Today is Shawn and Max’s wedding day. The bride is a family friend and I wanted to make a banner to commemorate the occasion. This kind of project is quick (about a week) in comparison to the other work I do, which takes months or years. In the weeks since delivering the artwork for my upcoming book, My Bed to the publisher, I feel like a free woman! Besides gardening and paying attention to my husband Rob, I have indulged in making fun gifts like this.
It’s been a long time since I made a banner – you can see others in the archives here. I’ve also made personalized wedding dolls, which match the look and style of real-life couples. They inspired the new chapter in the 2nd edition of my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures.
The banner features 2 of my favorite things, cursive handwriting and embroidery. I start by forming the letters with paper covered florist wire.
Then, I wrap the wire with a double strand of variegated embroidery floss.
The letters flow from one to the next, with occasional breaks, like in Max’s name below. I made a separate piece to complete the “x”.
In a nod to the theme of love, I made a heart shaped vine of wire and glass beads.
After I sewed the wire heart to the background felt, I stitched more leaves with embroidery floss.
For much of my art, borders are an important element. I like to define the edges using blanket stitching with a thick variegated thread – Watercolours by Caron.
The wedding date is written in light letters and numbers on a separate dark piece of felt.
I added glass leaf beads and silk ribbon French knot roses.
I put 2 carved bone fish beads in the open areas around their names and sewed the felt sections to the long banner piece.
After chain stitching spirals to the scalloped bottom edged, I sewed shells to the points. These shells are from old souvenir necklaces from Hawaii.
I even remembered to sew a Wee Folk Studio label to the back.
I cut a piece of driftwood to hang the banner from, drilled holes in it and attached the banner with thread. I then made a braided cord with variegated thread – Watercolours by Caron.
Congratulations Shawn and Max. May you have a long and happy marriage!
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