Thursday, April 17, 2008

thursday = embroidery

Happy Embroidery Day! Today I’ve got a Vogart pattern as well as a finished project to share…

First the finished project!

I used Badbird’s free January pattern for this wall-hanging gift for a sweet baby boy I know.


{I ironed it after taking the photo so it doesn’t hang so funny anymore}

I added the color & name on the computer, printed it on transfer paper from bestblanks, transferred it to the fabric then finally outlined stitched everything.


That was the easy part…the sewing, as always, gave me some trouble because I’m just not comfortable using a sewing machine yet. I added the orange dot fabric, which is actually a vintage napkin cut in half & the ric rac pretty easily. It was putting that binding on that just about killed me! I faked it at the corners, which I think gives it a very handmade look – that’s my story & I’m sticking to it! The other side is a very cute little orange dot on red fabric I got at Joann’s as a fat quarter & in between is a piece of quilt filler.

I didn’t come up with a good hanging solution but the sweet parents of the sweet baby boy were clever enough to think to add a dowel to make it hang nice – I wish I’d thought of that! Overall I’m very happy with how this came out & really enjoyed seeing how much the recipients liked it.

11 comments:

danielle said...

wow! i've never heard of adding color to fabric like that.. genius! :-) it looks great!

Sarah and Jack said...

this is darling.

Machine sewing a binding on is really difficult, even for experienced sewers.

It is much easier to do a combo of machine/hand sewing. There is a good tutorial at Hello My Name is Heather.

Patty said...

I don't know if I would eat that cake after seeing the look on Kitty's face. Your gnome is cute!

Claire said...

Glad you're back again! The hanging is so pretty. I agree - Kitty is planning something evil for hubbie I reckon. Laxatives or poison - who knows!x

Victoria said...

I think you did a super job! Very cute!!

weebbt said...

I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. I love the gnome project!

bettyninja said...

oh jeez that came out great. Good for you!!

Pintoo said...

its so cute..

claudia said...

what a great idea on adding color, it looks beautiful :)

Drewzel said...

:D

Andrea said...

I embroidery spys sent me messages about the gnome. You, madam, have been blogged.
Badbird