“Vintage” Grapes

Embroidery seemed like the perfect kind of project for me, so I gave it a shot. It was enjoyable, super fun even!

This was done freehand, based on my own drawing. The shading is done with crayons to give it a cute vintage look, and it is displayed framed in a hoop. I was pleased with the outcome! 

Vintage Grapes

Attempted close up of the stitching.

Grapes Close Up

I used a split stitch on the grapes, stem stitch for the leaves, satin stitch for the stem, and back stitch for other details. The border is an interlaced running stitch. My stem stitch really needs some work, but overall I think it came nice.

It was a mother’s day gift for my Mother in Law, she loved it!! It is now hanging in her kitchen (next to various other grape-themed decoratives). I’m now working on my next embroidery project, a mother’s day gift for my own Mother (of course). I will leave you in suspense until it is finished. 

Happy stitching to everyone!

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Flower Excitement!

First crafty post! Oh, lucky you! Here is a project with endless uses, felt flowers!

I got my inspiration (stole some ideas) from a fellow crafter. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone (but do follow the links to the originals!). Felt is one of the best crafting materials ever. Easily cut, non-fraying, shapable, fantastic. I used cheap acrylic felt for these, because I wanted them to be washable. Wool felt, though, is far superior in work-ability. 

Felty Flowers

I made these for my little cousin’s birthday, who just turned two! Yes, it is all very exciting. These flowers are cut out of felt (freehand) with buttons for centers.

One of them I used as an applique for a felt pouch, which matched the outfits that we picked out. In the picture, the pouch is on top of a sundress we gave her.

Made for carrying various toys-- in style.

The pouch was very easy to make. It is a long piece of felt folded thrice (like an envelope), with a blanket stitch along the sides. Easy as pie, it took about 20 minutes. I plan on making a few for myself!

The rest of the flowers I made into hair clips (just sew small snap clips to them). They are amazing for fine hair, because the felt does not slide. These clips stay in like a dream. 

Apparently, I kept some for my own hair. They pretty much rock.

The hardest part was cutting out the flowers from the felt freehand. A die cutter would have been key to making this project super easy. I think craft stores generally sell bags of pre-cut felt flowers, but that’s no fun! 

Note: Apologies for the less-than-stellar pictures, taken with my cell phone. My digi-camera is currently on hiatus (i.e. packed in a box somewhere), picture quality will improve when I get my camera back.