Yesterday, I stopped at a local thrift store and found this array of embroidery hoops for a mere two dollars. Score!
I've always wanted to try my hand at swatch portraits. Made by using simple wooden embroidery hoops as frames for fabric, they are an easy, affordable way to highlight pretty textiles and decorate bare walls.
Early this morning, I searched through bins of fabric stored in my studio's supply closet. In magazines and on other blogs, I mostly see swatch portraits utilizing new fabrics with repetitive patterns. I prefer vintage textiles. So I pulled out swatches from my bins with lively fruit and flowers prints, most of which are old tablecloths and aprons, considered "cutters" because of holes and stains. However, they still have plenty of usable areas making them perfect for hoop framing.
I think this corner of my studio will be the perfect spot to hang the swatch portraits. They will relate to both the round clock and also to the vintage tablecloths displayed on the ladder in the corner.
With the oppressive heat outside today, here's my plan for the rest of the afternoon: laying low in my air conditioned studio, cranking up the iTunes, and having fun creating fabric swatch portraits. Be sure to stop back next week when I'll share the completed project with you.