Thursday, February 2, 2012

Love, Love, Love

Love love love

The other day I was watching "Love, Actually" while sorting through some of my embroidery thread and those two things combined to inspire this little piece. I found some Memory Thread from DMC and thought I really *should* do something with that.

As for "Love, Actually", I totally get goose bumps whenever I see that scene in the church, after the ceremony, when the surprise music starts playing. "Love, love, love". So that's the inspiration! And Valentine's is just around the corner, so quite fitting too. Although I'm not such a big fan of that particular 'holiday', so I made it a little less lovey-dovey with a bit of blue.

I didn't use a pattern for this, I just wrote the words and drew the hearts and then stitched along those lines. I think stitching over my handwriting has actually improved how it looks! :-)

Feel free to borrow the idea. It worked up pretty quickly - you should be able to do it in an afternoon.

DMC memory thread
Maybe you're wondering what Memory Thread is? It's a thin copper wire wrapped with thread and you can use it just like you would if doing couching. And you can use it on paper too. It's pretty nifty! You can read more about it here.

Here are some places you can buy Memory Thread: UK, US and Australia. For other countries, try looking it up with your favourite internet seach site. Or maybe check your local craft or sewing shop. Even if they don't have it in stock they may be persuaded to order some for you. :-)

Love love love
Here's a close-up. As you can see, you don't actually stitch with the Memory Thread. You just push a bit through to the back to secure it and then you simply shape and stitch it in place on the front. When you get to the end, you push the end through the fabric and secure it if necessary. It's best to use this thread on fabric that's fairly open, because otherwise it can be a bit difficult to push it through the fabric.

6 comments:

  1. NEATO. Where are the most likely places to get Memory Thread? I haven't seen it. (though since I didn't know it exists... haven't looked for it either!!)

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    1. Thank you, Dana! I've added a few links to places where you can buy it online. But your local embroidery or craft shop may already have it. :-)

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  2. That looks lovely!! I must try some memory thread. I love the blue and red together.

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  3. Beautiful! I've seen memory thread in the floss section but haven't tried it. I love the idea of using it for couching. Now I'll have to pick some up :)

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    1. Thank you very much! I think you'll love memory thread! :-)

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