Monday, January 2, 2012

Gator Fever.

Since Moving to Gainesville I decided to try and craft some Gator colored items. My first project was started in Oct. I didn't get around to posting the project or pictures. I am doing so now. :P

I was sent a bracelet a year or so ago in a swap from Swapbot that sparked the idea.

The Original:

What I've come up with:

This is the most that I've tinkered with embroidery. I picked up a few books at a library book sale that were from the 70's. So many neat ideas as far as patterns and stitches. I'll be trying them all and see what works and what doesn't for these little 'buttons'. I plan on stringing them together to make a 'bib' style necklace and a few bracelets. I will also be using the Bernina to do some free hand embroidery as well.

The Materials:
-Felt cut into 1-1 1/2" circles
-Embroidery Floss
-Any embellishment suitable for wearable art

The Project:

Cut felt into 1" or 1 1/2" circles (depending on how big or small you want them).

Decorate one circle (Add beads, embroidery, sequins, hand-paint something..etc etc.)

Once your finished decorating place on top of a blank circle, place button between the two felts and use your fave finishing stitch (I used the blanket stitch) to close the edges around the button.

Now you can place a pin back on the finished piece or string them together for a necklace/bracelet/belt, whatever you fancy. A fun and easy project with endless results. I've been thinking about using these for the inside of some felted flowers as well.

Although I'm still not a Gator and might never be a Gator, I can make gifts for others that are Gators. GO Team GO!


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