Check out the playful motifs in Lunch Hour Embroidery – and the lessons learned from unexpected challenges in this embroidery project.
Valentine’s Day is coming soon! Here are two versions of the Dimensions LOVE Embroidery Kit from Cathy Heck Studios for your Valentine’s décor – or as a gift to your Valentine.
Even though I’m from Portland, I’m not a fan of any weather other than blue sky. In the summer, I can be a little more open to the idea of clouds in the sky. I still prefer these little felt clouds to the real thing, though.
In celebration of National Craft Month I thought I’d compile a big list of inspiring and helpful craft tips from Craft Experts like you!
Sew Many Ways has brilliant tips for organizing your Sewing and Craft Room. Check out this blog for some crafty inspiration! One of my favorite ideas I found on Karen’s site is this tutorial on how to File Your Fabric.
File Your Fabric – Sew Many Ways
General Craft Tips
“In the spring – I take all the scraps and thread that come from my serger and put them outside along with used dryer sheets and lint and bits of yarn – there are many colourful bird nests in my neigbourhood.” – Susan M. from Gatineau, Canada.
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.
This is a simple and fun way to teach a very basic idea of using a needle and thread. The stitches are not technical, they are experimental. It helps a child feel confident and not afraid of a needle, as mine was. That was the first hurdle we had to jump, not being afraid of the needle. The second was it will not be perfect the first try. Once we got past those, this project turned into a cute wall hanging we are using for Valentine’s Day.
Start off by having the child lightly draw a design on the muslin or fabric. We chose to do simple hearts. Once the design is on the fabric, place the fabric in the hoop and pull the fabric taut.
Decide on the colors of floss the child is going to use. Cut a length of embroidery floss and tie a knot on the one end and thread the needle with the other. The biggest thing the child has to remember is up and down. The needle starts in the back and ends in the back in an up and down motion. There are many different types of stitches that they can try. The simple one is the running stitch, which is a simple sewing stitch that goes down and up evenly through cloth without being looped. In our pictures my daughter tried her hand at the chain stitch for the heart outline. The chain stitch is a looped stitch resembling chain, a stitch in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the previous one to resemble the links of a chain.
(Remember the string moves up and down through the fabric, never around the edge of the hoop.)
Using whatever stitch style the child wants have them stitch the drawing to the best of their ability.
Once the stitching is done, trim the fabric and tack it to the back of the fabric or hoop and hang the beautiful piece of art.
I hate it when I accidentally put a wool sweater through the dryer. It happens a lot more than I’d like to admit, so I’m glad I’ve finally found a way to reuse my little laundry mistakes by creating these useful and personal hand warmers. They’re great for the chilly winter days that are up ahead, and are so easy to make, you’ll have some for the whole family in no time.
What You Need:
- 100% Wool Sweater (You can use a sweater with a wool blend, but make sure the other materials are natural so that your work doesn’t burn or melt in the microwave. You can also find 100% Wool Felt if you don’t want to sacrifice any sweaters)
- Embroidery Floss
- Tapestry Needle
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Index Card or Scrap Paper
How to Make it: