My stitch doodling book is made from an old pillow case, some creative cutting and planning.
The word embroidery comes from the French word broderie, which means embellishment. And I’m embellishing the material pages with embroidery stitches.
I thought long and hard about how to make the book and researched numerous sites to see how others had made similar books.
Wow, there are so many ideas out there. I chose a bit from several ideas and put them together in my head and on drawing on bits of paper.
Once the pillow case was cut there was no going back. Rather like the old saying, measure twice, cut once. But if it didn’t work there was still another pillow case to use.
I decided on a long rectangle of material, pinked around the edges and iron folded in the center.
I made five of these material pages and stitched them together at the spine.
With the opening at the top and bottom I am able to stitch on each side and the reverse side of the stitching won’t show. When finished I will use a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to stitch the top and bottom together.
I have lots of small pieces of stitching and cross stitch that I am fastening into the stitch book.
Have you tried the heat transfer pens? You can draw on your pattern/lines, stitch over it, then iron and the ink vanishes.
Perfect for transferring patterns or making sure lines are in the right place.
Edit: After doing some searching after some comments about the pen lines re-appearing I found that at 0 Celsius the lines will come back, and the solution was to hand wash the item to remove the ink totally.
I have an older book of embroidery stitches by Anchor and I plan to use it to brush up on different embroidery stitches.
The back cover of my stitch book right now has some previously embroidered pieces (cut from an old table cloth) that have been stitched on with white thread and outlined in yellow running stitch. I haven’t really decided what to add to the blank parts yet.
I did a lot of embroidery on the quaran’tea’n sewing project and this project is very similar. I embellished the spine of the book with some strips of lace.
I’m slowly working on one of the pages with various stitches and designs. The aim is to use up all the odds and ends of embroidery thread from various projects.
~embroidery thread projects~
- camera straps
- crochet bookmarks
- embroidered pillow cases
- Flossie Bird
- key fobs
- little felt birds
- quilted hearts