Crafts · create · Embroidery · Tatting

Felt hearts with a difference

I love combining techniques to create OOAK items.
 
I make these felt hearts in two different sizes and they look beautiful as door or drawer knobs, hanging on coat hangers or as pin cushions
 
 
I use Sizzix dies to cut the hearts and use polyester filling. My preferred embroidery floss is DMC and I like size 20 thread from Lizbeth for shuttle tatting  
 
Once I have completed the embroidery and/or tatting I sew two hearts together using either a running stitch or blanket stitch. I find it is best leave approximately a one inch space to insert the stuffing (it’s a good idea to measure enough floss to sew around the heart without a join)
 
This is an example of a heart I teach as part of enrichment programmes on cruise ships –  
it takes about 60-90 minutesto complete one. It is a simple design and good for beginners. Most of us learned to do lazy daisy (chain) stitch at school and it’s like riding a bike! 
Here I have combined silk ribbon roses and leaves with a tatted edging pattern by Mary Konior and French knotwisteria 
 

….more tatting with seed beads

 


Hollyhocks and cottage garden flowers with a tatted butterfly

 

……scattered French knots around  roses and added a seed bead to each stitch around the edge

 

These are fun to make and you can make them as simple or busy as your hearts desire!

 
I hope you enjoyed seeing these and please visit again
 
Gill