I was very excited to find out that I would get a chance to make and review a kit from the Dimensions embroidery product line. I enjoy doing embroidery because it is a craft that allows for so much creativity, and it is very portable. Those of you who sit on the sidelines of your children’s sports events or wait during dental visits can relate to the need for that. The kit I received is from the new “Handmade Embroidery” (72-73602 Butterfly Ornament) selection which is designed by Carolyn Gavin for the Dimensions (E.K. Success Brands) line. The project is 4.5″ by 5″ and simple enough to finish in one evening.
Above is a quick look at the contents of this kit which include the following:
- Project directions.
- Printed poly/cotton fabric
- Die-cut polyester felt shapes
- Pre-sorted cotton thread
- Polyester Stuffing
- 1 needle
- running stitch
- straight stitch
- back stitch
- chain stitch
- french knot
The first thing that I did was to lay out the supplies to see what I had to work with.
Then I followed the instructions that said to fold the long edges of the yellow piece fabric, so that they meet in the center. I found it is easier to iron the edges down so they would hold their shape while I stitched.
I then sewed a running stitch down both sides of the folded fabric. This piece will be used to create a hanger for the ornament.
The instructions directed me to sew the yellow piece to the large blue butterfly die cut. Once that was sewn, I added the small pocket on to the back.
Then I took the white flower die cuts and stitched them according to the directions. I found using two strands looked much better than using just the one that the instructions suggested.
I then stitched the rest of the felt die cuts. They give you plenty of thread in the kit, so using two strands to do these stitches was not a problem. Then I took the different die cut shapes and sewed them onto the orange butterfly die cut.
The orange material started to fray as I sewed the die cut pieces on, so I put a little liquid seam sealant to prevent that from happening. I thought about trimming the frayed bits off but I think they added a little character to the butterfly ornament.
As I was working on this project, I realized it would make a cute tooth fairy pillow. That cute pocket in the back is just the right size.
So once I had finished all the accent stitches, I added some beading to personalize it and add a little more dimension to the butterfly ornament.
This would be an easy project to introduce someone to basic embroidery stitches. All the tools are included and the directions are simple to follow.
- Keep the color picture, you can use it as reference, just in case the diagrams do not make sense to you.
- Utilize the color coded card to perfectly match the colors to the diagrams.
- Place all the parts in a ziplock for an easy and inexpensive traveling kit. Just grab it and you have something to work on when the opportunity presents itself.
- Good printed examples of the stitches and easy to follow instructions which are mostly drawn so you just glance at them to figure out what to do next.
- The die-cut pieces are easy to work with and are fun colors.
- Thread is on a presorted color coded card to make it easier to complete project.
- The aqua green and blue are kind of similar in color and they blend together too easily. A brighter or darker shade of blue, would have been a nice mix with the bright pink and yellow to give more dimension to the project.
- The orange butterfly die cut does fray. I recommend using a liquid seam sealant that prevents fabric from fraying.
- Only comes with one needle. It would be nice if they list the size of the needle for the kit so that if you misplace it like I did, you will be able to replace and not risk changing how the stitches look on the project.
What are your favorite embroidery projects? Do you have any tips? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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Maria Del Pinto
I have been crafting since I was a child and I love seeing what others create. I live near the beach so everything around me inspires me. I also enjoy activities where I re-purpose something old & discarded & make it into something cool. My favorite mantra is "Re-use, recycle, and re-make".
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