Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Experimantal Embroidery Project

I have a big pile of my daughter's drawing. Children's drawings sometimes look very rough and primitive, but there is purity and honesty in it. It is pretty much interesting to me and I love that. So I would love to keep all of them if I could. But sadly I need to organize them once a while before my house get filled with all those doodles. I through some  into the recycle bin and I put some of them I really love in folders. I have been thinking if there is a way to use her drawing in my work besides just putting them in the frame and hanging up on the wall. One day I traced some of her art pieces on tracing papers and waited for the time I can work on it.

Then, it is time to do it! This is an experimental project. I decided to embroider this design of adorable two persons. The size of this embroidery pattern is small and the lines are pretty intricate. I wasn't sure if it would work well but anyway I gave it a try.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what this drawing is about. It is "Me and my Mom". Isn't is sweet?

I used back stitch for most of outlines. For her curly hair I did couching stitch. As you see in those two pics, I changed the color of her lips.

This girl above is my daughter Nina. Original drawing doesn't have colors. I added colors and some patterns on our dresses.

This is me! Nina didn't forget to draw earrings on my ears.

This is the whole design. I tried pretty hard not to ruin the original look. So this looks like almost exactly Nina's original drawing (I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture of it).

I am very happy with the result. I have a lot more waiting to be made up. I am motivated pretty much now. Anyway, I finished this embroidery and actually made a bag using it on the front. I will write about it in the next post. 

If you have a little kid and you think he/she is a genius artist, like I do :-p, you should try this. I am sure it will make you and your family smile.

Thank you for reading!


  1. This is so sweet! I'm sure as your daughter grows up she'll love having these little memories :)

    Much love,

  2. Adorable!!! This is a brilliant idea. If she is like many little girls I know, there will be an endless supply of doodles for you to embroider - perhaps even enough to make a quilt!

  3. Wow! That would be a super awesome quilt if WE made it!
    I love your Snowblossom blocks, Krista! They are stunning!