A couple of months ago (ok, I admit it was probably a bit more than a couple!) we were all given a name badge to create at Skipton Embroiderers Guild, it’s a great idea, as particularly for a newbie like me it can be a bit daunting trying to remember names.
The following month there were some beautiful name badges in use, all embroidered or beaded, whatever the owner fancied creating. Whilst it was all very inspiring it also left me wondering what I could do that could be anywhere near as nice. I kept pondering but never quite managed to come up with a plan…
One of my New Year resolutions this year was not to play any solitaire on the computer, so far (I know it’s only day 3!!) I’ve stuck to it, the downside is that I’ve rediscovered pinterest…gosh there’s some seriously beautiful things on there! I was looking at embroideries and these two photos caught my eye.
I decided I could adapt the idea to make a name badge. First of all I embroidered my name using my favourite DMC variegated threads. I stitched some double cross-stitches and some running stitches underneath and added SEG at the top for Skipton Embroiderers Guild. My OH spotted me at this point and when I told him I was embroidering a name badge he said I really needed to get out more…then very quickly reflected and decided I go out quite a lot anyway 🙂
I then started playing around with fabric, laces, ribbons and buttons. I rather liked the idea of a chatelaine style badge with dangly bits! I applied some iron on interfacing to the embroidery and the fabric before stitching it all together. I added some sewing themed buttons and charms as well as some tiny mother of pearl buttons.
I decided to make it into a necklace rather than a brooch as I feel you don’t always want to stick a pin in your blouse. I just had enough of my ‘life is beautiful’ tape left to make the necklace.
I’m really pleased with my name badge, I will wear it with pride! I’ve just got to remember to pack it in my bag!