With less than a week until Valentine’s Day, you might not have time to embroider a large project but there’s still time to take some of the small designs in today’s vintage Workbasket pattern sheet and make something hand stitched for those special people in your life or perhaps to decorate your house.
That’s what I did for this felt heart ornament.
To transfer the design to the felt for stitching I tried something new to me. I used this great tutorial from Kristyne over at Pretty by Hand. As you can see… it worked great!
After I finished stitching the blanket stitch all the way around the outside and stuffing the ornament, the outside edge looked like it needed something. So I took two strands of the variegated DMC 107 that I used to stitch the heart and flowers and whipstitched around each of the edge bars of the blanket stitch.
I think it added just the right touch.
I have several more of these small motif sheets in the archives. Such as this one featuring a rose and basket of flowers plus several other small designs.
For the cat lovers, there’s an adorable little kitten along with lots of tiny flower patterns.
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These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.
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