~Airplane On the Go Wristlet~
Hand embroidery is something I’ve enjoyed since college. In an effort to save money for the “real world”, I lived at home while attending school for fashion design. My Dad worked down the street from the college, so we carpooled. The 1-1/2 hour drive to school, 4 classes a day from 9-9, three days a week, made for long tiresome days. Some of the most special moments him and I shared were those long drives. He insisted on driving so I could sketch and do hand embroidery. He said it reminded him of his mom and he was proud of me.
As I wrapped my floss around those little cards he’d tell me stories of my Grandmother Natalie. Each time he’d say the say thing, “your Grandmother didn’t like TV very much, she enjoyed hand embroidering, listening to the radio and watching the kids play”. It’s funny how him sharing his memory created a new memory for the both of us.
My Dad was proud of my fashion design degree. I believe it was because my Grandmother, was a fashion designer in New York in the 40’s. The car rides were filled with fun stories of her design work, sewing and sketching. While he would talk, I would wrap my flosses, organize them and enjoy the array of colors. When a floss would get closer to running out my Dad would write the number down. This way, next time we were at Fabric King he’d buy me a new one. Basically as I finished one project he would reward me with new floss – it became a sort of reward system. Good times.
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As you see, for me, hand embroidery has a special spot in my heart. Once I graduated from college and Dad bought me an embroidery machine, which included digitizing software, I sort of abandoned my floss. I traded the range of colors wrapped around those little cards for 1000 yard spools of 40 weight thread. My passions has shifted and my Dad encouraged this new found love of machine embroidery. New is great but those hand embroidery days were never forgotten.
Recently, my daughter Heidi, took up some hand embroidering. Carrying on the tradition I shared with her the stories of her Great Grandma Natalie*. She enjoys it occasional, but her passion these days is art and drawing and just like my Dad supported my love, I now do the same for Heidi. My dad use to say, “Do something you love because every day for the rest of your career you will have to wake up and do it”.
The funny thing is, now I hand embroider, while listening to the radio (iHeartRADIO) and watch my little girl draw. Hand embroidery has come full circle in our family. I know my Grandma Natalie would be proud of both myself and sweet Heidi Natalie.
*Heidi’s middle name is Natalie, named after my Grandmother, her Great Grandmother, an Italian tradition.
Airplane Wristlet Inspiration
While watching TV with Heidi about a year ago, there was a Disney short film. It featured two strangers, a young man and woman. They were waiting for the train. One of his papers accidentally lands right on her pretty red lips. When removing the paper – it revealed her lips (kiss) onto the paper. Before he could catch her name, she got onto the train and was gone.
Unhappy at his work, with stacks of boring papers, all he could do was stare at her kiss on the sheet. Out of nowhere – across the ally of his high rise, he saw her. He begins making paper airplanes, shooting them out of the window. Hundreds, thousands! All in an effort to get her attention. When he was all out of paper, he used the last sheet – the one with her kiss on it. As he hesitated for it to take-flight, the airplane leaves his hand and flies out of the window.
He saw her leaving the building from across the way. Runs down the stairs to catch her. He missed her again. Sad, disappointed and with no kissed paper airplane out of no where those thousands of paper airplanes come to his rescue. They sort of become a guide to his mystery lady. Bringing him all over town and in and out of trains, they direct him right to her feet. FINALLY, they meet and of course, fall in love.
Watch the movie below
Inspiration = New pattern
After watching this short film several times, I was totally inspired. I’m happy to introduce my first official hand embroidery project. Let’s take a closer look.
Easy to follow diagrams and photos:
Tricks and tips on how to make your wristlet look professional.
Adorable Airplane hand embroidery with heart details stitches up easy and is a perfect beginner project. Once hand embroidery is complete constructions is simple and easy to follow. Create a handle and bind this up for a perfect date night clutch. Final dimensions: 10in wide x 5-1/2in tall. Hand embroidery template included in pattern and easy to assembling.
This would be the perfect date night clutch, going to the theater or just a place to put your lipstick and keys for the movies.
What do you need?
Buy the pattern here and below are a list of supplies you will need. I have included some links but check your stash first, you might discover a few unfinished hand embroidery projects you can take materials from.
- Front – Fat quarter – White dotted cotton
- Lining – Fat quarter – Red
- Back and binding – Gray hearts
- Foam – Bosal In-r-form fusible
- Woven fusible interfacing – Shape Flex by Pellon
- 1/2″ Magnetic Snaps
- Black and red embroidery floss
- Hand embroidery neelde size 4-6
- Teflon press sheet – Goddess sheet
- 1″ bias tape maker
- Wonder clips