*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*
So remember my Little Letterman's Jacket? If not you can go look here to get caught up, don't worry I'll wait for you to get back......
Okay, so one of the pieces that I needed in order to make a proper Letterman's Jacket was the letter of course! I wanted to make an authentic looking chenille loop pile letter, and the only way I knew how to do that was through needle punch embroidery. (I became aware of needle punch embroidery about 10 years ago through a little quilt shop near my house when my family was assigned with the Air Force in Utah.) The needles used to be really hard to find, but as crafting has grown they are becoming more common; I was able to find a needle punch embroidery set at Hobby Lobby, but I have seen them other places as well.
I wasn't entirely sure what the best way to do the embroidery was since I needed felt for the base, (that's what the real letters have,) but I also didn't think the felt would work for holding the loops or even it's shape while doing the embroidery. (I tried it to see, and I was right, there was no way it was going to work.) I came up with the idea of sewing felt to a thicker fabric base, and then embroidering through both layers, which turned out perfectly I think.
For my sample I used regular craft felt, and for the jacket's "I" I used 100% wool felt, and I found that both of them work equally well when properly backed.
Sorry about how rubbish these pictures are, I took them with the camera in one hand, and the work in my other hand, (at night too because I like to spit into the wind of good picture taking practice.)
|I used the 1.26mm needle punch tool for this project, with 3 strands of embroidery floss. The set comes with a needle threader and instructions, so go ahead and follow those to get threaded up.|
|With about 1.5" of thread as a tail, I went ahead and punched into my fabric along the inside edge of the satin stitching.|
|The tool should penetrate fairly easily, so if it's not going into your fabric very well, your base fabric might be to dense.|
|Here's what the front looked like on the right side of the piece, as the little loops were starting to form.|
|Basically I just kept punching stitches in lines, closely filling in the whole back by building up rows. I tend to do it in color blocks so I am achieving small goals throughout the process.|
|From the front again, with only a little bit left to go.|
|All you need to do is take a pair of snips (preferably not your kid's crappy glue covered paper scissors) and trim everything flush with the surface.|
|The needle punch embroidery instruction sheet also says to trim the back threads flush. At this stage I also carefully cut away the cotton twill fabric, without cutting the felt.|
|Next I trimmed the felt a little closer to the edge of the stitching. I actually trimmed the felt a little too closely on this sample, I think it looks better a little wider, which is what I did on the Jacket "I"|
|Here's what it looks like with the wet glue on it. At this point you can either put the patch on your garment and have the glue work to help hold your layers together, or you can just let the glue dry and sew the patch onto whatever you want later.|
|I chose to glue mine on right away, because my fabric was thick and the glue wouldn't bleed through to the other side. Next I took the patch/fabric combo to my machine and sewed it down with matching cream thread around the felt edge.|
|It's a bit wonky, but I think you still get the idea what it all looks like.|
Now we are down to the exciting bit! A GIVEAWAY!!! I got an extra Punch Needle Embroidery set with 4 skeins of floss to give away to one lucky follower! (I am so excited to send one of you this fun set, it comes with 3 different sized needles, a threader, and a pattern for you to practice with.)
So what do you need to do to be entered to win? Just go ahead and follow me and then leave me a comment here saying that you do (and if you want to, you can tell me whatever cool idea you have for the punch needle embroidery tool in your comment too!) Since this is my first giveaway I'm sorry to say I am going to have to limit entry for this one to US residents only since I want to figure out the whole process first! (If I get to over 100 followers I am going to celebrate with a really awesome second surprise giveaway, so don't hold back!)
I saw this picture last night here and my husband and I thought it was very funny,
Ha, ha, that's my fear, but if that's the case, then you will have a one in 12 chance of winning I guess!!!
The giveaway will close in a week, (January 30th) so I will announce the winner then! Thanks for reading!