Looking for a personalized gift idea? Check out these embroidered gloves I made for the December issue of Country Living. They're a riff on knuckle tattoos -- and the good news is, if you get tired of one "tattoo", you can just switch to another saying! For instructions on how to make these, head over to Country Living's website. And if you decide to tackle a pair, here are a few inside tricks:
- Print out your sayings on a piece of plain paper first, in a font you like, such as "Print Dashed". Your letters should be about 5/8" high. Next, cut out each individual letter and transfer it to the gloves. (You can do this by covering the back of each letter with chalk using chalk pencils. Place the letter, chalk side down where you want it to go, so that the letter falls just below the knuckle (first joint) and above the second joint on each finger. Place a few tongue depressors or cardboard strips inside the gloves, one finger at a time. Trace over the outline of the letter using a sharp pencil. Remove paper to reveal the transferred chalk outline. Repeat for each letter.)
- Embroider each letter using the stem stitch, and 6 strands of floss. Place the tongue depressors or cardboard strips inside each finger as you go, to act as a barrier, and help you from sewing the front and back finger fabric together. Knot each letter on the inside and trim any extra thread.
- This is a really good stem stitch tutorial in case you need an embroidery refresher.
Borrow the sayings above, or personalize the gloves is countless ways with your own eight letter expressions.