Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Butterflies for Isabella

Just a quick post from me today, but I wanted to share my latest free motion embroidery with you.

A friend of ours recently had her first baby - a little girl born 4 weeks early - and I wanted to make her something.   I knew however that she'd been inundated with clothes and toys, so I decided to go a different route and make an embroidery for her. 



I used scraps of Liberty print tana lawn to cut out butterflies of various sizes which I attached to the backing with bondaweb as usual, then embroidered with different shades of pink.

For the name I found a pretty - but still readable - font online and printed out the baby's name.  I then traced this and pinned the traced outline in place on the backing.  I embroidered once around the edge of the letters - which was quite fiddly! - before removing the tracing paper and filling in the outline with more free motion embroidery. 

Luckily I already had the perfect frame to hand, so I was able to mount and frame it as soon as I'd finished it.

I'm not sure if Isabella herself liked it, because she was asleep when we visited, but her mum and nan were very pleased!

I had a little cuddle when we visited - she is tiny at just 4 pounds 14 ounces, but is the prettiest baby. 



I hope she'll hang her picture on her bedroom wall and enjoy it for many years to come.

16 comments:

  1. Cloths they grow out of very (very very) quickly! This beautiful keepsake little Isabella will treasure forever...your work is creative and clever (as usual) ... J

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  2. That is such a wonderful thing to give. Something that she will treasure I am sure.

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  3. That is a beautiful gift to give, and beautifully done.

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  4. That's a lovely gift she'll have forever, and as butterflies represent joy traditionally that's a wonderful sentiment to give her too :)

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    1. Thanks Jacq, I didn't know that butterflies represented joy. That makes me very happy!

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  5. What a brilliant and beautiful baby gift!

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    1. Thanks Gail. I'm thinking of offering customised pictures similar to this in my Folksy shop.

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  6. Beautiful, both your lovely gift and the baby :)

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  7. Oh, this is soooo sweet! I love Liberty, and this is the perfect little bit of whimsy for a new baby. *love*

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