I started a new hobby this year: Instagram.
You’re probably thinking, it doesn’t count as a hobby. But let me explain.
It’s eye-opening to see how many talented people there are on Instagram. There are so many varied interests and skills all in one place. It used to be I would admire someone’s work – whether in magazines, on Facebook, Pinterest, or even museums or craft shows and think—gosh, what amazing talent. I wish I had their talent.
But this is 2016. Times have changed—or rather, I’m making a deliberate effort to change. Now my reaction is: Gosh, what amazing talent. I feel inspired and now I will try my own version! Instagram is inspiring me to do. To try. To push myself to new heights. And it’s my hope that you’ll do the same! You may discover you can do more than you realize.
One of my first attempts to try something new was the result of admiring hair accessories on Instagram. My goal was not to make the exact project I saw—just to make my own “Denise” interpretation – based on my skills and available resources.
To help execute my creative vision, I downloaded the FSL Flourish Flower from EmbroideryOnline. When you see the price – it’s a no brainer. You need this design because you can develop many skills from using it. I hadn’t ever stitched lace embroidery but I felt confident I could do it. If you have never tried lace, you are invited to try it now! It’s a small design and very little risk is involved and the benefits to you are many! EmbroideryOnline has such a large selection of high quality designs to support my many whims and I think you’ll feel the same way as you browse their website.
The other item I used is also from EmbroideryOnline – AquaMesh Wash Away Stabilizer. Keep this stabilizer in stock in your sewing room. It comes in very handy for lace – not to mention, it’s fun to watch the cloth-like material vanish once placed in water! (You can wow your friends with the amazing magic trick!)
Project 1: Lacy Blue Beauty!
Supplies: tulle, monofilament thread
I chose a couple blue shades of thread and off-white for my flowers. I used matching bobbin thread for each flower. After stitching, I trimmed the petals away from the stabilizer.
Then I soaked the flowers to remove the water soluble stabilizer.
I placed the lace on a towel to dry.
Look at the pretty lace just waiting to be turned into a finished project!
I am not an expert sewer in real life and I barely play one online – but I decided to try. I knew the goal was to sew my pieces together. I layered the petals on a piece of blue tulle. Then I used a zig-zag stitch and monofilament thread to secure the petals.
After I finished sewing I realized laying a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top might have made it easier to hold the petals down while sewing. The water soluble stabilizer would be dissolved after stitching. You are invited to use your favorite technique!
Once all the petals were attached I trimmed away the excess tulle. The end result is a very soft and flexible piece of lace. I decided not to attach a barrette or clip. I like having the flexibility to adapt the piece to my hair style so I will attach this piece with bobby pins.
Project 2. Lace Hair Clip
Supplies: Hair clip, brads (or crystals, sequins), linen ribbon, hot glue gun
I didn’t have any sequins or crystals at my home studio but I did have tiny brass brads that were the perfect size. I opted for subtlety but add as few or as many embellishments as you wish. I covered the hair clip with linen ribbon then attached the flowers.
Simple, yet attractive!
Project 3. Bold Color
Supplies: starch, balloon, hair clip or pin, scrap piece of felt
Next I expanded my lace making enterprise by stitching the flowers in bold colors—pink and orange. I made sure the bobbin thread matched the top thread (when I remembered!)
I wanted the flowers to be layered and somewhat shaped on my final piece. I dipped each flower into a bowl of starch. Then I placed the flowers on a balloon to give a subtle concave effect. I let my creation dry overnight and carefully removed the now hardened flowers from the balloon. I placed a piece of felt on the underside along with a hair clip.
Just one lace design, some water soluble stabilizer and the decision to try! Imagine what you can do and take action!
Your fun assignment for the week: EmbroideryOnline is your source for embroidery designs as well as supplies! Visit the EmbroideryOnline website and tell us which embroidery supplies you most need in your sewing studio. From threads to stabilizers and accessories they’ve got what you need. Tell us what you need…. and you might just receive it! FIVE random people who comment will each receive a $25 shopping spree to the EmbroideryOnline website. Take action!
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
I’m sure Rita’s not the only who likes to scour auctions, resale shops and antique stores. Do you like to do that? If so, are you looking for anything in particular? Leave a comment and a random winner will receive a $25 shopping spree coupon to the DIME website.
The winner is:
Michelle Hall: “I have a couple of hand crochet coverlets and an appliqued quilt that my grandmother made. I love to shop at garage sales and thrift stores to see what I can find and repurpose.”
Congratulations, Michelle! Thank you for commenting!