Embellishing fabric with embroidery

Two years ago, I decided to embellish a piece of Ikea fabric with some embroidery. I got the idea from Feeling Stitchy’s August Stitch-along. It wasn’t the first time I’d tried embroidery (I used to do random bits of embroidery to embellish jeans’ pockets and such when I was a teenager), but it was one of the first times I’d done any embroidery in over a decade and it was at the very beginning of my new love for needlework.

I’ll be honest, it’s not great work. I had no idea what I was doing and just winged it with the hope that it would be fun and interesting. I loved the fabric, but I didn’t love it for the project, so I only ended up filling in a bird, a berry/bud/flower-thing and the leaves on a piece of foliage. But, I loved it and was pretty proud of the effort, despite knowing that it wasn’t very good. Since then, I’ve always had it hanging or propped up somewhere to admire (only recently taking it down because it’s time to replace it … or, maybe redo it).

Recently, Rebecca, of Hugs Are Fun, started a Doodle Stitch-Along with some really cool Ikea fabric (possibly a pillow cover). I didn’t end up joining in, as I was too busy at the time, but I’ve been enjoying watching her progress. The fabric she’s using is basically a giant doodle. I had, at one point, considered buying it to paint, but, you know how it is: tonnes of ideas, no time to implement!

I’m now on the look out for some fabric to use for a new embroidery embellishment project. Some of the fabrics I’ve recently acquired could make for interesting projects:

Meadow: Valley of Azure by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics

Meadow: Valley of Azure by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics

Bark + Branch: Line Leaf in Gold by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9

Bark + Branch: Line Leaf in Gold by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9

Mormor: Little Blomster in Mist by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

Mormor: Little Blomster in Mist by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

Shape of Spring: Petal Print in Twig by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9

Shape of Spring: Petal Print in Twig by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9

If I did a small project, I could probably fit it in amongst all my other projects, but I’m having a hard time picking which fabric to try. Each one offer lots of interesting project ideas.

Anyway, go and check out Rebecca’s piece. It’s lots of fun because she’s using lots of different colours and stitches.

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