Sure, Valentine’s day is a day filled with plenty of wonderful history, but now-a-days we use it as an excuse to spend time with the people we love, which can include exchanging gifts. It’s the perfect reason to get crafty, because after all, a gift made by hand is a gift straight from the heart. Landauer Publishing’s Photographer Sue has been stitching up a storm lately, and she does amazing hand stitching. This year, for Valentine’s day, she created a hand-stitched, framed heart of her own design with a special hand-written message for her hubby. In Sue’s own words:
I’m not a fan of most greeting cards, especially at Valentine’s Day. So, I decided to stitch my own Valentine’s sentiment for my husband. I drew a heart and stitched it with the following stitches:
And French Knots
While the piece is still rather “frilly” I decided to use a more masculine frame to frame the heart. I needed the heart to be red, but the grey makes it a bit manlier, too.
I stitched the heart on a light weight muslin with size 8 perle cotton thread (I like to use Valdani threads). I used some rice paper I found at a local craft store, and since the paper wasn’t entirely opaque I used a piece of purple paper behind it that looked nice and hid the back of the frame that would have shown through otherwise.
A close-up image of Sue’s beautiful heart.
Did you make something for this Valentine’s day? What kind of hand-made gifts do you like to give? Tell us in the comments below!