Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wedding Embroidery

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Ok, another wedding gift to share! I made an embroidery based on my friends' wedding invitation. It had doilies on it. How awesome is that?

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For the doilies, I used THIS pattern (the Ravelry pattern page is HERE), and crocheted with DMC pearl cotton size 8 (color 823), and a 1.5mm hook. I believe each doily took a little over one ball (87 yard balls). Looking at the comments on Ravelry about the pattern, it looked like lots of people saw errors in the pattern, but I followed the pattern and didn't have any problems; the edging may not be exactly symmetrical like other patterns, but I thought it matched the pattern's photo and worked fine. After I finished embroidering, I glued the doilies onto the canvas fabric with Aleen's Tacky Glue (love that stuff!), and the rest of the doilies got wrapped around the back.

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As for the stitching, I first traced my hand drawn design onto my canvas fabric with a disappearing ink marker, and embroidered the design with DMC pearl cotton size 5 (color 823). The names are done with the stem stitch, and the rest with the back stitch.

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My dad made the awesome frame from a nice piece of ash (sorry, couldn't help it; I'll sit the next couple rounds out). He left me some room between the plexi-glass and the backing so that I could put some batting on the backing to give the piece a nice cushiony look and avoid the stitches from getting squished against the glass. I like the depth that was achieved by doing this.

Overall I love how this turned out and I liked using the DMC pearl cottons!

6 comments:

  1. It's stunning Kate. I'm sre the happy couple will be thrilled.
    Jacquie x

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  2. This GORGEOUS, Kate! It's so prettily done and the embroidered writing is wonderful. Fabulous doily work too! Your dad's frame is perfect!

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  3. so beautiful! what a sweet wedding gift!

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  4. It's beautiful and creative :)

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  5. Wow, Kate! Love, love, love it!!! :-)
    You have so many wonderful, creative ideas - I'm jealous! I'm also jealous of that perfect and gorgeous stitching!!!
    Great work!!!
    Carly
    x

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