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**And now, for a brief Halloweek interruption**

Remember the Pinterest Challenge I participated in this summer when I made the wooden letter canvas?

Well, some of the same talented ladies are doing it again and of course I had to join in on the fun.

When I was a child I loved to cross-stitch with my grandmother. I’ve long forgotten the proper stitches and technique, but I still love to embroider a random project from time to time. There is something so beautiful to me about a plain old embroidery hoop. So when I saw this pin, I knew it would make the perfect gift to recreate.

 
I made my own version for a baby shower gift for my dear friends Anna and Kevin, who are expecting a baby girl named Amelia in a few weeks. I based the design around the colors of the nursery (yellow and grey- great minds think alike)  and the pattern of Amelia’s bedding.

I sketched out her name and a flower from the bedding on the embroidery cloth with a fabric pencil (whatever you draw will disappear with water-you can get these at any sewing/craft store).

I grabbed a few skeins of embroidery thread and got to work. This is a great downtime project because it’s pretty mindless and the little stitches around the letters don’t have to be perfect. Again, I don’t know the names of the stitches I used, I just kind of winged it- but it worked.

Here’s the finished product:

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I added a yellow ribbon bow to take the cuteness factor over the top.

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For the back, I trimmed the excess fabric and hot glued a circle of leftover wedding fabric -that just so happened to match- to cover all the knots and messy stitches.

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Overall, such a sweet and simple gift. And it cost less than $5.

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Update! Anna sent me a picture of Amelia’s embroidery hoop hanging in the nursery. Don’t you just love that stuffed Razorback?

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Anyone else participate in the Fall Pinterest Challenge?
Please share your links below, I’d love to see them!

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  • Anna November 3, 2011, 5:37 pm

    And we love it! I should take a picture of it where it found a home but I’m not sure how to put it on here? Maybe FB and you can do it :)

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    • Jessi November 9, 2011, 5:01 pm

      oooh yeah! Will you post a pic to my Facebook page or the Jessi Makes Things page and I’ll add it to the post

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