I immediately got to sketching:
|Good thing I sew, not draw!|
|Never too old for colored pencils!|
As you can see from my sketch, I wanted to hand embroider my name, because that's kind of my "signature" skill. I typed out my name using the font "cheri liney," and traced that onto some white cotton.
I just used a Sewline pencil to trace my name, under the assumption that it's erasable if I don't cover it completely with thread.
|Can you tell that I'm just a little bit obsessed?|
I buy it whenever I can, but that simply isn't enough! And full disclosure, Sulky has no idea that I'm writing this--I just truly love this thread.
Anyhow, this particular variegated thread made for absolutely gorgeous satin stitching:
|Satin stitches in progress!|
|Yes, my name is spelled with two Ls.|
I then pieced together the background of the name tag and sewed it to a piece of Peltex, rather than batting. I really like the stability the interfacing provides.
I decided to try my hand at improvisational piecing. I dug through my treasure chest to find matching scraps and assembled a strip:
I decided to bind the name tag, rather than just piece a border, because I wanted the back to be interesting as well. I trimmed the strip down to around 3 inches and began to bind the name tag as you would any other quilt.
I made the strap out of some leftover pre-packaged bias tape I had laying around, and stitched it shut with a zigzag stitch to add some interest.
This is where my genius hubby comes in. It was getting late and I was getting tired, but I had this whole other idea sketched out for a second name tag:
Yes, that says chalk fabric. I love this stuff! I'll be sharing other projects I've used it on soon, but I really wanted to have a unique name tag that I could change. My husband inspired me to make my name tag a two-in-one, and that's exactly what happened! I present to you my completed guild name tag:
I embellished the background with some cute sewing-themed buttons, even adding a little more hand embroidery to act as "thread."
Flip it around, and there's a chalkboard on the back, complete with a sleeve to hold a piece of chalk!
|Because some days, I just don't want to be Nicolle.|
I can't wait to rock this thing at all of the guild functions. What do you think? Does this inspire you to make something else?