It’s so much fun to see what’s going on in the embroidery lives of readers here on Needle ‘n Thread!
Today, let’s look at an example of a reader’s embroidery, one that I think is a really fun idea that opens up all kinds of possibilities for household decor!
Caroline Thomas recently sent me photos of a collection of work she’s been doing for her daughter’s teacher. Already, we’re off to a good start! Hurray for parents who do nice things for teachers!
The collection is made up of 18 canvases – not needlepoint canvas, mind you, but art canvases – that she painted and to which she then added touches of hand embroidery.
Caroline is just learning embroidery, so she treated the collection like a sampler, using all kinds of different stitches for the embroidered elements.
I don’t know if these are destined for a classroom, but I think they are. A great way to add a cheery, sunny touch to the learning environment!
(Don’t you love the music notes above the flowers in the top left corner tile?!)
All the canvases are the same size, though I’m not sure what size. I’d guess somewhere 8 to 10 inches square. I like the idea of a set of same-sized scenes like these. They’re perfect as “tiles” of color and texture.
Caroline said that she used regular DMC stranded cotton floss for all the embroidery.
I love these wispy lavender looking flowers and those tiny red flowers scattered underneath!
She used a whole slew of stitches throughout the canvases, including familiar stitches like stem stitch, couching, long and short stitch, French knots, fishbone stitch, bullion knots, detached buttonhole, and others.
This is my favorite in the collection! I just love the flowers, the leaves, the colors…
And this is another favorite! I can’t imagine that cast-on stitch flowers are easy on a painted canvas, but I think this little bunch came out great!
Fun collection, isn’t it? If you’ve been musing about how to decorate a room in your house – like a guest room or a kid’s room or even the living room – maybe this will give you some ideas!
Thanks for sending the photos, Caroline, and congratulations on completing the collection! I bet your daughter’s teacher is thrilled silly!
You can find lots of other embroidery projects from readers here on Needle ‘n Thread – they’re always fun to browse through for a shot of inspiration! If you’ve recently finished something you’d like featured on Needle ‘n Thread, feel free to drop me a line and tell me about it.
If you haven’t signed up yet for this week’s give-away of a whole collection of coton a broder in colors, don’t forget to do that before Monday! It’s a wonderful give-away, thanks to Hedgehog Handworks, where they’re now stocking the whole color line of coton a broder 25.
Have a swell Friday!