We have been following along with Beverly (Bev) McCullough of Flamingo Toes forever. <3 Her blog is beautifully arranged, featuring everything from craft projects to embroidered hoops, quilts to pillows, home organization tips to sewing ideas for kids… there is truly a little something for every crafty person out there and the content is all delivered with Bev’s sweet style, friendly demeanor, and bright and crisp imagery.
Bev first came to collaborate with us as an Aurifil Artisan and we were thrilled with the opportunity to work with such a multi-talented maker. When news came about her partnership with Riley Blake Fabrics, we jumped at the chance to bring her on as an Aurifil Designer. Her debut collection, Vintage Stitching, is the perfect companion to her current fabric lines, Vintage Adventure and Vintage Keepsakes, but it also matches her upcoming line, Rose Lane. It’s really a go-to range of spools for stitching within Bev’s color palette.
We love that she included a combination of 50wt and Aurifloss, giving fans everything needed to piece and quilt, add some hand-stitched embellishments, and finish it off with a coordinating embroidered hoop.
We just know you’ll have so much fun with this collection!
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools
50wt: 6736, 2425, 1148 (220yds each)
Floss: 2423, 2530, 2250, 2115, 2805, 1148, 6736 (18 yds each)
GETTING TO KNOW BEVERLY
What first drew you to this creative industry of ours?
I’ve always loved embroidery and sewing! I remember making Precious Moments cross stitch projects and even outfits in middle school! I never would have thought I could have a career in the creative industry. It developed out of my blog and just sharing things I’d made, and I’m so glad it has! It’s been a dream come true!
Do you remember the very first thing that you made?
I don’t – it was so long ago! But how awesome is that haha?! I do remember a top and skirt set I made in 7th grade – I just loved that outfit. I remember my first quilt though – I made an around-the-world patchwork quilt for my mom-in-law just after I got married!
You’d had a fairly rich career already, with a strong base in the craft world. How did the opportunity first come about to design fabric for Riley Blake and what do you love most about the process?
Thanks!! I have loved Riley Blake fabrics for a long time and I had several friends who worked with them and really loved the company and the process. I sent them a proposal and was accepted as a designer! It’s been a learning process but I have really loved it!! There’s something pretty amazing about starting with a pencil sketch, transferring it to a computer image and then eventually being able to sew with fabric that has that design on it! (I mentioned it being a dream-come-true right?!) 😊
Your site, Flamingo Toes, is a such a beautifully curated blog — how has the process of writing and creating changed for you over the years?
Oh gosh – it’s changed so much!! When I started I was really just sharing projects I had made for friends and family and as a record for myself. I had no idea that it would turn into a business. I do really feel like working creatively over the last few years has helped my to develop and define my style. I was all over the place years ago!
Do you have a favorite type of project to create?
That’s like picking my favorite kid haha! I’d say I love quilting and embroidery – tied – the most.
When did you first discover Aurifil and what do you love most about it?
I started sewing with Aurifil a couple years ago when I started making and designing quilts. I was so impressed by just the feel of the thread! I didn’t realize that Aurifil made floss at first – when I discovered that I fell in love!! I mean – it’s such an awesome quality and those wooden spools are maybe my favorite thing ever.
What was your thought process behind including various thread weights in each box?
I do a lot of free motion stitching along with quilting and embroidery so I loved the idea of having the 50 wt and the floss in the same box. It gives you everything you need for a mixed project with sewing and embroidery!
Where can we find you this year – what’s coming up next?
My next fabric collection is coming out this September! It’s called Rose Lane and it’s a fun collection of garden-themed prints, along with a sweet floral kitty! I have a panel included as well that has a large cat applique, three mini panels for pillows or mini quilts and three embroidery designs! I’m super excited about it! I’ll also be at the Garden of Quilts that Riley Blake Designs is hosting this September in Utah to celebrate their 10th anniversary. I’ll be teaching 3 embroidery classes there!
What’s one things that our readers might not know about you?
I have a collection of vintage stitcheries! I can’t resist them! Anytime I see them in an antique store or thrift shop I feel like I have to rescue it. I know how much time goes into those! I just have to give them a good home.
Huge thanks to Bev!! <3
FARMER’S MARKET EMBROIDERY HOOP w/AURIFIL
Beverly has a post up about this sweet embroidery today! Head HERE to check it out!
- Buy Vintage Stitching from Bev HERE (or check your local quilt shop)
- Embroidery Tips
- Bev’s Free Patterns
Beverly grew up in a creative family of artists and seamstresses so it is no surprise that she loves to create. She began sewing as a teenager and made her own clothes and room décor even then. That love for DIY, crafting, and sewing has grown to include jewelry making, furniture refinishing, and anything else she can learn.
Beverly’s style could probably be described best as a mix between modern and vintage – she loves taking old styles and making them new and fun again. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Tennessee with their two amazing kids, two crazy cats, a very strong-willed german shepherd and four very silly chickens.