I love you…How To!

Happy Saturday afternoon readerinos! The weather is rather questionable here today so I’m taking the opportunity to potter about the flat. I do like a weekend to get organised, do little bits and bobs and feel a bit more collected. It makes me happy when everything is clean and in order. Yes, I know how that sounds, but it’s not hurting anybody ūüėČ

So a few weeks ago my friend Hannah (hi Hannah!) asked for some more details on the embroidered hoop I made for my mum for Mother’s Day. I’ve been thinking how best to explain it, and I thought a little blog post might help. It’s very simple, as you will see!

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What you need:

Then, it comes down to three steps:

  1. Position the fabric in the smaller of the two hoops and draw on the design. I found that you need to use a ruler to position the lines and draw them straight. I did it freehand first and it looked rubbish and I had to re-do it. Then write your message – it can be anything you like but if you are new to embroidery a short phrase is best.
  2. Now put it in the bigger hoop to start the embroidery. The design is made with backstitch. This is a really simple embroidery stitch and if I can do it you guys definitely can! If you are worried about your stitches looking uneven, go for the aida rather than cotton fabric – it has holes in it already and you can use them to guarantee even stitches. You can get more character in your writing with cotton though, so it’s up to you.¬†Rather than a photo tutorial (which always confuse me) here is a YouTube video of how to do backstitch. I started with the horizontal blue lines, then the vertical red, and finished with the text.
  3. Put the design back in the smaller hoop and position it so that the screw is at the top. That way¬†you can use it to hang up¬†your finished hoop. Trim the excess fabric to¬†within about 2cm of the hoop and glue what’s left to the hoop. If you have one, use a glue gun, but¬†superglue will work fine too.

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Done! It really is simple but super effective. Enjoy your embroidery!

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I love my mum!

Howdy doody readers! Happy Official Summertime to my British readers. Isn’t it lovely to have a bit of light in the evenings? Although my body has not adjusted to that 1 hour time difference. Can I get up in the mornings? Can I heck as like!

Happy Mother’s Day for last Sunday! I hope all you kids pampered your mums and all you mums got a chance to relax. I myself was a naughty daughter and spent the weekend in Brighton with some friends who I barely get to see (my mum’s wonderful though and she was completely understanding.) My big brother took good care of her all by himself, and I think she had a thoroughly lovely day. Here are some snaps from sunny B-town.

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(Isn’t Brighton beautiful? Top down: The Brighton Pavilion, The West Pier, The Boardwalk. Thanks Imo and Ed for having us!)

This situation meant I needed a present that I could pop in the post safely. Mum’s had quite a few hand-knits from me (remember the shawl?) so I wanted to give her something a bit different, but something still hand-made, that had my love poured into it from the very beginning. I did a bit of Pinterest surfing (as one does for inspiration these days) and found so much hoop art that it was all I could think about.

For those who don’t know, hoop art entails embroidery and other textile art that is framed and displayed in an embroidery hoop. It’s genius in it’s simplicity because frames never quite do textiles justice, in my opinion. Check it out!

Now, I may have mentioned here that my sewing is rudimentary and my patience is non-existent so embroidery was a bit of a gamble. That knowledge steered me towards a very simple design, that I just couldn’t mess up. Wanna see? Of course you do.

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Plain and simple, no muss no fuss, just saying it how it is. The whole thing is just backstitch! Beautiful in it’s clean lines, eh? I copied Rugglestitch, who used to sell these on Etsy. Her shop seems to be closed though, unfortunately. (Photo by me.)

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(Dramatic by the window. Photo by me.)

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(Propped on the typewriter, of course. Photo by me.)

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And because it took me ages to find a tutorial that told you how to finish it off, here is the back. You just have to glue gun the excess fabric to the hoop! That part was really fun. Just make sure you are happy with the positioning before applying hot glue, mine could have been straighter… (Photo by me!)

Mum loved the piece of embroidery and my brother was particularly tickled that it still looks like my handwriting. I think that counts as a success. But next year, I think I’ll give the gift in person, eh mum?

Did you guys make anything wonderful for your mums this weekend?