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“love you forever”

“love you forever” embroidered letter, originally uploaded by fingerpistol.

if you haven’t read love you forever, you need to. it’s the sweetest little children’s book ever. i thought it was one of my mom’s favorite children’s books, but i guess i made that up.  :o)  i’ve been dying for an excuse to embroider paper, and this was just the opportunity i was looking for.

i used press’n seal as a makeshift transfer medium and stabilizer, after having read (on craftster) about another woman using it for embroidery. i stuck a piece of press’n seal to a sheet of ruled paper and traced all of the lines (even the three holes). then i peeled the ruled paper away and stuck the press’n seal to the piece of white cotton i wanted to embroider. then i wrote the quote i wanted to use onto the press’n seal, shoved it all into an embroidery hoop, and started embroidering. i did the text first, then i just did whatever lines were in the hoop. when i finished everything in the hoop, i moved it over and did another section.

it’s hard to tell, but if you look in the bottom right-hand corner of the “page”, i used cursive lettering to alter two of the ruled lines so that they read “christmas 2009”.

it took a long time to do, but it was incredibly easy to stitch. the hardest part was removing the press’n seal after i was done. while it was amazing for transferring and as a stabilizer, it wasn’t very easy to remove. i had assumed that all of the stitches would act as a sort of perforation, making it easier to remove the press’n seal. NOT SO. in fact, i had to pick it off with a needle and small pair of scissors because my stitching was so close together. peeling it away also loosened a lot of the stitching along the edge, but it wasn’t too bad.

once i finished removing the press’n seal, i cut the fabric down to size and put it in a floating frame. i taped the book to the front of the frame before i wrapped it, so that my mama would see the book first, then the embroidery. good thing i did, because i found out that she’d never read the book!

she liked it, though. there were many tears. (good tears!)

this is what it looks like in the frame:


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