a few months ago i made out like a bandit with a 40% off coupon at joann’s. i purchased natalie chanin’s book Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style. yesterday i made a little shirt for elisha and we’re both quite happy. for lack of a more refined or eloquent word – her stuff rocks.
you gather up old t-shirts, stencil or paint away, stitch over the stenciled edges, attaching a piece of contrasting jersey underneath, then snip snip away in the middle of each section and voila, cool t-shirt. this rooster stencil was in the book. and i was supposed to stitch and cut around every section but i used this as sort of a test run so picked a few sections to stitch around and cut out. i’m loving this. and you leave the knots on the outside so it adds more interest to it.
the book really is beautiful and has wonderful ideas for headbands, tablecloths, skirts, etc. and chanin does such a great job explaining applique techniques, thread, stencils, and so much more.
more ideas are churning away in my head. i love that this t-shirt uses one of my dad’s old castoffs, so i’m trying to think of ideas to incorporate more of family hand-me-downs.
i think i decided to jump on this embroidery/stencil wagon when i was strolling through j.crew a few months back and was seeing embroidered t-shirts like these being sold for crazy high prices. “i could do that…” i kept saying while walking through the clothes. now i guess the real test would be to make something i would wear outside of the house.