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.
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!
Sue is not only Landauer Publishing's amazingingly creative Photographer, responsible for all of the gorgeous images in most of our titles, she's also designed and created quilts for many of our books. She enjoys hand stitching, designing and creating quilts as well as hunting, fishing and spending time with her husband.