Blog Hop! And Giveaway!


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. art with words

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.

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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.”)

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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.)

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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).

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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.

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Other examples:

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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.

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(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!

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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:

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I just emailed you, Thearica!

For a SECOND entry, follow my blog (email subscribe button in the side panel) (and leave me a comment here saying you did that).

PLEASE make sure you leave an email address that you check regularly so I can get in touch with you if you win!

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:

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131 thoughts on “Blog Hop! And Giveaway!

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  2. These words were on the wall over a co-worker’s desk many years ago. She said it was her mother’s favorite quote. “If I’m praying, I’m not worrying. If I’m worrying, I’m not praying.” Have you ever tried doing both at the same time? It doesn’t work, trust me…

  3. Cute idea. The more I see these hooped creations, the more I am inclined to give the process a try. Thanks for the tutorial; it really helps.

  4. You Are My Sunshine was perfect! I was told that as a very little girl, I would get my mom and aunt to put this song on the record player, make everyone stand in a particular corner and then dance out in the middle of the room!!! I don’t remember but I still LOVE that song and sing it with my grands.

  5. Thanks for sharing how you make the words you use in the hoops! I will have to give this a try soon.

    My favorite saying is:
    Have the Day of Your Choice 🙂

  6. What a lovely tune to share with your little ray of sunshine. thanks for sharing a little of you with us today.
    in stitches

  7. “Finish each day
    And be done with it.
    You have done what you could.
    Some blunders and
    absurdities have crept in.
    Forget them as soon as you can.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. really pretty. thank you for sharing the tutorial
    I love that song You are my Sunshine… and especially when it is mixed with Forever Young. So pretty
    You made a lot of very very sweet things

  9. Such lovely handwork. Sadly, it is not my forte, but I love looking at your work. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Love your project.. I really like your choice of words. Thank you for shareing it with us. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. I am now following yoru blog and your facebook. Great projcect by the way. Look forward to seeing many more on the blog.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Such fun projects. I think my favorite of the ones you showed is the “love” one. If I were to make one, I think I would do “family” and hang it in my sewing corner.

  13. Right now I have two words that I am thinking about creating something to put them on, courageous and strong. I just might have to put them in hoops.

  14. I don’t really have a favorite quote, but I like to say “I’m all about the crafting!”. thanks!

  15. Wow, what a lot of work you did to make these beautiful words sing! Right now my favorite quote is “you can quilt that out” from the singing quilter…the quilt on my frame is challenging and it’s one of mine!!!

  16. I love your project. You always do wonderful needlework. Thank you for a chance at a wonderful giveaway.

  17. Love all your projects! Such a cute idea with the hoop. Thank you for sharing your projects with us , great job!

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. “It is none our YOUR business what OTHERS think about YOU.” Do not worry what people think, be true to yourself.

  19. Very cute, I’ve been meaning to put some bright fabrics on hoops in my sewing room. thanks for the reminder, maybe I’ll put some words on them.

  20. I like the way you´re using the wooden embroidery hoop as a frame! I have a lot of them just lying around and this is a nice way to use them 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

  21. This is a great idea, and so simple even I could do it quickly. I might make some up for Valentine’s day. Favourite quotes include ‘Reader, I married him’ from Jane Eyre, and ‘Out damned spot’ from Macbeth.

  22. I love the song You are my sunshine and I sang it to my grandson all the time when he was an infant , Great project and lovely story. Thanks for the chance,I follow by email,

  23. Jennet-“Your are my sunshine, , , ” is the song I sang to my first baby, a sweet little girl who has blossomed into a beautiful grown woman. You brought tears to my eyes when I read your blog. The time goes too quickly-cherish your bundle of joy. From CA, thanks for sharing.

  24. …. great giveaway – and sentiment! I still sing ‘you are my sunshine’ to my daughter after 40+ years… it never goes out of style!

  25. Song from my youth – a sweet memory and a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing your stitchery and creations. Judy C

  26. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change how you think about it!” I found this quote about a year and half ago and it has made all the difference in my life. I used to fight things I didn’t like and guess what…I just wound up tired and angry. Now I look at them and try to change the way I think about them. It works most of the time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project with us.

  27. I used to sing ‘you are my sunshine’ to my little guy, too — he’s got little guys of his own now, but he still lights up my world!

  28. Here’s my fav quote: “True hope is swift and flies with swallows wings.” It’s from ole Will Shakespeare! Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects with us!

  29. A saying I used for many years when teaching, “if you can’t say something nice…don’t say nothing at all” by Thumper in the Disney Movie, Bambi.

  30. I already am your blog follower via e-mail
    WOW
    I was the first, let see if this is a luck for me 😉

  31. Hi Jennet, What a very nice tutorial and one I will mark as a favorite for a future project, thanks! Of course I have many quotes I enjoy, some as simple as “right foot, left foot….. ” meaning slow down and go one step at a time. I Will be checking out your blog. Jane

    PS: Those pink fabrics would work beautifully for a project I am thinking of starting, thanks for the chance though being the first to comment here that is doubtful. lol

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