Have you noticed the trend of embroidery art?? I absolutely love it. Incorporating embroidery hoops with fabric, macrame, cross stitch, or embroidery adds texture and interest to your walls, adding a tiny touch of boho to a clean modern gallery wall - individualizing your decor like nothing else can!
Don't take it from me! Look at the ideas and artists that Apartment Therapy has featured (my personal go-to for small space and rental space decorating).
"Wall decor is almost always rectangular or square. Try round instead with these handmade embroidery hoop pieces. Dimensional, painted, sewn and collaged, handmade pieces from independent designers are always a treat." - Apartment Therapy
"While the idea of using embroidery hoops as decor might seem a bit too granny-chic, when used with a tongue in cheek sensibility and a modern application of color and pattern these relics from past days can have a decidedly modern appeal." - Apartment Therapy
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Embroidery is the perfect design accessory for nurseries, too! From cute themed items to personalized initial art, it adds whimsy and individualization that will be cherished for generations to come.
How will you incorporate textile art and embroidery work into your decor? Tell me in the comments!
Hey hey! Long time no see. I've been dedicating a lot of my time to schoolwork and to launching my Etsy shop! (as well as promoting my work on Instagram)
I wanted to jump back on the blogging train to share with you guys what I've been up to. From cross stitch and crafts to felt creations, I've now tried my hand at embroidery! The result? A number of ready to ship hoops stocked in my Etsy shop for the holidays. But enough about that...
One of my most popular items this holiday season were my monogram ornaments / stocking tags! Each set were hand made to match with their holly sprigs and hand finished backs. In this post I'll give you a few pointers to get a really clean, taut, finished embroidery hoop with a #hoopbutt you won't be ashamed of!
It's important to finish the back of anything with stitching to protect the stitches over time. There are a number of ways to do this, and I wouldn't say that any are more correct than another. This may differ if you are doing a keepsake cross stitch, for example, and want specialty acid-free preservation. But for these little guys, I didn't have to do much!
For the craziness of the holiday season, these monograms were done in paint pen and fabric paint, instead of stitching, so that I could crank them out! They would be a great project to do in any type of needlework, though!
I cut fabric circles 2" larger than my hoops and used a light box (aka an acrylic tray and the flashlight on my phone) to trace the letters onto the fabric. Then I used a tiny stiff brush and black fabric paint to fill in the outline, and after it dried, cleaned it up with a black paint pen.
Now you can either cut notches in the fabric and glue the pieces down, or you can use a running stitch and a long (but strong) piece of thread to bunch it all together. I get better results using a tiny dot of hot glue, but some people feel snobby ( no offense! ) about using glue on any type of stitch work. I'll tell you the trick to using glue and still stitching the back in a minute.
You can see in the pic above that I trimmed and cut the leftover fabric so that it laid flatter against the inner hoop. Then (very important!) I only put glue on the inside of that hoop, and not on the top edge where the needle will catch. If you plan to stitch a back on, you will want that to be "free fabric" your needle can go through (not a glob of hot glue).
I cut my felt into a circle a bit smaller than my hoop and start on one of the sides. It may take a few stitches to get the hang of it, and those ugly ducklings won't be at the top of the hoop where you might notice them the most. I do a blanket stitch, putting the needle down at an angle and pulling up straight all the way around the hoop. After about a quarter of the hoop, you'll want to start pulling the felt taut. It shouldn't be so taut that it starts to pull away from the stitches. AND you should make sure you are stitching far enough in to the felt circle that the stitches won't pull out of the edge.
And that's it! You can see I have little labels (I go back and forth between stitching them and using a fine tip pen) and I do a running stitch to put those on the felt backs.
I also do cardstock backs with my logo printed on them, and finished with a grommet (for hanging with a nail), but that's for another tutorial!
How do you usually finish your #hoopbutts?
Remember my first quiet book? (Well, two?) I made them for a friend's little nugget, and have updates that she loves them! The apple tree and Frozen pages seem to be a hit.
