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Friday, February 21, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Art ... Guest Post by Teresa of Crafty Wife

Hello everyone, I am incredibly excited to be sharing a simple and colorful diy post here at Put A Bird On it!  Daniela is so creative and I am so excited to be a part of her blog this week! My name is Teresa and I blog over at Crafty Wife, where I share my love of Disney along with simple and fun craft projects. I had this idea in my head a while ago that I wanted a craft quote on the wall above my work space.  Something that would inspire and motivate me whenever I looked up at it as well as bring a bit of color to my rather boring and white apartment walls.  I decided to go completely out of my comfort zone and hand stitch a saying on fabric.  


Embroidered Hoop Art by Crafty Wife

 For this project I used:
  • Sample fabric from Joann Fabrics
  • Wooden embroidery hoops (1 - 6in x 6in, 2- 4in x 4in, 2- 3in x 3in)
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Pencil
  • Fine point sharpie
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue gun
  • Batting
To make sure I got the exact look I wanted, I played around in Photoshop with different fonts and word positions until I got everything just right.  Then, I printed out my design on regular computer paper.


Mock-up Printable of project  

I laid the computer paper underneath my sample fabric and traced the words on to the white linen with a pencil.  After I was done, I went over the letters with a fine point sharpie.



go-over-pencil-with-fine-point-sharpie 

 Using a back-stitch, I traced the letters (by hand) with my pink embroidery thread.  Depending on how long the quote is this part of the project can take a long time (it took me about three hours!).  Once the quote was done, I decided to add a few buttons to bring out the green on my computer chair.

Embroidered Hoop Art by Crafty Wife 

 If you have a lot of excess fabric on the outside of the hoop, cut it down (but not short enough that you can't fold it over the back when the time comes).  Then cut a crude 6in. by 6in. circle out of the batting. Pull the fabric as tight as you can around the sides of the hoop.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the fabric to the backside of the hoop.  Then, place the batting on the backside and glue it down as well.  After the glue dries, turn it over and admire your work! 

glue-down-batting-and-fabric 

This was a fun way to bring color and inspiration to my work space.  It may have taken a little longer than I expected, but I am incredibly happy with how it looks.

Embroidered Hoop Art by Crafty Wife 

 Thank you Daniela for letting me share this fun project with you!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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I love Teresa's project, don't you? You should definitely see the rest of her craft room - including that fabric corkboard you get a sneak peek of in the pic above. I love it! Be sure to stop by Crafty Wife and visit Teresa's blog!

Here are a couple of my fave posts from Crafty Wife:

ALL the Disney posts!

DIY Bow Clutch

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I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! My brother is visiting with two of his kids {from Washington}! I don't get to see him very often, so I'm super excited to hang out with them and have Ava play with her cousins. I also have a couple FUN guest posts I'm working on {think baby leggings and St. Patrick's Day...}, plus a couple great Sponsor posts to share. Next week is going to be LOTS of fun!

I don't normally post on Saturdays, but check back here TOMORROW. I may have reached a blogging milestone and I may be getting a little personal on the blog about it. All good things, of course! If you want to learn a little more about the gal behind Put A Bird On It, you'll definitely want to read tomorrow's post. See you later! Remember to CHOOSE HAPPY. :)

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