Friday, July 12, 2013

Adoption Week: Red Thread Wall Art

***This is a craft I have shown on this blog before but had to share it with you for adoption week!***

Yesterday I shared some of our favorite adoption themed childerns books.
One of them is The Red Thread and this craft is inspired by this book!
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." -Chinese proverb
 Many of you know that we adopted 2 of our children from South Korea.  We believe that we were connected with them even before we met them.  The Red Threads were pulling on our hearts brings us together!  

Here is what you will need:
2 canvases
Scrap fabric
Craft Paint
Red embroidery thread and needle
Felt (not pictured)
Here is how you can make it:
1. Paint your canvas your base color.

2. Around the sides of your canvas mark off 1 inch marks.  My tape was 1 inch thick so that is why I used 1 inch marks... if your tape is wider you can use wider marks.

3. Use you marks to tape off your stipes.  I wanted a Chevron look to mine so I put my tape at a slant.  
The ScotchBlue Edge Lock Tape is Magic!  Seriously... I did not need to touch up any of my stripes. I wanted to test this tape out to see if it could live up to the hype... and it can.
I reversed the slant on the other canvas to get the chevron shape.

4. Paint your stripes with your other color. 
 I wanted a distressed look so I did a thin layer with lots of brush strokes. 

5. While the paint is STILL WET, take off the tape.  The ScotchBlue Edge Lock works WONDERFUL for this project.  The lines were crisp!  This tape made this project so much easier!
Look at those beautiful stripes!

6. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shapes of the map.  First I ironed on the clean cut interface to the back side of the fabric.  I used the trace feature to make the map shapes and cut them out the fit on to the canvas. 

7. Cut out heart shapes out of red felt and hot glue in the location of the city.

8. Lightly draw a line for the thread to follow.  I made mine with some loops.  It is hard to see my pencil marks so I tried to point them out to you.

9. Thread your needle and sew on the line you drew.  I thought that it was going to be harder then it was.  The needle went through the canvas and paint very well.  When I got to the edge I wrapped the thread around the side and hot glued it to the back to hold it in place. 

All done!

Make some for yourself or this would make an AWESOME gift for some one who is adopting internationally!

***Disclosure:  I was supplied with ScotchBlue Edge Lock Painter's tape for free.  However my opinions are 100% honest***

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