Embroidered and Embellished Memories

Posted by Christen Brown on May 20th 2019

Scraps and Leftovers, 14 5/8” x 15 5/8”

This is one of my favorite pieces that I made for my book The Embroidery Book. The very subtle blend of cream, sand, and tan colors were chosen to highlight the pin that is in the middle of the piece. My mom owned a Shirley Temple doll when she was young, and this pin came with it. The general theme is sewing, with objects such as zippers, snaps, hooks and eyes, safety pins, scissors, and thimbles. I loved the ruler and measurements on the printed fabric and trim.

I added a small pocket made from scraps to the back of the wallhanging, I love sentiment on the printed fabric shown in the middle. The pocket holds a few special treasures that belonged to my mom and dad.

Scrappy Bits of Bark Chips and Stone, 9” x 11”

This is a piece that I just recently made using the leftover fabrics from the above wallhanging. I used many of the same threads that I had in the above piece, including perle cotton from Finca, Anchor, and DMC. I found some fun trims to include in the piece, along with a vintage piece of grosgrain ribbon that I used for the frame.

I used the following stitches: blanket, cross, herringbone, lazy daisy, stem, fly, Colonial knot, French knot, and stacked bead. The buttons are mostly vintage, including celluloid and old plastic men’s shirt buttons, along with a few new novelty buttons.

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