Ombre Embroidered Mobile


A calming twirl of turquoise can now be found hanging in this little corner of our home.
If you catch them at the right moment, a secret message is slowly revealed.
A promise of always.
A truth I want my children to know and believe.
A reminder we can read again and again slowly spinning in the sunlight.


Above the comfy tweed chair you can find it.
The chair that reclines and sends your eyes to the rich red words carefully stitched on stiff paper.
And just what is this secret message?

God loves His children with a Never Stopping,
Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

Yes! (Can I get an amen?)
I love this quote from the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
We gave the book to our children last year and it has completely brought home the
idea to our family (not just the littles!) that the entire Bible points to Christ.
That "every story whispers His name" indeed.
Would you like to make your own Ombre Embroidered Mobile?

watercolor paints, paper, and paint brush
papercutter
pencil
embroidery needles, thread, and scissors
cutting mat
glue stick
small hole punch
nylon string

I'd like to add that I am a firm believer in modifying tutorials to fit the supplies
you might already have on hand. Working out of your stash is just smart.
Do not feel the need to use the exact materials if you feel you have a suitable substitute.


Now it might not be on the material list, but a secret message is necessary to the design process.
My quote is split into seven parts and uses 1.5" tall paper strips.
Each strip is 1" shorter than than the one above, beginning at 12" long and ending with 6" long.

Helpful Hint: Stick to odd numbers.
When arranging flowers, hanging frames in a collage, and even making mobiles,
things tend to look better in sets of threes, fives, sevens, etc.


Place all strips in descending order on your work surface - two 12", two 11", two 10" and so on.
(The above photo does not depict this!)
Paint one coat on all strips and let dry.
Remove the longest strips from your work surface.
Recoat the remaining strips and let dry.
Repeat the process until you have added one final coat on the shortest strips only.

The painting will warp your paper.
No worries, as you can easily flatten them with a just-warm iron.
Turn them upside down on a towel covered ironing board,
lightly mist with water, and iron flat.

I imagine you can also set them under heavy books,
but I have no idea how long that would take to flatten.


Once the strips are dry and flat, you can admire the beautiful and subtle ombre effect.
Isn't it lovely?
Now time to write out a secret message.
Because I wanted this to have a love note feel,mI free handed my words.
I am sure you could print out yours in a great font and transfer them to the strips, if you'd prefer.

Helpful Hint: Painting a third strip for each width might be worth the extra effort.
You might notice in future photos, that the top and bottom strips look different than my sketch.
After a few mistakes with sketching and embroidery, I redid those.
Having a third strip already prepared would have helped me avoid a time delay
- no waiting for more watercolor painting to dry!


After the words are sketched, poke holes with an embroidery needle through to the cutting mat.
These will be your guides for stitching.
I used a back stitch and planned the spaces accordingly.
Once the holes are punched, stitch, stitch, and stitch some more.


Now pull out the glue stick.
Slather glue on the back of both strips and stick 'em together.
They will slide around a bit as you adjust the ends.


Find the center of each strip and punch holes at the top and bottom.
(Except for the last strip.It only needs a top punch!)
For a 1" spacing between strips, cut 4 inches of nylon string and tie together.
This gives enough extra to keep from getting frustrated with tiny bits and clumsy fingers.
Keep track of your spacing by resting the strips on the cutting mat or a ruler.
Cut excess string when knots are tight. For the top string, cut yourself enough string
to hang the mobile at the desired height.



And, voila!
One fabulous Ombre Embroidered Mobile complete with a secret message.
Hang it up above a chair, bed, or desk and enjoy the never ending dance of sweetly stitched papers.



48 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, and embroidery project I could do! Love this so so much, thanks for telling it to us!!!

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  2. love the storybook bible! i have tears in my eyes... i just read that story to the kids on valentines day, and that part stuck out so much to me because it so perfectly described real love. i have to make this for our family! thanks :)

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    1. the first time i read this quote was on valentine's day two years ago. friend's had included it in their card to our littles and it made me cry. :)
      (and you are welcome!)

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  3. i love this! so sweet and delicate looking.. this may even inspire me to make a mobile for our nursery we're putting together.

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    1. i think it would look just lovely in a nursery! :)

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  4. That book has blessed me every day as I have read it to my children this year.
    Also, I love mobiles.
    And so this combination is fantastic!
    love from,
    Greta

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    1. thank you, greta! that book is such a blessing to so many. :)

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  5. oh, annalea! this is delightful. LOVE the colors you chose, too.
    happy day to you!

