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Attempts At Embroidery And My New Sewing Blog

June 27, 2011 07:23 by ehouston

Many of you have heard that I have decided to open up my alterations shop again, so to speak, and try to bring in some fun money while attending to my Little Guy.  I also mentioned that, among other things, I have been enjoying a rush of creative crafty urges.  One of which I wrote about last week, here.  All those sewing books inspired me to try my hand at embroidery.  I know, what am I thinking?  With little patience I have gone into this figuring I would not make it much past my first little piece.  But, so far, so good.  I have managed to work on piece 2, 3 and 4.  Once I am done I hope to create a wall hanging, art piece.  I wrote more about my attempt at embroidery over at my sister site, Chic Tweaks Alterations.

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Image taken directly from Anna Maria Horner's Blogspot

I just cannot get enough of her cool embroidery!

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Embroidery Project Progress

Check it out and leave comments about your attempts at this painstaking, but often relaxing process.

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Sucked Into The Creative Vortex

June 17, 2011 06:07 by ehouston

It’s true, I have been sucked in and cannot seem to get out.  If it weren’t for my extremely busy schedule of errands and play dates to socialize my child we probably would never leave the house.  So many things are on the backburner that I’m smelling smoke.  But, I had to do it.  I was so inspired by these sewing books and one of my burners had some unfinished art projects boiling away.  So, in my usual unfocused way, I jumped right in.  I am attempting to do some embroidery sans the punch tool I told you about here back in February.  One of those sewing books had some embroidery stitches listed, so I thought maybe I could enhance one of my little wall hangings with some hand sewn goodies. 

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I pulled out a couple of my vintage “cutter” tablecloths and an apron.  I think the color combo is going to be really fun.

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If all goes well I will be posting the finished project for sale in my etsy shop.

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Making And Crafts–Crafty Cheats and Scribble Art

February 14, 2011 08:41 by ehouston

I don’t know exactly where I first saw this idea, but I just remember glimpsing  this image while browsing all different blogs one day….

…and then cataloging it away in my brain for another time.  It turns out that it was a post by none other than Vickie Howell of Lark Craft.  She’s so crafty!  Anywho….I decided, after much browsing and consideration, that this was the route I would be taking for my mom’s Valentine’s Day gift.

For years I have been crafting some sort of heart shaped Valentine to give to my mom.  She has a huge basket filled with stuffed cloth hearts of all shapes and sizes.  Along with that collection she has heart shaped rocks, a crocheted anatomical heart, wire wrapped hearts…you name it, I have made it or hunted it down for her annual gift of love.  This year, as I did for 2009 (see here), I wanted to create something special from me and my Little Guy.  So, I used the idea above to transform some plain cotton canvas into a sweet heart felt (no pun intended) Valentine.  Here is how it all went down:

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It started with a crafting cheat that I found while searching through the embroidery aisle at Joann’s Etc.  “Stitches as quickly as if you were drawing a picture” got my attention right away.  And, while I knew it was against my nature to go about a project this way, I also understood time was not on my side since I was making this purchase on the 10th for a gift due on the 14th.  Shew!  I know, I always cut things way to close and they just end up being late.  Better that, than never, right?  Okay, so back to the rest of this project.

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I pulled together the materials I would need.  I had to purchase a small to medium hoop for this project, but the fabrics were from my stash.  I started with a soft creamy flannel, but ended up having to use a heavier cotton canvas.  I also started by placing a sheet of scribbled art over the fabric and I attempted to clamp it in the hoop too.  I figured this would make following the pattern REALLY easy.

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All it did was end up in the way, ripped to shreds and when I tried to remove the bits that stuck under the stitches the stitching just came out with the paper.  So, I ended up letting him use a pencil to scribble directly on the cotton canvas.  The punch embroidery tool was pretty easy to use and get the hang of, but it put a lot of wear and tear on the fabric.  Also, the stitches seemed to come out easily with the softer fabric, hence the switch to the cotton canvas.  I was so glad I used the multicolored embroidery floss, since it mimicked the way the Little Guy had scribbled, with dark and light areas where he changed pressure.

Once the embroidery portion was completed I cut around it in a heart shape and used the embroidered piece as a template to cut out the backing fabric.  At the last minute I also decided to add some vintage black and white crocheted trim to the edge.  First I sewed it around the cotton canvas piece and then I put the right sides together with the backing fabric and used the stitch line as a guide to sew the front and back together.  After a little snipping of the curved edges I turned the whole thing right side out, stuffed it with polyfil, then stitched up the edge by hand.

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I don’t know, I may be a tad bit biased, but I think it came out rather nice.

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Etsy Treasury–Spring Is In The Air

February 5, 2011 07:58 by ehouston

One of my keepsake boxes was featured in a cute Etsy Treasury today!  The Treasury was curated by the team that runs Drapes of Wrath, a super cute retro-style apron shop. 

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All of these products are made by members of the Retro Handmade Team on Etsy.  And, although many of the items are delicate looking, they all scream for the sweet whisper of spring to come on already!

Please click on over to the Treasury and comment, or better yet purchase something for yourself. 

Punxsutawney Phil did say that we are going to have an early spring, so you better get ready now!

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