Posts Tagged ‘hand embroidery’

Handmade Highlights – Origami Bunny

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Kim took the origami bunny design to a whole new dimension when she added all satin stitching to the basic outlines. The weight of her satin stitches add such a nice depth and interest to her piece. Well done Kim!

Try your own satin version of the Origami Bunny, or try the other cute animals included in this Origami border design.

Handmade Highlights – I Can Fly

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Tara really knocked this one out of the park. The satin stitch balloons and penguin look so amazing! She made this pillowcase for a 4 year old’s birthday present, which makes the whole thing even cuter.

Check out the I Can Fly hand embroidery design and make your own uplifting adorable pillow cases.

Handmade Highlights – Crazy Dog Lady

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Glenda created this piece last summer after a year off from hand embroidery. She added some cute flowers, and colored pencil to distinguish each dog. Plus, she used french knots to create a polka dot dress! This is a great piece to hang in any dog lover’s home!

Check out the Crazy Dog Lady hand embroidery design, and add your own special touches.

Handmade Highlights – Robots Love Metal

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Sophie really rocked this embroidery design. There are metallic things happening here that are truly outrageous! The metallic threads and accents make this tiny robot come to life.

Rock out with your own Robots Love Metal design and create even more embroidery awesomeness!

Handmade Hightlights – Nerd Pocket

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RyBreadsRockin stitched this cute pouch with the ultimate pocket protector design. She used a touch of crayon tinting to make the glasses, pen, and pencil really pop!

Check out our tutorial on crayon tinting, to make your own picture perfect Nerd Pocket design.

Handmade Highlights – Cheers to Beer

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Erin created this piece for her Dad, and she clearly cares about her work and her father.  Look at all the color variation and stitch work in the grains and hops! Three cheers to beer and Erin!

Check out the Cheers to Beer hand embroidery pattern to make your own today!

Get The Look – Constellation Cardigan

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

This trendy Kites and Constellations Cardigan was $118 at Anthropologie, but even at that price it seems to have sold out. That didn’t stop this sweater from inspiring a lot of DIY versions though. The simplicity of the cardigan makes it an excellent place to pull inspiration from. However, I think with the right designs and the right cardigan, we can make something even more simple and chic than the original.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

It can start rather simply with a blue cardigan. Any cardigan can work. You can do the classic boyfriend style that Anthropologie went with, but I spotted this drape style cardigan off ebay for only $13 and liked it even better. It doesn’t matter what style you pick, as long as it can hold up to some light embroidery.

That embroidery of course is going to be all the little star designs available from the Ecliptic Constellations design pack. These come in lots of different sizes and are individually stitched, with means it’s easy to place them anywhere you need to create constellations. Want to see how to hoop teeny star designs? We did it on this scarf pretty easily.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Mark on your cardigan where you need all your starts to be, and stitch and hoop them one by one. It may sound a little daunting, but actually these designs stitch so fast you’ll be done before you know it. After all, we’ve stitched dozens of stars like this on a project before. For now, don’t fret about the constellation lines. Those come next. Also, I think it’s kind of fun to sprinkle a few random stars about the place, to give the whole sweater a heavenly feel. That’s optional though, you could just stick with the constellations.

Psstt… you know what else would look chic on this sweater? One of those pretty constellation designs right on the back! Choose your sign to make this cardigan truly your own.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Now, here’s the point that can be done two ways. If you want the chunky, retro style stitching like the original sweater, you best bet is to go old school with your embroidery. Yup… grab some white floss and get stitching by hand! It’s a very very simple stitch, you just need to connect the lines of your stars with a few big stitches.

Don’t feel like embroidering by hand? You can stitch a line by machine. Try using cotton thread for a thicker effect, and stitch over your line a few times to make sure it shows up. Take care on stretchy sweaters not to bunch it up.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

So, there you have it. It’s a slightly updated look, but if you like the retro appeal of the original sweater, you can always find a cardigan like that. In fact, I bet thrift stores are full of them! Just sprinkle on a few stars, stitch in some embroidery thread, and you have a sweater inspired by the heavens. It’s a lot less than if you could have bought it even when it was available, and this way, you get to pick your own sweater, your own constellations. Wrap up against the chilly winter sky with a starry sky of your own!