The craft project that almost wasn’t done due to me finally reading (months & months after the rest of the world) The Hunger Games. I seriously couldnt put it down & if I didnt value my sleep I would be up all hours of the night reading. But fortunately I finished book 1 & am now on the long waiting list at the library for book 2. So back to my crafty stuff.
A good project starts with an idea. So I bought this cute raffia bag at the markets & decided I would pretty it up with some longstitch embroidery. Influenced by the kitshy tulip fabric I used in my Pastry Queen post, I thought why not stitch some tulips on.
Large embroidery needle for threading wool
Lead pencil & eraser
1. Using the lead pencil I drew on the outline of the tulips. I decided I was going to have 3 tulips in a field of grass. I threaded up & down thru the bag all the tulips & stems. (You have to be careful with threading raffia as it’s brittle).
2. For the grass, I wanted multi-textured grass so I started with a medium green wool. I threaded in bunches of 3 alternating lengths & angles. I left gaps inbetween for the other 2 green hues I wanted to use.
3. Next I used a darker green & pretty much used the same technique & threaded them inbetween the medium green colour. Lastly I used the light green wool to fill in any gaps & give the grass a bit more texture. I erased any pencil markings that were showing on the bag.
4. And tada… The finished tulips growing in their meadow. Eventually I would like to make a liner for the inside of the bag to protect it from getting too dirty. But for now, Im happy with the way it looks.
I will still be using my environmental cloth bags for grocery shopping but now I can take this one as an extra as it’s handy to carry all my light stuff like bread, newspaper & toilet paper etc.