Hi, y’all – I am Chantal Johnson and I am so thrilled to be sharing a few embroidery inspirations with this Bohemian Embroidered Banner along with tips for successful stitching with y’all. This little love banner can be created in just a few hours. This is a great piece for beginners and seasoned stitchers alike. Let’s get stitching….
You are loved Banner.
Using a ColorBox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler in shade of your choice, ink two of the ColorBox Background Basic by Ann Butler Stitch Stamps (zigzag and dashed line) and stamp a piece of cotton muslin.
Be sure to stamp on a paper pad underneath the fabric.
Stamp with even pressure to ensure a clear, crisp image.
Sew stamped piece onto base fabric, with coordinating thread.
By the light of the machine….stitch stamped fabric onto ticking or fabric of choice.
Using 6-strand embroidery floss such DMC, cut a workable length and separate the strands. *See tip below. Thread embroidery needle with 3 strands of floss.
Separate strands by gently pulling one at a time.
Begin stitching; using the stamped images as your guide, keeping the stitches even, cover the inked borders. *See tip below
To attach the You are loved label, I chose to do colonial knots but a simple stitch will do fine as well. Buttons or other embellishments could be used or added.
Add the label or embellishment after all the sticking is complete.
For the finished banner, the three layers (the stitched piece, quilt batting, and cotton quilted denim) were machine stitched together. I added vintage red trim also with machine stitching. Two eyelets were set and lace was added for the hanger.
All layers stitched together.
A finished banner ready to be hung…
Success in Stitching Tips:
- Separating the strands of floss releases the fibers and gives the threads fuller coverage.
- The key to a cohesive and well-stitched project is even stitching, using stamped images helps to practice this technique
- Do not be afraid to take out stitches that look shorter/different, you will be happier you did…
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Ann Butler Design Products used:
- You are loved label – by Chantal Johnson or embellishment of choice
- Cotton Muslin
- Quilt Batting
- Cotton Denim, ticking or fabric of choice
- Lace – ½ yard
- Red trim – ½ yard
- 2 sewing eyelets and an eyelet setter
- DMC 498 or embroidery floss of your choice
- Embroidery needle
- Sewing Machine
- Coordinating thread
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Chantal Johnson has been the recipient of God’s great love and has been given creativity as one of her many gifts. Her heritage is one of Southern hospitality and European style but her heart is pure Texan!! Her home, as well as her art, resounds with sentiments from a joyful, grateful spirit to that of faith and hope mixed with a touch of wonder. Her creative path began as a little girl with her mother introducing every form of creative arts from thread and fabric, yarn and hook to paper and paints. She loves all things that can inspire others to find joy in the everyday.
As a mixed media artist and designer, her many passions include but not limited to gardening, interior decorating, crocheting, cooking, swimming, sewing, jewelry design, paper arts, and antiques. But being with her children, husband and family bring her the most joy. Most days you will find her creating in her Art Studio that she and her husband designed.
Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs, and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft. She is currently on the Ann Butler Design Team, the Friends of ICE Resin® Team, and a design contributor for Bella Crafts. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her blog or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.