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Baby wall hanging

April 23, 2010

One of my oldest friends from back home (San Diego) just had a baby girl last week and of course I wanted to stitch something up to honor the new bundle of joy. They are a pretty unique couple in that they waited to find out the sex of the baby until the baby was born (how many people do you know that do that any more?! Pretty cool, I thought). So, I guess they planned on gender neutral decor for the nursery….anyway, I was sort of confused as to what colors/motifs I should pick. I mean, it’s a bit presumptuous to stitch a wall-hanging for someone because you’re kind of saying “hey, i made this for you, that means you should hang it up.” Right? So, I just decided to go for it and if it doesn’t match the decor/she doesn’t want to put it up, that’s o.k., maybe it can just be a keepsake. I decided to go with more feminine colors: pinks, purples, light greens, and I got to use some really fun color variation floss from DMC and Clover LETO, so that was really fun. For motifs, I used a combination of patterns. I used half of the Sublime Stitching Dutch Russian pattern sheet, the bit with the love birds and heart vine, and then I traced some flowery capital letters from A Rainbow of Stitches. I had a giant embroidery hoop that I got at a thrift store for like 30 cents, which was perfect for framing the large pattern. I bought some pink checked ribbon from Michael’s in the dollar ribbon display…sweet! Here’s how it turned out:

A used a variety of stitches for this project, including: back stitch, chain stitch, fern stitch, satin stitch, and a few french knots. Detail of “EMMA” text:

I love these letters from A Rainbow of Stitches. They are extra feminine with leaves and flower detailing on the ends of the letters. I used DMC color variations floss # 4220  for the letters, and DMC color variations floss # 4040  for the leaves details.  I switched back and forth between solid colored lavenders and pinks for the flowers. I love how the color variations looks using the satin stitch….so pretty 🙂 I especially enjoy the letter “M”… 😉

The “E” is also very pretty, I think:

I actually did the letters yesterday in the car on our drive down to Southern California. There were definitely bumpy times, but overall it was pretty successful and a good way to pass the time in the car. So, if you ever wondered if you can stitch in the car…you can! But I would really only recommend it if you’re on a 2-line highway for hours and don’t anticipate much lane-changing, stopping/starting action, etc. Here’s a detail of the bottom of the Dutch Russian motif:

I actually ended up removing the french knots over the pink heart, I think those were done on a bumpy road portion of the trip and they just came out looking too uneven.

I used a lighter shade of green for the leaves of the vine, and it looks kind of yellow in the picture. In real life it’s not that yellow, I promise. I neglected to take a picture of the hoop I framed the piece in, which is sad, because it was really cute with the ribbon on. I used a water-soluble marker to transfer my pattern onto the fabric (a sheet I bought at a thrift store, which is the best fabric ever to stitch on…that I’ve tried…), and when I tried to dab the marker off with a q-tip, it just smeared the blue marker stuff all over the fabric. My mom had a really great idea though, she suggested I fill up the sink with warm water and a bit of dish soap,  hand wash, and toss in the dryer on gentle. Worked like a charm. I ironed it, stuck it in the hoop, and was good to go! Sometimes, you just need mom advice, you know? I am down here in my hometown til Tuesday, and I am excited to go thrifting! After I hit the “publish” button on this here post, I am going to do some research on thrift stores in San Diego (it’s a big place, there’s got to be a lot of options, right?!) so I can go hunting for vintage crafty goodness, hurrah!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 5:52 pm

    This is amazingly beautiful !!! You did a lovely work on this… your
    friend is going to love it !!!

    • rabbitreader permalink*
      April 25, 2010 7:35 pm

      Thanks! She did like it so that was cool. I had a lot of fun making it, with all the girly colors and the cute pattern…it was a good piece to practice the satin stitch!

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