This time, I wanted to do a little embroidery.
This project completely took me by surprise. I had intended on embroidering one towel. But after finishing the first flour sack towel, I felt compelled to do another, and then another! So now I'm thinking I'll go ahead and do my last two dish towels as well.
For the embroidery patterns, I wanted to do something a little different. So I found some images of vintage signs to trace. You can find loads of vintage sign images here. I also came across doe-c-doe's website (I ad libbed one of her patterns for the salt and pepper shakers), she has so many cute patterns!
So today, I'd like to walk you through a brief "how-to make an embroidery pattern" from an image you love.
What you will need:
- embroidery thread (I used Lecien Cosmo samples that they sent to me a while back. It's amazingly silky and has a wonderful sheen to it!)
- embroidery hoop
- image you love
- tracing stylus
- saral paper
- fabric to embroider image onto
(Bob's cafe photo found here)
To make your pattern, layer your fabric right side up (once again, I used flour sack towels that I dry dishes with), saral paper right side down, and the image you're tracing right side up. Then use the stylus to trace around the parts of the image you'd like to embroider.
Now place your hoop around the image, and embroider.
It's that simple!
If you decide to use this technique on an image that's special to you, I'd love to see it! Please add it to my flickr group here!
Happy Monday to you!