Happy First Day of Spring!
I am sooooo ready for gorgeous weather and flowers and flip flops! :)
To celebrate the beginning of Spring, Carolyn from Homework and I have gotten together to throw a little party –
Welcome to the Spring Fling!
We are excited to have the Spring Fling sponsored by the fabulous folks at Plaid.
I’ve been adding some colorful things to the house over the last couple of weeks, to brighten things up!
And I have some pretty new Spring Hoop Art to add to the decor!
Aren’t they fun?
Using the new Martha Stewart Crafts™ Botanical Adhesive Silkscreens, I’ve created these pretty Spring Embroidery Hoops and embellished them with buttons, fabric and lace.
I had never used the Silkscreens before but let me just say – these are a blast! I am pretty much ready to screen print the entire house. I have some tips for you in the tutorial, but they were really simple and fun to use!
So are you ready to get started on the tutorial?
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Botanical Adhesive Silkscreens
- Martha Stewart Crafts paints – I used: Pesto, Heliotrope, Mace and Pool.
- embroidery hoops
- buttons, trim and decorative fabric
- foam brush or screen printing squeegee
Begin by cutting a piece of fabric a little larger than your embroidery hoop. It doesn’t have to be perfect – obviously. ;)
Decide where you’d like your silkscreen. Peel off the backing and place the silkscreen on the fabric.
If you haven’t used a silkscreen before, it’s not like a stencil. The section in the center isn’t empty, it has a fine screen mesh in it. So you’ll be pushing the paint through that mesh.
After some trial and error, I figured for me the best way to push the paint through was to use a very slightly damp sponge brush. Put paint on the brush and starting at the top, angle the handle of the brush away from you. Push the sponge along the silkscreen, pushing the paint into all the open areas. It might take a couple of coats to cover it completely.
Make sure you wash your screen right away so the paint doesn’t dry in the screen. I put mine on a dry paper towel and used a wet paper towel to clean the top, and push the paint through the screen until it was clean.
Cut a 2″ x 45″ piece of fabric for the edge of your embroidery hoop. Begin wrapping the fabric around the outside ring of the hoop, at an angle.
Put your fabric inside the hoop and pull it tight.
For this hoop I sewed buttons all around the edge of the fabric. I chose buttons in similar shades to the paint.
Run hot glue along the inside edge of the hoop and fold the fabric down inside the hoop.
If you want, you can finishe the back of your hoop with a piece of felt. I recommend this if you wall is painted a color – your wall might show through the fabric.
There – one hoop done and all pretty!
The other hoops I made were a combination of fabric and lace. For the fabric extras, I used WonderUnder to iron on the fabric and lace.
You can make a combination of silkscreened hoops decorated with different fabric, trim, stitching and more!
I made a few other hoops in some coordinating fabrics to round out the display!
Here they are hung up. I have this fabulous oil painting in the entry way done by my Great great great (great?) uncle. I love all the colors in it so I pulled some of those colors for the hoop art around it. I think it really brightens up the wall.
I have my little Vintage Linen Runner on the table too. And my cutie owl vase. I just love how it all come together!
I hope you like the Hoop Display! Make sure you head over to Homework to see her beautiful project. I am so in love with this Butterfly Feeder she made with Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint.
And make sure you check back tomorrow. We’re going to have a Spring Fling linky party – we’d love for you to link up all your Spring projects!
The linky will be hosted on both our blogs – so you only have to link up at one place. We’ll be choosing features from the Spring party next week to show off.