2014. make + take: summer camp appliqués.
materials: wooden embroidery hoops (assorted sizes), fabric scraps, needle, regular scissors, pinking shears, embroidery thread
for the hanger: leather cord, wooden bead, brass washers, fabric marker
back in sixth grade, students took one “exploratory” class each nine weeks to introduce art, woodworking, home economics, and music. i loved art (duh) and woodworking surprisingly entertained me. when i walked into the home ec classroom, i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a blast, too. we cooked a little and sewed a lot (girls and boys). that’s where i learned how to cross stitch.
today’s project is half appliqué, half cross stitch (more like freestyle cross stitching). an appliqué is simply a shape or picture sewn onto fabric. the theme of our baby’s room is “camp [insert his name here]” and i thought campground appliqués would be cute on the wall. first, i stretched leftover chambray/linen fabric across the hoops and secured them tightly. then i cut out the basic shapes of a tent, hedgehog, and fir trees and pinned them to the fabric.
the next part is fun— embellish the shapes with small stitches, similar to cross stitching. i created the hedgehog’s spines and claws using brown diagonal stitches. the trees’ trunks are a neat square of brown stitches. the tent took the longest, mostly because once i got started i didn’t want to stop! the colorful stripes are just back and forth running stitches. secure all your sewing with knots.
after you embellish your art, you may have to readjust the fabric on the hoop by straightening it or pulling it tighter. when you’re finished, use pinking shears to trim the excess fabric on the side of the hoop.
i made hangers for the baby’s art using leather cord. i looped a piece of cord through the embroidery hoop’s hardware and then added small brass washers from an old project. i drew blue designs on beads with a fabric marker (sharpies tend to bleed on wood) and pulled the cord through the beads. knot the top and you’ve got yourself some cute homemade appliqués!