Had an urge to do a craft that I haven't done in quite some time - embroidery! I got the idea from someone I am following on Instagram a while ago and decided to tweak what they did and come up with my own version.
Embroidery was one of the first crafts my mom ever taught me. I remember embroidering on pillowcases and having so much fun picking out the different color floss. Of course, the first ones I did were not very good, but they helped me learn the basic skills and I could always tear out the stitches and start over.
For this project I found a great remnant at the fabric store that is a wide, uneven weave. I purchased a wooden hoop and glued the fabric to both sides - one at a time - after pulling the fabric taut and letting it dry. I then trimmed the excess fabric off close to the hoop. I purchased some brightly colored buttons and after placing them how I wanted, I put a tiny piece of scrapbook double sided adhesive underneath them, to help hold them in place. I attached them with natural jute twine and then made strings coming from them so that they would look like the balloons that I meant them to.
After that was done, I thought of a message I wanted to say. I used a very fine sharpie and lightly wrote on the fabric. Taking a complimenting DMC floss, in my case, pink, I separated it into three strands (it comes in six). I stitched and followed my letters as best as I could and tried not to be too particular about it. This project was supposed to be about having fun - not about perfection.
The finishing touch was to take a whole piece of pink floss and tie a bow around the balloon strings.
For a quick, easy project, I think it turned out pretty well. My daughter is quite fond of it so I am giving it to her. It makes me happy that she likes it so much - and I hope she takes the messages to heart. I think they are words we could all use to remember.
Let your dreams take flight and let your heart soar!