I had an idea for a project and I finally sat down and did it. I have a linoleum carving set from an illustration class in college, so I made myself a “cross stitch” stamp.
I made a grid on the shirt first using a ruler and a a fabric pencil. I folded the shirt in half to get the midpoint and started from there and worked out drawing lines every half inch.
Make sure you put some sort of cardboard inside the shirt to avoid it bleeding through. I used fabric paint and a sponge brush. It was tedious but I brushed a thin layer on every time, I didn’t want to risk dipping the stamp in and getting excess paint on the shirt.
I always use a heart when I do my little cross stitch experiments, it’s a simple enough shape and I already have a pattern for it. I want to make a more complicated design now that I’ve done one and know it works! I’m going to block print “cross stitch” all my clothes!
If you want a more detailed, step by step tutorial, Haley from The Zen of Making has a great one for making a cat shirt here.
Mollie from Wild Olive has another fantastic stitching club, this one is the 50 States! I swore to myself I was going to finish the spring stitching club before starting, but I just couldn’t help myself!
Every week is a different state and in the end I will have a quilt. I picked out my fabrics and I stitched up the first three states.
On Saturday I went to breakfast with Mollie and I gave her a few state themed gifts. I had Jen from 52 Lasers cut this map thread holder and needleminder. I love how they turned out! I also saw these state cookies at Whole Foods and I couldn’t resist picking up a box!
I bought the Dropcloth color wheel sampler months ago and decided to finally start it last week. I am terrible about buying things and leaving them to sit untouched and I really want to remedy that.
I have a lot of other things I’ve purchased and then haven’t used (sashiko samplers, LED stitching kit, specialty threads and fabrics) and I am making it a point to use them. It’s so easy to get caught up on making sure you save them for the perfect project so they don’t go to waste. But in reality, by leaving them sitting around, they are already going to waste.
I really love how this turned out, I found this sampler extremely relaxing and a great learning experience. I love the simplicity and repetition of cross stitch, the same movement over and over, tiny little Xs filling the fabric. But the beauty of embroidery are all the different stitches and I really got a chance to explore them with this color wheel.
There is a sampler of the month club which is extremely tempting, all of the samplers are gorgeous. Maybe if I use up a few more of the supplies I’ve been hoarding I’ll reward myself with more Dropcloth samplers.
You can buy your own color wheel sampler from Dropcloth on Etsy.
I don’t think it’s any surprise that I’ve caught the hexagon bug. I’ve become an English paper piecing machine and I’m finding myself drawn to any and all hexagon patterns. Just check out this pouch, Moleskine, and duct tape that I got.
Anyways, Jen from 52 Lasers made an assortment of hexagon pendant frames and I got to help her fill them!
My first thought was obviously fabric. I’m a huge fan of making fabric hexagons, so I knew I wanted to make fabric hexagons to wear.
I also wanted to cross stitch a design but that hasn’t happened yet. But I did make a little embroidered one. I just hand wrote the letters, I kind of wish I had done a neater job and traced them. But I loved the idea of using the different spaces to make a more modern mother’s necklace. So I put both girl’s first initials and a heart.
Now that’s when I started trying to think of other ideas. I saw that Jen was playing with adding additional embellishments and I started experimenting with other supplies. I stamped a piece of origami paper and sealed it with Mod Podge and I made one with washi tape. And my final, crazy idea was to fill the frame with seed beads.
Jen is selling these in her supply shop Beadeux on Etsy. You can also get the awesome needleminders and floss holders over there too!
Hello and welcome to the next stop on the 12 hexies (or less) blog hop. I was so excited when Diane from CraftyPod told me the idea for this blog hop. I have been working on an EPP quilt since the beginning of the year and it is a very, very labor intensive project. So the idea of smaller, more manageable projects is extremely appealing, I put together this cuff in a few hours.
What you’ll need:
Scraps of fabric
Felt strip 1.5″ wide
Needle and thread
Assemble some hexagons with your paper template and fabric scraps. Diane has a great video tutorial on the basics of basting. The number of hexagons you will need will depend on the size of your wrist, I used 7 but you might need more or less.
Join the hexagons together into a long row, if you need help Diane has a video on the basics of sewing. I attached the hexagons to the felt strip with fabric glue and then stitched around the edge using embroidery floss and a contrasting color.
I decided to use an elastic loop and a button for the clasp, but I’m sure there are a lot of options that would work well. I am not a skilled jewelry maker and I’m not sure I did this the best way possible, so bear with me. I left about an extra inch of felt and stitched the elastic down with the loop facing the hexagons. Then, I folded the extra felt over and whipstitched around the edge. At this point, I realized the elastic loop was too floppy to work, so I stitched down each side of the loop to make it more stable.
I really love making jewelry like this because it’s so customizable. You could make so many different color variations. I was also extremely tempted to cut a border of felt around the hexagons leaving a jagged edge, but ultimately I got too nervous about ruining it. I will be making another to try it out though!
I finally finished the Sherlock cross stitch using the Wee Little Stitches pattern. This is actually the first time I’ve ever done a project from someone else’s pattern. I started the Quilty Stitchalong but haven’t finished it.
It was interesting working from someone else’s pattern, this was also the first time I’ve ever done back stitching. I was so ready to be done
with the project that I wanted to skip it, but I’ll admit that it does add a nice finished quality.
This took a lot longer than I expected, but I’m really pleased with the outcome. Now to get this packed up and shipped off to RockIslander in Bermuda! Hopefully she likes it as much as I love my firefly needlebook she sent me!