I suppose if you’re my friend nowadays and you get married, I’ll more than likely make you an embroidery!
I was lucky enough to be my best friend’s Matron of Honor at her wedding in New Orleans, and I wanted to give her something handmade to commemorate the special day.
She is a huge Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fan, so I went online to find some LOTR embroidery inspiration. I came across this lovely piece on Pinterest and decided to make my own version.
I found this image of the Hobbit’s Shire online and got to work.
I liked the “chunky” look of the inspiration piece, so I kept my floss at 6 threads. I used 2 layers of a neutral linen I had in my stash but embroidered on a bigger hoop so the image would not have a border.
I roughly sketched where everything would be with a pen since my water-erasable pen ran out of ink! It worked out since I covered the whole thing with embroidery floss.
This was my first time doing a landscape-type piece, so I was guessing as I went, but I’m proud of how it came out!
I added the lovely couple’s initials on the Hobbit door since it’s a wedding gift. 😉
I wanted the back of the hoop to look a little more polished than my usual “trim the fabric, turn under, and glue” process. I trimmed the linen a little longer than usual and did a loose running stitch around. I then pulled the threads tight to cinch the fabric tight and tied a knot. Then I cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than the hoop and did a blanket stitch to attach it to the linen.
As you can see, it was my first time doing a blanket stitch, so it’s not perfect! But that’s the charm of handmade items, right? I also added one of my labels from Dutch Label Shop and am proud that the color scheme turned out Mardi-Gras inspired!
I enjoyed making this so much, I started another “landscape” scene embroidery soon after and I can’t wait to see how it will turn out!