Giving Thanks & Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Tomorrow is our Canadian Thanksgiving.  Which got me thinking how much I have to be thankful for.  My amazing and supportive family (Chris and the girls), the opportunity to be living my dream (even if it is not exactly where it needs to be) and my friends (especially Jen who is making Thanksgiving dinner).  Which further got me thinking that I don’t have a Thanksgiving Hostess gift for her.

Since they just moved into their home I thought it would be cute to make them a fall themed embroidery hanging.  I cut out a piece of linen and put it into an embroidery hoop.  It, of course, had to have a pumpkin which I drew out in pencil first.  I used a couple different colours of orange to give it some depth.

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Once I had painted the whole pumpkin (the linen really soaks up the paint btw), I embroidered everything with a bit of a different toned floss then the original paint colour to give depth again.  I even used baker’s twine for the stem.

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I thought I would add an “H” for their last name Holmes.  I used an ombre effect black/grey floss which didn’t turn out as great as I liked but as the dinner is tomorrow, it shall have to do, haha.

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Once I was all done with the embroidery I hot glued the back linen to the frame and trimmed the excess.

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Then a hanging loop with some twine and a couple of floss pieces I had used.

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Hopefully Jen knows how much I appreciate not having to make Thanksgiving dinner.  I will also be bringing my cheesy leeks, wine and fresh bread.  That might help get the point across.  I trust my fellow Canadians are having an amazing long weekend.  The weather here has been amazing!!

Category: Mixed Media, Tutorial
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17 Responses
  1. Bev Code says:

    amazing canvas pooject..great stitching…. thanks for joining BL

  2. Stephanie says:

    That is so pretty, Renée! I love the H. Jen’s going to looove this.

    The leeks (well, your leeks!) have also become a tradition here too!! :) Every time I’m hosting a traditional dinner, I always make your cheesy leek recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family.

  3. Sarah Biswabic says:

    Your wall hanging is so adorable! It makes a wonderful hostess gift! They will love it! Happy Thanksgiving! BL, Sarah

  4. Shanna says:

    This is totally cool and unique. I love the idea! I love to cross stitch and never thought about incorporating it into something crafty though. Love the inspiration! Thanks!

  5. krafty chick says:

    Amazing canvas project.
    Krafty Chick (BL)

  6. Sharon Callis says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and I adore your canvas. (BL)

  7. Vanessa says:

    This is an awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Haidee Shableau says:

    As I was scrolling down on pic I was just saying wow wow wow- yeah I was impressed on your creative talent TFS from BL group!

  9. Crazy About Cricut says:

    WOWOWOWOWOW! This isn’t normally my type of craft (to be able to create myself), but you make it seem totally do-able! Looks gorgeous. Love it :)

    Jenny ~ Bloggie Love

  10. Michelle Kinder says:

    That is so cute!!!

  11. Rhonda Helm says:

    such a beautiful piece. very thoughtful.

    happy thanksgiving to you.


  12. Liz Mullen says:

    I LOVE this project! Different and unique I might have to try it one day soon :) (BL)

  13. Shelley says:

    what an interesting idea. Our Thanksgiving isn’t until November. I just might lift this idea for each family.

  14. Vanessa says:

    This is a great tutorial…I am from Blog gie love.

  15. Janet Royer says:

    Love your project! TFS Bloggie Love Janet

  16. Madge Gillen says:

    I love this project!!!! So fun and very unique!! You are Uber talented!!! I love your blog too!!!! I am now a follower!! loves-Scrappin Madge

  17. LorisArtsyObsession says:

    What a sweet gift. Love how you did the painting first. (BL)

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