We just made a big move from Boulder, Colorado to the Atlanta area. It’s been a fun process seeing our new house become “home.”  As with any move, it can be a bit of adjustment and I’m doing my best to make the transition easy for my little ones.  One thing I wanted to do was incorporate my embroidery into wall art for each of my sons’ rooms.  A little custom gift made from mom celebrating their new space. I also couldn’t help jazz up my own studio space as well.  Below I share how simple it can be to make your own wall art using machine or free motion embroidery.


A mix of Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon Thread
Sulky Sticky + Stabilizer
OESD’s Sew Vintage Collection, Wild Flora Collection, Native America 2 Collection
Brother SE1800 Sewing & Embroidery Machine

 Begin by cutting samples of medium weight cotton fabric that measure 2″ over the hoop size you plan to use for the art. I stabilized the fabric with Sulky’s Sticky + Stabilizer.  I wanted the designs to pop and have a smooth, shiny finish so I went with Sulky’s 40 Wt. Rayon thread.  The embroidery was done using my Brother SE1800 Sewing and Embroidery machine.  The designs were from OESD (see above for each individual collection).

I embroidered a handful of designs to use for each room. 

Remove the tear away stabilizer, press, and then hoop with your wooden hoop. Cut away the excess fabric around the hoop. I like to keep 1″ of fabric to fold over and hot glue along the interior of the wooden hoop.

For the Bison Skull my son wanted a hanging tapestry instead of hoop art.  So I folded the top over about 1.5″ and edge stitched along the raw edge to create a casing for the rod.

Then I placed the wood rod through and knotted some cording to hang around the edges.

You don’t have to have a fancy embroidery machine to achieve this. You can use hand embroidery or free motion like I did for this Coco Chanel Design.

These all came together nicely and I loved the big smiles on their faces when I gave them the finished projects.  Now they want lizards, snakes, and other animals to cover their rooms…Even for Louis I embroidered his name on a diaper basket. There are so many things you can come up with and I’m inspired to do more. Although, for now this will do as I don’t want a million nails on my walls.


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