Whip up a little something: wonderful wool-felt applique designs (+ giveaway!)

Got a little wool in your stash? Dreaming of taking a little time out of your day to stitch? We all need a little “me” time to enjoy our creativity, and author Roseann Kermes has just the thing to make your stitching dreams come true!


From A Little Something

In just a few minutes a day, you can transform bits of wool and thread into “a little something” to show off and share. Roseann’s hand-sewn treats are so sweet—and if you’ve ever wanted to try wool appliqué, A Little Something is the perfect place to begin.

 Hospitality Hanger
Hospitality Hanger

Roseann’s portable projects make it a snap to sew wherever you go, even if you only have a few precious moments. You’ll fall in love with Roseann’s petite, practical designs, including a sewing kit, coasters, a jewelry bag, pincushions—even a cute satchel for your cell phone! If you’re looking for great gift ideas that are quick to make, you’ll find oodles inside A Little Something too.

A Little Something

Are you a beginner when it comes to wool appliqué or embroidery? No worries! Roseann will lead you step-by-step to first-time success. In fact, we had the pleasure of visiting with Roseann at our office while her book was still in the design stage, and she was kind enough to let us film her doing several of her favorite hand-sewing techniques! Here’s the first video we filmed—a how-to for an embroidery backstitch:


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We’ll be releasing one of Roseann’s videos every week on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the next several weeks—be sure to follow us so you can see more of Roseann’s how-to videos!

We’re excited to have Roseann here as a guest writer today to tell us more about A Little Something.


Roseann KermesI’ve always loved making things. Learning how to braid daisy chains, sewing something to wear, painting ornaments for my kids, experimenting with jams or recipes . . . I’m always making something! Sharing the love of making with friends and family is always the best part. It’s one of the things that led me to teaching. I love seeing people learn and be successful, and sharing that joy of making with them.

As A Little Something began to come to life, I imagined others gathering with friends to make the projects together. That’s why most of my designs have simple steps and not too many stitches to learn. I created many of them on Sunday afternoons, so I think of them as projects you can do without investing many hours. I want people to experience the joy of finishing something they’re proud of—to glance at it several times a day and revel in the feeling of “I made that!”

Strawberry Sewing Trio
Strawberry Sewing Trio

While I love to stitch, I’m also a decorative painter. Wool appliqué and painting are so similar. Each starts with shapes that are layered and then embellished. I’ve replaced a liner brush with thread for the smallest of details. I use a whipstitch instead of a blanket stitch to anchor the appliqués. I want the shapes to stand on their own and not be overpowered by thread.

Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging
Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging

You won’t need a lot of supplies for wool appliqué. The one thing I insist on is to have scissors that are sharp to the point. As for needles, I find that #9 embroidery needles work best. They are slim and sharp, plus the eye is large enough to thread four strands of floss. Other supplies are easy to gather too. Freezer paper for templates, embroidery floss, some pretty wool, and a design you love from A Little Something—that’s all it takes!

From A Little SomethingThe thing I love best about A Little Something is the simplicity of the stitches. Beginners will feel comfortable learning them, but the stitches aren’t so simplistic that advanced appliquérs will be bored. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the star stitch. I love how it adds so much texture. (I use it a lot!)

My wish for everyone making these projects is that they find happiness in stitching and a feeling of accomplishment when they’re done. Enjoy making “a little something!”


A Little SomethingThanks for sharing A Little Something with us today, Roseann!

How often do you set time aside for a little hand stitching?

  • A few times a month
  • At least once a week
  • Every day!

Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of A Little Something! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, when you purchase A Little Something at ShopMartingale.com, you’ll get to instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Marcia, who says:

“I try to do some stitching several days a week. I have been embroidering, but recently discovered wool applique, and I love it! Simple stitching and small projects that can be taken with you to work on in spare moments. I’d love to win this book–there are several projects in it I would like to try!”

We’ll email you about your prizes, Marcia—congratulations!

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