Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Embroidery ~ How to Make the Curved Text

I shared this embroidery I made last week on Instagram but I wanted to share it here and give some of the details about it. I was asked if I had a pattern for it and I don't but this is what I did.

I chose a font that I liked in MS Word. Typed out the words I wanted and then chose the insert tab, clicked on word art, chose one of these and then chose text effects. I then printed it out, centered it onto my fabric where I wanted the text, traced it onto the fabric. Easy Peasy. The rest I did free hand. I drew some stems but didn't stitch on all of them. This is why I LOVE the Frixion pens. I just ironed out the lines I didn't like.

The circular leaves and flowers are free hand, as I am sure you can tell, haha! but I enjoy embroidering this way. The French knot on my center flower is popping out. I hastily snipped a thread to close on the back. I think I am going to try the Colonial knot instead of French knots on my next project to see how that looks.

This embroidery was inspired by my little Echinacea plant. I left a beautiful Echinacea plant back in PA. So when we moved I started some plants from seeds. They sprouted and started to grow and then a storm blew the pot off the porch. So I salvaged what I could. Eventually, I had 3 puny little plants that were ready to be planted. I planted them next my porch. They grew some before the winter, so I was hopeful. In the spring they came back! I was really happy about that. This summer my father in law helped my husband build a roof over our porch and as hard as I tried my plants were trampled but I was getting a roof on my porch so I wasn't too upset. But then, one little plant was alive, a little battered but alive!!! It has grown to about 3 feet now and just bloomed too! You go, little Echinacea plant!!!

I hope that was somewhat helpful as a simple way to get the curved text. Of course you could just use a round object, trace the curves line and use your own writing on it. My handwriting is atrocious so, no, I don't do that. I don't have Photoshop which I think you can make a curved text using. I'm sure there are many options. This is just what worked for me.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

15 comments:

Nisa-mom said...

its so beautiful, Erin. Thank you for sharing the tips ..

Jacque. said...

It's always good to know how things are done. Thank you! And, I love it! xo

erin said...

Thanks Fitri! You are welcome!

erin said...

You're welcome! Thanks so much, Jacque!

Mari said...

Oh Erin...it looks lovely :0) Echinacea are quite hardy and they do come back :D ... enjoy your day!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

What a wonderful job you did, Erin! I love it! :)

Lorrie said...

Your embroidery looks great - isn't it wonderful to have these digital tools to help us design? So glad one stalwart echinacea survived!

vintage grey said...

Just beautiful and I love your flowers!! So sweet!! xo Heather

gibbygoo56 said...

Simple and sweet! I love it.

Sarah Jeffries said...

Hi Erin, thanks for the tutorial. My handwriting falls in the same category lol so it needs all the help I can get :o)

Marion Ogden said...

I've just found your blog--love your beautiful makes. I like to do a bit of embroidery and I find this tutorial very useful. Thanks!
Marion (my-two-girls@blogspot.com)

Jana said...

so sweet! thanks for sharing!

Cecelia said...

Oh I just love your embroidery! Thanks for the tutorial also. What is that font it's so nice for your embroidery!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thank you all! The font is Monterey BT. I first saw it on Amy's blog nanaCompany. It is so pretty for embroidery.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the tip, I will have to try this!

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