I've played around with the idea of adding quiet books to my etsy shop, and finally went through with it. I made a Counting Quiet Book, 1-10, using half sheets of felt (much smaller!). This one is all stitched together, no metal rings, no exchanging - but the cohesive theme works for it.
Feel free to utilize my design choices for your personal use, but please do not copy and sell your own! Enjoy.
I had so much fun making this garland...playing with the different colors of green, using felt scraps to make teeny tiny rose buds, and arranging all of the flowers and laves along the awesome wired cotton jute I found at Hobby Lobby.
These are made to order and are listed in my shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
I have a black thumb. No joke. My attempt at regrowing butter lettuce ended with a moldy ball of roots.
I have friends that can keep their curling ferns alive in their windowless cave of an office - and aloe vera can't even survive this anti-Midas touch.
Solution? Faux plants! But what's even better than your typical fake plant? A soft adorable felt one!
These cuties will brighten up your desk, make your coworkers "Ooh" and "Ahh", and finally shut that lady up to crows about her oxygen recycling plants. We get it - plants love you.
Cuddle up with these not-so-prickly pears. The only nourishment they need are your smiles :) Find 'em at my Etsy Shop!
So many sweets, so little time.
These felt creations are so soft and squishy, and zero calories!
Creating them is addicting. I just can't stop!
Find my felt creations in my Etsy shop. Perfect addition to a little one's tea party or your own kitchen!
Guys, I think felt might be my new favorite medium.
A few years ago, I thought it was home decor fabric for bags. I never went through with listing them on Etsy because fellow sellers were listing retail at $150+ and I just didn't feel like I would sell anything at that level!
But my love of cross-stich has grown into an interest in hand-sewing. Embroidery has never appealed to me greatly - how can you create such perfect stitches without a grid?
I've stepped away from cross-stitch lately because I feel like the final product has limited if any final product opportunity. Small cross-stitch ornaments could sell on Etsy, right? But while in college, my keeping-my-hands-busy hobby was samplers, and I stitched some beautiful samplers, let me tell you. Including the Lords Prayer, a Giving Thanks sampler, and a few others.
But, guys, felt! Felt can be super soft (or not! see Amazon...) but can be uesd to create some really adorable things. It has zero drape, but is supportive on its own, compared to cotton. Felt drew me in with quiet books (posts here) and related pins on Pinterest soon drew me in.
Moral of the story, I'm so excited to announce my Etsy shop has resurfaced with adorable felt keychains and scrumptious felt desserts. Why would you need felt desserts? Well, have you ever attended a tea party? Cucumber sandwiches can be rather cumbersome upon a mother/babysitter/nanny. Why not have all the sweets with zero calories? Iced heart Valentines cookies with sprinkles, donuts, and other wafer delights were so much fun to make. They're available in my Etsy shop at affordable and comparable prices with other sellers.
As a loyal reader of my blog, your sharing and endorsement of my Etsy shop would mean the world to me as I try to get it off the ground. My doctoral graduate studies focus on science and math, but the hobbies that keep my hands busy and my mind at ease are creative and stitched, all the way,
Do you have a granddaughter, daughter, niece, cousin, little friend who loves tea parties? My assortment of hand-designed and hand-stitched Easter cookies, Valentines cookies, French eclairs, and felt donuts are perfect for their play kitchen or play tea room. Felt feels better in little hands than plastic, and doesn't scratch furntiure like wood toys.
Question? Ideas? Share your own felt crafts! I'd love to hear from you.
For these pages, I used craft felt, yarn, snowflake stickers, D-rings, beads, and embroidery thread.
Braid Anna's Hair - Quiet Book Page
The background is dark blue 9" x 12" felt, with grey felt cut into mountains, brown felt into background landscape, and white layered on top. I used scraps of white and green felt to make trees and stitched them down.
The sky swirls are strips of light blue felt, twisted and stitched down. The snowflake stickers are from the Dollar Tree and I hot-glued them down.
The trickiest part was Anna herself! I found a clipart piece online that I liked, and I sketched it out on my freezer paper. I cut the pieces out after ironing it to the felt, piece by piece. Same thing for the dress, cape, lips, and eyes! Then I hand stitched the nose, freckles, and lip details.
