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Embroidered Calendar

At the beginning of a year I always feel a bit conflicted, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Of course I’m slightly relieved, what with all the stress and emotional burden (sounds rather ominous, right?) suddenly gone and me being able to breathe freely again. At this point I feel rather optimistic, as if I would want to build skyscrapers and climb on top of mountains. A fresh start! Unlimited opportunities! Upcoming vacations! So much to see! 

And then well, I think about how it always is with ending years and starting new ones; everything you work for in a year sort of culminates in this festive time, like a celebration of the past year, a reminiscence of all the ups and downs you had to face. Then after two weeks it’s over and you have this huge mountain in front of you called ‘2016’. It’s scary. It’s thrilling. I don’t know.

So inside my head I normally feel a chaotic mess in the first days of a new year, and oh, I do not like anything chaotic anywhere near me (ask my boyfriend, he’ll tell you). So I try to plan as much as possible, and typically life tells me to go fuck myself when I try to do that. But like Adobe persistently keeps reminding me to update my flash player I keep trying to organize, and in this case, what’s better than a calendar? So here we go:

You need:

  • Embroidery floss in four different colours
  • A paperback notebook
  • Letter stamps
  • Ink pad (black)
  • Black marker
  • Embroidery needle
  • Needle
  • Toothpick
  • Pencil

note-1Think about the design you want to embroider on your front page, so either draw one of your own ideas or look on the Internet for some inspiration. Keep in mind that it has to be simple enough! With the pencil draw the design on the front page, but leave out some space for the year. With the small needle punch holes into every drawn angle (everywhere the lines change direction).

note-2Start embroidering as you would normally do on fabric; thread the floss on the large needle and take the darkest colour, embroidering the bottom row of the design and parts of the next row (so that the colours sort of flow into each other). Continue with the second darkest colour and fill in the blanks left by the former colour (as seen on the picture). Leave out the space for the year!

Continue like this until you have used every colour. I chose to leave out the top of the front page due to the design in my head, but you can embroider the whole page if you like.

note-3Time to fill the pages! With a black marker, divide the pages into four or five sections depending on whether a weekend occurs or not. Now use the letter stamps to name the days, and with the marker draw the numbers. I like the contrast of hand-drawn numbers and the printed letters, but if you have number stamps that’s even better. Continue!

That was a fun and rather exhausting project, but the outcome looks real nice! I would go into production with that if it wouldn’t take so long to embroider everything. Other than that, it was really nice to craft something different for a change, and something so very useful at the same time. Of course you can change the colour scheme, but I really fell in love with this combination. What do you think? Hope you are inspired!

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    Lisa
    4th January 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love the embroidered cover! So unique.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th January 2016 at 11:56 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Alexandra
    5th January 2016 at 10:22 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I’m definitely going to make it! Thanks for sharing!
    Alexandra ~ ArtMandy.ro

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th January 2016 at 11:56 am

      You’re so kind, thank you!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th January 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks!

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    Emily
    5th January 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I will definitely be doing this for 2017 and giving to people as gifts. Thank you for sharing!
    http://www.enchantinglyemily.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th January 2016 at 6:25 pm

      It is a good gift idea, you’re right, glad you like it!

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    Les
    6th January 2016 at 8:10 pm

    no duh you should poke the holes before you start stitching!
    i dont know why i didnt think of that earlier.
    seriously! sometimes its soo easy and so in front of you that you dont notice it until it is shown to you.

    i love this!!!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      7th January 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Haha, glad I could help you with this! It’s sometimes just a small detail that makes things so much easier!

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    Noemí QuieroIrdeCompras
    7th January 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Nice project! I want to try!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      7th January 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks!

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    Kity
    9th January 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Hi!
    Nice work Michelle!
    Kisses from http://www.thekityshoes.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th January 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you!

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    Aliona
    12th January 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Very pretty. Would love it if you could check out my new post on how to plan happiness in 2016!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      13th January 2016 at 8:09 am

      Thank you! I will do that of course!

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    Annie Abbey
    13th January 2016 at 1:25 pm

    What a clever idea Michelle! I never would have thought of that! Great color choices too!
    xoxo Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      13th January 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you very much, so glad you like it!

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