‘Mum’ Cushion Embroidery

embroidered-mum-cushion

Hello there! Just a quick post for you this week as I wanted to share the bit of embroidery work I did on this cushion for my mum’s birthday. I bought the cushion in Asda Living (it’s part of their Mother’s Day 2017 collection)  but decided I could improve the design with a few stitches! Using all six strands of embroidery thread, I simply cross stitched over the ‘mum’ in yellow, did a turquoise blue chain stitch either side, a few back stitches in turquoise and plum purple helped to enchance the leaves and stems around the edges, and I also went over the heart at the bottom with a series of long stitches in coral pink. And that’s it! A quick yet effective update. Happy birthday mum!

cushion-embroidery

Blogger Network #17 – Embroidered Wedding Gift

carolyn gavin bird embroideryJust a quick post for my Minerva Blogger Network make this month – why? Because it was a super quick project to make! I’ve been enjoying getting stuck into a few more ‘crafty’ projects recently (rather than just dressmaking) as I’ve always loved dabbling in a bit of everything, whether it’s cross stitch, sewing cushions, origami or card making. This time it’s embroidery!

I picked this Carolyn Gavin/Dimensions embroidery kit from the Minerva Crafts website as a wedding gift for my near and dear workmate. He and his beautiful wife got married in Ilkley a couple of weekends ago (I got to wear my China-blue-toile By Hand London Elisalex dress– yay!) and, when you’re as crafty as I am, it’s only fair that they get an equally lovely handmade wedding gift 😉

dimensions embroidery kit

The kit I used is called ‘A Heart That Loves’ and features a heart-shaped flower, a cute little bird and a quote to the side. All the things you need are included in the kit, like the coloured canvas, fabric shapes, embroidery thread and needle, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and you’re done! You get to practise a few different stitches so it’s a good little project for those with limited experience/patience. I think I completed it in an afternoon!

embroidery kit contents

The only thing that the kit doesn’t include is a frame. I bought a gold frame from H&M (no longer on their website) which has glass on both sides and a chain to hang it up – I used some coloured paper on the reverse side of the embroidery and wrote a little note to the happy couple!

Overall a great little project and (I hope) a fab wedding gift! Have you ever made anything like this before?

 


Blogger Network #16 – A Needlework Tote Bag

embroidered tote bagHappy July! With a new month comes a new Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post – and this time I’ve taken on embroidery in the form of a needlework tote bag. This is a great make for the sunny weather we’ve been having, I can see myself using it on holiday or on trips to the beach this summer. In fact, it’s the perfect size for a book, some sun cream and bottle of wine!

Everything you need to make the bag comes in this Design Works kit and the only prep work involved is cutting up the canvas. It’s a great project if you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and sew. I actually completed most of it in front of the TV! The bag is made up of 34 squares of plastic canvas which you embroider with the Aran yarn provided. There are 3 square designs to alternate between. You know those sewing cards you used to get when you were little – cardboard pictures with a shoelace to thread through? It reminded me of those!

aran needlework tote bag

Once you’ve stitched all 34, you then assemble the squares in a random pattern and stitch them all together into one big piece. Next, you attach the felt lining and fold it into a bag shape, stitching all the sides closed with the yarn. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! You also get a lovely set of bamboo handles included in the kit which you just have to sew onto the sides of the bag once you’ve assembled it.

wooden tote handles

If you’re looking for a sewing project to take on holiday with you, to stitch by the pool or sat in the garden, then I really recommend this kit. It’s a great pick-up-and-put-down project and one that kids (or husbands) can definitely get involved with too. Have you ever made anything like this before?