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    1. thank you, hannah! i pray your day is full of beauty and joy!

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  6. i LOVE this idea! i am definitely adding this to my craft to do list.
    so beautiful.
    xo,
    Andrea

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  7. Love this project, sweet friend! I love that it is super simple, but also so meaningful. We are big fans of the Jesus Storybook Bible over here too, and it seems like every single time I read that quote about God's love, I get a little choked up! Definitely putting this on my to-do list!

    Love you!
    xo

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    1. thank you, dear. simple and meaningful projects are my favorites. :) i'm with you on the choked up part! xoxo

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  8. Isn't that the best definition of God's love right there! I love that quote, too!

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  9. Soooo perfect! Love that you embroidered the words--what a beautiful touch! And that little reading knook is absolutely divine :) We LOVE our Jesus Storybook Bible and that quote is our favorite!! This is just lovely, Annalea.

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  10. You've got SKILZ with that embroidery thread! :) How lovely...I love the aqua and cherry red together--one of my favorite combos!

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    1. thanks, friend! it one one my favorite combinations too and the colors turned out better than i expected. :)

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  11. I just moved from Champaign back to sunny SoCal...my home state. But how crazy that I was there for 3 years and never knew you! I think we could've been good friends :) I love the beautiful reminder you made of the thing that I want most on my mind throughout the day...I am dearly loved. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. wow! that is such a small world story! and champaign is not that big of a place. :) i look forward to getting to know you via blogging, danice. (but if you ever come back for a visit, let me know!)

      and YES, we are dearly loved and need that reminder day after day. :)

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  12. Lovely, lovely, as usual, dear Annalea. As are you.

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  13. This is so lovely and special. I can't wait to make some to hang over my kids' beds. Love the effect of the watercolor.

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    1. thank you, janna. i think they would be just wonderful over their beds. watercolors are so subtle and sweet, aren't they? :)

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  14. oh girl i love this. cool to see you are in champaign. i grew up in decatur and went to parkland for a couple of years. small world.

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    1. thank you! i remember reading that you were from central illinois, but how neat that you were at parkland. i wonder if our time here ever overlapped? :)

      (and crazy that (at least) three of the b.rooted bloggers have connections to champaign!)

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  15. i just made one! and now it is verging on midnight...the girls will be up with the sun! at least despite my tiredness i will have a sweet mobile to look at!

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    1. oh my goodness! this just makes my heart so happy. please share a photo of your mobile!!! :)

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  16. This is so lovely! I'm making one right now to send to my sister who is in the hospital and will be for another month or so...to gaze at and believe the truths expressed. I plan to make a second one to send to her house for her kids -

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    1. wow, i am truly humbled. i pray your sister and her kids are reminded of His always and forever Love. xoxo :)

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    2. Thank you - I ended up making three so I could keep one here too and be reminded to pray for them when I see it. Thank you for the lovely idea!

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  17. This is so great, thank you for sharing it! We started reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to our 8 month old a few months ago, and he just loves it. He starts shaking with excitement when we pull it out after dinner! I've been thinking about crafting something with this particular quote for his room, and I love this idea, so thank you!

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    1. how sweet is this story! i love that he is hearing this from such a young age. thank you! :)

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  18. This is such a creative way to share God's truth.

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  20. Such an awesome idea! I love the idea of embroidering on paper...thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. thanks, kate! this was my first embroidered paper project and i'm quite pleased with it. :) happy and humbled to be a bit of inspiration. xoxo

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  21. I love this sooo much and can not wait to make one for my girls room! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. oh thank you, jennifer. i would love to see how your mobile turns out! xoxo

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  22. I just finished one for a friend who is having her second baby soon. And I'm going to make one for my boys next :). LOVE the Jesus story Bible. :). Thank you for such a lovely idea!

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    1. how fun! thank you for letting us know. love to see photos in the beautifully rooted flickr group. xoxo

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  23. I love this idea, beautiful and simple yet ringing with truth. Definitely will be making this my little girls' room.

    And can just I say that I love the tweed chair, table filled with books and delightful little girl....it looks so peaceful. =)

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    1. thank you, breanne. it can be quite a peaceful corner of our home. :)

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