I bought these luscious and boldly colored cloth napkins form crate and barell on clearance to start doing some SUblime patterns on, for simple tea towels and totes haven't been enough for me. I want to *see* my handiwork every time I have a guest over, eat, clean, leave my house, haha!!
I embroidered the canvas based on the inner fabric, my first shot at my own hand drawn design. You can still see a little chalk residue, I did the design mostly freehand and "invented" my own 'boomerang' stitch
Man, I don't know about some of you other newbies, but based on what a lot of very skilled people seem to post as their first embroidery projects really intimidated me after I finished my first akward as all get out piece.
I mean, mine looked really really terrible. So I wanted to post telling those of you who don't get it right away, don't fret! You'll get better, a lot better. I've been working on a tea towel, playing with Jenny Hart's patterns... the first one is the pirate flag in the pirates ahoy set, in between I did several others, and then did another pirate flag. Amazing the progression...
Anybody else want to share and help inspire some new embroiderers out there?
these both have canvas exteriors and cotton linings. The first isn't interfaced, but the 2nd one, more of a handbag style is and also has a magnetic snap closure. The first also has a large velcro'd pocket along it's outside.
this is chartreuse and brown with a small dusty pink panel and a stretchy cast off shirt for a waistband. Little organza flower detail stitched on.
It flutes slightly at the hem and the brown fabric is semi sheer and lightweight. I feel like a goddess when I wear it.
I just used my favorite fitted skirt and traced the shape, leaving an inch around the outline. I realized I didn't have enough green on the bias to make the whole skirt so I sewed in the brown. Then I realized I didn't match the sides when I added the brown so when I put the wrong sides together, I had 2 fronts... that'ss where the pink panel came in
All told though, it only took about 2 hours to make.
I'm so happy that I finally *get it*!! Skirts galore!!
soooo... I have been on a roll reconstructing this huge bin of clothes I've put aside for a couple of years. It's sort of daunting but when you're on, you're on, ya know? This skirt is from a cast off pillowcase and the bottom of a too small stretchy shirt.
So, while I'll post more when my 5 year old photographer daughter is done watching the Wedding Singer, here's what she took for me!
SO..... right now we don't have a couch. It'll be here soon... in the meantime, we had this old couch we decorated as a pirate ship (only it had wheels and we rode it down the street and subsequently got pulled over for our vessle!) but my boy didn't destroy the cushions, so until we get the couch... (and probably after, since they're cozy) we get to use these-