroiderer, but it's really quite simple and all about tension.
Hey! Are you gonna be in LA this weekend? You should come and visit me and nearly 150 other awesome crafters at this year's Felt Club!
One of my favorite things about the holidays is the music. I have tons of it and love to share it with my friends. Here's an easy and clever way to package all your merry music for all your festive friends.
Print Gocco is great for making cards and art and other paper crafts, but with a minor alteration and some ingenuity you can print on fabric, too!
Last week I showed you how to make your family portraits into embroidery patterns. This week I'll show you how with a little fabric paint, embroidery floss, and imagination you can turn those patterns into lovely works of art.
What a great gift idea! Family portraits become beautiful embroidery patterns with just a few simple steps. No artistic ability? No problem! It's all about tracing!
Last week we made the Buche; this week we make it Noel with fun felt mushrooms and holly berries!
Girlsavage's "feltidermy" is 2 parts creepy and 8 parts adorable. Put those together and that's 10 kinds of awesome!
This free downloadable pattern looks great whether you stitch it as a simple outline, use illustration-like shading, or go with a full-blown fill.
Like knitting and crochet, embroidery is the perfect travel companion. Here's how to pack it up and go.
Once you start embroidering, your floss stash will multiply faster than gremlins in water. Here's how to keep it in control.
Just wanted to pop in and say "Hi!" now that I'm so CraftStylish.