My Entry Into the "Use Your Words" Contest at Prudent Baby

Prudent Baby is holding a absolutely fantastic contest right now. Well… all entries must be received by 11:59pm PST tonight.

I discovered the “Use Your Words” contest about a week ago. Of course, it was posted well before that, but somehow I missed it even though I have been subscribed to the Prudent Baby blog for some time.

Here is a little more about the contest (from the Prudent Baby website):

The Contest: You + Words + Needle + Thread = Embroidery Joy.
Use embroidered text or font anyway you see fit to adorn a fabric item in a creative way. Use letters to create something as short as a monogram or as long as a novel. Embroider by machine or by hand on any item you want, from samplers to bags to sheets to clothes to whatever your crafty mind can dream up.

The Prize: The winner takes home the amazing Brother Project Runway Limited Edition LB-6800PRW Sewing and Embroidery Machine. This fab combination sewing and embroidery machine is fashioned with 67 built-in sewing stitches and 98 stitch functions, in addition to 70 built-in embroidery designs, 120 frame pattern combinations and 5 embroidery lettering fonts. Features like the built-in push-button thread cutter, advanced needle threading system and easy-to-view back-lit LCD touch screen provide a heightened level of convenience to your sewing and embroidery, while the included Project Runway custom fashion rolling bag makes taking the machine to classes and workshops as easy as can be! And the LB-6800PRW now offers computer connectivity, allowing you to import embroidery designs directly from your computer. For more details on this luscious sewing & embroidery machine and its wide range of crafty capabilities, visit Brother USA.

I IMMEDIATELY began dreaming up ideas of what I could create to enter this amazing contest. pretty quickly, I decided on an idea:

Click on the picture to see the details of the skirt

Close-up of stitching on one flower stem

This is the double layer skirt that I made for Raileigh. She absolutely loves to pick flowers in the yard, then deconstruct them petal by petal. I used that as inspiration for my skirt. I am sure you are familiar with the little saying associated with picking flower petals- “He loves me, he loves me not”. I hand embroidered this several times on the front of the cotton skirt to serve as the stems of the flowers. I created pink flower petals from felt and added those to the flower stems. The number of petals decreases with each stem, as if the flowers are being picked right off of the skirt! I also added bright yellow buttons to serve as the center of each flower.

Of course, I have my fingers (and toes and everything else!) crossed that I will win the contest. After all, that Brother machine is BEAUTIFUL and would get a lot of use in my house. However, regardless of the outcome, I am really happy I participated. This creation made me think outside the box. The hand embroidery was time consuming, but adds a really special little touch to the skirt. It’s something that I am sure I will save long after Raileigh outgrows it.

Thank you to Jacinda and Jamie from Prudent Baby for hosting such a wonderful and fun contest!