My first embroidery project

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As some of you saw on our Facebook page, I am working on my very first embroidery project. I want to start off by saying that I really, really enjoy this craft. While tricky at times, it’s a great way to express your creative side. It’s also a really fun way to add your personal touch to a project.

My cousin Sarah is having a boy – the first boy to be born in our family in decades – at the end of May. I’m giving her a really cute quilt…

Before handing it over, I thought a really nice touch would be to add a gift tag to the back. While my mom has a great sewing machine that allows her to program in words and shapes that she can embroider, I decided to give it a shot by hand first.

Let’s just say, it’s a little rough…

I think that because this is such a special gift for me, I am going to go ahead and re-do the tag with my mom’s machine. But, I am not giving up hope! I think a better idea would have been for me to start with an embroidery pattern, and work my way up to a tag like this. Too bad that’s not my style. Ha!

I was looking through one of my co-workers books yesterday and saw some really cute embroidery patterns that I am just dying to try. I will keep you posted on my progress — hopefully next time the end result will be a little more polished! Do any of you have tips or tricks, or maybe a good reference book that you can suggest?

-Alisha


6 responses to “My first embroidery project”

  1. joan Says:
    04/25/2012 6:15 pm

    Cute quilt. :)

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  2. Melissa Says:
    04/26/2012 8:39 am

    My favorite embroidery books are the Doodle Stitching ones by Aimee Ray. Don’t give up on the label though! Did you do it free hand, or print out a font and trace it? The latter is easier. I used the transfer markers we sell to make this name plaque for James’ room:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/indigomouse/6774920884/
    The hardest part was picking the font!

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  3. Mary Belden Says:
    04/26/2012 8:42 am

    Love the quilt! Where can we find the pattern?

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  4. Jenna Buescher-Hill Says:
    04/26/2012 8:54 am

    Good job! It’s tougher than it looks isn’t it?! I think your tag is great, love the un-polished look!

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  5. Stephanie Says:
    04/26/2012 11:32 am

    Adorable baby quilt for a very special boy! I’m sure he’ll be loved and spoiled. Not a bad try with “freelance” embroidery. Embroidery is so popular right and so many darling designs to choose from.

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  6. Sarah Says:
    05/06/2012 6:03 pm

    I agree with Melissa, use your computer and go thru the fonts and find something you like and then trace it. It’ll be fine, like everything else it comes with practice ;o) Congrats on a job well done and the great news of a new one coming into the family!

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