With Mother’s Day just a few days away I made myself a present–one that reflects both my personal style and the extreme pride I feel for the 3 amazing, little beings who inducted me into Club Mom. These painted & embroidered hand prints are made modern with the use of graphic print backings and transitional colors. It’s a simple, clean project made (in part) with messy hands. Mama’s, honor yourself with a little craft time this year by making your own kids’ hands modern!
Embroidery Floss in colors: Black, Light Grey & Orange
Lay fabric on a flat surface. Use sponge brush to spread a layer of paint on the oldest child’s hand; firmly press hand against fabric; lift hand straight off.
For subsequent kids’ handprints, repeat the last step only layering print off-center from the previous one and using lighter shades of paint for each one. Let dry.
Note: If you’re working with babies the print will likely be a blobby mess. Embrace it and let it go. As long as you get the general size of the hand, then the memory’s captured and can be cleaned up with the next step.
My Children’s Handprints: Ages 10, 8 and (almost) 1
Place fabric in embroidery hoop; stitch around the general outline of each hand in a coordinating or contrasting color.
Iron fabric if necessary; place in frame. Hang with pride.
Tip: Take a photo or scan finished piece into your computer. Make prints of your hand-y work for family members, or shrink it down to use as card fronts!
I am devastated by the loss of @hillcountryweavers founder, Susanne Middlebrooks.
I wrote a longer tribute to her on my blog and Facebook (links in bio). In short, though, she had been sick for a long time but had been a master at not letting the illness get in the way of her living. So, it was often unimaginable that she wouldn't be with us for longer. Last June during an industry convention in Chicago when Susanne came over to the bar booth I was sitting at and plopped herself next to me to chat, I had no idea that it would be the last time I'd get to see her. I'm so thankful though, that when we parted ways to go back to our respective meetings, it was with a hug. Rest in purls, my friend....
When I came across this Knitting Needle Patent greeting card by @patentpress , I couldn’t resist selecting it as one of the items for the YarnYAY! September box! (Link in @vickiehowell bio or got to YarnYAY.com)
What looks like part circular knitting needle, part Tunisian crochet hook is illustrated as the patent drawing for flexible knitting needles. This greeting card memorializes the creation of tools that we stitchers can now, not do without!...
Nineteen years into this knitting career, it’s crazy-pants that I’ve never had Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet kits before. So, I finally made it happen. If you know someone, or ARE someone that wants to learn — while also making something wearable— check out our new hats and scarves kits in the YarnYAY! Shop!