From the Hoop (and a Giveaway!)

I've been trying to keep the embroidery posts to a minimum since these projects aren't really in line with home updates. So, this is going to be a little long, but there's a giveaway at the end, so I hope you'll keep reading!

For the last few weeks, I've been working on a few tricky projects. I shared my first straw tote bag last time and I made three more after that one. Straw was a difficult material on which to embroider. Because of the texture, the thread wants to fall into certain spots and not stack nicely. The right stabilizer on top helps a lot.

 I made shirts and aprons for a local business, Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs (they designed the flowers for my wedding and have become good friends). Their logo, by Punch Buggy Design, has delicate script in it that doesn't lend itself to embroidery. After some trial and error, I wound up with results that made me happy.

Just for fun, I made a tote bag with the company logo on it. 

I just got these envelope clutches in and found some pretty, linen coasters. I can't decide which color clutch to keep for myself!

Now for the giveaway! My most recent little project was stitching out a design I've had since the fall, but never got around to using. It has a little over 51,000 stitches and took two hours to put onto a tote bag that could be yours.


How to enter: Post a comment here or on the Facebook page for this post. Be sure to use a real email address in the Disqus form (this is NOT public) so I can contact you if you win.

Extra entries:
- Post a second time if you are following me in some way and let me know how (Bloglovin, Feedly, Twitter, or Instagram).

-Post a third time if you tweet about this giveaway. Be sure to mention @smallchic in your tweet.

That's it! You have three chances to enter. I'll leave this open for a week and then use to select a winner.


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