Now I have to admit I've had this pretty colored embroidery floss sitting in my sewing box (aka three rubbermaid tubs that cover my entire closet floor) for over a month, but I've been too afraid to touch it for fear of creating some knotty, ugly mess and forever shaming myself in the world of stitchery. So naturally, my first step was to find and repeatedly watch (what else?) a youtube video about basic embroidery by embroiderer extraordinaire Jenny Hart, founder of Sublime Stitching. It's a short, easy-to-follow video, perfect for any stitching beginner, and the girly background music makes it even more fun while you learn.
At first I wasn't quite sure what to make, but, much like in Week 1, the perfect opportunity presented itself. My friend Stephanie was throwing a first birthday party for her sweet girl Claire and the theme was "You Are My Sunshine," with yellow and orange decorations (including an absolutely adorable birthday banner she made...don't get me started on how much I adore any kind of hanging banner--I have an entire wall in my dining room devoted to a large wall banner that I change for every season and holiday). These past couple years I've gotten into the habit of giving handmade gifts, so as soon as she told me the theme, the wheels in my Martha brain started turning and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to set out on my hand stitching adventure.
I decided to stitch the words "You are my sunshine" onto burlap fabric and add some felt rosettes, and the result was pretty gosh darn adorable... Click "Read More" below to see how I did it!
"You Are My Sunshine" Hand Stitched Hoop Art
I chose burlap because I thought it would look great with the bright orange and yellow embroidery floss, plus the holes in the fabric are very large and I figured it would be very forgiving and easy to work with for a beginning stitching project. It was.
an embroidery hoop
yellow and orange embroidery floss
a large sewing needle
a hot glue gun
4 felt rosettes
3 felt leaves
Next week, I'm going to make homemade baby food for my youngest. He's recently started eating baby cereals and tries to grab at everything on my plate when I hold him in my lap at dinner time, so I think he's really going to love it.
So what cool things have you hand stitched? Do you have any good tips to share? Or have you made any goals for yourself as you've been following along on my 30-week journey? Leave a comment and tell me all about it--I'd love to hear from you!