Crafty Colour Palette #2 is inspired by these amazing pastel highlighters. I really LOVE these colours! And what I love even more is that they are actually pastel when they write 🙂 I spotted them on Instagram a little while back and had to add a set to my stationery collection. When I was thinking about my Crafty Colour Palette project I realised that these colours would be perfect for a little stitching project too, so they are my colour choice for Crafty Colour Palette #2. Keep reading for an awesome tutorial and details of a giveaway!
Crafty Colour Palette #2: Colour list
Yellow: DMC 3078 / Anchor 292
Orange: DMC 3856 / Anchor 1010
Pink: DMC 3689 / Anchor 49
Purple: DMC 155 / Anchor 1030
Blue: DMC 3811 / Anchor 1060
Mint: DMC 966 / Anchor 206
These colours immediately made me think of the amazing wool felt colours from Cloud Craft. They are definitely the best colours in wool felt! So I got in touch with Nicole from Cloud Craft, and she very kindly sent me the felt for this project. I have such a large collection of embroidery thread that I had all the DMC thread that I needed! If you would like to purchase the thread or the felt in these colours, you can find the links in the project list below.
Crafty Colour Palette #2: Enamel pin holder
When I was thinking about what to make with these felt colours, I knew that I wanted to showcase each shade and I thought that a rainbow effect would be the best way to do this. I have recently started adding to my pin collection and thought it would be great to have something to keep them on. Ta-dah!
Templates (click here to download – prints on A3 paper)
7″ embroidery hoop
Needle and pins
Sharp fabric scissors
You will also need wool felt in the following colours (with matching thread in brackets):
Print out your templates and cut them out using your paper scissors. Lay out the template pieces next to your felt colours, so that you can work out which one goes with which colour.
Carefully pin each pattern piece on the colour you want to use, and cut around them using your fabric scissors. Then layer each piece with about 1cm overlap on each side (I went from left to right putting the next piece on top each time). Pin in place. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make a perfect circle, we’ll sort that out shortly!
When all the pieces are in place, check the positioning by putting the outer ring of the embroidery hoop over the top. Make sure you can see enough of the outer colours, and adjust the positioning if you need to.
When you’re happy with the positioning, you can start to stitch! You only need one stitch for this, which is back stitch. Using the thread colour to match the felt (I started with apricot), thread your needle with 3 strands. Come up through the fabric and make a small stitch, a little way from the edge (see 1 and 2 in the photo below). Then bring your needle up one stitch length away from that (photo 3), before bringing the needle down through the felt at the point where your first stitch ended (photo 4).
Repeat all the way along the line, following the line of the felt as a guide. Then do the same with the other colours, matching the thread colours each time.
When all of the stitching is complete, turn the felt over so the wrong side is facing up. Put the outer ring of the hoop over it, and draw around the inside with a pencil. Use your fabric scissors to cut out the circle. You might cut some of the knots off at this point, but that’s ok!
Once trimmed, place the felt back in the hoop and tighten the screw to secure it. You can leave the back open to see the pretty colours! I thought about adding an extra circle of felt at the back to cover it up, but this makes it too thick to put the pins through. No-one can see the back anyway! You may notice that I’ve painted my hoop to add a bit of extra colour.
Your hoop is ready to display all of your lovely pins on! Or just leave it plain if you prefer – that’s the beauty of this project 🙂
Want one of these enamel pin holder hoops?
If you’re not a crafter but you’d like to get your hands on one of these, fear not! They are now available to pre-order via my Etsy shop. Also, head over to @hellohoorayblog on Instagram for details of a giveaway coming this week! You could win this hoop! 🙂 Give @cloud.craft a little follow while you’re there too as Nicole has a super inspiring feed!
If you want to get your hands on some pastel highlighters, you can find them here.
Thank you so much to Nicole at Cloud Craft for providing me with the felt for this project. All other materials and tools my own.