You Make Me Smile Embroidered Layout by Paige Evans

Monday, September 13, 2021

 I have a new embroidered layout to share with you today featuring Bungalow Lane!

There are so very many papers in Bungalow Lane that I want to embroider! Gotta start somewhere so I grabbed Paper 12 with the quilt pattern. I trimmed out a section to create two pieces and then spent a couple hours piercing holes by hand all around the colorful sections. I spaced the holes about 1/4" apart.
Then I grabbed the same 16 DMC thread colors that I used to cross-stitch my Bungalow Lane Coptic Book to embroider this paper:
Coincidentally, there are 16 "petals" on each row so for every row I used each thread color once. I tried to match the thread colors tone-on-tone with the patterned petal, but sometimes I couldn't do that and that's okay, I think it turned out colorful and fun and varied!
Each row of petals took about an hour to hand stitch using a basic back stitch. I stitched 12 rows of petals so all in all it took about 12 hours to embroider.
Since I spent so much time on the background, I didn't want to cover it up so when it came time to embellish I only added a few things. I printed a trio of photos to 5x12" piece and added it between the two embroidered sections of paper.
I layered sentiments that I thought went along with the photos between the bottom two pics: a copper foiled heart border from the Cardstock Stickers, "Happiness & Sunshine" banner from the Ephemera Die Cuts, "You Make Me Smile" from the Foam Phrase Stickers, followed by a strip of hand written journaling, and a "Better Together" sentiment from the Cardstock Stickers tucked underneath.
To finish I scattered Embossed Puffy Stickers all around the background for bits of eye candy and color.
I hope this layout inspires you to hand stitch on your layouts! I loooove the texture, dimension, color, and handmade touch that it adds! You can see a tutorial for creating my favorite hand stitches on my YouTube channel HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions! See you again soon!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: BUNGALOW LANE

1 comment

  1. Hi Paige 💛 I wanted to see ALL the photos of your gorgeous creation! I just can't even begin to imagine how to even do this much stitching. It must have seemed endless but OMGeee, a true treasure. I love your dedication to your product and projects, it's really inspiring 💛🌸k


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