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Saturday, March 7

Arrow Embroidery: Craft Month A-Z

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today to celebrate National Craft Month! My friend Steph at Crafting in the Rain is sponsoring the awesome Craft Month A-Z series, and I'm joining in today with the letter "E".
Now, I don't do embroidery too often. I have RA, and my hands have lost a lot of strength and control over the last ten years since my diagnosis.  My stitches aren't all that even, and my lines aren't always straight.  But I love the way embroidery looks and how you can make pretty much anything into an embroidered piece!
For this project, I used this free art print by Oh So Lovely 
and used the light from the window to trace it onto my muslin fabric.

Then I got to work with my crayons.  Yep- crayons!  I love the way it looks, and it saves my hands from having to do a lot of satin stitching or other "filler" stitching.
Once I had my colors the way I wanted, I heat set them by placing a thin cloth on top and pressing the fabric with an iron.
I cut a piece of batting to fit the muslin, then put both in an embroidery hoop.
From there, I simply used a running stitch to outline the arrows and a little bit of detail.
The colors match my teal-and-gray bedroom perfectly!
You can turn any print into embroidery, or there are some great, modern books out there.  This is not your grandma's cross-stitch!
The rest of the posts A-F can be found here.  Go see what all my talented crafty friends have made for craft month- and then go make something!

A is for Argyle Spring Tote by AttaGirl Says
F is for Fluffy Felt Forest by Albion Gould

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  1. What a great idea!! I love the way it turned out!! I don't sew.... but I do color!

    1. Thahks Leah! My hands are too weak to do too much fancy sewing, but coloring, I can handle!

  2. Ooh that's a great idea! I love hand-sewing (I find the machine too much effort to get set up ;)), but my problem is that I can never think of anything *useful* to sew etc. This would make for such a pretty gift! Pinning :)

    1. Thanks Sagan! There are so many fun prints just begging to be made into an embroidery design. Have fun!

  3. Love this Valerie! I used to do embroidery when I was little, but this totally makes me want to get back into it! Thanks for joining the series :)

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  5. mbroidery has been one of the most favorite hobbies of women in all times and on all continents. The endearing beauty of an embroidered piece is hard not to love. The tenderness and care that goes into creating embroidery makes it very dear to the creator and everyone who sees it. Embroidery can beautify almost any here

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  7. Love it i use embroidery when i am in school and in my childhood i both shirt with embroidery ...

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  8. I enjoy using embroidery, and I wore embroidered shirts as a youngster and in school.



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