Do you know what my four year old daughter said to her little sister the other day? “I’m so glad you weren’t born a dragon, or else I’d be so scared of you!”
A high complement indeed, wouldn’t you agree? I mean really, I’m grateful she wasn’t born a dragon either. That would be a serious situation to be sure. (Privately, I have my own opinions about possible dragon like tendencies…specifically where spinach at dinner, or potty training is concerned.) Speaking of being born, I’m also rather grateful I wasn’t born back in the era when it was fashionable for ladies to sit around sewing tiny stitches into meticulously patterned alphabets and botanicals. I’m sure I would have been cast off into the realm of the forever unfashionable, because I would never have survived the second stitch.
I’ve rather lately discovered colored sharpies, and I’m quite certain that there’s nothing that can’t be done with them. Where have I been for the last decade anyway?! I made some super simple art for my girls’ room with spray painted embroidery hoops from the thrift store, sharpies, and some scrap white fabric. In the interest of keeping this doable for the art challenged (that would be me!), I printed out some cute little animals to trace onto the fabric.
I laid my fabric over the image. My fabric wasn’t super thick, so it showed through clear enough to trace.
I traced the image, pressing as lightly as possible. The ink will spread out as it soaks into the fabric. The harder you press, the thicker the line will be.
I spread it out over the hoop, and tightened it. You can even be spiffy and iron it first, but I prefer to live dangerously and avoid ironing at all costs. Lastly, the excess fabric needs to be trimmed.
After great deliberation, I’ve decided that five completed hoops in twenty minutes is much more to my liking than the twenty years of hand cramps, knotted thread, and possible insanity it would cost me to do the hand stitched variety.
I enjoy the look of these so much, I’m considering trying a grown up version in a different room of the house. I think “modern” and “vintage” can combine quite nicely, don’t you?
Edited: The images were found via The Graphics Fairy
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