I’m super excited about the week ahead! I’m kicking off a super fun new Blog Hop for new DMC products – Stitchable Cork, Stitchable Mesh and Stitchable Cuffs!
Along with DMC we’ve gathered up ten seriously amazing bloggers who will be bringing projects to you this week using these new materials – you are going to love all the inspiration! We’ll also all be doing giveaways for a fabulous DMC prize pack – I’ll have all the details on the schedule and giveaway at the bottom of the post.
But first – let me show off my new hoop! It’s a sweet Floral Home Sweet Home Hoop in a Hoop Set!
Several weeks ago I had this idea for a double hoop – a small hoop inside a larger one – and I just knew that the cork and mesh stitchable fabrics were the perfect way to try it out! I really love how the floral cork outer wreath frames the little house.
The outer hoop is made of stitched flowers – it looks complicated but these are all basic stitches. Anyone can do it – I promise!
So let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 9″ wood embroidery hoop
- 4″ wood embroidery hoop
- Extra hoop for stitching center – 5″ or so. (You don’t use this in the finished hoop, you just need it for stitching the center section.)
- DMC Gold Flecked Stitchable Cork
- DMC Stitchable Mesh
- DMC Embroidery Floss
- For leaves – 367, 368, 472
- for flowers – White, 151, 164, 598, 601, 725, 3705, 3706, 3799, 3824, 3825,
- Transfer Pen or Transfer Paper
- Fusible webbing or glue – small amount
- Fabrics for inner hoop – small scraps ( I used Little Ruby from Bonnie and Camille)
- Hot Glue
Begin by tracing your design onto the cork fabric with an iron on transfer pen or transfer paper. Light boxes don’t work well with the cork – you can’t see through the fabric really.
The cork fabric comes in a 10″ x 10″ sheet so it will be a tight fit in the 9″ embroidery hoop but you can do it. :) Stitch your design with 3 strands of embroidery floss for all designs. Refer to the photos for color and stitch type. I used a combination of satin stitch, back stitch, lazy daisies and French Knots.
Here are some close-ups for you so you can see the stitch types.
The center circle on your pattern is where the inner hoop will go. Cut a circle at least an inch inside the circle on the pattern. Clip inside the circle almost to the pattern line, about every 1/2″. Don’t clip past the pattern line or you’ll see it. (I cut my circle a little too big – make sure have about an inch to give yourself some cork to work with. :)
Place the INSIDE of the 4″ ring on top of the marked circle line, then carefully flip your hoop upside down.
Unscrew the outer ring of the 4″ hoop pretty far and carefully place it over the center opening. Push down to create the inner circle. Check your alignment on the front and once you’re sure it’s centered, tighten the screw and make sure the cork is as tight as you can make it.
If that part worries you, practice on some scrap fabric first. That will give you the feel of how it goes together.
Now you can trim the side corners of the cork and hot glue them to the back of the hoop. Trim or glue the inner pieces to the outer edge of the smaller hoop.
I think it’s cute like this too, don’t you?
For the center hoop, stitch the two side flowers. Using the pattern, cut out the house shapes out of fabric. Use fusible webbing or a bit of glue to fuse the details on the house. You can fuse the fabrics to the mesh as well but it doesn’t make a great seal – the fabrics are still a little loose. If you do this, make sure you use a pressing cloth over the mesh.
Stitch details and flowers on the house hoop – I used a chain stitch to outline the roof and the door and a running stitch on the side of the house. The doorknob is a French Knot and the little flowers along the ground are made with lazy daisies. Check the placement of those by placing the cork hoop on top of the mesh hoop. You don’t want the base of the house or door to show.
Remove the house from the hoop and place the cork hoop on top of the mesh, making sure it’s aligned straight and the bottom of the house doesn’t show. Carefully flip over the hoops and glue the mesh in place on the back side of the hoops. Trim the mesh around the hoop. It won’t show so you don’t have to get it perfect.
If you want to finish off the back, you can follow this tutorial. Make sure you cut a whole in the center though so you can see through the mesh.
All done! I love how it turned out – and I have lots more ideas for double hoops so you can expect more of those coming soon!
Didn’t the cork and mesh work perfectly for this? I love the texture it gives and the way you can see through the mesh on the center section.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, there are more Cork, Mesh, and cute stitchable cuff projects this week. Here’s the schedule so you can visit these super talented girls!
Tuesday July 25:
Positively Splendid – Cork Project
U Create – Mesh Project
Little Dear Tracks – Cuff Project
Wednesday July 26:
The Scrap Shoppe – Cork Project
Cutesy Crafts – Mesh Project
Random Acts of Amy – Cuff Project
Thursday July 27:
Lova Revolution – Cork Project
The Pretty Life Girls – Mesh Project
Wild Olive – Cuff Project
On Friday I’ll be doing a recap of all the amazing projects too!
I made up some fun videos to show you the new projects that have info and tips in working with these new materials from DMC. Here is the cork video! You’ll be able to check out the mesh and cuff videos when you visit the bloggers using those materials.
If you can’t wait to pick up some cork and mesh of your own (I don’t blame you!!) you can find it at Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby and local stitchery shops!
****The giveaway is now closed – Mary Wallis is our winner!****
We are also having fabulous giveaways with this hop!
DMC is giving away a $50 Prize Pack full of Stitchable Cork Fabric, Stitchable Mesh Fabric, Cuffs, Embroidery Floss and Accessories!!
To enter – leave a comment here with what material you’d like to try or what you’d like to make! Make sure you visit all the other bloggers as well and enter their giveaways too – we are EACH giving away a prize pack so there are lots of opportunities to win!!