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Topic: What do you embroider on? I need ideas!  (Read 4188 times)
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« on: July 07, 2007 10:00:40 AM »

So I'm just getting the hang of embroidery and I want to embroider everything in sight...er, if I could just think of anything useful to embroider. I've seen a lot of tea towels, and I've stitched on some of those towels with the aida bands, but this seems so impractical to me - my kitchen and hand towels get such a beating, I don't want to waste the embroidery! Same for baby bibs and onesies - having no experience quite yet - are these really readily washable? Here are some other ideas I've come up with so far:

- pillowcases
- squares to make into a quilt or use in other sewing projects
- framed on a wall
- liner for a bread basket (sort of a variation on the tea towel that gets less wear)
- decorate front of photo album or journal

Any other ideas? I would love to hear them!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007 11:46:37 AM »

Most of my cross stitch and needlepoint projects are items intended to be framed and hung on a wall.  My work is all over the house.  Smiley

If you're VERY patient (I'm not!), you could embroider a tablecloth... if you're looking for something smaller, try a table runner or a set of napkins.  You can embroider items of clothing, towels, curtains... I've also seen (and made) cross stitch trivets.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007 06:51:53 PM »

what about a bag?? or apron?? i'm thinking of doing an apron Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007 05:47:21 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2007 07:47:30 AM »

I know you didn't want to do baby onesies or bibs but I have done them for my friends and they hold up quite well and burp rags..

I have embroidered jean skirts, sweaters, cocktail napkins, tablecloths, t-shirts, hats, tote bags, aprons, all sorts of stuff.  if it is fabric and sometimes people use other mediums it can be embroidered.  I was going to make some designs on my chuck taylors..

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007 03:26:59 PM »

Well, I just started last night but already have a list:
My linen skirt I don't wear b/c it's too boring (swirlys up one side, I think)
Underwear! (need to find plain ones and put days of week!)
Fabric napkins (more environmentally-friendly than paper)
Table cloth for coffee table (I've collected a bunch of vintage ones, why not make my own?)
Button down shirts
Jeans (back pockets)
Canvas shoes (like Converse)
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007 02:13:57 AM »

Don't leave the men out, you can embroider a (manly!) pattern or put his initials on a tie.  You can also decorate their shirt pockets.
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2007 02:34:07 AM »

I'd shorten the list to what CAN'T you embroider on.  I'm doing cross stitch on a second hand pillow cover at the moment.  Have embroidered a tie, bibs, tshirts a pram.  Have even seen people embroider on the seats on trains and buses!

And I've also seen people embroider straight on artists canvas.  Haven't tried it myself but I just bought some and will be trying it soon.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2007 05:45:22 PM »

If you have children in school, a teacher bag would be great (from an education student with a semester left, I've already had great use out of a teacher bag and I'm not even in the classroom full time).  A teacher bag would basically be just a canvas bag.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2007 05:49:30 PM »

Mine is usually floral designs embroidered on dresses. I prefer simple designs. For tutorials & designs you can take a look at these websites.

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