This week I thought I would do some exploring with different ways to use the Print Pray Trace products from the Print & Pray Shop! As soon as I set out to brainstorm some creative products, my embroidery thread practically hopped in my lap! If you’ve never tried embroidery or have been too intimidated to give it a go, now’s your chance! Embroidery is SO easy and SO relaxing. Plus the faith-filled images from our talented artists make darling little projects ready to be stitched up into embellishments & little gifts. :) You don’t need much to get started, either, which is just wonderful. Let’s give it a go, shall we?
All you need to create an adorable little embroidery is:
- Illustrated Faith Print.Pray.Trace. set
- a few colors of embroidery floss
- small embroidery hoop
- canvas fabric
- a light source to trace on
- a pencil
- a needle
Place your tracing sheet between your light source & your canvas fabric & use your pencil to trace the design on to your fabric. You can use a light box, a window, or gently trace it on your iPad screen.
Once you have your design traced on to your fabric, secure it tightly & taught into your embroidery hoop. Thread your needle with the color you’d like to start with, tie a knot in the end and poke into your design through the back of your project. Start stitching over your design!
Don’t stress over your technique. I don’t use any fancy stitches as I create my designs, I just kind of make it up as I go. Ssssssh! Don’t tell anyone. hahaha You can find out more about different types of easy stitches on the DMC website. I use a variation of the Back Stitch, which is shown on the page! You can do whatever kind of stitch you want– it’s your project!
When you’re ready to end your design or switch colors, just tie a knot in your thread right up close to the fabric on the back of your project & snip the tail. I went back & stitched on a little fashion sequin on this little fawn’s head to give her a little bow. :)
When I finished stitching my design, I cut around it leaving plenty of room so I didn’t accidentally snip any of my threads on the back. Then I used glue dots to stick it securely down to my bible page. :) Ahhhhhh! I die over the cuteness! You don’t have to put it in your bible though. You could frame it, create a little canvas hang tag for a gift, make a teeny tiny pillow or a wall-hanging. I’ve done a lot of different things with little embroidery projects & there’s nothing better than giving them as gifts! The people I have gifted them to have all loved them!
I stitched up this little fawn from the He Loves You Beary Much tracing set by Jess Robyn before I really knew how I wanted to use it. Then I came across Habakkuk 3:19 which reads: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights,” (NIV). And I wanted to jump up & down for finding such a perfect scripture for this point in my life. I think my journaling on my bible page says it all:
“Amen! Through Him, I am able to reach new goals, accomplish SO much more than I thought possible. He lifts me higher. He takes me farther. I can do hard things through Him alone!”
I encourage you to go illustrate this page in your own bible. It gave me such a PROFOUND reminder of what I’m capable of. Sometimes my confidence is waning, & this made me feel like I could go scale a wall! I’ve been trying new things all over the place this week & my reward was illustrating this verse as confirmation of what I can do through Him!
Illustrated Faith He Loves You Beary Much tracing printable by Jess Robyn | Illustrated Faith You’re Beautiful printable tabs by Shanna Noel | Illustrated Faith Created to Create stamp set by Shanna Noel | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Typed alpha stickers in “Practice What You Peach” | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Mini alpha stickers in “Bless Her Heart” | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Label It stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Love It stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Banners stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd His Love stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Homespun alpha stickers in “Practice What You Peach” & “Bless Her Heart” | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Flag It stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Date It stamp | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Acrylic Block | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd pen | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Bible Mat | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Paint It paint cards | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Shanna’s Favorite Paint Set | Deco Art Dimensional Effects Texture Paste | Tim Holtz Distress Marker in “Picked Raspberry” | Carta Bella Designer 6×6 Heart Stencil | Prima Chalk Edger ink pads in “Vintage Pink” & “Fall Leaf” | Recollections paper doilies | Glue Dots | canvas fabric | DMC embroidery floss | embroidery hoop | glue stick | stapler | pencil | embroidery needle