As a young girl, I remember watching my grandmother sew all the time. Plastic canvas creations, embroidered artwork… she even made the dress I wore to my first dance in middle school! The first time she taught me how to sew was on a small piece of plastic canvas that I stitched my name into, and I’ll never forget those memories with her. While I’m sure I’ll never be as talented with a needle and thread as she was, I’ve managed to create some fun things for my home with those skills she taught me, including today’s Embroidered Canvas Art!
I wanted to come up with some possible artwork for an office makeover that’s in the works, and the words “choose joy” seemed so fitting. It’s such a simple sentiment that I try to remind myself of everyday. Ignore the bad, let go of the stress, and CHOOSE joy!
I found a way to create a raised, 3-dimensional look that jumps right off the canvas, and the bright colored embroidered letters really make a big statement! I think you’re going to love this fun spin on word art!
- blank canvas
- rope or cord
- hot glue gun and glue
- embroidery floss
I found it easiest to do this project without the canvas frame in the way. To remove it, I just flipped the canvas over, removed the staples, and pulled out the frame.
I started by lightly drawing my letters onto the canvas with a pencil. Then I took my roll of rope trim and placed it over each letter, securing it to the canvas with hot glue as I went. Since I chose to use a cursive font, in each place where the lines crossed, I cut the trim and started a new section instead of doubling the thickness in those places.
Once I had all the letters covered, I started stitching over the trim with my embroidery floss, hiding the trim underneath the thread. This part does take some time and patience, so I would recommend choosing shorter words/phrases and stretching your sewing time out over a few days.
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