by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

I really wanted to ask the question: Just what can't embroidery be applied to? Well, there are many things, of course... food... cars (but I'm working on that!)... pots and pans... so on and so forth.


My fairy house project started out last year as a project that did not involve embroidery whatsoever. Winter came and went and was not kind to the fairy house at all (I live in Canada... no big surprise). So, this summer, I ripped it all apart and had the crazy notion that I was going to cover the front wall of my fairy house with embroidered felt. If you're a frequent flyer to "Designs in Stitches" you should recognize the designs I chose to do. This started out as an old bird feeder that the squirrels chewed the hanging cord and it fell to the ground and busted up. It spent a couple of years taking up space in our garage until last year.

I used Modge Podge to glue the felt onto the front wall. After it had set, I used varnish to glue the wood shavings onto the sides and ended up applying a couple of layers of varnish to the embroidered felt as well.

Nothing more than whimsy, its not supposed to be the Ritz-Carlton in fairy-dom.

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by mops Moderator 22 Aug 2011

Seeing your fairy house I think every garden needs one. Clever idea to use felt to give glamorize it.

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starlizard by starlizard 22 Aug 2011

Thank you, mops. Felt and embroidery goes together very well, don't they?

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by shirlener88 21 Aug 2011

Liz, you have done a great job in repairing and generating a little place for the fairies to live. Great presentation, too.

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, Shirlene.

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by oaro 21 Aug 2011

this is a clever idea

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, oaro.

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by joanne8125 21 Aug 2011

How clever this is. Great job.

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, Joanne.

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by noah 21 Aug 2011

lQQks wonder you did a great job hugs carolyn

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, Carolyn.

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by asterixsew Moderator 21 Aug 2011

What a interesting idea and thanks for posting it

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you.

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by snowbird42 21 Aug 2011

wow i love it so creative .....soozie

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you soozie.

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by 02kar Moderator 21 Aug 2011

Next you can reupholster the seats in your car adding embroidery. Or an embroidered steering wheel cover or orgaization pockets. But I love the little fairy house. Who need the Ritz when you can make such pretty little houses.

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

I think I'm going to start with a seat belt cozy. I found the idea on another site and it rang my chimes... I do dislike how the shoulder harness cuts into my neck. Thank you for responding.

pennifold by pennifold 21 Aug 2011

I'm with you Starlizard - I have woollen seat belt covers. I hate the damn thing cutting into my neck too. I am sure you could make them with a padded fabric! Love Chris

P.S. Just love the fairy house, great job and I'm sorry you have some little Arachnids boarding in there!!!!!

starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Well, I try to give the little 8-leggers some consideration. They do serve a greater purpose by capturing some of the least pleasant vermin... flies, etc. But, if I have my druthers, I'd rather they not invade my space. LOL! Thanks for responding.

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by trudyk 21 Aug 2011

So Very Pretty! You just gave me an idea for my birdhouse. It's been sitting around for a while too after being thrown off its post by one of my cats. I handpainted all my houses but they're looking pretty bad now from being out in the weather.I will have to keep this in mind. Great job and so very cute too! :o)

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, Trudy. I'm thinking about looking around for cast off bird houses and/or feeders to make at least one more. I'm in the process of making a flower bed out in one of the back corners of our property and I definitely want to put a fairy house there, too. If push comes to shove, I'll make it myself, but 'used' is way more desirable, I think.

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by capoodle 21 Aug 2011

It's adorable and like how you have it nestled in the tree trunk. Will you be bringing it in for the winters now that it is revamped?

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, capoodle. Yes, I probably will bring it in for the winter months. I'll have to evict the outdoor residents, though. They don't have wings... just 8 legs. LOL!

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by devon 21 Aug 2011

this is so great !!! great work

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, devon.

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by quilter124 21 Aug 2011

this is so cute and at first I thought you were going to say you embroidered the wood but I like the felt idea better....very cute .....

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

You know, I read somewhere about doing embroidery on balsa wood. I don't think my little Futura could handle the challenge. Thank you for the compliment!

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by bumblebee 21 Aug 2011

Very Creative!

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, bumblebee.

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by dani58 21 Aug 2011

great job and good idea!!!!!

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starlizard by starlizard 21 Aug 2011

Thank you, dani.

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