A frilling embroidered gift

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Happy Thursday everyone!  This past weekend I had the honor of being my friend’s matron of…well, honor in her wedding. It was so romantic. She married a frenchman, and they are jetting off to France tomorrow to start their lives together! I love it.

Like I told y’all last week, I’ve developed the habit of making a gift for my friends when they get married or have a baby. This wedding was no exception, and so I wanted to make something extra special.

My idea was to embroider something that they could hang in their home as a wedding memento. I wanted it to be old school with a bit of a modern twist. I decided on a simple image of a bride and groom with their name and wedding date.   Originally, I was going to do it by hand, but my amazing mother-in-law ended up showing me how to use her frilling new embroidery machine. It is so cool. You can essentially put any image into the computer, and it will embroider it for you! Plus, I think the straight, simple lines add to the modern vibe I was going for.

I loved getting to see how her new machine works, and I loved getting to give one of my closest friends something meaningful. I think it turned out simply lovely.. and FRILLING!

June 14, 2012 11:22 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY | Tags: ,

Embroidery fun with Sublime Stitching

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know if you have noticed, but I haven’t been doing much posting lately. In the last couple of weeks, Lyle and I have undergone some major life changes (which resulted in my unintended absence). After my graduation festivities, we had a brief vacation, and then we headed back to Waco to pack up our things, move out of our lovely house, say goodbye to our dear friends, and make the move to the Austin area. We are still kind of in limbo, but it feels good to finally start the next chapter in our life!

In the midst of all the craziness, I found the time to make these sweet dishtowels for my friend who recently got married (which, by the way, may have been the most beautiful wedding I have experienced to date – and I have been to and in a lot of weddings!):

Over the last few years, I have found that I generally try and make something for my friends when they get married. Normally, I go with dish towels because to me, they symbolize what Fran and I (youfrillme) are all about – finding beauty and frills (and functionality) in the practical, day-to-day things. Everyone needs dishtowels – why not make them FRILLING and lovely?

The details:

The entire concept was inspired by embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching – who I discovered at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted a sort of vintage-inspired look, and I fell in love with this flower and birds design.

The Russian nesting dolls were also inspired by Sublime. I actually purchased embroidery patterns for these, but instead, I decided to incorporate them using applique and some super fun pattern mixing.

I also sewed on ruffles to the bottom of the dishtowels for extra FRILLS.

Finally, a little shout out to Mrs. Kathy Davidson – if you get a chance to read this – your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. Thank you for including me on such a special day. Best wishes to you and Matt as you continue having the time of your life! Hopefully these gifts will reach you soon!

June 5, 2012 11:28 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, For the Home, Handmade | Tags: , , , ,

Renegade Craft Fair 2011: Austin

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Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin, and it was tons o’ fun! I felt like I was walking around Etsy. Frills. Frilling. LOVE. There was so much eye candy, I just had to buy a few prizes for myself – more on that in a later post. I left with some ideas of my own, too.

For now, check out some of my favorite designers I discovered at the Fair:

Check out these frilling Ipad carriers I found by Craft Chi. You can find her blog here

Hair pieces were all the fad at the Fair this year, but these flower crowns stood out above the rest. They are just the fringes of Molly Gee’s collection. Seriously, I think I stayed in her booth the longest. She had ALL KINDS of frilling goodies. Check out her website to see what I mean. 

I could not get enough of this fabric wall art by Tefi Designs. My favorite is the Embroidery Ring Decor. I am also in LOVE with her fabric necklaces and rings. So frilling! Check out her site for everything from wreathes to jewelry to stationery!

These button bouquets by the Button Florist were amazing to behold! She even had bouquets made from felt and ceramic. It would be really neat to see her creations as a wedding decor. Her site is currently under construction, but you really ought to bookmark it for later!

Sublime Stitching had a super fun booth. There were all kinds of embroidering patterns available that iron on up to eight times! They also had napkins and dish towels for sale, as well as lots of metallic threads. I bought a Christmas pattern and some dishtowels. Someone will be getting a lovely present very soon. =)

I fell in LOVE with these Baby Pill Box Hats. Seriously. LOVE. They are so cute; I just HAD to have one. You can find these at Black Gardenia Design along with many other super frilling hair pieces. 

Well, there you have it. My faves from the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin. Ours was the first city they hit this summer, so check out their site for a city near you! 

- Aurelia

DIY Applique Dishtowels + BONUS Scrap project

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Here’s a FRILLING project for you.  Check out these lovely dishtowels Aurelia and I made (Unfortunately I went off and forgot to photograph the ones A made, so here’s only mine – sorry, Rae).

