If you follow my blog (good on you!) you'll have seen that I've been trying out little bits of embroidery here and there.
So when the latest Design Team package arrived from The Sewing Boutique, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to try to use some embroidery in this month's challenge. Here's what was in the package -
This gorgeous (and very colourful!) fabric is by Michael Miller, - Mod Blooms in White and is now on sale at The Sewing Boutique here. There was also a length of lovely blue spotty ribbon. I really love this fabric, especially the vibrant colours, however, it isn't something I'd usually buy as I tend to go for small prints and the flowers on this are fairly big.
So, I chose some threads to match the colours in the fabric, hooped it up and just started stitching!
Immediately I knew that the centre of the flower, with all those dots, *had* to be filled with french knots!
I didn't really plan what I was doing next, I just played around with a few stitches, adding in some lazy daisies, some back stitch and some satin stitch. Here's what I ended up with -
I was really excited by how it turned out as it's the first time I've done anything like this. I'd put so much energy into the stitching I hadn't really thought about what to actually make it into. I thought perhaps I'd frame it in the hoop and have it as a wall hanging...then I had a better idea.
I mounted it onto some lovely pale green gingham and used the ribbon to add some embelishment along with some buttons, -
And then I made it into......a sweet little notebook cover :)
I sewed a little length of the ribbon inside the cover to act as a bookmark.
I still had some fabric (and just a little time) left so I decided to sew up some quick lavender sachets.
Why not hop on over to The Sewing Boutique blog to see how the other ladies used their lovely fabric and ribbon?
It's great fun taking part in something like this, I've always wondered what different people would come up with if given the same few things to create with. Looking forward to next time already :)