One more week of kids’ embroidery classes for this summer! And as they wind down, I’m taking photos of the embroidery projects from this year. Yesterday, I assembled the last of the finished bookmarks that the kids embroidered on felt, so they’re ready for them to take home. I thought I’d share a couple photos – they’re quite colorful!
These bookmarks are embroidered on wool felt, which is great for kids to work on. It’s sturdy stuff – more so than your typical craft felt. Wool felt withstands a lot of abuse, and still looks great!
I get my wool felt from Wooly Thread, usually, although many of these colors I picked up from Twining Thread before it went out of business. I’m glad I did! The variety of colors was half the fun! But you can find good wool felt at Wooly Thread, in heaps of colors, and in pre-cut sheets. You can also buy sample packs from them, which are great for small projects.
I’ve already gone through the basic instructions for making these bookmarks, so you can check those out if you want. I won’t bore you with the repeat information!
To finish the bookmarks, I used Pellon “wonder under” fusible web, cut to the size of the embroidered part of the bookmark and fused to this part first, then peeled and fused to the back of the bookmark. The back of the bookmark, by the way, was cut on my paper cutter, with the scalloped wheel attached. I’m sure there’s a reason I shouldn’t use my paper cutter that way, but it worked fine. I suppose the corners could be set up a bit better…?? How does one align scallops when cutting with a rotary cutter?
It didn’t take too long to finish these up – about a half an hour all told – but I was relieved once they were done, because I know the kids are eager to take them home!
Pretty! Most of the designs are the same. When I was setting up the bookmarks, I free-handed the design on it, and pretty much, it was whatever popped into my head. I stuck with the wavy flower design for the majority of them, because it was easy and because it would give them the opportunity to practice the first five stitches: running stitch, backstitch, whipped stitch, daisy stitch, and French knots.
I just think the kids did a great job on these, don’t you?
More photos of more projects soon!