Embroidery on Black Velvet…

January 11, 2011 at 8:47 am | Posted in crafts, totally random | Leave a comment

A while back my Mom cleaned out her craft room and found a string art kit that my Grandpa had purchased in the 70’s.  It was still sealed in its original packaging, and was in the donate pile so I brought it home to complete.  I usually have fun making vintage craft kits, and I hadn’t done any string art before.  I was surprised that the ship, water, and flags were printed on cardboard to be glued to the black velvet before adding the string art sails.  Since I had some extra embroidery thread left over from past projects, I decided to stitch it free hand based on the drawings before adding the string art sails.

I absolutely love how it turned out!  The string art is very dimensional, and the embroidery really pops on the black fabric.  I like the look of the vivid colors against the black background, and have been keeping an eye out for another pattern to try out out some black velvet scraps that I have in my craft stash.

The string art thread seems to be a lightweight cotton string, like you would use to make a doily or lace.  And the velvet is just glued to an inch thick piece of masonite.  I am not sure if I would do string art again, as it is a little dated, but I love the added dimension.


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