Two of my favorite things in the world are my Mom + handmade, personalized gifts. So what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a handmade gift for the woman who deserves it the most!
My good friend KC at MakeShopLive had this beautiful vintage fabric that also happened to have a large tear in the middle of it. The fabric was too beautiful to keep in storage any longer yet there wasn’t enough to make anything of substance like a pillow. So instead of tossing it aside I decided to break down the fabric into small yet stunning pieces to serve as backdrops for my DIY Mother’s Day Personalized Embroidered Gifts! Below I will take you through the steps so you make your very own!
Here are the materials you will need:
Embroidery Tracing Paper (or any transfer method you prefer!)
Regular Paper (use scrap if you can!)
Ball point pen
Glue (Hot glue or a Quick Drying Glue)
Gather your materials.
Cut fabric, embroidery stabilizer + embroidery transfer sheets to size. For the Ball Jar top simply trace the lid for accurate size. Otherwise size to your hoop leaving about an inch seam allowance.
Write or draw your personalized design using the lid or hoop to draw for accurate sizing. Once you have picked your design tape it onto the wrong side of the transfer paper.
Place the colored side of your transfer paper to the right side of your fabric.
Then simply trace over your design with a ballpoint pen. Note: The vintage fabric was silky so the transfer didn’t work as well as it would have on cotton fabric. If this happens you can carefully trace over your design with a regular or chalk pencil.
Place fabric + embroidery stabilizer in hoop, gently pulling until taught. Time to stitch! I chose a simple backhand stitch for this project. 1: Insert needle from the bottom at any starting point of your design + pull thread through.
2: Moving forward on the design insert a stitch on top + pull thread through.
3: Now insert your needle from underneath leaving a small gap between your last stich + pull thread through.
4: Moving backwards insert the needle at the end of your original stitch + pull thread through.
5: Repeat backhand stich until completed.
Embroidery complete! You can add any flourishes you like such as a french knot.
Now it’s time to adhere the fabric to the Ball Jar cap.
Simply add glue to the outer edges of the top. With the design centered put fabric over the top gently pulling the sides to make it taught. Allow to dry.
Add glue to the inner edges of the twist top. Use glue sparingly! Once done pop the finished lid into place and allow to dry. Trim excess fabric.
Voila! A personalized embroidered cap for any variety of gifts!
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I have been a lifetime crafter and was first introduced to the world of needle-crafts at a young age through the guidance of my Oma, Mother and Saturday morning craft classes. I think of the homes of my childhood and have vivid memories of intricate crewel and embroidered pieces adorning walls, filling couch corners and laying on Christmas tables. Not until the last few years did I pick embroidery back up and have let it take over my creative obsessions to the point that I now live and breathe it for my shop Merrily Yours.
While I had an early education it was really just the basics for kids so my work is purely instinctive. I am not trained professionally, I do not know the proper names of stitches, nor do I know if I’ve invented a new stitch or somehow figured out a traditional stitch naturally. I have but one book for embroidery and I have not yet tried any lessons but rather have glanced through all of the fine stitch opportunities with awe. Yet despite my lack of book smarts needle crafting comes natural to me, the stitches seem to fall as if I’m drawing onto the fabric. Recently I’ve become incredibly curious as to how this ability is possible and I think I’ve found my answer in Erica Wilson. Sadly, it’s because of her recent death that I’ve had the opportunity to learn about her through the boundless articles doting on her.
Erica Wilson was a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework in London, born in the UK in 1928 she came to NYC in 1954 to teach. (Erica would have been the same age as my Oma who came to us the US from Germany in 1956). What was supposed to be a yearlong stint turned into an accomplished life as America’s First Lady of Stitchery. As I look through her repertoire I can begin to piece together the reach that she has had on the public, the bountiful library of books, articles, television shows and photos giving everyday people the chance to master needlework for themselves. Suddenly I realize that Erica isn’t just another successful craft artisan, she’s not just another Martha Stewart. To me Erica is a long lost relative that I never had the fortune to meet but instinctively know that she is a kindred spirit to me, just as those family needlework pieces that fill my memories are. Without a doubt my life and my work have been greatly influenced by Erica just as I’m sure many of the family pieces I cherish were, many are likely to even be of her designs. I may have just been introduced to Erica but her I know that her spirit has already been woven into the threads of my life, my family and now my future. As I continue my education within needle-crafts and learn about its leading lady I have a feeling I will find myself creating a deep connected admiration for Erica, I look forward to being awed and inspired by her life’s work and am excited to see how it influences my own work in the years to come.
A couple of family pieces that I am lucky to call my own.
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Everyday I find new and inspiring ways to utilize embroidery. I just can’t get over how colored floss can translate into an endless variety of exquisite details and I get giddy with excitement when I find artists who take embroidery to the next level. Enter Photo Embroidery the technique of layering embroidery over photos to create an intriguing, fresh medium.
This collection is the collaboration of photographer Richard Burbride, artist Maurizio Anzeri and stylist Robbie Spencer from the Dazed and Confused June 2011 issue and featured on Trendland. The trio have literally brought embroidery to the next dimension by bringing black and white photos to life with a balanced yet bursting combination of linear and unstructured techniques. I am incredibly inspired by the concept and execution of these pieces and would love to visit the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK to see them in person. For now I’ll settle for viewing them online while I anxiously await getting back to my thread and needle.
I learned embroidery as a child, I can recall slipping brightly colored floss through white fabric taught on small wooden hoops, every stitch leading to a picture of kittens, flowers, clowns or some other wholesome scene. While these pictures were great as a kid, they aren’t always as exciting as an adult (with the exception of kittens but let’s not go there, I don’t want to be that girl even if I know I am).
I’ve been researching different embroidery techniques and patterns to brush up on my skills as I get more into embellishing my crafts. Fortunately I’ve found that embroidery has been given a great breath of fresh air over recent years with textile artists bringing in new and invigorating pictures to the scene. I was so excited to see the collaboration of a childhood classic and modern embroidery with LilyVanilli72‘s Shel Silverstein motifs and nearly blown away by modern embroidery pioneer Jenny Hart‘s portraits. The two are very different aesthetically but are so in tune when it comes to bringing this ancient art form to the everyday. I absolutely adore the idea of using embroidery with any medium I choose and will soon be scheduling a few nights of review with my hoops and needles.
Interested in doing a little modern embroidery yourself? Check out Jenny Hart’s book Sublime Stitching for some fabulous designs and tutorials or try some instant lessons on youtube.com. (Got to love technology + crafts.)
Running Giraffe by LilyVanilli72
Dolly Parton by Jenny Hart