Monday, December 17

Stamping Beyond the Paper

Hello Monday my friends! I hope you have enjoyed a great week creating and getting ready for the holidays. I know I've been busy trying to fit in some extra shopping, meeting up with friends, wrapping gifts, getting our tree and trimming it this week! 

Our challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to STITCH IT UP. Use real stitching, pull out the sewing machine, use faux stitching with you stitch is totally up to you! I chose to embroider my project for this week, and all I can say, is always build in lots of extra time when embroidering. Why not use your stamps for more than paper?

I ordered an X back apron and was anxiously awaiting its delivery to make my project.I like the style because it wraps around the sides. I usually wear an apron when I create, and would sometimes find paint or ink on my clothes at the side. (Now that I have it, I can use it for a pattern.)
 It's a light grey cotton, very plain so I thought it would be fun to decorate it.  

Here you can see the plain apron I began with.

I used several Simon stamp sets and the black dye ink to lay out my pattern. I have to say I wondered if I was too ambitious with my design as I worked hard to finish on time, LOL! I also thought about painting some of the flowers and embroidering some to save time. But, all's well that ends well.

I stamped a flourish on one side of my floral area, and wanted to reverse it for the other side. Here's how I solved the problem - I stamped it onto a plastic bag, and pressed the bag onto the fabric. It worked!

I laid a piece of cardboard into the pocket before I stamped...just in case. 

Sewing detail on the pocket...

Sewing detail on the main section...

Embroidery detail....

I also tried to work in some dimension with the floss by making French Knots. 

My little butterfly...

I used a variety of floss strands (3 or 6) to vary the thickness of the flowers, as well as trying to do a bit of shading with different colors.

Top and pocket...FINISHED!

Are you ready to add some stitching to your project this week for our challenge? I'm looking forward to seeing how you incorporate stitches into your work! 
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The design team has been busy stitching up some wonderful inspiration for you, so be sure to head on over and check it out!


  1. Wow what an awesome project!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. OOh Maura!! I think I might just have to have a go at making one of these for me!! What a great idea!! Beautiful embroidery! I am sure it took a lot of time to finish, but well worth the effort! It's GORGEOUS! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

    1. Thanks so much Lols! I would love to see how yours turns out!

  3. wow Maura, I just love this project. My daughter is really into embroidery and the idea of using stamps is so inspiring. I love how your apron turned out. thanks for the inspiration

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! It opens up the world a bit more thinking of different uses for the wonderful stamp designs out there. I used to do a lot of embroidery when I was younger.

  4. Maura you have outdone yourself! What a beautiful embroidered apron, I love how you used the stamps to create your design and all those stitches, it is truly incredible and such a special way to make that plain apron all your own! xx

    1. Thanks so much Ann! I am very happy with the way it turned out in the end!

  5. Wow, what a wonderful way to use stamps! I lovelthe bright colours and your embroidery looks so beautiful 😁. Wishing you a lovely week and a very Merry Christmas too! J 😊 x

    1. Thanks so much Jo! It was fun to try something different. Merry Christmas!! Maura

  6. Fabulous project, Maura! What a clever idea to use a stamp as a pattern for the embroidery! Hugs, Sandra


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