In my last post about about how to dye your own silk ribbon I included a photo of a wrapped present, and this is post is about what is inside that present!
I came across the idea for this project while browsing the lovely book Secret Garden Embroidery. PS your local library is a great resource for crafting and embroidery books.
I love this project because you can customize it for all sorts of applications and it makes a great gift.
I thought this bunting banner would be great for, a reusable DIY birthday sign for parties, and to embroider someones name (I think it would be super cute in a baby nursery!)
For my project I decided to write BOSS as a gift for a friend.
I mostly followed the pattern from the book, cutting out my felt and attaching the “wasting canvas” which, I had never heard of until this project. The canvas allows you to follow a pattern and count your stitches on a non-woven fabric like felt.
I embroidered the letters in stages by color doing all the green first and then purple and so on.
Here is a detail of how the wasting canvas allows you to follow a grid over your felt.
This is the true magic of wasting canvas, once you are don’t with your embroidery you simply spray the canvas with water and using a tweezer or plier pull the threads one by one effectively unweaving the canvas and your embroidery will stay attached to the fabric underneath.
Once done with the embroidery I hand stitched a blank felt flag to each embroidered flag sandwiching the cotton twill tape in between simultaneously.
The last little detail I added which was not included in the book was to finish the ends of the twill ribbon with a small felt sandwich with her initials on each side.
This project definitely requires attention to detail if you decide to follow a pattern for the embroidery but I think would be just as cute if it were done freehand.
I am already plotting out my next banner that I want to make to decorate new office!