I’ve been loving unique and artistic embroidery lately, I think I blogged about it last week too. I can’t seem to help myself, it’s so intriguing, inspiring and the wilder the subject matter the more fun it seems. I seem to be drawn to simplistic or fanciful designs. Here are a few favorite unique embroidery ideas, with many, many more on my Pinterest board. Leila Montero, brilliant work and I love the drawing under the stitching which always seems to add depth and interest to a piece of art.
Mummysam these portraits are the best, whimsical and unique and once again mixed media making the subject matter and art more interesting and adding depth.
Plays With Needles with a portrait of the Queen of England. Generally I don’t care for celebrity stuff and watching the Royals with a scrutinizing eye seems so desperate but this piece is just so unique as far as embroidery ideas and well done in the details and I’ll admit it- I have been paying more attention because I want to dress just like Kate Middleton. Once again, here’s proof of my dedication to her fashion choices.
Ana Botezatu THIS critter is beyond amazing and unique and I want to think more like this- who cares if it makes sense as long as you’re letting the creativity flow.
39 Squares A goal of mine showcased right here- to stitch something, anything everyday in a journal of unique embroidery ideas and keeping the mind and fingers fresh.
Sarajo Frieden And so we finish with another mixed media piece that can only bring a smile to ones’s face. Fantastic ideas all around.
Would it be redundant to say I’m sick of arriving at the post office only to find it’s closed? This has happened to me more times than I can count on both hands. Even the website posts regular 9-5 hours, so I took matters into my own hands- literally.
This took me a few days of fairly attentive sewing- I took it with me everywhere and even had one confused tween ask me if I worked at the post office. I got a lot of, “haven’t you ever heard of a Post It note?”
Whatev- this is way more fun, and yes, I guess I am a little bit crazy.
Here is how to get fabric into a framed, more permanently enjoyable situation, so you too can seem kooky or in love or really finalize that dinner menu. First of all make sure to start with plenty of fabric, or you’ll end up being forced to glue your special project to the backing. Glue isn’t very archival- and I KNOW my grand kids are going to be fighting over this heirloom. Line the backing up with the embroidery, when you’ve got it right where you want it, mark with a pencil a seam allowance, all the way around. I would recommend at least a 1/4 of an inch- more to be safe. You will want to cut 3 pieces: 1) the front, 2) thin batting for the middle, 3) and a piece of fabric for the back.
Trim the fabric along your lines, either with a rotary cutter or with scissors. Line up the three pieces, right sides together. Sew along three sides, using the seam allowance you gave yourself when cutting things out earlier. Sew to the outside of the line.
Turn the project right side out, slide the backing into the sleeve you have created. It should fit nice and tight (no sagging) if it’s loose go back and stitch a little tighter.
Sew it closed across the open edge, it doesn’t matter what it looks like if you plan on framing it, the stitching will be hidden by the frame. It only matters that it’s as tight as the other 3 sides. Stuff it into the frame and prepare to hang it up.
And there you have it, a treasured piece of craft- way better than a Post It note.