I made this for my Bother-In-Law and his family. I’m sure it will end up in a place of honor. Here’s the pattern I found. Hopefully, it isn’t stolen from someone. I just found I found my own colors and made the word “destroy” to look a bit like flames.
I used a frame from IKEA. Mostly because I love IKEA and will use any excuse to go to there. I also used some foam core that we had lying around the house and some tiny pins that were called sequin pins.
I cut the foam core to a little bit smaller than the mat in the frame. After I washed and ironed the fabric, I measured out the middle of both the piece and the foam core. While having everything lined up, I used the tiny sequin pins to attach the needlework to the foam core. The pins were inserted all the way around into the edge of the foam – super tedious. I wanted to make sure it was straight, though, so I did a pin or two per side at a time starting in the middle of each side. The fabric needs to be pulled taut in an attempt to prevent wrinkles. This was the first time I have framed anything this way. It was harder than it sounds. Especially the corners. I trimmed a bit there and just tried to get it to lay and fold as flat as possible on the back. Lastly, I taped all the edges down and popped it in the frame!
Framed and ready to go for Christmas!
We say things silly in this family. Change the vowels occasionally. Drop a consonant here or there. I used to have to warn the kiddo not to do that at school. Didn’t want him to draw any ridicule. Here, I think one of us was messing around with “super good”. Naturally.
Sopper Gub is a cover band that only sings in German. I hope that doesn’t mean anything bad in German. Perhaps I should look it up.
So I finished the flamingo in time for the Mom’s birthday! I still think it’s super ugly, but I can appreciate the design and the colors now that it’s finished. Here is a pic from before I washed and ironed it.
I’m not sure what she’s going to do with it. There is a distinct lack of wall space in her place. Perhaps a bag or a pillow is in her future? I’m not so good at that part, the finishing, unless it’s just slapped in a frame. It’s all nice and washed and ironed now.
It was super hard to get all the tape of the edges. Honestly, they are still sticky. I should have just cut them off. If you look really close, there are still some pencil marks left over. An unfortunate side effect to using a pencil to mark your place? It will rub off on your fabric eventually.
Typically I use pen to do my marks. However, a more dense pencil would be helpful. Try using a 2H the next time. The lead from a 2H pencil may not be easily seen when it rubs off on the fabric.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
I think I need to get my hearing checked. Logan kept trying to say “Ortreat”, it’s a dragon or something from DragonVale. Not a game I’ve played. He’s always excited about birthing dragon babies. Between this and making babies in Pokemon I’m starting to worry about him. Each game has you making babies – isn’t it too early for a 13-year-old to make babies? I made Logan repeat the name over and over. Finally, I made him spell it. Thank goodness his spelling has improved! I still can’t hear him say that final “t” in the word though. Enunciate already! You aren’t Ariana Grande…
Oretree must be a cover band for Classic Rock. Freebird baby!
I was asked recently by a funny young man what I was going to do with this blog for April Fools Day. I replied, “I’ll announce that one of my band names is actually being used. And then I’ll be all like “Psych!”” “No,” I was told, “You have to wait for the psych until April 2nd, the day of disappointment.” How is April 2nd not already on the calendar as such? It has such a nice ring to it.
Day of Disappointment is probably a heavy metal band, head banging and all. I have a secret fantasy that it is actually a Renaissance Faire band though playing rearranged rock songs. Lots of lutes = lots of fun!