Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Books and Embroidery

This week is Banned Books Week so everyone pull out your copies of Huckleberry Finn, Harry Potter, In the Night Kitchen or any of these other books and show your support for the only national celebration of the freedom to read what we choose!
But Maddie.... that's all well and good but what does it have to do with embroidery!?? Ah you see... with our magic machines we are able to bring thread to voice so to speak.. so in celebration of Banned Books week I have created this weeks Freebie to celebrate our freedom of choice! This design is great for a book-bag or t-shirt.. but this year my kids and I have chosen to honor our favorite librarian by making her a book weight to hold down book pages for easy hands free reading. The finished weight is 4x8 and was easy sewing.
Just sew out the design in the 5x7 hoop making sure to leave enough material for the finished project. Then stitch up a simple 4x8 rectangle and then fill it with about 1/2 a cup of dry rice, beans, or plastic doll weight pellets and close the opening. I used some rough weave linnen and natural tones, but you could easily so something brighter. And for those wondering.. the raven in the design in a nod to the fact that Edgar Allen Poe's works have often been put on banned book lists over the years.
To get this free design in PES format please click here and after that.. go read a book while the design stitches out!


Lise said...

Thanks Maddie - i just love this design. You're a gem to share!!


Cookie said...

I read banned books, what a hoot!