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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winner Post - TPE282

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And of course, we have a few unforgettables!
 
 
Thank You all for playing along and sharing your amazing talent with all of us here at TPE!


 Ella and the TPE DT

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE283

Happy Monday TPE Friends!!
Welcome to another challenge!
We have a Theme Challenge 
for you this week: 

"Anything Goes"


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Thanks so much for joining us!
  Challenges begin on Mondays at 10 AM EST and
  close on Sundays at 12 EST
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project Thursday: Hoop Art Wall Hanging

In anticipation of Spring (I know it's right around the corner), I made this sweet little wall hanging.


It requires only basic sewing skills and is a great way to use up fabric scraps.


The "frame" is an embroidery hoop.  I found some cute colored options, but in the end decided to use the traditional bamboo version.


I used a onsaburg fabric for the background because I like how the neutral color makes the bright accents pop, but any simple patterned fabric would work fine. 



Simply cut the fabric to size and place into the embroidery hoop.  Tighten the top screw to secure the fabric in place.  Don't worry about the excess around the edges - we will cut that off later.

For this particular design, I decided I wanted a grassy bottom and realized that needed to be sewn onto the background fabric before putting it into the hoop. 
No worries - it's easy to take apart.


I gathered an assortment of fabrics, buttons and embroidery thread to make the grass and flowers. 


The green strip of fabric was sewn to the bottom using contrasting green thread and a fairly large Running Stitch (I wanted the stitches to show).  I also pulled at the top edge of the fabric to "fray" the ends so it looked like blades of grass.

 

Once the grass was in place, I positioned the hoop and cinched it in place (see directions above).  Then I marked where each of the flowers would be positioned using a fabric marking pen.

The Large flower is made from a fabric Yoyo with a blue button center.  The Orange flower is a decorative button (tied with a blue bow) and the Pink flower is embroidered using a Lazy Daisy petal stitch and French Knot center.  
 

The stems are stitched with a running stitch using green embroidery thread.  A tiny felt leaf is stitched with lighter green thread. 


Lucky Me - my mum has a collection of nearly every color embroidery thread.


Once the  stitching was done, I cut the background fabric just slightly larger than the hoop.  
 

On the backside, the fabric is wrapped around and hot glued to the inside of the hoop.  



To cover up all the untidy threads that show on the backside, I cut a piece of white felt to fit inside the hoop and also glued that in place.


I glued the Yoyo and button flowers atop their embroidered stems.   


And added a polka dot ribbon to the top of the hoop.
 

The perfect little Hoop Art Wall Hanging.  Can't you just imagine a grouping of these stitched art pieces in all different sizes.  A sure-fire way to bring the feeling of Spring inside. 

Thanks for reading along...


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winner Post - TPE281

Congrats to...

 
 
 
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And of course, we have a few unforgettables!
 
Thank You all for playing along and sharing your amazing talent with all of us here at TPE!


 Ella and the TPE DT

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE282

Happy Monday TPE Friends!!
Welcome to another challenge!
We have a Theme Challenge 
for you this week: 

"LOVE"

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 Creations by


  Lori Turner  




 
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   Thanks so much for joining us!
  Challenges begin on Mondays at 10 AM EST and
  close on Sundays at 12 EST
  If you upload your card to SCS, PCP or any other gallery please use keyword TPE, but also add a link to it in Inlinkz (please show a photo of your card) so we are sure to see it.  

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