Monday, March 3, 2014

Make it Monday: Springtime Candle Mats


When I have time or need a rest, I love to browse blogs and find new designs that I can make and share with others. Last week I found two wonderful circle designs that were perfect for spring and you can make them too.

To make a candlemat, I trace the design on light colored fabrics and stitch with DMC floss. When it is finished, I use a clear plastic lid that is larger than the piece and trace the circle around the design. Then I mark off a half inch with dots around the circle and cut out along that line. This gives you sewing allowance and room to add an outer stitch. I also use a piece of batting and do the stitchery with that on,  it gives more definition and hides any stitches you need to carry.

The design for this mat can be found at Crafting With Jack. He actually has two, so you can make one for yourself and one for a friend, they make wonderful gifts.

On this piece I used tea stained muslin and Distress it. It was nice since I didn't water it down, but you do have to use more of it to get a bit of staining.


On this mat I used white Kona since I wanted to use a gold for the flowers. It was also stained with Distress it. I think I like this one the best, the colors show up nicely and the dragonfly is a nice little touch. You can find this design at Humming Needles.


This weekend my husband was sick and my daughter was home and I was sick and taking care of them, so we stayed in and rested. I got a bit bored so I decided to amuse myself, or should I say Izzy. She was so funny and when the birds flew away she was looking up and around for them.



12 comments:

annie said...

love always seeing what you have stitched, just wonderful!
love Izzy, too cute! have a wonderful week!

Julie Fukuda said...

I love the finished mat and the promise of spring. Izzy is hunting up birds on the computer?

acorn hollow said...

those are so sweet! you have had your hands full for sure I hope all of the sickness has moved on.
cathy

Kate said...

Love that photo of Izzy at the computer!! Lovely candlemats.

moosecraft said...

These mats are so pretty! I hope to get to stitch one up soon!

Shelley said...

Hope you are feeling better. LOVE these mats and thanks so much for sharing where to get them. I love stitching in the evenings and these won't take too long :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Meowwwwwwww.

Soggibottom said...

Poor cat :-)
I love to nip in and see what you have been up to as well. Hope you feel better :-) x x x

Karen said...

You like making the candle mats. How many do you think you have made?

Raymond Homestead said...

Cute photo of Izzy! Hope everyone is feeling better!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What lovely candle mats, thanks so much for the links to the designs. Hope you are all feeling better and that Izzy figured out where those birds went :O)

Carole said...

Your sticheries turned out lovely, as always! You are such a prolific stitcher! I may just attempt this project. Hope you are feeling better! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!