Quiet Book Page – Embroidery Sampler
I wanted to create a quiet book page for Zoey that offered a variety of colors and textures. While planning, I checked out the fiber crafts area at my local library and had the good fortune of finding an embroidery stitch dictionary called “The encyclopedia of stitches by Karen Hemingway”. It’s awesome! Each section of the book deals with a different topic and then gives you a project you can do to work on. Looking through the book I noticed several flowers and so decided to make a flowered embroidery sampler page so I’d be justified in playing around with the stitches.
- Fabric markers for the background
- Larger sewing needle for embroidery floss – used three strands for most of it
- Unbleached Muslin Natural Fabric by the Yard
- Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus White Fabric by the Yard
- Embroidery Floss
I had the good fortune of finding ‘The encyclopedia of stitches by Karen Hemingway’ at my local library and jumped at the chance to have a legit and working reason to work on a sampler. I ended up falling in love with the book during this project and bought the newer (and linked) version of the book after I had to return it to the library.
I started decorating the quiet book page base by coloring the ground with a green fabric marker for a good base of grass and then used other colors to quickly sketch out five flowers to start on. I then used my iron to set the ink to the page before going through the book looking for flowers I’d like to try. When I worked on embroidering the first flower I used an embroidery hoop to keep my work taunt but it was bulky and hard to put in the hoop as I had already reinforced the muslin with fusible interfacing. After I finished the flower I removed the hoop and found an indented area and got worried about it permanently marking my page, especially as the page got more crowded and the hoop would be going over the stitching, and so decided to go without the hoop which caused my quiet book page to warp as I progressed.
After the first flower I continued by embellishing the colored flowers, while trying to let the fabric marker show through, and then went on to create more flowers to fill out the page. I decided which flowers to make by going through the embroidery book and seeing what jumped out at me.
Some of the flowers includes:
After adding a lot of flowers and some flower stem work I took a step back to look at it and see how I liked it.
I decided the space above the flowers looked too large and open and decided to add a bird to hopefully balance the page. I looked up images of birds and quickly sketched out a simple bird with a disappearing ink pen. I was careful to keep it simple as I wanted to fill in the open areas with different textures.
After creating the bird I try to fill in all the empty spaces in the garden with more blossoms while trying not to add too much. I also tried to keep in mind where the seam allowance and grommet space will be on the page as I didn’t want to have to sew overtop of my embroidery.
After I decided the sampler was done and finished the reverse of the page I then pinned both page bases, right sides facing, together. As the embroidery warped and brought my page in it ended up being smaller than the reverse page by a bit.
I then sewed it on three sides and flipped it the right way out.
As the embroidery page got warped I ended up pinning the last edge together and trimming the reverse side of the page so they’d be the same width before sewing the end closed.
And your page is done! You just need the grommets added, but I waited until all the pages were done before adding the grommets. If you want an in-depth guide in how I joined my quiet book pages you can look at my earlier blog post: In Depth Guide to Joining Quiet Book Pages; Part One of Three.
Here are some photos showing the final page closer up:
If I were to do this again I would…
- Wait until later to add the interfacing to the back of the muslin quiet book page. As I added the interfacing at the beginning I had to set the ink through the front of the page (with another piece of fabric between the iron and page) instead of through the back. The main issue with the interfacing though was not being able to use an embroidery hoop to keep my page taunt. As such my page warped and ended up a bit smaller than the planned 9 by 12 inch page.
- Just a heads up. I found with my overhandling of this the edges started coming apart a bit. I tried to be careful and not move it a lot and only handled it when I needed to.
I’d love to see your finished quiet book pages. If you want more information about my quiet books you can check out my previous quiet book page posts, how I created my quiet book covers, or look at how I joined my quiet book pages together. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Feel free to connect with me through the comments below, on my Facebook page, or through Instagram.