Friday, August 29, 2008

80s embroidery

Spoiler Alert! If you know someone named Stella who is having her first birthday party this weekend, you might want to skip this post.

Honestly, it's been a busy few weeks on the crafting front and I had initially decided that I would purchase a gift for Miss Stella, but then I fell in love with Stitchado's unicorn embroidery design and decided it would be perfect for a fashion forward one year old. And, since the unicorn brought on a serious 80s flashback I couldn't resist creating a Strawberry Shortcake design to go along with it.

Embroidering on knit fabric was quite a challenge. I attempted to work with a t-shirt stabilizer but found it a bit unwieldy so in the end I just used a small hoop and tried to be mindful of the fabric tension making sure it was taut but not too stretched out. They are definitely not perfect but fortunately the cuteness factor of the designs covers up a multitude of sins.

If anyone has tips or suggestions for embroidering on knit fabrics please leave them in the comments. I'm thinking these might also be cute on t-shirts for older girls.


Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

Hi Elizabit! JZ hooked me to your blog- It's great! I love the embroidery work, it's adorable. Have you tried a wash out stabilizer? Tack it to the back side of your work with temp. spray adhesive, embroider, trim any large pieces of stabilizer then soak and rinse. The stablizer will rinse away. There are both clear and paper. I've had trouble getting the paper out, but the clear seems to work fine.

lizap said...

I'm so glad you like my blog! It's always nice to hear someone besides my Mom is reading:)

Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely give the wash out stabilizer a try!