Conversational Embroidery

I like to say something with my stitches. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just sincere…

Embroidery craft for Valentine's Day from Family Chic.

No need for a pattern with this, just say what you feel and let it go where it wants.

I just snapped a piece of linen into an embroidery hoop and started stitching. I like to call this "doodle stitching". It's just like doodling with a pen on paper; let yourself go and work with the mistakes. I used a few different shades of embroidery floss and a back stitch.

I like the look of rough, wrinkly linen. I purchase drop cloths at Home Depot, cut them up, throw them in the washer and dryer and start stitching.

I thought the heart needed some weight to it – so I colored it in from the back with a pink sharpie. I experimented first on a scrap piece of linen and preferred the look on the reverse side – it was softer.

The kids can help with this part.

An IKEA frame is a stylish and inexpensive way to finish this look.



  1. Aunt Jenny  January 7, 2012

    I really love this!

    • camilla  January 7, 2012

      🙂 Thanks, C

  2. AJ Tarrant  January 7, 2012

    Oh, you clever girl!

    • camilla  January 8, 2012

      AJ – Thanks and Thanks for the embroidery books! I love them! C

  3. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie  January 8, 2012

    awesome…I love how you colored the back to give it a softer look!! I love the free style cursive you did…very charming. I love embroidery…I just finished a piece the other day and already started a new project.

    • camilla  January 8, 2012

      Hi Bonnie – Thanks! I am really into embroidery right now. I can’t stop 🙂 Take Care, Camilla

  4. Julie  January 8, 2012

    How do you keep on coming up with this stuff….i had never considered this cloth before! Awesome…and thanks!

    • camilla  January 8, 2012

      Thanks Julie! That Home Depot drop cloth looks like a million bucks and it is cheap, cheap, cheap! 🙂 Take Care, Camilla

  5. Darcie  January 8, 2012

    I dig the loopy lettering and “rough linen” fabric. And starting the sentence with “hey”.

    • camilla  January 9, 2012

      Thanks Darcie!