I went roaming yesterday. I found lots of goodies.
Mary Corbet, over at NeedleNThread, wrote in conjuction with my bookmark experiment. She says she is interested in the results of with bookmark backings. That’s a good prod for me to spring into action on this activity. Hopefully, I’ll stay ahead of her Summer classes, just in case one of these techniques could be more suitable for her lessons. (<wink> to team teaching over many miles, eh?)
While thinking of the bookmark experiment, I went hunting for some grossgrain ribbon. Some of my Yahoo! Groups email pals say that grossgrain really does come in some wide sizes. Well…not readily here in Hawaii. I think it might be available at a specialty type shop somewhere, but I finally ended up at a Wal Mart, for fusible pellon, and I stumbled upon some rather “hip” ribbon.
Here’s the label. I think a half yard should do at least 2 bookmarks. Proof that it is at least very inexpensive, for the purpose of bookmarks anyway! I also think that Wal Mart has made its way into just about every nook of the US, so most continental crafters should be able to grab some. I am curious as to what all of you outside of the US have. Let us know in the comments section. Maybe we could send you some inexpensive ribbon…hey, you never know, right?
I got the ribbon home, and pulled some felt. I found some colors that match well. Some great fun patterns to match some new felt. Blues, greens, oranges, pinks, and yellows.
I had to adjust the previously cut bookmarks to fit the ribbon. I found that the grossgrain ribbon is thinner (1.5 in.) than my originally cut bookmarks (2.5 in.). I recut some of the previous bookmarks and cut out some new ones with the rotary cutter and the cutting mat.
While out and about I also found some new Sublime Stitching transfers. Here is the Sublime Stitching Monkey Love pattern (again), the Cat-A-Rama, and one of Jenny Harts books, Sublime Stitching Craft Pad.
A cute little bird might do well on the orange. The bird is from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad.
Some monkeys too! This is a smaller monkey face from the Monkey Love packet I first bought. I did get a second Monkey Love set since I plan to cut up the first one. (More on that later…)
I found that some transfers didn’t really ‘fit’ but that didn’t stop me!
The cool cat from Cat-A-Rama is way too big as you can see, but I placed it over the little felt bookmark and ironed right over it. Yes, part of it in on my towel…lol.
I also got water soluble blue ink pen to draw my own design. Can you see it?
Here are the new bookmark goodies, now in testing for this round. I liked the process of tinting fabric with crayon so I’ve decided to take some crayons to these and see how it fairs!
I’m off to find the crayons, heat up the iron, and get stitching on these!
*I need your help. If you could suggest a few stitches for any of these bookmarks I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment with your suggested stitches. *
Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 1-(Click Here)
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 2-(Click Here)
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 3-(Click Here)
Tutorial, Tinting fabric with crayon, Giggleface Studios (Click Here)
10 responses to “Quick and Easy Embroidery Project- Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 4, Sublime Stitching and Grossgrain Ribbon”
I think these would best in either stem stitch of running stitch. the transfer packs and ribbons look cute. I am not sure if I am jealous or not that we don’t have Walmart in Australia.
I like stem stitch. You are probably better off without the WalMart…but with lots of pals around a WalMart, you could barter for some ribbon! 😉
smiles, alicia in Hawaii
Hi there, Alicia! I love the ribbon colors! Can’t wait to see how they turn out as backings! They match the felt really well!
I also like the partial cat – clever, and methinks it’ll look really good.
On the cat and the bird, which have long lines, I’d go with stem stitch. On the bow, perhaps satin? And the beak of the bird, satin?
For the monkey faces, there are heaps of possibilities…. the inside line around the eyes would look great couched, and the marks for the couching stitches are already there! The outside, and the muzzle shape around the mouth, maybe backstitch… but how about those ears in a closed buttonhole, with the outline of the buttonhole on the outside of the ears, worked around the inside circle. Then if you wanted, you could fill the inside with satin stitch? The buttonhole would give the ear a kind of dimensional effect. If you wanted to add a little “solid” coloring, like a very light brown, to the muzzle area, you could always do tiny seed stitches, which would give it a dusting of color.
Cute choices for patterns, by the way. I’m eager to see how the crayons look on the felt. I was thinking it might be hard to get a solid color on the felt, since felt tends to be fuzzy-ish. But I can’t wait to see if it works!
I’m all a-flutter with anticipation!
And hey, I’m ALL for the team teaching idea – despite the distance!
I’m printing off your suggestions and will give the monkey a go! I think you’ll be surprised with the crayons… smiles, alicia in Hawaii
Can’t wait to see how the bookmarks progress, Alicia! Your choices in ribbons for the backings are so bright and cheerful…love’em!
I love that cat pattern too. It reminds me of those troublesome Siamese cats in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Remember them? “We are Siam-ee-hees if you plea-hees! lol!
Those are soooooo cute! I loved reading your blog, and have decided to take your advice re:crayon coloring on fabric. I will blog about it soon, and will use the Pink Ribbon as an image and put it on vintage handkerchiefs to give to women w/breast cancer when doing volunteer work. Too cool how synchranicity works!!! Nancy
Thanks so much for commenting. I really appreciate it.
Whoo hoo for you!
I’m so excited that you are going to give it a go and try out the crayons! I’ll be sure to check in on your blog, http://www.nancymccarroll.blogspot.com, to see your finished items. Pink Ribbons…great idea and for a great cause. I’m so happy that you were inspired by a project here on Curiosities 808!
smiles, alicia in Hawaii
Alicia, just wanted to share with you (just in case) a website where I use to get lots of ribbon when I was into bow making for little girls… http://www.theribbonretreat.com . You might be able to find various widths, 🙂 !
Hi again Monika!
Oh, you are bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.
*Thanks for the ribbon connection.
The site really does look great…too great…
Uh, er…very addicting…so many ribbons…
so many colors…
alicia in Hawaii
Aren’t those ribbons just ‘happy’?!
And yes, that’s a very sassy cat…
“We are Siam-ee-hees if you don’t plea-hees!” lol
alicia in Hawaii