Monday, December 22

Beginning embroidery

Thank you all for the kind comments on my handprint embroidery. I've enjoyed seeing your own examples, too, as you've provided me with links. Lovely! Like some of you have said, I need to focus next on making one for our own family. Maybe in a frame. Almost too cute to give away, but luckily simple enough to quickly make one for yourself.
Here are some answers to a few questions I've received and links for those of you still wanting to embroider the handprints of your children or for those of you looking to get started embroidering anything.

I used the Backstitch with all 6 threads of embroidery floss. I thought this made a nice solid outline which is just what I wanted for this project.
I considered using linen fabric, but couldn't find a shade I wanted in my local fabric store. I ended up with a cheaper natural-looking cotton. I don't even remember if it had a name.
I don't know how long this project took me from start to finish. A couple hours for the actual embroidery? I do know it takes longer if you're watching Little Women while you work. Maybe the soundtrack would allow me to be more efficient.
The acrylic paint dried pretty quickly on the hoop, but you'll want a couple coats. So it all depends on how many fragments of time you have to yourself. It took me a couple, or a few, days from start to finish, but it could definitely be finished in less than one.

This was my first shot at embroidery and if this is the case with you, here are some instructional links for you:
Primrose Design-see the sidebar for Stitch School posts.
Sublime Stitching-see the How To section (their image above).
Instructables-Embroidery 101
YouTube-search under embroidery stitches, basic embroidery, embroidery tutorial, etc.
I saw a lot of other sites that looked helpful, as well, but didn't necessarily use them this time around. Here's a couple:

I hope that helps! If you have any other questions or pictures of your own projects, let me know! I'll be sure to post my next embroidery project, too.
Merry Christmas and Happy Embroidering!


Jamie - Family Focused Fun said...

I loved your handprints! That is definitely stored in my brain for the future. I've done a little embroidery myself and need to finish up my current project! I appreciate the links though...I'm still a beginner too!

Samantha said...

Your fabric might have been called Osnaburg. I like to use it for things when I want a linen look but can't find linen or don't want to pay the linen price. It's on the Joann's website with the muslins and is really inexpensive, especially with a coupon. I used it for my grocery bags because I wanted the linen + patchwork look. They turned out really well and wash well.

Jenny said...

What a great blog you have. I've enjoyed going through your vintage posts. Your vintage kitchen items are great!!! I love red and green. Your canisters and spice jars are adorable. I'm drooling...

About the decals on your spice jars...I found a neat canister at the thrift store with vintage strawberry decals on it. When I took it home to wash it, the decals disintegrated. But I found a super great website: She has gobs and gobs of great vintage decals to add to jars, bread boxes, etc. You should check it out!

Beth said...

Oh, I remembered seeing this on your blog and was going to make it for a Christmas present! Glad you posted about it again, I saved the linky : )

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