Tag Archives: embroidery

Animal Instinct

15 Aug

As you have probably noticed over the past month or two, I have practically burned up my sewing machine’s motor with projects recently.

I decided it was time to transition to something that didn’t include fabric or needles or a pattern… wait a minute.

Dammit!

Ok, so embroidery has some of the same components as sewing, but it has been a welcome reprieve from sitting hunched over a sewing machine, stitching fabric together.

I downloaded this adorable pattern for the nursery and decided to make little animal portraits to frame and hang on the wall.

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I opted for a satin stitch instead of a traditional outlining stitch (like a split or back stitch). Here is a tutorial on how to do a satin stitch.

The project ended up coming out very well (for my first larger satin stitch endeavor). I had a few false starts (as in, I had to throw out and restart the fox three times – THREE times), but eventually got the kinks worked out. I would recommend outlining your work in a braided thread for a nice finished touch.

Don’t know how to embroider? Any pattern you pick up will include a quick lesson how to embroider and you’ll discover it’s incredibly easy.

Once finished, I used 8×10 frames and mats with a 5×7 opening. Frames and mats are from Michael’s.

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Tote-able Crafts

6 Feb

Like any crafter, I find myself spending time on Pinterest. I’m not obsessed or crazed about it like some people, and my inspiration boards look more like Swiss cheese than a cohesive guide for future ideas and plans. However, there are times I come across a real gem that I just cannot resist.

This time around, it was this tote bag. I loved the statement on it.

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Though, the tote seemed like it was lacking something…. like actual glitter. If you are so crafty, then why not give it some glittery bling?

That being said, I set out to make my own variation of this bag.

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Step 1: Print out your quote.

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Step 2: Trace the quote backwards onto your transfer paper, using a transfer pen. It is very important to remember to trace your quote backwards, since when you flip it over to iron it  on, the quote will be right-side-up.

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Step 3: Iron on quote to tote bag.

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Step 4: Embroider (and use fancy filter picture option to feel even more artsy)

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Step 5: Tote your crafting stuff around town like the bad-ass crafter you are. Sweat glitter because you are awesome.

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Tip

A tip for when you are embroidering with textured thread. Run your thread over wax (you can use what you have at home or you can buy wax in any craft store) to help keep the thread from tangling or bunching up. It makes for a much smoother stitching experience.

Will You Be Mine, Valentine?

24 Jan

I love sending cards to my family for most every holiday. Sometimes I pick them up at a local shop – this one is my personal favorite – but other times I prefer to make them myself. And what better time for a labor of love than Valentine’s Day?

Besides, there’s nothing weird, obnoxious, or bizarre about a 30 year old woman hand-making valentines. Nope. Not. At. All.

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1. Sketch out your ideas. If you need help with drawing things out, I’d recommend creating a template and then tracing it onto the card for easy guidance.

I created heart templates. I have the arm muscle development of a T-Rex, so my artistic talents are greatly affected. I need all the help I can get.

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2. Using your thumb tack, punch holes along sketch lines. Erase any pencil marks that might show through, but don’t worry about pencil lines if you are doing a back-stitch on the cards.

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3. Embroider away!

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4. Mail to those you love. Or those you want to impress, if that’s your thing. Whatever. I’m not here to judge.

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