Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Our Wedding Sampler

Being partial to a bit of crafting, I thought I would design myself a wedding sampler. Why design my own rather then merely buy a kit? Because the ones I found to buy [somewhat limited] were either super traditional or super cute [IE teddy bears]. Neither are us. Being a fan of blackwork - which is basically working with backstich in creating patterns. So I thought I'd use that as my basis, searching on google images, pinning things as I went and a bit of imagination I managed to create this in just over a month;



Measuring a fair 8 x 13 inches it features wedding chains, roses to represent my Yorkshire roots, love hearts, snow flakes because we got married in December and it snowed on our way to Chicago for our honeymoon and also a quote from Captain Corelli's Mandolin that featured in our wedding ceremony. It was so fun to sew, knowing it was marking such an important mile stone in our relationship and lives.


I framed it myself using special backing board for sewing projects and a frame that was on clearance. Over all the project cost just under $15 which was really good going seeing most shop brought samplers were at least $25. It now proudly hangs upon our wall above the TV - it has the pride of place in the whole apartment!

Have you ever designed any sewing projects? Did you do anything special craft wise to mark your wedding day?  What are you crafting at the moment?

35 comments:

  1. It's so lovely, you are very talent!

    Lots of Love,

    Lily from Red Brick Lipstick

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  2. Rachael this is stunning, it's just beautiful and your hard work has really paid off because it's so striking and original. (sooo much better than a shop bought one. Not a teddy bear in sight ;-)

    Jem xXx

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    1. Thank you Jem, i'm really proud of it, never designed anything before so it was a bit of a challenged but it came out a lot better then I imagined. Really want to design something else but i'm not too sure what currently!

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  3. You did an incredible job. It is so beautiful!! Look at all the details. What a special gift for the two of you :]

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    1. Aw thank you! Its defiantly something to treasure.

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  4. Rachael, you are super Crafty (with a capital C!) This turned out looking marvelous! Now I really want to cross stitch.

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  5. You are so clever, this is so beautiful and will last forever! X

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  6. !!! This is awesome. You did a great job! Definitely just inspired me to start something similar to this.

    http://allisoncelestia.blogspot.com/

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    1. :D we don't have many photographs of our wedding day so this counts as a big marker for us.

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  7. That is beautiful. You did such a good job. Definitely better than anything you could buy.

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    1. And its far more personal and related to us too which is a biggie.

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  8. I love it! It is beautiful and I love that it is black and white. I would love to be able to do something like this for my bestfriend! She is getting married at the end of the summer and I am her maid of honor.

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    1. That would be such a lovely gift! I really think personalised gifts are much more treasured.

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  9. Hey, love this its so much more personal than anything u could ever find laying around.
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  10. Looks amazing!! Love the simple blk & wht color too :) xo akiko
    Style Imported

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    1. Thanks, I really wanted to keep things simple and let the patterns stand out.

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  11. Rachael this is really a beautiful heirloom and I am sure it will be treasured you and your family always.

    Love v

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    1. I really hope so! I love seeing really old ones in charity shops and vintage fairs and hope mines still going and in an okay condition at that age!

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  12. It is lovely and even more special because you designed it yourself.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  13. wow!! i love this!! such a treasure that it's personal too!

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  14. That is a real heirloom in the making, it's absolutely beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself. x

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  15. That is so beautiful! I love that each motif has a meaning behind it. Definitely sounds like something to be treasured so much more than something shop bought and put together by someone else. I love the idea of things like this that can grow into hand crafted future heirlooms :)

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  16. so beautiful! i love it! now if only i could sew and stitch :)
    xo TJ

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  17. literally so so beautiful.

    happy thursday, friend!
    xo

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  18. What a beautiful hand-made memento of your wedding and love for each other.

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  19. So pretty! Both classic and modern...I love the black on white!

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