Just a quick post today as I wanted to share a piece of embroidery I finished recently featuring some of my favourite song lyrics.
This hoop was mostly worked on whilst we were stuck in bank holiday Monday traffic on the way back from a long weekend in beautiful Croyde. I love crafts that I can take with me anywhere and work on when I happen to have some time to fill, embroidery is perfect for this.
I had been thinking about embroidering my favourite song lyrics for a few weeks and had always planned to print out the lyrics in a pretty script, trace them onto the fabric and then sew over them so that the letters were uniform in shape and size. However when I found myself stuck in traffic with a needle, hoop, fabric and thread I couldn’t resist giving it a go freehand.
For this piece I used a heather grey cotton and embroidered it using variegated blue and green cotton threads. I finished the hoop neatly on the back with a piece of green felt stitched to the excess fabric pulled through the wooden hoop.
The lyrics ‘I had too much to dream last night …’ are from one of my favourite songs of all time by the Electric Prunes. I have listed the hoop on my Etsy shop so maybe someone else who loves the song as much as me would like it hanging in their house too.
My hope is that this will be the first in a series of embroidered designs featuring song lyrics, although next time I will print and trace the lyrics in an attractive font rather than my wonky handwriting. I know I want to do a few lyrics from Radiohead songs, but I’d love to know what lyrics you think would look good made into hoop art?!
Just a quick post today to share a few of the things I’ve been making this past week. I have been feeling really inspired lately and my new working hours mean that I have a good amount of free time to be able to get on with personal projects. It feels so great to be going through a phase where I can turn ideas into actual finished items quickly as sometimes it can take forever!
I finally got round to turning a couple of handmade felt pieces into cushion covers, they are felt on the front and plain cotton on the back like my last felt fronted cushion, you can find my tutorial for making these here. I think the sea-scape cushion is my favourite, I nearly kept it for myself but I have decided to list both cushions on Etsy.
I had a day off work yesterday as I’ve hurt my back, I’m definitely getting old! This unexpected free time meant that I could sit and give embroidery a proper go. I haven’t really tried embroidery before but I found working on both of these plant themed pieces so relaxing, I’ll definitely be doing more! I’ve decided to pop these in my Etsy shop too, just to see what happens, you can have a look at the Etsy shop here.
Watercolour painting is another art form I have not done much of, but I’ve always been a huge fan of the way it looks. So I have decided to take the time to teach myself, probably using youtube tutorials, any recommendations of good ones would be great! These are just little scrappy tests I did one afternoon, my technique could certainly use some work but the main thing is I enjoyed doing it. I’m very excited to push myself out of my comfort zone creatively and learn a new skill.
I’ve also been slowly working away on my 70’s inspired floral patchwork blanket, a project I have been working on for a couple of years now. I am pleased to say it is finally nearing completion! The english paper piecing method is slow but I think the blanket will be beautiful when it’s finished, I plan to share it with you soon.
That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed seeing a little update of my creative activities. And thanks so much for reading, this blog really pushes me to find inspiration and finish the projects I start!