Looks like today I’m hitting the 2/5 mark for my fall 2015 to-do list!
I finally finished stitching the top of my embroidery thread tin, a project which was originally inspired by this…
and subsequently inspired by these bangles.
Using my experience from the bangles project, I set out to embroider the top of the tin, so that there would never again be any question as to what was meant to be stored inside.
First I set out a grid in pencil, and then marked over it in permanent marker.
Then I realized that I didn’t like the pattern which I had started with and so chose a different pattern (one of the rosebuds from this pattern, if you’re curious. I’ve also got another project using this pattern in the works so you’ll see it again soon!)
Then I drilled the holes, having realized that I *actually* wanted the new pattern approximately two stitches lower on the lid of the tin than they were. It was a process. I had some trouble getting the holes to land precisely on the grid marks, though I did try really hard. It occurred to me as I was finishing the stitching that I should have just used the drill press to make the holes instead of a hand held drill. Learn from my mistakes people! a) Make sure the pattern you choose is the pattern you *actually* want and don’t use permanent marker until you’re certain. Maybe then don’t use permanent marker. More on that later. b) use a drill press if you have access to one! I didn’t and that was stupid.
The insides of your holes will be sharp. Consider using a dremel to cut them down, but be aware that this will leave marks on the inside of your tin. *The more you know!*
Also, washing off the permanent marker was a pain. It did come off with nail polish remover since it is an alcohol based ink, but it also took off a good section of the “finish” on the tin, making the area around the stitching much shinier.
When all is said and done you can only sort of tell so it’s fine. The stitching process itself was fairly painless. I used the full 6 strands of the thread to get fuller stitches, and while the insides of some of the holes were sharp enough to sheer the thread, most of the time it wasn’t an issue.
As you can see I got pretty excited about the stitching process.
One other interesting thing about the process was that I did a lot of bad-technique backtracking in order to make the back side of the piece look decent.
I tried to make all the stitches run the same way. I didn’t want it looking messy because you can definitely see both sides, so the back is just as important as the front.
My thread is so pretty! Nothing quite like seeing a rainbow gradient. No question about what this box holds now, either!
I love using old techniques in new and surprising ways!
This is not my first foray into the intersection between traditional, demure, and feminine mediums and modernisms, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Either way I’m kind of in love with this new piece of art!
Last month’s re-vamp post in many ways inspired this one. If you recall, it was based on a project which I had chosen to include in a to-do list in 2012. I usually don’t make my crafty to-do lists public, unless I have some great inspiration images or I’m in a period of unusual transition in my life. I seem to be meeting both of those criteria this month, since I’m moving into a new apartment next month and I have some really fun and interesting ideas I want to share with you. As per usual, I found most of my ideas on Pinterest.
A friend recently gave me some lovely wood pieces and I’m definitely inspired by this combination of wood and pearl. I’m hoping to find a good way to bring out the natural beauty of the wood in a few pairs of earrings.
There is another piece I have in mind inspired by this bracelet (which inspired these bracelets). I am hoping to drill holes in the tin I currently store embroidery floss in, and plan to embroider a traditional flower pattern using those holes. I’m pretty excited about the idea.
I think I’m going to follow up on this pair of earrings from April by making a second pair of puffy geometric shapes, maybe triangles. I’ll have my craft supplies and my beads back again this weekend so I will be able to really dive into something like this again.
This project is not exactly what I plan to do, but it has a lot of similarities. I have a lot of really really lovely broken china from work, and when I move into my new place I’ll be acquiring a three level rolling cart. I plan to mosaic the tops of the shelves and make it a nice addition to our kitchen with some plants ect. on it.
And finally, I have fallen in love with the idea of making my own face scrubbers and dish scrubbers, and as soon as I’m in my own apartment I intend to do just that. I actually already have the cotton to do these projects, for the most part, so they should be a snap to churn out, and super useful!
I only ended up completing 3 of the 5 projects I included in the first to-do list. This is pretty par for the course; there are always ideas which seem great to me at the time but don’t really have a place in my life/don’t end up coming to fruition because I lose interest in them. I’m sure this list will be no different, but my goal is to complete at least half of these projects by the end of the year. I will periodically come back to update this list with links and images to the completed projects, as I have now done with the old list from 2012.
This Saturday I found these earrings, which were silver and sorta OKish as they were.
However, I remembered this pin, and was reminded that as long as you can perforate it you can stitch it, as seen below.
Then, I noticed that the earrings were really easy to bend, and that when they were twisted, they turned into a great pair of bangles!
A little bit of embroidery floss later and viola!
The trickiest part of this transformation was making sure I stitched through each of the holes. Leaving a hole unused would remove the illusion which brings the stitches to the forefront.
This one was super fun, and I really like the result!
This is a little late, but I wanted to share this great cross stitch bookmark that I made for a good friend’s birthday.
I found this project here, (on Pinterest, of course).
I love how the TARDIS appears and disappears.
In fact I think each individual TARDIS is super cute itself.
Bonus! I bet you didn’t notice, but I was able to photograph (and gift) it with the River Song Diary I made a few years ago. It was a super fun gift to make and give!
This month, my roommate had a birthday, and I decided to revisit a project which I really liked but ultimately went nowhere because I didn’t have a use for it.
Specifically, this adorable little owl.
I had the chance to turn him (and a few of his buddies) into a lovely bookmark.
Very fun, no?