Friday, August 10, 2012

I haven't done a post in a very long time i've been very busy with my other crafty projects which I will post about at a later stage...stay tuned.
I thought I would share a photo of my favourite windowsill in our house to hopefully brighten up your rainy weekend. 
I will hopefully be doing a tutorial on the fabric covered letters soon also.
Enjoy your S-days :)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Embroidered Pillow

I have been very slack with my blogging as of late but I'm back! Today is my day off work and what to do? Make a vealy (sorry ha) comfy cushion cover.
I found this image of a lamb in a cooking book, stitched on red fabric to make a calico cushion cover. The cushion materials were very inexpensive due to using calico. I love calico. Not only is it really cheap but really nice to stitch on.
You can use whatever fabric and images you like using the instructions below.

Let's begin!
  • Start by measuring your cushion insert and add 1 inch on all sides for seam allowance cut out fabric. (This will be the front of your cushion)
  • Pin measured cut out fabric cushion piece to another piece of fabric, add 4 inches to the length and cut out. (The longest piece of fabric is the back of the pillow)
  • Take the longest piece of fabric cut down the middle to have 2 equal pieces of fabric.
  • Along the edge you just cut, fold the edge to make a 1/4 inch hem, pin and sew. (Do this to both pieces of fabric.)

  • After sewing the hem of both pieces of fabric, set them aside and take the front (smaller) piece of fabric, mount into embroidery hoop and stitch your image to the front. 

  •  After stitching, remove the hoop, turn fabric over and thoroughly iron to remove all creases and hoop ring mark. 
Now we are ready to sew a new cushion cover!
  • Pin all sides together, right sides of the fabric facing inwards and wrong sides facing you. (Outwards)

  •  Stitch around all sides of the cushion removing the pins as you go. Back stitch over the seam opening to stabilize the fabric as that part of the fabric will be pulled on when inserting and removing the cushion.
  • Turn the cushion right side out and push out the corners and success! You're finished an embroidered personalized cushion cover.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Happy stitching :)



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Portrait Embroidery Girl Scout edition

I recently came across Eleanor Dart an illustrator whose images fill the 1959 Girl Scout handbook. I saw this drawing of the girl scouts talking together and I thought it would be fun to embroider. It was. I love 1950's Girl Scouts.
This portrait embroidery is in a 9 inch hoop which is the biggest item currently on my etsy.
I would love to know what they were talking about.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chocolate chip cookies

I had a day off from work today and it was a rainy day again in Melbourne town and I had such a craving for chocolate chip cookies. Using what I had in the cupboard I was able to make them. They are easyeasyeasy and you too will most likely have all the ingredients lying around.

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 160g of butter (softened)
  • 1 Egg (Room Temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of small milk chocolate chips of buttons (You can substitute the milk chocolate chips with dark or white chocolate.....or all three!)
160 degree fan forced oven
  1.  Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract with an electric mixture for 2-3 minutes until well combined and soft and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and continue to beat mixture
  3. Add the plain flour in 3 parts scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. When all the flour has been mixed in to the mixture add the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon mixture into little balls onto a baking paper lined tray. (The consistency of the mixture should be like a dough) 
  6. Gently flatten the balls and cook for 15-19 minutes
  7. When finished, transfer cookies onto a cooking rack and the cookies will continue to slowly cook and harden.
  8. Eat and enjoy with a glass of milk

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A pop of colour: wattle edition

I decided to slowly include some colour in my portrait embroidery. This is the first one i've used coloured thread as well as black. I decided to make the tree in the embroidery a wattle tree because I just love wattle!
Let me know what you think and check it out in my etsy store :)

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Lace Embroidery Hoops

When It was time to do some last minute decorating for my wedding I looked at what I had lying around the house. For me it was one too many embroidery hoops. I bought some curtain lace from lincraft and stretched the lace into the hoops. I made them in many different hoop sizes ranging from 3inch to 20 inch and used them as a back drop for our cake table at the reception. They were a very easy last minute project that made a big impact.
You don't have to make them for your wedding either, we have them now hanging in our hallway. 
When you're finished with them you can reuse the hoops for embroidery and sew the lace circles together for a tablecloth.

I used a 6inch hoop and cut a larger circle to fit the hoop. You could also stretch the lace over a larger piece of fabric and cut away the excess close to the underside of the hoop.  

Here are some photos from our wedding of this project. The photographer is the very talented Kelly Adams, check out her website here

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wedding Embroidery

This embroidery hoop was used in my wedding. It comes from a wonderful little book called Handmade weddings. It is filled with great projects one of them being the welcome embroidery hoop. The book comes with free downloads of templates which makes the projects alot easier to follow. If you're interested in the book here is the link:
I personalised the hoop to match our day. Using our wedding colours and I also embroidered our initials and wedding date on it. 


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