Monday, July 6, 2009

Embroidered Bully

I'm sort of ashamed to say that I've never really embroidered anything. I've always loved the look of it, but just never really got around to giving it a try. I cross-stitched a little when I was a kid, but I never really stuck with it. But then after looking at sites like Feeling Stitchy and Sublime Stitching, a magnetic force seems to be pulling me toward stitching.

So I did a little bulldog pillow in honor of the bulldog Shane and I will someday have.

I found a photograph of a bulldog on Flickr, and traced the outline onto wax paper. I made a few drawing adjustments to make her look super cute and kind of silly.

I then used double-stick tape around the edges (the part not drawn on) to attach the outline to my fabric. I layered my fabric on a piece of leftover quilt batting and then put them both in my embroidery hoop.

Then I just backstiched all the way around her. I used three different colors of embroidery floss: a light blue for the body, a black-blue color for the face features, and a coral for the floppy, sloppy tongue.

When I was done, I carefully peeled the wax paper off. I used tweezers to pull out the parts that got trapped under my stitches. It's not as time consuming or tedious as you'd think.

And there she is, all done. I sewed some fabric to the back, did a light stuffing, and threw the little pillow on my bed. It was lots of fun and didn't cost more than $2 since I had everything but the hoop. Now I can't wait to do more of it!

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1 comment:

awesomeave said...

I've been using tissue paper. Might have to try wax paper - seems like it would hold up a bit better. I've had the tissue paper fall apart on me in some detailed areas.