Thank you friends for the lovely comments on my Craft Room post last week.
As part of my craft room update, I had some fun this week making these painted embroidery floss bobbins.
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to clear my desk of the items that seemed to permanently be scattered on my work surface. I had a handful of pretty pink and green embroidery cottons that I used frequently on hand stitched cards and tags, and on small sewing projects. I guess these are my go-to cottons.
Rather than pack them away with the rest of my embroidery floss, I decided to store them in a more permanent place on my new cubby hole shelf unit.
So, using some of the left over balsa wood from the cubby hole shelf unit project, I created these sweet little house and shop wood bobbins.
They are 7.5 cm wide x 17 cm high (3” wide x 7” high) and made from 3mm balsa wood.
Balsa wood is very easily cut using a sharp craft knife or scalpel. Sand any rough edges with a small piece of sandpaper or a large nail file.
You are welcome to download the line drawing for the Shabby Shop Embroidery Floss Bobbins HERE.
I painted my bobbins in a pretty pastel colour palette that matches my craft room, using Decoart Americana Acrylics.
I’ve not written a painting tutorial for this project, as I want it to be relevant for all skill levels.
If you are a novice painter, use the line drawing as a guide to draw on your design and paint it in a simple, naive style.
For those who already have painting skills, you may like to interpret the design in a style that is relevant to your skill level.
The point being, this is a project that would look sweet in any style.
I’ve kept my three bobbins fairly basic and in keeping with the shabby pastel look of my craft room.
If you are not a painter, you may even like to make these bobbins using pretty papers and a mixed media style.
If you do make these embroidery floss bobbins, I hope you’ll share them with us either at our weekly Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party or in our private Facebook group, Simply Shabbilicious.
If you enjoy this project, you may also like these other projects for your craft room…
Vintage Lace and Ribbon Boards
Vintage Embroidery Floss Organisers
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Thank you. These are so cute.
Thanks for amazing inspiration.
Marilyn McLeod says
Love these!!! So so cute. I would like to try working with balsa wood. Don’t know where I’d get it but probably craft stores may have it or online. You have such darling and creative ideas!!! Marilyn
Thankyou so much KerryAnne, these are so precious and sweet, hope I can do them justice. Will make some for myself to try them out then will hopefully make some sweet ones for our embroidering Granddaughter.,Hope she’ll keep embroidering even after she goes to college this Fall. Being a self taught embroiderer she is quite good. Will miss her so much when she goes to college. I have two beautiful examples she made for me which are framed and hang on our living room wall. Might bring them Iinto our room so I can see them every morning when I wake up.
Lottie Cooper says
So pretty thank you I am so grateful x
Lorrie Cooper says
I am just so grateful. It is incredibly kind to give such beauty to others to share without asking for payment. These beautiful art works will be very well loved and used x
Amy Parnell says