Hello friends! I’ve made it home from our big 6 week vacation – and let’s just say, that’s gotta happen every year. I realized it takes me about 2 weeks to be fully okay with neglecting all my online obligations (*ahem* have you missed me?) and instead fully engaged with what’s going on all around me in the moment. I always find it hard to get back into the swing of things when I return from a vacay, and I knew this trip would be no exception. Thankfully I had a box of inspiration waiting for me from the Michaels Makers July Challenge to get me back into the swing of things. Seriously, I have to plan it like that from here on out!
Now, onto this month’s challenge. We were all given an exclusive look into Michaels new Raw Bar line, as in you can’t even get it in the stores yet – so essentially this is an exclusive sneak peek for you too! The new collection is inspired by nature and customers who asked for more unfinished products for crafting. Think cork, wood, burlap, metal, chalk board and canvas – all perfect elements to add a little texture to any project!
So when I opened the box and saw the burlap stretched over wood like a canvas – I immediately thought of embroidery. Could it get any easier? It’s already nice and tight (no hoop needed!), it has perfectly spaced threads, and offers an interesting and contrasting background to the embroidery.
Catch me after the jump for all the details!
This project is right up your alley, because I know you like ‘em simple. It’s even great for kids and teens (get ‘em working on gifts for the upcoming holidays while they’re bored!) as it requires just a little bit of time and just a few supplies.
You can pick a favorite quote, download a small embroidery template, or even just stitch one big letter for a monogram. All perfect for a little addition to that shelf that needs a little something. For me, I chose to use my word of the year which is: grow. I know, vague-but I have found that if I am growing in some way I am content. No feelings of restlessness or feeling out of balance.
- Stretched burlap canvas (available August 8th at Michaels)
- Fabric marker (ink disappears when wet)
- Embroidery floss and needle
Use the fabric marker to write out what it is you want to stitch. Make sure you pay attention to the stitch area which will be towards the center where the wood frame will not interfere with the stitching. If you want to practice a bit just draw a square the size of the area on paper and write it out.
Then take your floss and follow your drawing using a backstitch or running stitch. You could even get fancy and hit up You Tube to learn some new stitches. That’ll keep the kids busy for hours ;).
That’s it! Pretty simple ‘eh? Perfect for little gifts, additions to shelves, and even keeping the kids busy while they learn a new skill.
You’ll be able to shop the new Raw Bar collection starting August 8th. I can’t wait to check it all out – I really did love everything they sent!
Want to see more? Check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers team made by clicking the links below!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and I’m tellin’ ya-start planning a 6 week vacation for next year! I haven’t disconnected and yet connected that way in years. I need to write about it I guess 🙂
A big thank you to Michaels for sending me the inspiration and products, and for sponsoring this post!