Have you ever looked at a tool and suddenly seen a whole new set of potential? It happened to me not long ago with a set of Halloween-themed rubber stamps. These stamps had been in my craft room for a month or so, set aside to make Halloween cards, scrapbooking and other paper projects. Then one day I glanced at them, and all I could see was how cute the designs would be embroidered on a pillowcase.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure stamping an embroidery project would work well. Embroidery patterns need to be dark enough to follow but light enough not to show throw the finished stitching. The ink might run when laundered. The designs on the stamps might not lend themselves to stitching. Lots of things could go wrong, and the only way to find out was to try.
First, I cut a 9-inch by 45-inch strip of 100% white cotton and used archival ink to stamp the pattern.
Then I stitched the designs, using mostly stem stitch and back stitching.
The individual characters looked a little isolated, so I added random lines of stitching between them and added “trick or treat” on either side of the little witch’s legs. When the embroidery was complete, I folded the fabric in half, added a band of contrast on the bottom, and followed these instructions to make a pillowcase.
Two strands of thread covered the stamped lines quite well, and the ink did not run in the laundry. The embroidery took about three evenings, and constructing the pillowcase took less than an hour. Not bad at all for this much cuteness.
Have you used rubber stamps for embroidery? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear how your projects turned out.
Photo credit: Dave Johnson.