Happy Monday friends! I’m excited to share that I am kicking off the week by participating in a fun blog hop with some of my fellow Spellbinders Licensed Designers. We are all featuring a favorite product from our Spellbinders collections. Not only is there a ton of fun inspiration, there is an awesome prize pack. You can enter on each blog in the hop too!
- My entry form is at the bottom of this post right before the supply list.
- You have until August 3, 2017 11:59 MST to enter.
- Winners will be announced by Spellbinders on August 5th.
- If you are already hopping, you should have come from Marissa Job’s blog. From here you will go to Stephanie Low’s blog. If you get lost along the way or if you hit a bad link, head to the Spellbinders blog to see the list with links of all the hoppers.
My favorite item from my Happy Grams 3 collection was so hard! I love all the happy little designs in the collection. I decided to go with my Wishing You stamp since I have been itching to do in embroidery with the ladybug as an appliqué.
To learn how I use my stamps as stitchery patterns, visit my Easy Stamp to Stitchery tutorial.
For the ladybug, I stamped the image three times on the Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch. I used one for embroidering the words, one for a pattern for the red wings (cut from Felted Wool), and one for the black body. For the body, I cut the head and lower body as stamped as one piece. I didn’t need the body the same width of the wings so basically cut a straight-ish line from the edge of the head to the lower edge of the body. Note- I am using Felted Wool from Week’s Dye Works for this pincushion. You could also use wool felt or cotton fabric.
After I finished my lettering, I rinsed way the Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch. When my fabric was dry, I pressed the fabric. I like to add a lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of my embroidery to keep it nice and wrinkle free. Next I added Heat ‘n Bond to the back of the ladybug body. I secured it in place with my iron. I added a blanket stitch around the ladybug.
I added the wing layer next using Heat ‘n Bond. After securing it in place I stitched around the wings with a blanket stitch. Instead of embroidering the dots from the stamped image, I used a mix of buttons from the Just Another Button Company Blackout Sprinkles pack.
I added color inside my letters with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I added a pink Sprinkles Button from the Peachy Keen pack in place of the heart in the O in love on the stamped image. I replaced the four-leaf clover on the stamped image with a four-leaf clover handmade button from Just Another Button Company.
I used my finished embroidery piece as a top to a round pincushion. The round pincushion pattern, the “Pound Cake” will be available soon here on my blog.
I embellished the pincushion edge with a felted wool rainbow garden of Bitty Posies. Bitty Posies is new die coming in August as part of my Happy Grams 4 collection. These tiny little posies are thin dies and cut both paper, wool felt, and felted wool! They make perfect little accents. I layered them here with tons of different colored Sprinkles Buttons from Just Another Button Company.
I cheated a little on the flower border. I sewed each button to a flower and leaf but used Fabric Fuse to adhere them to the pincushion. Fabric Fuse is an amazing liquid fabric to fabric glue and is great for attaching little bits that might be hard or tedious to sew in place.
One last embellishment to add, after all, what is a pincushion without some fun pins? My friends at Just Another Button Company also offer super fun handmade pins! I used the Pink Lemonade Just Pins set for this pincushion.
Isn’t this just so fun? I am having so much fun doing embroidery and appliqué again. I can’t believe I ever stopped! Best of all, I love being able to use my stamps for the patterns. Talk about a great way to stretch the value of a stamp!
Don’t forget to enter below for the Spellbinders blog hop prize pack below. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop for more chances to win! You will be hopping next to Stephanie Low’s blog.