The last few years I’ve stitched up quite a few of these original birth announcements mixed with embroidery, felt flowers and vintage buttons.
I had a customer approach me via etsy to ask if I could design a completely embroidered version of this spring flower version for one daughter with a matching winter themed one for her other daughter. Always ready for a challenge I eagerly accepted and I’ve spent the last month or so having so much fun stitching them up.
Here’s a view of the set together. I ended up ordering some custom hand dyed threads from colour complements on etsy and they are amazing. I love them so much and I’m excited to have found another source for unique threads.
For Willow’s spring themed embroidery, I stitched a mix of flowers and vines around the tops and sides.
For Winter’s winter themed embroidery, I started with a pinecone and added a mix of evergreen and holly.
Interested in a custom birth announcement of your own or for a gift? Contact me for more information!
I finished out this year of custom requests designing and stitching this custom his/hers wedding vows.
The tree was a new design that was inspired by their fall wedding.
I satin stitched key phrases from their vows and backstitched some of the smallest text I’ve ever done.
I love how it turned out and hope it brings many years of great memories to the happy couple.
Life’s been crazy. The blog is totally on the back burner until 2015…but then I have big goals and aspirations. Here’s a few glimpses from the past little while and a few words.
My custom birth announcement design got a lovely shout out from Urban Threads for the use of their animal patterns. I love their patterns and will use them over and over again. They are hip, simple, sweet and honestly they are just a great company to support.
I’m deep in the throws of a huge commissioned embroidery. This is a double wedding vows embroidery with a little applique in the middle. I’ve got big plans for that tree, but first I’ve got to finish all the text. Almost there.
I’m wrapping up my last few embroidered shoe orders for the year. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would end up stitching so many pairs of shoes AND loving every minute of it I would have called you a liar. Honestly, it’s this little venture that has really helped me shape the direction I hope to go in the new year.
One thing I love most is the stories I get to be a part of. For example: this bride requested a sunshine on the side of their shoes because she and her groom met for the first time on a sunrise hike. What a fun way to remember that awesome memory!
That’s about it for now. Like I said, I’ve got big plans for 2015. It’s been an amazing year for me – learning what I love to do, learning what I don’t love to do and learning how to say no and also how to stick my neck out in big ways. I’m excited for the future and so hopeful.
On Thursdays I pull from my store of archives and take a look back at past projects, words and other fun memories. This week I remember one of my first custom typography embroideries. Back in 2011 the idea of “family rules” was all over the web and I had a client come to me asking if I could design a fun embroidery of their family rules for a gift for her dad. It was probably the second custom I had designed at that point and I had a blast doing it. Here’s a look back from November 2011.
Do you have some family rules that your family always quotes? This family did and requested a custom family rules embroidery with a wrapped hoop.
I feel like it’s been forever since I introduced a new embroidery to the shop.
I’ve had this wedding hoop idea roaming through my head for a while now and I usually love to stitch up prototypes as gifts, rather than letting them hang on my walls forever. There’s an upcoming wedding coming up at my husband’s office, so I thought I would stitch up the design for the bride and groom.
I took what I knew of their wedding colors and style of wedding and chose some really light blush pinks, greys and champagne colors.
I outlined a 5×9 oval hoop and the initials of the bride and groom and filled in the hoop with french knots and lazy daisies. I’m absolutely in love with the idea of negative space and the trick it sort of plays with your eyes.
The listing is up in the shop now. It’s a perfect wedding or anniversary gift and can be stitched in the colors of your choice.
I typically wrap my hoops with fabric or ribbon, but this time around I thought I would try something different and used this satin trim. I love how it turned out, but as with any hoop you are welcome to have it left natural or wrapped with a variety of materials.