Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Embroidered Flowers Part 1

After much talk of a “Summer Challenge” over at the wonderful Yahoo! Group, Hand-Embroidery, I finally asked what the “Challenge” was all about. Boy, was I ever excited!

portrait all designs resized

The challenge is posted at the group blog, a place that I know I’ve visited, but somehow missed the entire idea of the challenge until people started posting their finished pieces. It seems that the Summer Creativity Challenge is all about flowers. The group is taking 4 flower patterns from the blog at Stitchy Britches and interpreting them as the challenge! If you follow the links to all these places, don’t forget to come back!

I was so excited to find the many, many, many transfer designs after getting to Stitchy Britches! Now, aside from the challenge, I can’t even begin to think of what to start next. There are so many choices there they would keep you in pattern heaven for several lifetimes.

I am inspired to take the Summer Creativity Challenge and here is my journey to the flowery creations ahead!

I’ve been working with felt for the sketchbook cover, so I am going to challenge myself to create these flowers in felt and tint with crayon. My personal challenge is to also keep my finished project “simple” and “affordable” as an inspiration to any ‘beginner embroiderers’ or any ‘budget embroiderers’ that may fear a challenge like this thinking that the outcome has to involve a lot of finishing or a lot of fancy embellishments. Besides, I love the challenge of creating something out of nearly nothing!

Here, a sheet of 9″x12″ white felt.

1 Full Sheet white felt

To make the challenge even more ‘affordable’ I will only use Half a sheet of felt. The smaller size should make the challenge seem less daunting for anyone.

2 plan to cut full sheet in half lengthwise

Use rotary cutters and a quilt ruler to cut the felt in half lengthwise.

3 handy dandy rotary cutters

Here is the half sheet of felt. Now 12″x4.5″

4 felt is cut lengthwise

The flowers are taller than they are wide, so they would be placed on the felt in this direction.

5 planning for fourths

There are 4 flowers so the felt needs to be cut into fourths. Half this strip, then half it again to get the fourths.

6 cut this in half then half again

Rotary cutters slice through at the half mark.

7 handy dandy rotary cutters again

There are 2 halves of the lengthwise strip. Each is 4.5″x6″.

8 here is the lengthwise halved

Stack them on top of each other.

9 placed on top of each other

Find half of that piece, measure…

10 cut through both in half again

and cut.

11 again the rotary cutters

Here they are again in half. Each is 4.5″x3″.

12 both stacks are halved

There are the 4 felt pieces for the challenge pattern. Each rectangle is 3″x4.5″.

13 here are the 4 pieces for the challenge

The challenge designs are printed out as 4″x6″, 3″x5″, and 2″x3″.

14 the challenge patterns

Now for the next challenge…getting one of these design sizes onto the 3″x4.5″ felt.

Any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Think outside of the box.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

————-Helpful Information———-

Find Yahoo!Group Hand Embroidery (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Blog (Click Here)

Find Hand Embroidery Group Summer Creativity Challenge (Click Here)

Find Stitchy Britches Blog (Click Here)

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 1 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 2 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 3 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 4 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 5 (Click Here)

Find Embroidered notebook cover Part 6 (Click Here)

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5 responses to “Group Embroidery Project – Summer Creativity Challenge, Embroidered Flowers Part 1

  1. Awesome that you are going to do them on felt, will they become something else? Are they ATC’s?
    I’ve gotten iron on pens online from Sulky:
    http://www.sulky.com/transferpens/index_pens.php
    I’ve only been able to get the colored ones online otherwise only the black is normally found in craft stores…AND do not get the white is is HORRID stuff!
    Melissa

  2. Melissa,
    I don’t think they’ll be ATC’s…but they still could be I suppose. I thought ATC’s were smaller still?
    I will have to buy the iron on pens/pencils online as there are none here that I can hunt down. Thanks for the heads up about the white. LOL It’s that bad?!
    smiles,
    alicia in Hawaii

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