Some of the things my hands have been stitching lately…
I’m currently working on a 50th anniversary commission and I’m so excited with how these little people turned out. It was a rough start to figure out how to do their faces, but I think I got it figured out!
Custom embroidery on a baptismal gown
I’m still stitching up shoes…
An animal nursery set
I updated a version of some lyrics from Hillsong United’s Oceans song.
Another floral birth announcement
Continuing with my button stars series, I stitched up a portion of a song by Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings
And I participated in the Freaky Flower Swap on the &stitches blog
And I leave you with a picture of my silly campers. This was my first time doing a sewing camp and wow! was it ever exhausting but fun. This one was called Mustaches, Monsters and Masks.
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.
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.
Figuring out how to pull your thread from a brand new skein can sometimes make you want to pull your hair out (see what I did there? ha!) Sometimes it turns out beautifully like the white skein still in it’s wrapper on the far left. Other times it ends up completely unraveled and in a huge knot of thread, see the middle example. And then other times I try my hardest to keep the wrappers on it (so I know the thread color number) and it ends up like the blue thread with a huge knot in the middle. Ugg!
Nicole at Follow the White Bunny did an awesome experiment with three different brands of floss trying to figure out which end to pull from. They were all different (go figure) but what a super helpful experiment! I generally use dmc so I have to ingrain in my head to always pull on the number end. Go check out the results!