Friday, August 01, 2008

Insomnia and embroidery

I just couldn't sleep tonite (it's about quarter past 2 in the am as I'm typing this) so I figured that now was as good a time as any to start a new project.

I found this completely adorable embroidery pattern of sheep thru Craftzine. Carftzine, for those of you living under a rock, is a magazine and a blog that is one of the best resources on the net for all things Indy and crafty. Go and find out for yourself how ubber Craftzine is. Any who, bought the pattern for just $3! and pointed my Plurk friends to where they could get it and mentioned that I wanted to put this on a box bag for myself. FYI, the pattern is protected under Creative Commons , no selling of items using said pattern so you won't find this for sale on my Etsy Store. Sorry folks but you either have to make your own or I really have to like you to make one for you.

My friend Sairy, who I happen to like a lot, is a creative type like myself but isn't into sewing/embroidery. I am going to make a bag for her. To show her and other folks that this isn't hard to do I'm going to document my process for making the bag here. We talked about the color scheme she wanted. Think Neapolitan ice cream and you have the idea.

The box bags I make are long and narrow to accommodate DPN's or a drop spindle. My first step was to sketched out my idea for where I wanted to place the Sheep so that Sairy would have an idea of what the bag was going to look like. I didn't want to get all the way through the stitching and have her say "No, that's not what I had in mind". The embroidery will be mainly on the side opposit from the zipper and wrapping around the sides. It will look so cute hanging from her arm. Since you'll be making this for yourself you can skip this step.

Next I assembled the materials, two fat quarters of fabric, a 9-14" invisable zipper, embroidery floss, transfer paper, and Iron-on tear away stabilizer. You'll also need an embroidery hoop and masking tape (not pictured). I enlarged the embroidery design to the necessary size and cut away the extra paper.

Cut both pieces of fabric to size, for this project 14" x 16". Also cut a piece of stabilizer to the same size. Set aside the scraps left over from both fat quarters, the lining fabric (in this case the patterned fabric) and the zipper as we don't need those until we assemble the bag.

Follow the manufactures directions and iron the stabilizer to the wrong side of your fabric. Turn your fabric right side up. Your going to want to work on hard surface to transfer the design the the fabric. The transfer paper (available in most fabric stores) comes in a package with different colors so the lines will show on any color fabric. We're using a dark brown fabric so I chose white. Place the transfer paper chalky side to the right side of your fabric. Use masking tape to secure the corners of the paper. My design wasn't complicated so I didn't do this step but you should espcially if this is your first time doing this sort of thing.

Place the design right side up on top of the transfer paper and secure it in one or two places with masking tape.

Trace the lines of your design with a pen, press with some presure but not enough to tear the paper. Pick up a corner of the transfer paper, making sure not to let either paper slip, to check that you have all the lines transfered.

Position the embroidery hoop where you want to start stitching. For this design I'm going to use stem stitch and french knots. There are a lot of good resources on the interwebs already that can explain exactly how to do the stitches. Start stitching!

Coming soon on Get A Clew - The Blog: a look at how the embroidery is coming along - Progress update on the quilting - Spinning - Sewing - Knitting - Has the Cheeky Redhead found a job yet? - stay tune for these and other exciting episodes!


Opal said...

Can't wait to see how the embroidery turns out. I'm definitely staying tuned. :)

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely pattern. Should look great stitched

Astabeth said...

Great! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

*Tamie Snow* Roxycraft said...

Looking good! Thanks for using my pattern!!!