Friday, April 25, 2014

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge - Embroidery Inspiration

Hello! I am participating in the Papertrey April Blog Hop. This month the inspiration for the Hop is Embroidery. I love to do embroidery, so this challenge was right up my alley. Here is the inspiration photos Nicole posted on her blog:
In Nicole's words:
"This month we challenge you to look at embroidered patterns in a whole new light!  Look through your clothes, Pinterest, home decor catalogs or even the inspiration I have provided above and find an embroidered pattern that speaks to you.  Using the colors and design of the embroidery, build your own stamped version using your favorite floral stamps or other images.  No stitching required! "

I have three cards for this Hop - hope you can stick with me and see them all!

This is my first inspiration photo, which I got from Pinterest here. I love Leanne Beasley's embroidery patterns. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find them here in the U.S.
Butterfly Garden - Close Up
As soon as I saw this, it reminded me of Flutterby Friend. So I went to work and came up with this card, inspired by the butterfly, and the line images. Here is my first card:

My next card was inspired by this linen bag on Etsy:
Linen bag with strawberry embroidery

I had embroidered some napkins about 2 years ago using the Strawberry Patch stamp set as my guide. I pulled out one of the napkins I had left over and cut a square with the embroidery. I backed it with some stuffing to puff it up and attached it to my card front through a cut out window. As in the inspiration piece, my embroidery was also done on linen.

My third card was inspired by old time cross stitch samplers. I'm not sure if they qualify as embroidery, but they were definitely done with needle and thread. Here is one of the samplers I have pinned on my Embroider board on Pinterest:
 and from denmark, a pattern I could actually work myself.  @Jacob de Graaf on etsy has some cool patterns
I was inspired by the red and white stitchery and noticed that  most samplers include an alphabet. I pulled out my Stitched Alphabet and Stitched Sentiment sets and set to work. I added a little vintage lace to the top and bottom to add some character.
Thanks for sticking with me through this long post! Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!


  1. Love them all, especially the strawberry one...super sweet!

  2. Oh, these are all fabulous! I'm in awe of the embroidery you did of the stamp set -- and then how you made a card based on the embroidery! Wonderful!

  3. Beautiful cards! Love that you used real embroidery. Simply stunning!

  4. Your cards are beautiful and stunning embroidery!

  5. Oh Susan, these are wonderful! Love them all, but the strawberry just hits my sweet spot! Well done, Lady!

  6. WOW, what lovely cards you've created!
    Well done!

  7. All of these are beautiful, as is your embroidery! Great job!

  8. What a lovely selection of designs.

    Hugs Diane

  9. Outstanding projects and the embroidery work that inspired them!! I think the butterflies in your first picture look remarkably! the same as your stamps : )


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  10. Beautiful projects - love the stitched alphabet sampler card!

  11. Oh wow, you have been busy and I love what you came up with the real embroidery card is so special!
    Carol x

  12. Great inspiration photos and lovely cards!

  13. Wow these cards and projects are amazing. I can see lots of work went into these works of art. I am sure they will be saved.

  14. All three of these are just fantastic. I think the first is my favorite--I just bought that set off the Forum, and haven't figured out how to use it yet, so I am pinning this card for inspiration. It looks like the background is watercolored, too, and so very pretty.

  15. Susan, your designs are always so impressive. I especially love your sampler card.

  16. Three beautiful cards, Susan! You found such gorgeous inspiration and matched them all perfectly with your cards :-)

  17. I'm totally wowed by all three of your cards! They are fantastic!

  18. These are lovely! Simply loved the strawberry one. Great job!