Saturday, 8 February 2014

Embroidered Gloves



I'd had these plain fleece gloves for ages, I thought they needed a bit of a makeover.
I started off thinking I would do something kind of fair isle inspired, something with white on the red, then I started doodling ideas...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Wvu5Rr2tp7STViUWFKSTdnY0k/edit?usp=sharing
 I ended up deciding on something a bit more folk art looking:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Wvu5Rr2tp7Q0Z1NDg3b3piNlE/edit?usp=sharing
Fancy giving a pair of old gloves a makeover? Here's what you need:
  • Old fabric gloves
  • A water soluble fabric pen or chalk (mine is a Pym Trickmarker)
  • Embroidery thread (I ended up using this ECRU DMC thread)
  • A sharp embroidery needle
  • A design idea, you can download mine here if you'd like to use it. (The download does work but you don't get a preview on screen, I haven't sussed out why yet - sorry, if anyone know, please message me!)
Draw the basics of your design on with the fabric marker pen or chalk. You can add the extras in by eye as and where you like. Unfortunately my pen is purple so it didn't show up especially well on the red gloves, but I wanted to get on with it so just went with what I'd got. You can just about make it out!
Cut a length of embroidery thread and separate the 6 strands into 2 lots of 3. Tie a knot at one end and start embroidering your design.

I used Backstitch:

Lazy Daisy Stitch:

and French Knots:
Give your beautiful new gloves a quick swish in luke warm water to get rid of the pen lines, dry them and you're done.
As you can see my stitching is not completely perfect or even, that's ok, a real human being embroidered these gloves so a bit of variation is nice.
Not sure why the colour changes so much on these pictures, I did try to correct it when I was editing them. The bottom pictures are a much truer colour.

 Now look round to see what else you can add a little embroidery too! 
All the top quality photos in this post were taken by our daughter, you can find her website here
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Julia Nyanyo
Julia Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

34 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful and delicate! Love the embroidery detail! Pinned! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Ana, you have some beautiful projects.

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  2. Just over from the Navy Wifey link up. Wow, these look great and achievable! I'm pinning it!
    mrsdbliss.blogspot.com

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  3. Very creatively made! I'm not sure if I can pull this off since I'm not really good in sewing and embroidery. :)

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    1. Awh Rea, I recommend getting some really old gloves, drawing on a simple design and having a go, it's doesn't have to be perfect, mine are far from it! If it all goes horribly wrong you can just undo it all and pretend you never even tried.

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    2. Check out the gloves I embroidered that I wear for my profile picture on my blog: penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com
      They are very similar. Its so interesting to me the way people have ideas that relate - like there's something in the air that we all respond to.

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  4. Wow! I never thought of using old gloves to create something new. These are so cute. Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style!

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  5. The ideas you come up with! Genius! :)

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  6. Wow how pretty!! I love cross-stitching and want to try embroidery sometime soon! :)

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    1. I've done a lot of cross stitch over the years, it's nice to try other techniques out too.

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  7. This really is a great step by step tutorial of how to do this. You make it look extremely easy. I love what you did with the gloves too! I would buy those at the store. Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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    1. High praise indeed Brittnei, thanks! I am happy with how they came out.

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  8. What a great idea to upcycle gloves. Gives them a new lease of life and look very pretty.
    Lesley
    Bath Bomb Creations & Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium

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  9. What a great way to embellish plain gloves, they look great

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  10. I great idea to jazz up a plain pair of gloves, thanks for sharing :)

    Jan x

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  11. The gloves look beautiful, well done

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  12. Linked up from Handmade Monday, these look really good. I have the same pair of red fleece gloves!

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  13. Beautiful embroidery design and work. I think your embroidery work looks perfect! I'm trying to get more into embroidery because I think it's beautiful... but at baby steps for now. :D

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    1. Thank you Maysem, it's always easy to be critical of your own work! I think everyone else's embroidery is way neater than mine. It is a really easy way to add a little something extra to something plain, and doesn't have to be perfect.

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  14. These are lovely! Your tutorial is very clear and well explained, thank you!
    Amber @ www.applestoapplique.com

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    1. I'm glad they seem easy to follow Amber, I think pictures are easier than words sometimes.

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  15. Beautiful makeover, pretty design!

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  16. Wow! Beautiful embroidery! I'm pinning this! Thank you for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  17. How adorable! This is simple to do as well!

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  18. What a lovely, great and simple idea! I think I might enJOY trying a simple red work on my embroidery machine and maybe a scarf to match!

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    1. I think you would enJOY that very much! Sounds lovely, I only dabbled in machine embroidery once, as a teenager, and wrecked the tension on my mum's sewing machine. She had to get it fixed at a repair shop and took the cost out of my pocket money, so it kind of put me off! Maybe it's time to try again.

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  19. Such beautiful stitching and a great way to bring life to a pair of gloves.

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  20. They are so cute. I love them.

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  21. You honestly deserve so many more subs! These DIYs are way too amazing!

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  22. pretty design! but i wanna do embroidery on my leather gloves maybe loiking nice ..
    Silk Digitizing

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  23. Beautiful makeover, pretty design! Gives them a new lease of life and look very pretty.

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  24. SO super cute! You make it look so easy.

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