Friday, September 30, 2011

D.I.Y. Sweethearts Embroidery >> Guest Post by Violet Bella

Hi everyone, its Laura from Violet Bella.  I'm excited to be a guest on Melissa's blog during this exciting time in her life.  Ironically on the 22nd of this month my husband and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary!  It is amazing how fast time goes by after you say those long awaited 'I dos'.  For myself I can say marriage has been one of the most rewarding and challenging things you can have in your life.  The ups and downs are all a part of it, and all worth it.  Having my husband by my side during these last four years have been my savior, since I have since then lost both of my parents.  I'm so glad I chose to marry my best friend and someone I can truly be myself with.  He is my rock.

I thought I'd share with you a super fun DIY that would make the perfect wedding gift or memorabilia of your relationship. It is something I made for my husband the christmas after we got married. I don't have step by step photo instructions, so I'll just explain each step.

Step 1: Stretch your fabric on your hoop.

Step 2: Trace a photo of you and your loved one. I actually used two separate images to get this. You may need to be sneaky and take a profile pic of yourselves.

Step 3: Take a needle and poke holes all around the drawing you traced (including any writing you want on it). Make your holes just a few milimeters apart from each other.

Step 4:  Lay your drawing over your fabric, pin it down, and with a small pen or fabric marker (something that wont bleed) poke through the holes to make little marks on the material.  These will be your embroidery guides.

Step 5: Connect the dots with your embroidery thread.

I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial. If you make one I'd love to see it! You can find me on my blog,  Violet Bella.

Peace and Love,

I'm so grateful to Laura for sharing this beautiful DIY tutorial with my readers!  One of the first things I plan to do after my wedding week madness dies down is to make one of these for Robbie and myself.  Make sure you stop by Laura's blog, as well as her gorgeous shops Violet Bella and Roots and Feathers

I can't believe I'm typing this, but tomorrow is the BIG DAY!  This week has been an absolute whirlwind.  Tonight we have the rehearsal dinner, and tomorrow is the wedding.  It's all happened so fast!  More soon...


  1. what a personal, creatively lovely gift idea! that will be treasured.

  2. Love this! Great idea Laura! I never even thought to trace a picture ^_^

  3. Enjoy the day tomorrow, finally united forever with your best friend, 13 years strong with mine, festivals, concerts, traveling, and quiet moments at home, bliss.


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