Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Americana door decor

Just in time for the fourth I managed to complete a project I started months ago - new art to hang on my door.

With an overabundance of embroidery hoops and unbleached muslin this seemed like a logical place to start. Then I used a small amount of my wool felt stash to create the stars and stripes. My field of blue measuring 2 x 3 inches and the stripes measuring 1 inch wide and varying a tad in length. I secured them in place using felt glue - something that should be used sparingly so hand stitching doesn't become difficult later. Then I stitched around the square and stripes which took....forever. I recommend this as a project for that late time of night when you're vegging out in front of the TV.

Then I needed stars. I didn't manage room for all 50 (just 42), but this was I think the most time consuming part.

Since it was so small I couldn't make a traditional star shape and opted for this instead.

And to try and help me keep the rows straight (I failed, but we'll just call it "rustic" okay?) I followed this pattern.

Finally! I can take down my Christmas cones which should have been taken down months ago except that without it my door look so boring and sad.

A length of jute string looped around the top holds it in place.

This will be perfect to stay up until Autumn. Maybe I should get started on my Autumn art now so it might be ready in time. ;)

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❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I love it, it's beautiful !

Jill said...

How cute! I especially love your stars (even if there aren't 50 of them!)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Completely wonderful!!! Great inspiration here. And way to go "green" using the stuff you already had. : )

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Molly, This is adorable! Love it.

Anonymous said...

So pretty!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Cool project, looks nice on your door!