Wee Wonky

I want to find Hilary at Wee Wonderfuls and stalk her for a few days. Cause I need to know how she gets the back of her embroidery to look nice. What's she doing to get her stitches so perfect and how does she whip out these little perfections so quickly?

I made this little embroidered pillow for my niece's 3rd birthday party this Sunday. From far away it's cute as can be.

I used a pattern called The Stitchettes, added some ric rac and backed it with a cute fake Japanese fabric I found at the fabric store. The problem is that my stitches are so random and uneven and worst of all I crossed over too many times instead of tying off the threads and starting a new section. So when you look closely at the white fabric you see this criss crossing of strings behind the little Stitchette. Ugh. It's like she's got a bad case of multicolored varicose veins.

Ah screw it, next time I'm just gonna make her a doll made out of my empty beer can and bottle caps. At least I'd be too buzzed to care what it looked like once I finished drinking all the supplies.

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Alright Lotta, knock it off. It's freaking DARLING and the fabric for the back couldn't be more perfect and rick rack makes EVERYTHING wonderful and your niece should treasure it always. A tall order for a 3 year old, but still...

PamKittyMorning said...

I think its pretty cute. And next time since you like to cross over, use two layers of the background. Not that a three year old will give a crap.

Lotta said...

Elizabeth - I've seen your work, so you are being most generous!

PK - Doh! I didn't think of that. The white fabric was quite thin and I felt like my needle kept breaking through because of it. A double layer would have solved it!

Bee said...

I put a layer of thin batting behind all my stitcheries. You embroider through the 2 layers and hold it together with a hoop. Hides all the mess at the back and gives some nice texture to the stitching. You can then use any thinner fabrics for the top.

I love the rick rack edging, those stichettes are very cute.

Paige said...

You just gave me an idea for an anniversary present. A beer can bobble head doll of my husband's favorite athlete.

Lotta said...

Bee - LOVE that suggestion. Going to try it soon and I'll post the results!

Paige - Make sure to use Schlitz cans it's adds a little sophistication to the doll.

mommiebear2 said...

Girlfiend, that is too friggin cute. I cant even sew on a button so you hush!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

The third craft is the only one I even have a chance of completing! I think I am missing the gene that allows for any type of artistic creativity. Truly, I think I may qualify for some sort of disability.....based on this problem alone!

I think the pillows look lovely! You are entirely too hard on yourself!

Mary Ann/Ca said...

A very white or cream flannel works to back embroidery on a thin fabric too...I read it somewhere and tried, works great! Your pillow is too cute, more motivation to try out the pattern instead of just admiring them in my sewing room!

Lotta said...

Mary Ann - Another great tip, thanks so much. I keep getting frustrated with my sewing but I so want to learn how to do it. I need to remind myself that it will take time to improve and be patient and not rush through the crafts.

yerdoingitwrong said...

Those pillows are DARLING!!! However, I also dig the liquor induced creation. =)