Thursday, April 29, 2010

I like...

The sun was lovely and warm on the front steps this morning. A very inviting place to sit and finish off my latest embroidery. Jude sleeping, Maeve making cakes in the sandpit and me stitching. Rare quiet moments like this need to be seized while they last... I am slowly learning.
This is another one of Grace's drawings. Very special because it was one of the first sentences she wrote on her own (without copying it out of a book), that I happened to find lying around the house. The girls would love a pet. Unfortunately right now (and I can see for a very long time to come) three children is more than enough for me to cope with. So sorry kids, pets are just going to have to wait.


I have put together some photos for those of you that wanted to see how I attached the linen to the canvas. 
  1. Use a cheap art canvas to cover with your embroidery
  2. Lay your fabric over the canvas taking care to position it so it looks balanced. Stick a few pins in to hold it in place.
  3. Flip it over and start stitching the sides together at the back. You will need a very long piece of strong thread, and may even need to join it a few times if it runs out. If the edge of the fabric is raw it will fray easily. Just turn it under a centimeter or two so you are stitching through two layers. That should make it strong enough. You need to make sure you fabric is pulled firm so it sits nice on the front of the canvas. Mine looks like I have pulled it too tight, but my linen was super soft and needed to be pulled into place.
  4. When your sides are done, fold the top and bottom piece of fabric towards each other taking care to fold your corners nicely so they sit flat without looking bulky.
  5. Pin the corners in place and stitch the top and bottom edges together in the same way you stitched the sides.
  6. The back of your canvas should look something like this. The dog one I did last week was way messier, but one will ever know! 
  7. Then if you like you can put some thread across the back so it can be hung on the wall. I cant explain exactly how I did this...goes something like this though: Knot doubled thread to one edge then knot it on the opposite edge, so it is fairly tight not loose. Take it back to the other side and repeat process so its quiet a few strands thick. Then knot along the thread to hold them all together. 
And you're done!

(edited to say: alternatively, get yourself a staple gun and save yourself half the hassle. Thanks to my wise friend Lissa for the advice!)


katherine said...

Yes, definitely a pet theme there! I really love this artwork. Well done (to you and Grace)!

sophie said...

It looks so good, and how proud will Grace be when she sees that!

cherri said...

Naomi - that is wonderful - I must get on to making one - I have nearly a gazillion pictures to choose from! Oh and I am the same with the three kids - pets are a long way away!

Great work - lovely idea!

ingrid said...

This is such a fabulous idea. thanks so much for sharing.

Kylie said...

This looks great - I really have to do this with some of Amelia's art work.

Yes - it is indeed Strawberry Shortcake - she has modeled my new born knits a few time:) I love her to pieces and love my Mum even mor for keeping her all of these years:)

angelina said...

i feel the same about a 'real' pet. we have a hampster, which doesnt really seem familyish.
xx (sorry numbers!)

Crafty Mama said...

This is such a cute idea! My friend just sent me a link to your blog and I'm totally hooked! Definitely have to try this idea when my little guy advances in his drawing skills.

Laurel said...

This is BRILLIANT! Such little handiworkers. Thanks for the instructions too,this has been an inspiring read!

@theheart said...

these are so sweet! i feel my eyes swelling nearly to tears ♥ my daughter is only 2 right now and i save all her scribble pages : P can't wait till she creates more composed art so i can do this! thank you for sharing!!!!