Hello there lovely Buttoneers!! Woweeeeee!!! I am at number 28 in my Create 28 blog challenge!! Can you believe it!? [Insert party popper, streamers and a truck load of cake here] I am so super excited to be sharing the final part of my crafty adventure today with you all. Keep your eyes peeled later in the week for all of my thoughts, feelings and general roundy-uppy goodness…Ooo did I mention before that it was my birthday on Thursday!? 😉
If you have only just tuned in, you can catch up with all 28 creative doses of crafty goodness here
But, before all of that, I am here to tell you all about the final crafty adventure of the series and one that is definitely right up there on the favourite list. As you avid reader Buttoneers will know…
I have a huge love for France and all things French…the country, the culture, the language, the elegance and pace of life…okay maybe not the escargot or the moules or the…well, you get the point.
So, naturally my original idea for a ‘Hello’ embroidery hoop turned into a more French inspired piece…and I love it!
So, without further ado (and because I have a date with my laptop in a
therapy session spill-all-about-this-challenge blog post, here is No.28 in my Create 28 blog challenge…
Come with me and bring your imagination…”Bonjour” You chime with a little wave as you pass a fellow cyclist on your way through the fields of calming purple lavender fields that stretch out to the golden sun sat low on the horizon. The wind in your hair and your troubles a mere speck of the past in your relaxing journey to a wonderful destination. Or maybe you are hand in hand with a special someone, strolling along.
Baguette in hand from the boulangerie along the road, the smell of freshly baked bread merges with the delicate floral lavender scents as you pass the fleuriste. You buy a small sprig of flowers and place them in the windowsill of your little French cottage to remind you to be calm and take time out.
Bonjour relaxation….Bonjour calm…
This embroidered embroidery hoop wall art is approx. 15cm in diameter and has been hand embroidered with the French word ‘Bonjour’ meaning ‘Hello’ in English. This is created in a split stitch, which looks like a tiny chain stitch, in a crisp white embroidery thread in the centre of the hoop. Two sprigs of lavender with pale green stems and lavender purple flowers have been hand-embroidered around the curve of the hoop to border the wording and meet together at the top. This in turn is followed by a smaller two sprigs on the inside curved line to finish the border. Inside the bordering lavender sprigs are five extra, small sprigs of lavender that are growing as wild flowers around the ‘Bonjour’ wording.
The pale green lavender flower stems were deliberately embroidered in the carefully chosen split stitch to add a lovely texture to the piece whilst small single lazy daisy stitches were added to create leaves off the stems. This not only adds a lovely tactile look to the piece but a gorgeous dreamy pop of colour to compliment the lavender purple flowers. Each of the nine lavender flowers are made up of lots and lots of hand-embroidered French knot stitches that were chosen for their fabulous dimensional qualities and raised texture much like a lavender flower itself. The purple embroidery thread was chosen to reflect the dreamy purple hues of the lavender and to add a beautiful contrast to the slate grey background of the embroidery hoop wall art.
I love the slate grey cotton fabric background as it compliments with the embroidery thread colours beautifully at the same time as setting them off and allowing them to stand out from an elegant and neutral grey colour.
The bamboo embroidery hoop itself is left on the piece to hang framed by its bamboo edging in your home for a reminder to relax and allow you to dream of holidays in France or even to hang in your very own little cottage in France! The blue part of the frame in the photographs is purely just the protective peel-off cover on the metal closing of the hoop to ensure it stays in good condition when it arrives to you.
The back of the embroidery hoop is sealed tightly to ensure the embroidery stays in a taught position to refrain from sagging etc. This is then covered in a grey felt circle to the edges of the hoop to hide away the back of the stitches and ensure they can’t be snagged or accidentally loosened over time.
An Eliston Button logo is stitched to the back to show its originality and that you are buying a piece of original art from me that is handmade, therefore no two pieces will ever be exactly the same.
So there you go and now you know! I am so in love with this piece, I love that I am going out of this challenge feeling like I have learnt so much. I love that the last piece was so ‘me’ and that so much of my heart and soul went into it. I am so very proud of myself and have gone beyond anything I thought I was capable of. Like I said, more of that in a blog post of its own later this week!
What I do want to say though is thank you. Thank you for following along and thank you for your support in this challenge. I am so excited to see what is in store for Eliston Button so watch this space! 🙂
What did you think of number 28!? Did I take you on a journey to France? Do you love France too? Which has been your favourite Create 28 piece overall? I would love to hear all about it!
This embroidered and French inspired ‘Bonjour’ embroidery hoop will be available to buy in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop as soon as possible. I can’t wait to hear your feedback!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!