I am so thrilled to be participating in the “In Your Words” blog hop! Thank you to Linda of Buzzing and Bumbling and Sew We Quilt! for organizing it. If you are from the blog hop, I hope you will take a little time to check out the rest of my blog! I have some tutorials and other fun projects you might enjoy.
I love, love, love using words in my art, regardless of the medium, so I knew I had to participate in this lovely blog hop! I recently started an embroidery & applique series that features a favorite word or quote hand stitched to a patterned cotton fabric, then embellished with hand embroidery, so I thought I would create a new one of these for my blog hop day and share that process with you.
Here are some ones I have done in the past. I like to pick an inspirational word or word that resonates with me.
First I pick my fabric and stretch it in a wooden embroidery hoop. I love to use these because then I can “frame” the piece right in the hoop and they are ready to hang. Then I pick my word or quote to go with the fabric (sometimes I pick the word first, then the fabric). I type the word out on the computer and size it to fit my hoop (I use Illustrator but you could use Word or Publisher). Print it out, then cut out the paper letters. (Time saving tip, if your word uses the same letter more than once, only cut out one of the letters. Example: only cut out one “o” for “Love you.”)
Then I pick a felt color that works with my fabric. I want the letters to show up well on the fabric but also match the mood I am trying to create. I usually work with ivory, white, or charcoal grey felt (I find black to be too stark). Cut out all of the letters for the words. I don’t pin, but feel free to if it is easier for you. (You could also cut your letters out of a cotton fabric and do fusible applique, then sew to attach them.)
Then arrange your words on your fabric and pin letters in place, if you want. Whipstitch the letters on using three strands of an embroidery floss that matches your felt (or use contrasting floss if you want a different look).
Then get creative with your embroidery stitches! Use french knots all over, or lots of running stitches, or daisy chains– whatever you want. I usually work with the pattern on my fabric so the stitches enhance the pattern. For this one, I decided to also add some more felt to mimic the look of stylized sun rays.
I picked this phrase “You are my sunshine” because my little guy and I sing this song to each other all the time, and he is the main source of my inspiration. The wonder and joy he approaches the world with is contagious and amazing and fills me with even more love for him. He truly is my sunshine.
(I’m going to finish the back off like this so I can hang it up. You could also turn it into a tote bag, a pillow, or it could become a block in a quilt.)
Now for that promised giveaway!
Three fabrics! A Quarter Yard cut of both of the pictured pink & white polka dots and a Third Yard cut of the hearts on clothesline cotton fabric!
How to enter:
To enter, just leave me a comment on this post! If you need an idea, tell me what your favorite quote is. Giveaway now closed! I will announce the winner later today! Thanks so much to everyone who entered, your comments were fantastic.
The Winner is:
I just emailed you, Thearica!
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Open to international readers, too! The giveaway ends Friday January 18th at 8am EST. I will announce the winner later that day.
Be sure to check out today’s participants for the blog hop: