i’ve been dying to get this post published! but since we’ve been sworn to secrecy until our gift has been received it has had to wait. but were done with the waiting because i mailed it off last week and it was received on friday!
they say it is better to give than to receive. i agree. especially when you are giving something as special as a handmade gift for a new friend.
so i made her this:
after checking out her really awesome etsy store, devouring her Pinterest photos and checking out her personal photos on facebook, i felt like i could pull from so many different things. let’s just say i was completely inspired. enter photoshop, brusheezy and shutterstock.
honestly, as a graphic design and typography girl, the design process was amazingly fulfilling. pulling different elements and selecting colors and making it all work together…mmm…i love this stuff.
and since this is an original design, i thought i’d share the template with you if you wanted to make one for yourself.
alright alright…i’ll get on with it…if you’re a first timer, here’s is my non professional tutorial
pick your color theme and cut fabric to fit about 2 inches larger than the hoop size.
tape it up securely to a sunny well lit window and get your trace on.
secure into your hoop and tighten the screw.
i used a simple back stitch for everything.
3 strands for the text
all 6 strands for the thick parts of the branch, and progressing to less strands as the branches got smaller.
remove finished piece from the hoop and cut a piece of batting the size of the fabric and re-attach to the hoop. trim along the back so no batting or fabric sticks out.