Want the full How-To?  Really the sky’s the limit with embellished dishtowels – you could use fabric paint, rick-rack or other trimmings, buttons, all sorts of things.  But here’s what we did:

Start with whatever dishtowel you want to use-we got these at Hobby Lobby- and an applique fabric.  We used this Alexander Henry bird fabric, and cut out the bird and flower shapes to applique onto our dishtowels.  For a different look you could use any patterned fabric and cut out whatever shapes you’d like. 

Apply iron-on adhesive paper to your fabric…

…then cut out the shape you want to use as your applique decoration. Follow the instructions on the adhesive paper package.  Be careful not to adhere the paper to your ironing board (ahem, Aurelia).

Next, remove the backing paper from your newly-cut applique.  Iron it onto your dishtowel. (oops, forgot to photograph this step.)

Then use your sewing machine to satin stitch around the edges of the applique.  We recommend working on a scrap piece for a bit before trying it on your dishtowel because it takes a few minutes to get the hang of satin-stitching around an image. 

Next, you can embellish more.  Yes, I know, MORE FRILLS.  I chose to embroider, as it is my current go-to embellishment:

I free-handed the script, then used a simple back-stitch to stitch it up.  Then I added some quick little flowers using the detached chain stitch.  I think these would be cute with a bit of rick-rack added to the edge as well. 

When A and I weren’t looking my mom used some of the scraps to embellish a onesie for Baby, who was happily playing on the floor while we crafted.  She pieced together various petals, stems and leaves from the original fabric to make this design, then stitched around it in bright pink thread:

You could do something similar with virtually any fabric scraps you have lying around. Cute, huh?  Here’s Baby rocking her FRILLINGly embellished onesie.

Frilling Friday 4/1/11

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Happy Friday!

We are having GORGEOUS weather here in SF this week.  No more rain for now! We are enjoying being outdoors, going to the park, taking walks with friends.  I’m also hoping to work on my newest hobby: embroidery.  Take a look at all the cool things happening in the embroidery world.  This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery:


patterned tights + embroidery = awesome (from Rhi Stitched via Sublime Stitching)

And (joy!) embroidered book covers!

Here are some other FRILLING things I found this week.  Check em out:

The Key to Cool Layering: Excellent style tips from Shana.  Go read this now to bump up your style factor.
More papaya red.
Well-edited wardrobe = your best style friend.  I need to work on this…
More tips on closet editing.
A Philosophy for the home.
Melissa customized her Boppy!
What did I tell you about colored tights?!
For your health: check out my Vitamin D Alert on Vegeater.
On another nutritional note, check out my Nutritionist colleague Jessica’s excellent blog post on Iodine.
And, this week Aurelia and I started our new series called Stuff We Love. We’ve got cosmetic picks and style basics, and more to come.

Hope you have a happy weekend.  Today marks the start of my birthday month (yes, I like to celebrate all month), so it’s sure to be FRILLING.

-Fran

April 1, 2011 12:01 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , , ,

A Frilling Philosophy: Love is the Anchor

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My neighbor knocked on my door this morning to tell me that his car and mine were broken into last night, with the windows smashed.  Somehow thieves got into the garage and broke into our cars.  They stole our GPS, and some quarters I had in the console for parking meters, and made a big mess of broken glass. Nice.  Happy Monday to me, right?

The police officer I spoke with explained that usually in these situations it’s a person who is drug addicted and looking for quick cash and items they can quickly sell for cash; just smash and run, don’t bother with anything big.  It seems like a lot of trouble to go to, to break into a locked garage, smash windows and all, just for a few bucks.  And of course it leaves me with all the trouble of cleaning up, getting a new window, calling insurance, and whatnot.  Sad and annoying.

My lovely friend and Midwife for Baby’s birth, Angelika, used to tell me when I was pregnant and feeling all the things you feel when you’re pregnant: “Throw some love at it.”  Whatever is going on, whether you’re feeling angry or afraid or peeved or sad or whatever, it never hurts to throw a little love at the situation.  So today I can get upset, or I can rear back and hurl some love from afar at the sad guys who smashed my car to feed a sad addiction.

So, the project I was planning to show you today appears to be appropriate for today:

Remember when I mentioned that I was dreaming of embroidering things with maritime images? Well, this is my first effort — pillowcases.  (I ONLY like crisp, clean, white linens.  For me, no other color will do; my sheets have gotta be white — there’s nothing more inviting than a bed freshly made up with clean white linens.  Which means I have a closet full of white pillowcases just waiting to be embellished.)

Next time my mom comes to visit I will have to get her to teach me some more advanced embroidery stitches, as these are quite remedial.  Nevertheless, I’m happy with these little guys; I’m glad I made them.  Because today they are a nice reminder to me that, sometimes if you toss a little love at a sorry situation, it can help anchor you in a more mindful, patient, loving frame of mind.

-Fran

March 14, 2011 5:01 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY | Tags: , , , , , , ,

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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