Monday, July 18, 2011

I tried to be like Amy Tan...

A very dear friend of mine had a sweet baby about 7 weeks ago and to celebrate his birth, I made him a couple of shirts. I wanted to try out a reverse embroidery technique, like Amy Tan, you know, first cut the image away from the tee shirt, back the the cut out hole with a coordinating fabric and last stitch around the hole( negative image). I did this with the shirt above that bears his name. Oh my gosh!!! I am not sure I will ever do this again! I have to say that was some hard work. I think I started that shirt thinking it would take me an hour and I think it took me close to 3 hours to complete and my fingers, oh dear my fingers were so tender, aching the next day...at the shower. I LOVE how it turned out, but next time I want that look, I think I will buy it from the expert! The second shirt I made, new, was waaaaay easier. I used the iron on backing for the Slice, cut the letters with my Slice, ironed them on and stitched around. This one was done much faster.
I do love making things for this friend, I know she gets it, knows that I put my heart into the projects that I make....i should add that I have quite a few friends that are very appreciative....they read this blog. :-)

8 comments:

Jenny said...

They turned out adorable! I'm sure your friend will love them :) It does seem like a lot of hard work though lol! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. You are so sweet!

Tonya said...

I think they turned out great Samantha!!! Cute, cute, cute!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Oh so cute! You definitely succeeded :)

Christa said...

Those are really great! Love them!

Meghann said...

Those are so adorable! You did a great job!

Briana Johnson said...

These are awesome! You did a wonderful job! They definitely look like they were worth your effort!

cindy said...

Nice shirts they turned out very good I bet he will look great in them.

amytangerine said...

they turned out adorable! i will be teaching a workshop on big picture classes chock full of info and the way to do reverse applique so it won't take you 3 hours. it should be available soon. but you really did a wonderful job!