Holiday Embroidery Projects

As part of my quest to save money to move out soon, all of my Christmas gifts to people will be embroidered items.  While I was in DC visiting friends, I worked on a few items in my down time. Sometimes it is just really nice to sit and chit-chat and embroider at the same time.  I probably would have done it on the plane, except I imagine the TSA has something against sewing needles and scissors.

Since I am 1000% sure that my friends do not read this blog, I feel comfortable spoiling their embroidered gifts here.

I embroidered a dinosaur. I found a dinosaur pattern online and I copied it as best as I could, and then added the fancy bowtie. Who wouldn’t love a fancy dinosaur gentleman? I don’t know precisely what kind of dinosaur this is.

This one is actually for my brother and sister-in-law’s kitchen. They are very health conscious, and at a dinner recently, they said they would get a kick out of having an embroidered sign that says “Gains are made in the Kitchen”. After all, you cannot outrun a bad diet.

I still have 5 more things to embroider. My Mom and Boyfriend will not be getting embroidered things, so I need to find them something else.


Small Halloween Friends

Life, for the most part, has been awful this week.

But there is a Hallowen Party at school on Friday, so I made some felt decorations while relaxing and watching shows online.

I have a pumpkin, a black cat, a witch (with a removable hat!!!), a bat and a ghost. For the most part, all I did was cut out shapes, embroider details on, sew together 90%, stuff with leftover felt pieces or cotton balls, and then sew up. The bat and ghost need to hang on something, but the other little plushes can stand up on their own. For the witch and cat, I sewed a piece on the bottom so they are like little plush pyramids and can stand up.

A long day

Today, we drove to my Dad’s hometown to visit my Grandpa, and to finally bury his ashes. My Dad passed away 8 years and 17 days ago.  It is a complicated thing, but this is for the best.

On the drive, I worked on some embroidery, which I am proud of.

I went to a tea party yesterday too, and I intend to write it up at some point too. But I have been a bit distracted this weekend.

Weekend Crafting Activities

Yesterday, I made another tote bag, and then hemmed some other fabric for embroidery.

I used heavy interfacing for this one as well. So the first tote I made used heavy interfacing, and it was a pain to do the one step where you pull the correct side out, because the heavy interfacing makes the fabric thicker. But in the end, the bag is sturdier. The second tote bag only used medium interfacing, and while it was easier to perform that step, the bag itself is much weaker. So I think I will at some point remake that bag, maybe with a different pink fabric. This tote is also smaller than the other ones, because I wanted to do something different.

Something I should try is to make a tote and instead of using patterned fabric, but embroider something. I wonder if that would be a nice Christmas gift for people. ;__; I need to figure out gifts for people and if I am going to make something, I need to start working on it now.

No idea what to embroider on these handkerchiefs. They are cute and bright, so not really fitting of the ~elegant lolita aesthetic~, but then again, they are handkerchiefs and who really cares.

Doing a weekly theme on them would mean actually having to wash them every week.  I also feel a little weird about putting words on them. I’d worry that people would ask why my handkerchief says “whatever”, or why I put my name on it. Initials alone are kind of boring too. At least for now, they are ready so once I have a good idea, I can start immediately.

Hello again

There was a picnic this past weekend, but I had to go see family at the last minute instead. It’s awful, because the weather was PERFECT for a picnic! Maybe the weather will stay nice too. Seeing family was pretty nice though, so it’s not all bad. I hope next weekend is nice, so perhaps I can dress up and run my errands.

While hanging out with family, I worked on some embroidery.

I think this looks really good! I drew the pattern out and then tried to use a variety of stitches to make it look cute.

I spent the night at my Aunt’s house, and this is her little dog. She’s a cutie.

Summer Crafts

I visited some friends this weekend, and one of them complimented the blue strawberry tote bag I made a few months ago. This inspired me to make the one with pink fabric today.

It is pretty much the same as the other bag, except I used pink strawberry fabric, a different lace trim, and the fusible interfacing is medium weight instead of heavy duty. Therefore the bag itself is less stiff.

Last time, it took me 2 days to make a bag, but I got this one completely done today. Yay! I never used the strawberry felt plushes I made before, so maybe I will attach some of those onto here for decoration.

Now that I have used up all the nice lace from those bloomers that didn’t fit, I will need to actually go buy some nice lace. ;+; All the lace I currently own is the awful scratchy lace that I got from a craft store before I could tell the difference between nice lace and crappy lace.  Or maybe the next tote bag will just not have lace on it. OR I could embroider it for decoration.

Speaking of embroidery…

I hand-sewed the hems of two random pieces of cloth to then embroider with flowers and practice stitches.  They are totally uneven and look kind of funky, but it is just for practice.

I really need to buy one of those pens for drawing the design on the fabric instead of just free hand embroidering.

On the other piece of fabric, I just made a random flowery design. I don’t know why it is flowers and antlers (or is it a weird tree?).


Pink Pearl and Rose Necklace

Finished making this necklace today. Turns out I have a couple rose charms. So I will make another one in blue.

Still not the best at making the loops for the pearl chain, but practice makes perfect.  The imperfect loops cause the chain to kink up occasionally. I made a similar necklace that I wore to Paradiso (but sans charm), and it didn’t kink up while worn, so that is a good sign.

I’d like to find some gold tone eye pins, but I can’t find any on Amazon that are the right length. >_>;; I am able to find tons of the glass pearl beads, and of course I want them, but I should probably use up the ones I have right now. This necklace only uses 39 beads, so that is good to know for when there are listings of 100 beads.