Someone on one of the craft sites I frequent posted recently, looking for someone who embroidered. She had come across a picture of embroidered leaves and fallen in love with them.
I responded to her request and offered to do some embroidery for her. We chatted back and forth briefly regarding what exactly she was wanting – something decorative, something useful, a surprise? She opted for a surprise, but had also mentioned that they would make cute coasters. And, if I wanted to do the embroidery on muslin squares, she’d do all the assembling/sewing afterwards.
I was able to pull six separate leaf images from her inspiration picture in a process that reinforced my desire for some sort of light box. I printed out the above picture and taped it to the window on the door going from my kitchen to the mud porch. I then traced each of the six images onto paper. I did the initial tracing using a pencil and then, when it looked just right, I went over it with a marker.
I cut 8 – 5 inch squares of muslin (the extra two squares are back-ups, just in case). Then I traced the patterns onto the muslin squares using a fabric pen (the kind that the ink fades away). I picked out a few shades of green to use and a nice bright blue to use for the border. Here are the finished squares:
While I was stitching these, I decided I wanted to do something ‘just for fun’ to send along with it. I found some felt in my stash and chose a piece of green, blue and white to use. I layered the pieces, green on the bottom, then white and finally, blue on top. I dug into my button stash and found some to use in making flowers. Then I found a cute little leaf bead that I used as well as some that looked like flowers to decorate the corners. I also tied on a little charm that says ‘Imagine’. When I attached the blue and white layers to the green, I only sewed down three sides. I left the top part open to use as a pocket to put the coasters in for transport.
The final piece to the project is a length of kumihimo braid that I made to tie the coasters together with using blue, green and white floss.
These will go out in the mail on Monday (though, I will hold off on posting this until she receives her package). Hope she enjoys her surprise!