Slow craft…

Denim jacket re-fresh

I love all types of craft but I’ve been particularly inspired by embroidery lately. I have found some wonderful examples on Pinterest (pics above) of  beautiful clothing and accessories adorned with hand embroidery. I’ve been wanting to do a craft I can pick up and put down lately, something relaxing that I can do socially and in front of the telly, so I thought I’d give it a go! 

I’ve had these ombre (or varigated) embroidery threads in my stash for a while now and throught they would be perfect for this project. You get a whole pack for only £9.50 and they really are goregous and great value, plus it means I can get a lovely graduated colour effect with minimal effort…that’s my type of craft! Shop here

I thought I’d give a new lease of life to my classic blue denim jacket, it’s very plain and could do with something to make it a bit more individual!

So I popped an embroidery hoop on it…then sat there and looked at it for ages! I wasn’t sure If i wanted something quite graphical or some beautiful flowers for my first project…

After a little browse on Instagram, looking at tattoos and artwork for inspiration, I decided to do a graphical picture of a triangle with a moon and sunrise…I may add an egyptian eye too as it turns out the triangle is looking awfully like a pyramid! 

I drew out my design with a water soluable dress making marker, it’s blue so not easy to see in these pics but was enough of a guide for me.

It’s funny how these ideas can organically develop as you go and sometimes it’s nice to just go with the flow and not plan it out to meticulously.

I used a chain stitch for the triangle and straight stitches for the rest. I’m pleased with my progress so far and will report back when it’s finished!

I’m really enjoying the gentle nature of hand stitching, it’s making me slow down and take my time which is a first! I think it’s really important to try and take back some time for yourself. According to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi crafts such as embroidery allow us to enter a ‘flow’ state, a perfect immersive state of balance between skill and challenge which is beneficial for our mental health.

I truley believe crafts are good for the soul 🙂

What projects are you working on? Where do you take your inspiration from? Leave us a comment!

Product Review – Rico Wristband

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I made this product – Cross Stitch Faux Leather Wristband – Zig Zag Kit

I couldn’t wait to try this awesome thing out! I mean look at it! It just looks cool, and feels like something I would get a lot of use out of. I also wanted to test it out to see if it would make a good gift, its a resounding yes! It took me about 4-5 hours altogether to complete. I wanted to get it perfect so did have to “rewind” a couple of times, but I think it turned out really well. I thought about drifting away from the pattern it came with, but I’m glad I didn’t. It meant I figured out exactly how much thread came with it. There’s definitely enough to make another wristband. So if you get the kit, you can pick up the solo wristband and make 2 with just one lot of thread! Bargain!

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What comes in the kit:

– All the thread you need and more

– Faux Leather Wristband

– Needle

– Guide with design idea and tips

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The guide recommends you split the thread into sections of 3 little threads. I also recommend cutting smaller lengths at a time first, then splitting to make it easier. Working with one long huge thread just gets you tangled.

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wristband wrist band rico designs faux leather vegan blog review sew crafty

The best results with cross stitch always come from:

1. Starting from behind the work.

2. Picking a top corner, then going to the bottom corner, then coming up through the opposite corner and back over the diagonal.

3. Always make sure the top stitch is facing the same way on every cross.

4. Its tempting to do one row of one diagonal, then going back and crossing over them. In my experience this encourages tangles and can confuse things somewhat, it also makes for a messier back!

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When starting off the first thread, leave a tail and stitch over it on the back to seal. When finished a length, thread through the back stitches a couple of times and cut! Most of the time this is the neatest and strongest way to finish. Knots can come undone and often make the back messy with looser ends.

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If you’re keeping to the pattern, do keep looking back. At one point I thought I had to unpick a whole row! Turned out I just had the image and the wristband upside down from each other… But honestly, now I’ve finished it, I know I didn’t need to be strict. The pattern is a guide, and there’s plenty of thread if you differ off the path.

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It’s so satisfying seeing it coming together!

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Finished! It looks like something from a high end clothes shop. I love it so much!

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wristband wrist band rico designs faux leather vegan blog review sew crafty

Both me and the fella tried it on (hes the hairy one) and I think it looks great on both of us!

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This is what the back looked like in the end – just for fun!

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Oh and this is how much thread you have left in the kit! So much! At least enough to do another wrist band – you can get them by themselves from the website – or maybe 2!

Happy Stitching!

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