When summer comes around, sometimes I get in a crafting slump since we spend so much time outdoors splash-padding and ice cream truck-ing, leaving less time to spend an afternoon in the craft room. However, I have found that textile crafts like knitting, crochet, and embroidery (which I sometimes think of as only cozy winter crafts) can also be perfect for the summer! I love having my hands busy while I watch the kiddos splash and play and it helps to scratch that creativity itch that I start feeling during our busy summer schedule. That's why I am so excited to be apart of the DMC Summer Blog Hop, getting the chance to use some of DMC's new stitchable surfaces like this stitchable cork, these stitchable cuffs and my personal favorite, this stitchable metallic mesh, that is perfect for a summer project!
This mesh was so much fun to work with and is going to take your embroidery projects to the next level! It's so pretty and shimmery and features two sides — one gold and one silver — making it completely reversible! This stuff would be so fun to make all kinds of projects from jewelry to decor and is so versatile! So, as a result of my affections, today I'm sharing this fun floral face project that I made on the mesh! Here's what I did:
1. Draw your pattern onto your mesh. I used a fine-tipped permanent pen and it worked great on the mesh! As a pattern for this project, I used this free floral pattern from Little Twig Designs and duplicated the flowers. Then, I drew on the eyes, cheeks and mouth freehand.
2. Once you have drawn on the face, start stitching! I am a major beginner when it comes to embroidery so it's always fun for me to try out new stitches. The writer of the pattern I used also suggests that this pattern is great for stitches like raised herringbone or woven spider webs!
3. While you're stitching, feel free to add some beading! I loved adding beads to add some dimension and interest, especially using beads for the eyelashes!
4. Since I used DMC's cool stitchable mesh for the project, I did find that one of the most important steps was cleaning up the unfinished ends at the back since it is relatively sheer compared to normal fabric. As a result, before I finished the project I made sure all of the ends were knotted and snipped close so that they didn't show. Then, cut the excess around the hoop if you are keeping it in the hoop, or size it to fit in your favorite frame!
That's it! Isn't it darling? I love the gorgeous floral design coupled with the sweetness of the little face. This would be perfect in any girly space and makes me so happy whenever I see it. Plus, this is a total beginner project that would be so fun to do with older kiddos, and using DMC stitchable mesh elevates any project. It's gorgeous!
What summer projects do you have up your sleeve? I'd love to hear about them! And if you'd like to get your hands on all of DMC's new stitchable surfaces, be sure to head over to our Instagram to enter to win a $50 Prize Pack that includes cork, mesh, cuffs, floss and accessories!
And be sure to check out the other FAB bloggers who tried out the new line as well. You can find their posts right here:
Tuesday July 25:
Positively Splendid – Cork Project
U Create – Mesh Project
Little Dear Tracks – Cuff Project
Wednesday July 26:
The Scrap Shoppe – Cork Project
Cutesy Crafts – Mesh Project
Random Acts of Amy – Cuff Project
Thursday July 27:
Lova Revolution – Cork Project
The Pretty Life Girls – Mesh Project
Wild Olive – Cuff Project