July 19, 2011

Let them eat cake

When I first decided to teach myself embroidery, I ran out and immediately purchased Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching book. One of the techniques that Jenny introduced in her book was to start with an already patterned piece of fabric, and simply embellish it with embroidered details. (Anna Maria Horner does this to great effect, as well.) What a simple (but brilliant) idea!


I still haven't done it myself yet -- it's on my ever-growing list of to-do-somedays -- but I'm newly inspired by what Becky (aka MyFabricObsession on Flickr) has created. She started with an already-striking print from Tula Pink's Parisville line and went to town with her needle and thread.

Stunning, no? And that added flower? Genius.

What about you? Have you done this before with your favorite printed fabric? We'd love to see what you've created. And it sounds like a wonderful stitch-along idea for a future month, don't you think?

Hmmmm ... I'm slotted to host a stitch-along soon ...

14 comments:

  1. I'm about to stitch onto some floral fabric! nothing this elaborate though

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  2. What a great idea! I would have never thought to do that! I have recently taken up embroidery and just love it! Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  3. beautiful! It honestly took me a minute to realize there was a woman under the ship. hehehe I'm going to have to try this sometime!

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  4. stitch along soon, awesome, AND love this fill in the fabric pattern embroidery concept for hoop art...thank you much for sharing :)

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  5. I think this is beautiful. What a great idea. I think I will put it on my list of things to do.

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  6. I've just recently taken up embroidery and I'm so glad I've found this cute blog! It is so inspiring! Love the idea of embroidering on printed fabric. Definitely going to do that!

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  7. What a fabulous idea! Must give this a try!

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  8. What a great idea and an amazing job by Becky!! Makes me want to find some Parisville and make one for myself! (Seriously, I want to make one EXACTLY like this!)

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  9. So cool! Becky is very talented, and I do love her cameo stitching.

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  10. I have that book. It is a constant inspiration to me.

    You've used it well!

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  11. Stunning no? Stunning YES! xo (thanks for the shoutout)

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