Happy World Embroidery Day today!

Whether you are celebrating with stitching on an old embroidery project or starting a brand new today in honor of this special day, I hope that you take the time to embroider something. Today on July 30, it is namely the World Embroidery Day, a day when we feel a special fellowship and joy through our stitches.

Jeans Skirt Finished

What better to share with you today than my handmade DIY Jeans Skirt with lots and lots of stitches strewn all around it? I’m wearing it right now, and was wearing it as I went out to meet my Embroidery Group at a Castle Caf a few miles away today.

Jeans Skirt Stitches 3

I wanted to let you know that what pinned inspiration and Glue Book images that I collect and save sometimes actually lead me somewhere! Like I mentioned in a previous post it’s fun to collect inspiration, but it’s very very important to act on that inspiration. To pin one image, look at it thoroughly and then do something on your own inspired by that project/image/idea (not copied, just inspired!). So that’s what I did with my old pair of worn out jeans, so soft at some places the fabric is like silk. I have seen a lot of jeans DIY clothes and decided to create a skirt for myself!

Embroidered Jeans Skirt

These pants as pants were ready for the trash bin, but they’ve lingered on in my closet for a few years now. Yes I really loved this pair. I couldn’t wear them because they showed pretty much all of my bum, and were falling apart, but still I kept them thinking that someday I’d “do” something with them. And now I have!

Jeans Skirt Stitches 4

I added patches and bits from the cut of legs as I went along… It’s all hand stitched!

Jeans Skirt Stitches 5

Yes, I was stitching every piece on by hand with embroidery floss, letting the kantha stitch flow as far as it wanted in every direction. I’ve taken extra care not to hide any of the worn and frayed edges, because part of the charm (to me) is the shabby look of the cloth.

Here are a few more detail photos:
Jeans Skirt Edge
Jeans Skirt Stitches 2
Jeans Skirt Stitches 1
Jeans Skirt Stitches 7

Jeans Skirt Details
Jeans Skirt Patches and Embroidery

I loved stitching in this fabric, I love wearing this skirt!

This is not the first time I’ve worked with jeans cloth, but previously I haven’t done any clothings when recycling. You can view previous jeans projects here.

World Embroidery Day Celebration 2013
This was my July 30: World Embroidery Day. Coffee, cake, embroidery, lovely ladies and a creative spark to create.

I hope you’re having a great day too!