For the braids, I used a square of brown felt for each one, and hot glued the ends of the yarn, folding it over. Then I glued that section to the background, under the skin colored felt, before stitching everything down. No matter how hard the little one tugs, those braids will not come out!
And of course, don't forget about Anna's white streak in her hair.
Help Elsa Get Back to the Castle - Quiet Book Page
I used a random piece of 9 x 12" felt and covered it in light blue flannel (only because I was out of light blue felt). I found clipart of the castle on the mountain, and of Elsa, traced it on to freezer paper and cut the pieces out. They're pretty small so it was a little tricky. I layered Elsa over two pieces of blue felt because her dress was a very similar color to the background, I added beads to her bodice (triple stitched - still a choking hazard, always supervise your child!) and some snowflake stickers.
To make the "maze" I used scraps of white felt, and stitched them around the D-ring, and then to the background. I cut a shoelace in half and stitched it under Elsa. More snowflake stickers were glued to buttons on the background (for more depth).
I hope you and your little one enjoy your quiet book! Leave a comment with any questions you have about the pattern or materials!
Quiet books seem to be getting more and more popular on Pinterest and Etsy. Some want to do it themselves, some just like looking at them, and some are in the market to buy a crafty quiet book for their little one.
If you've looked at enough online, you'll notice a few major blogs that have shared hundreds of ideas, as well as tutorials on how they chose to bind their book. I did a decent amount of research to decide what I would do for my quiet book pages.
Size of quiet book pages
First, I had already decided (and created) my quiet book pages on full 9" x 12" felt sheets. I did try to leave an inch or two on one side of the design knowing it would need to be bound. Others have done their designs on 9" x 9" or 8" x 8" squares, and then mount them to 9" x 12" felt. Using this square pattern allows you to use scraps of non-felt fabric for the background.
You can see in the photo below the 9" x 12" landscape oriented pages, with grommets and reinforced binding strip on one side. You'll also see that my cover has plenty of room for this!
Prepping the pages
For my quiet book binding on the pages, I stitched around the edge of the pages together using a zig-zag stitch. Then I stitched about 1.5" in from the edge. I approximated the first one, and then used it as a guide for the rest. I chose this amount because it worked with the blank margins I allowed for while sewing the pages together.
I installed grommets (1/4") with traditional anvil and punch, 2 per page. I used a piece of cardstock, hole punched where I wanted them (about 2 inches from each side) and marked through the cardstock template so they were the same on every page.
Using binder rings
I planned on using binder rings from the start, but hadn't decided how to attach them to the book. Some people install button holes or grommets in the center of their cover, and the binder rings show through to the other side.
Other people do a strip of binding inside, like I did, with buttonholes that the rings slip through.
And finally, you can see how I did mine (below), I folded a scrap piece of fabric lengthwise multiple times and stitched, then zig-zag stitched it down allowing for room to slip the binder rings under. This way was very simple, looks fine, and meant no more grommets!
Above you can see the second cover I did, in blue flannel. I Used a matching light blue cotton fabric with clouds on it. With the lighter color fabric (versus the black and pink version) you can see the reinforcement lines I used to secure the handles. You could also do these on the binding. I used sheets of fusible interfacing (double-sized) to secure the squares on the front and back cover, as well as the outside and inner binding. I ironed a hem and stitched around to secure.
I hope you enjoyed my quiet book covers! Please comment with any questions you have about my pattern, inspiration, measurements, or materials,.
I've long been fascinated with the felt quiet books I see on Pinterest - I love how they combine creativity, imagination, and education for little hands. I decided to take the dive and try my hand. I purchased cheap acrylic felt on Amazon (9 x 12" soft, 4 x 4" stiff), grommets and installer from a local hardware store, and various bits and bobbles from the Dollar Tree.
I plan on sharing some details about these pages in future posts. But here they are in a gallery!
Please comment with any questions you have about my materials, how-to, patterns, etc. or if you'd like to see something else!
Skip the work and buy your quiet books from my Etsy shop.
Can't wait to see your final results!