For all of my “somethings”, I wanted them to be very special and meaningful (obviously) so for my something blue I decided to hand embroider our wedding date underneath my dress. I had never hand embroidered anything so this was another just-wing-it kind of project.
I gathered a few items I had around the house like scissors, a needle, some embroidery thread (in blue!!), a pencil, and an embroidery hoop (not shown). Why yes that pencil DOES say Accident Fund of Michigan on it shout out to Uncle Merrick!
My dress actually had a lot of layers underneath it (don’t they all?) but most of it was tulle and I didn’t want to embroider it on my actual dress fabric because then you’d see it on the front of my dress. So I chose to embroider it on the bottom most layer of fabric and placed my hoop toward the bottom of the dress.
And then I penciled the date onto the fabric. I really didn’t feel like writing out all of “December” so I just stuck with the 12-12-12 that we all know and love, and placed hearts between the month, day, and year.
Then I doubled up and threaded a long piece of my embroidery thread onto my needle and tied a knot at one end. Looking back now I kind of regret doubling up, but it’s okay it just made it bold ;)
I started embroidering from the back so that my knot would be on the back side of the fabric, and pulled my needle and thread all the way through stopping at the knot.
I used a backstitch the entire time, so on my second stitch I left a small space and pulled my needle and thread back through to the underside of the fabric.
Then I made the same type of stitch but on the underside of the fabric leaving a small space and pulling my needle and thread through the top of the fabric (all while following my penciled template). This is where the backstitch begins..
Now that there was a space between where my thread ended up and the first stitch, I then stitched back placing my needle down into the fabric where the first stitch ended. Hence the name backstitch!
This was the movement I made for the rest of each number, it’s kind of a loop motion to go one step back and two steps forward. When I knew I needed to turn corners like on the first bend of the “1″ I made sure to have my needle come through the top side of the fabric so that I could be sure that blue thread would be highlighting those sharp turns. Here is the underside of this turn:
Then I simply continued my backstitch all the way down the “1″.
Now there are two ways to switch to the next character: 1. the sloppy method (that’s mine) and 2. the clean method (who has time for that?). So rather than cutting my thread and restarting for each number I just made sure to end a number on the underside of the fabric and simply crossed over the the next. I know.. all of the embroidery experts of the world are cringing.
So as I started my “2″ my needle and thread were through the top side of the fabric so that I could begins my backstitch again. Honestly the 2′s were the easiest because there weren’t any angles, I just followed the pattern.
I continued this method all the way across the date (even the hearts!) starting each character with my thread coming through to the top of the fabric and ending on the bottom side of the fabric.
And now for the janky back.. Embroidery experts avert your eyes..
I kind of love how slubby and chunky it ended up. And a little crooked I might add.. But I think that adds to the homemade-ness of this element to my dress. I was even telling my mom as I embroidered it that I hope one day years from now my great grand daughter will have cut this from my dress to use as a handkerchief as her something blue (and old!) telling her bridesmaids that her great grandmother embroidered this herself when she was getting married. Wouldn’t that just be beautiful? Everyone I showed this to on our wedding day just loved it, it was like a little secret :)
Last night Derek and hung out with one of our videographers and she showed us about 75% of our wedding video and let me tell you guys, it’s everything I hoped it would be and more! I laughed, I cried, and I was able to see so many moments I missed on that day (like Derek tying my dad’s bow tie) so sweet :) I can’t wait to share it with you guys!!