Stopping by for a guest post, (and with great timing on account of our just having celebrated 8 wonderful days of holiday, and now there is big clean up job waiting to be done) which is such a treat since that rarely happens here on creativejewishmom.com, is Maria from sewjewish.com with a really fun DIY that I would love to do myself, and can't quite believe I haven't done it yet! Fortunately I have saved some line drawings from when my kids were younger, so I am not lacking any inspiration, just time really! That said, I'll let Maria do the rest of the talking:
This embroidered hoop art is a great way to capture the work of a budding artist and create a decorative keepsake to hang on your wall. Start with a child’s simple line drawing, add your artist’s name, and sew over the lines with a simple embroidery stitch. One "hoopla" on the wall is pretty charming, or embroider a few in different sizes and create a whole gallery.
child’s art – A simple line drawing works best.
embroidery hoop – I used one with a 4” (10cm) diameter.
Piece of light-colored fabric about 3” (8cm) wider and longer than the diameter of the embroidery hoop – The fabric should be light enough to see through for tracing.
hot glue gun
Optional: Fabric marker with disappearing ink – Use the kind that disappears over time or when wet, not a permanent fabric marker.
Step 1: Trace the drawing onto white paper. If you need to adjust the size, use a copier or scanner and print out the resized drawing. Add the name. For the sample version I wrote out my daughter’s name, but using your child’s own handwriting would add a whole new level of charm. Keep all the lines at least ¼” (6mm) away from the hoop so you have room to embroider.
Step 2:Trace the design onto the fabric with light pencil marks or an erasable fabric marker. To help see the drawing through the fabric, put another piece of white paper underneath or hold everything up to a window.
Step 3: Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop and embroider the lines using a backstitch and two strands of embroidery floss (For instructions or a refresher, Sew Jewish has Backstitch instructions right here.
Step 4:If you used the fabric marking pen, wet the fabric to remove the markings and let it dry.
Step 5 :If the fabric is wrinkled, you can go over it lightly with an iron, putting another cloth between the iron and your artwork.
Step 6: Replace the fabric in the frame.
Step 7: Trim the fabric to within a half inch of the embroidery frame, and use a hot glue gun to glue the edges of the fabric to the underside of the frame. That is it, simply great right?
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