Sunday, April 24, 2016

Birth Announcement

Have you seen how cute the penpals patterns are from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery? These are beginner friendly, and a big part of that appeal is they are small enough that you can finish fairly quickly.
Birth Announcement
I had been working on Penpals 202, which I believe was originally a Valentine's release.  I bought this as a kit, with the polka dot linen and delightful cosmo threads, from The Cottage Needle on Etsy (I highly recommend them for your stitch goodies).  While I was working on this, I received the good news that a dearly loved couple were expecting a baby girl.  As the months went by I saw that they were decorating the nursery with pink and hearts.  That triggered an idea - this cross stitch pattern would make a cute birth announcement.
Birth announcement
Once I worked the penpals design, I needed to add the personalization.  A quick Google search later I came across Stitchpoint - a site that lets you pick a font and type in the letters and characters that you want to stitch.  I opted for the Monaco font - I wanted the lettering to be delicate and not overpower the penpals design.  For the name I used the darkest of pinks from the design.  For the birth details I used the medium pink.  My thought here is that the name would stand out a little bit from the rest of the details.
Birth announcement
Birth announcement
For the finishing I found a frame at TJ Maxx that would work with the furniture in the nursery, and also complement the cross stitch design.  I cut some card and batting that would fit the frame (I like how the batting adds some 'poof' to the finished design, centered the design over the top and then laced up the back.  (There are a number of online tutorials showing how to do lacing...  this was my first time finishing/framing a project myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out).
Birth announcement
Have you tried something new this week?

Wishing you a great week ahead.
Sam xxx


Monica said...

Woman, can you be more talented? This is adorable! So thoughtful of you! I have a tried stitching...with an horrendous outcome. Actually, I gave up after 10 minutes. It was a cheap kit that I bought on clearance at Michaels. I got what I paid for.

Always good to know about you and your orojects. Have a lovely week. XO

Chrisknits b said...

You temind me I have two cross stitch projects waiting to get in their franes, must buy mat board! Cute design, awesome "craft hack"!

sam said...

You are always soo kind, thank you. I have been admiring your spinning projects too - you have an elegant style. Much love to you and your family xxx

sam said...

Thank you, Chris. It feels good to add the finishing touches to a project. Looking forward to seeing your cross stitches on your blog.

Nicky said...

This is just toooooooo adorable! I love it! I have some cross-stitch stuff, now you make me want to get it out!

Sam said...

Hi Nicky, I highly recommend pulling out your cross stitch projects.... it is super relaxing to focus on xxx. Thank you xxx