making an embroidered locket. The lockets I like to use have two sides (one side for a picture and one side to decorate with embroidery).
How to make a free-style embroidered locket ~
This is a very easy project but a basic understanding of embroidery is necessary (and assumed) such as how to use an embroidery hoop, etc.
Step 1: Gather your materials (linen fabric, embroidery floss, empty locket, etc.). I have listed below the links and/or sources to all the materials I used to make the lockets shown in this post.
Step 2: Find a coin or other small object to measure the area you want to cover in your locket to use as a template. Whatever design you want to embroider it will have to fit within this area. Using a pencil or marker trace lightly around the coin onto your linen fabric to give yourself a visual guide to the area your embroidery design can not exceed.
Step 3. These lockets are made using free style embroidery, which simply means that I didn't use a pre-printed design. Instead I visualized a picture of what I wanted to embroider and made a few rough sketches on the linen fabric and then began filling in the picture with embroidery stitches. For example, the top locket is a cluster of foxglove flowers. I used a combination of straight stitches and french knots in this design. I used the straight stitch to make the grasses and flower stems and french knots to create the flowers. You can be as inventive or elaborate as you wish in your design, but the small size of a lockets probably works best with a simple design and stitches.
Step 4. This is important! After you finish with your embroidery you will cut out the circle of fabric you drew INCREASED by an additional 1/4 inch edge. You will then apply a small amount of basting glue to this additional 1/4 inch of fabric and fold it over over to make a "hem." This "hem" is to prevent fraying of the fabric edge which could happen if you simply cut out the circle of fabric in the size you need.
Step 5. Apply a small amount of basting glue to the entire back surface of your fabric circle and quickly place it into the locket holding it firm until the glue sets. I use a blunt knitting needle to press and ease the fabric into place being careful not to crush the embroidery stitches as much as possible.
Step 6. Attach a piece of linen string for a necklace and begin the hunt for the perfect picture to add to your locket! These are nice to have on hand when you want to include a little something handmade into a gift.
Supplies/Materials: a small piece of linen fabric (I purchase my linen squares from Lorna Bateman's etsy shop); an embroidery hoop; several colors of embroidery floss (I like to use DMC floss (available at most craft stores) and chameleon hand-dyed threads from South Africa (I purchase mine from Loran Bateman's etsy shop) both types of embroidery floss are used in these lockets; an embroidery needle; an empty locket (the lockets used in this post are a combination of brass and copper; 1.5" diameter; and were purchased in bulk on Etsy under "supplies"); basting glue (I like both Jillily Studio Appli-Glue and Glue-Baste-It); a coin or similar object that can be used to trace the inner circle of your locket; a small piece of linen string to use as a necklace cord (mine is 26 inches long and hangs 13 inches down); and ~ inspiration ~ you can see from my lockets I am inspired by flowers and nature. Embroidery is very easy to learn with lots of free resources online. If you are new to embroidery I think the following link is a helpful resource to explain the stitches along with helpful diagrams: embroidery stitch dictionary.
The MisAdventures of Simcha
Simcha has been remarkably well behaved these past few months. Well, except for those dress shoes of Steve's he destroyed and the rolls of toilet paper he chewed up and the ear of corn he stole and the ceaseless barking at coyotes. But all in all we are seeing improvements!
Until next time, be well and love well and may you always hold in your heart the memory of those you love. In closing here's a picture of me holding Cha Cha, our family dog, who was a gift to me and my sister as well as my parents. We all loved her very much.