Stitching Layout

My daughter took up stitching in June of this year.  Gram came to visit in July and caught the stitching bug from Hannah!  They stitched up a storm during the visit!  Awhile ago I talked Hannah into stitching a title for me for a layout.  I ended up painting in the bottom of the title so it would “pop” more!  I used the gorgeous chipboard and die cuts from Take Me Away by Paige Evans & Pink Paislee.

I had trouble for the longest time figuring out how to put it all together.  Finally I got the idea to hang the stitching bits from the title with embroidery thread!  I topped it off with a coral suede bow, also from Take Me Away!

Happy Bluebird Layout

I finished up another layout with hand stitching!  I mucked around with this layout for awhile.  I collect vintage old stitched doilies and table runners etc and my Mom brought me a stash of things she found while she was visiting recently!  This bluebird one caught my eye right away and made me think of the cute bird from Oh My Heart.  I first thought about using the stitched piece on a layout and painted the bird a bit to have the same blue.  I didn’t like the cream background to the fabric, so I scanned the piece and then printed it out in black and white and layed it over a 12×12 and poked holes.  I then stitched on the layout and went from there.  I decided to use Prima Tropicals watercolors to give the bluebird more prominence!  It turned out so sweet!  I love it!

A photo showing the vintage piece.

Close up of the painting and pretty french knots!!