Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Embroidery adventures...

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! 

Ooooh! lovely!

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 :)


  1. I love that fabric, definitely my kind of style!! Love the stitching, the notebook has turned out really pretty, and no one can have enough cute lavender bags about the house! :) x

  2. These are so lovely Rachael! The colours are just gorgeous. x

  3. Wow, I really like this, its turned out fab. Well done you.

  4. Really is gorgeous fabric - so bright and fresh! Love what you have created with it - your stitching is fab!

    Estelle xx

  5. Oh so gorgeous, and your French knot embroidery is too cute! x

  6. I love what you've done to this already pretty fabric, the embroidery really enhances it. And great idea to make it into a notebook cover!

  7. Well done! What a lovely idea to make it into a notebook cover! Your stitching has succeeded to make the fabric look 3d :)

  8. I love that fabric and what you've done with it. I'm going to have to check those links you provide. You've reminded me that a short while back I bought a bag of lavender to replace the one in the lavender sachets I've made thoughout the years. Loving your blog and thanks for the bookazine suggestion


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