4.05.2012

Summer door...

hello
hello
I embroidered our front screened door. Go ahead, read that sentence again- I know it's weird. I couldn't help myself, though! We have an old-timey front door, the kind where you put the screen in for Summer and replace it with glass in the Winter. The screen we have is pretty beat-up so I wasn't going to lose any sleep if I ruined it even more by cross-stitching the word "hello" on it. Here's my advice if you want to embroider a screen...make sure it pops out of the window or door so you can hold it, make the letters bigger than you think they should be, use a needle with a small eye, and sew neatly on the front and back. Luckily, the screen material is already a grid, so laying out a pattern shouldn't be an issue. This foray into screen-embroidering has inspired me to buy a *new* screen and embroider an even bigger message/pattern. I'm geeking out over here, my friends!

57 comments:

Cheryl Cochran said...

I love this idea! So welcoming!

Shannon said...

So fun!

So spontaneous!

Jen Craun said...

I'm pretty sure our front screen needs a welcoming message now!

Meghan Splawn said...

I absolutely freakin' love this! You crafty genius!

Fingers crossed my husband will let me borrow the idea.

Also - how cute would this be for the holidays - you could even make "wreath" this way!

Love, love, love this.

Becky said...

I lu-hu-huuuuuv this idea! My front door is the same...but we only have the glass insert. I've always been sad that we can't leave the door open in nice weather...and now I'm doubly sad. Guess it's time to start looking for a screen insert...or to have one made.

jwhitley said...

So fun! I love this.

A Beautiful Party said...

Very clever!

a said...

this is my favorite thing ever! i don't think i would have ever thought of it, but it looks so so cute.

laurie mc. said...

Absolutely brilliant! Makes me want a screen door baaaaaad....or a screen porch, yeah!

lucky_14 said...

best diy idea i've seen in a long time. pretty sure i'm going to do this to my screen door as well. thanks!

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Love it!

heather lui said...

This is brilliant! I have some screen mesh sitting around somewhere...

heather lui said...

Brilliant idea! I know I have screen mesh lying around somewhere...

Nancy said...

Oh my, think of the possibilities! ( I know you already have).

chiara said...

so great!

Laura said...

Very inspired and scouting for places around portland to do more embroidery graffiti similar to your "hello" after doing my first large scale embroidery. http://curiousdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/12/embroidery-installation-collaboration.html

Robin noteverstill said...

I'd love to see a wider shot from further back. Will you post one?

gretchen said...

Fantastic! I'm stealing this idea.

Mandy P. said...

That's about the cutest thing I've ever seen and makes me oh-so nostalgic for the little things not afforded in condo living.

heather villars said...

you are so. awesome.

britney said...

That's awesome! I've been trying to find the perfect word to etch into the glass on our side entry kitchen door

The Belvedere-Alyssa said...

Your creativity knows no bounds! I just love this idea! So much better than a welcome mat, can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Alison said...

Ha! This is awesome. What a GREAT idea!

I think I might have to do this.

Alison said...

Ha! What an awesome idea. This is totally great.

I'm pretty sure I'll have to try this out myself.

Jenny Holiday said...

ahhh!!! I LOVE it!!! So so so funnn!! :) Living in a beach town...I wish I could be a "good vandal" and leave happy messages on bungalow screen doors! hmmm...

Love from the NJ Shore!
xo Jenny Holiday

Jen said...

Love!!!! You are so smart! I am sure even the grumpiest person will feel happy when they arrive at your door!

brianne said...

This isn't weird, this is fabulous. Plus, it would probably stop people like me from running into the screen door.

Karie said...

Awesome!! Can't wait for warm weather to do mine. Thanks!!

FightLikeAGirl said...

Flippin' genius, you are! (Crystal ball moment- this is going to be HUGE on blogs all over the internets...mark my words!)
www.TheChirpingGirl.com

Karyn said...

I love it! Besides being adorable and fun, it could totally functional depending on the type of screen door. I know I've walked through one because the dot that was on it to keep people from walking through it was too low for me to see!

kristin said...

This is why you're the awesomest. Seriously.

Heidi said...

aah... I LOVE this idea! I've thought of embroidering big eyeball curtains for my front windows... This idea though is opening up my mind to so many possibilities-- my brain is instantly seeing grids everywhere to embroider/crossstitch on.

What Delilah Did said...

I wish England was warm enough in summer to have such a thing as a screen door - I would stitch it in a heartbeat! Brilliant.

vintagevixenarts said...

Very Spiffy!! Or as my grammy would say: Very Sniffy!...That's a cross between Spiffy and Nifty! Either way, great idea!

Steenkbug said...

genius!

Amanda said...

This is a super neat idea! Wishing I had a screen door.

Corrie Anne said...

Ha! I love that!!

bbphoto said...

I am certain you have started a trend with this one!

Katie said...

So, so cool!

junebug said...

Adorable idea! I love it.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love love love it!

Felicity said...

This is genius - I love it!

Happy day!

Jennette said...

i just did this a few weeks ago at my little vintage boutique brick and mortar shop :) check it out: http://smashingrubbish.blogspot.com/2012/03/all-are-welcome-screen-door.html

karey bunch said...

Absolutely love this idea. I may have to add a screen door to my dreamhouse must-have list, just so I can embroider it!

sara mansfield said...

hmm...this could be cute on a window screen too... maybe with waxed bookbinding thread...

LOVE your little projects :)

lorrwill said...

Weird, welcoming, brilliant, warm, clever, cheerful, wonderful...it's all a matter of perspective.

Ashley Denise Minor said...

This is an amazing idea!

evie s. said...

Love this idea! I'm gonna do it!

Raya Carlisle said...

I love this! I've been wanting to do something like this with our ugly mesh pool fence. It would probably take me a year though...but this is inspiring!

Michelle L. said...

Adorable and cool! And thanks for the helpful tips for anyone who wants to try it. Great post!

Shawn @SIDONIEYANG said...

That's such a cute idea! I think I'll be trying it on more than just one window...

Tania said...

I'm right with you on loving the nuttiness of this! Do you call it 'fly screen' like we do?

http://whipup.net/2011/10/12/guest-blogger-series-it-ain’t-only-about-the-flies/

PS. Have noticed that real spiders do not inhabit corners of windows where embroidered spiders live - a veritable revelation...

jenni said...

That is spectacular! I would love to have something like that around my screened patio. The only hitch is that I don't exactly know how to embroider...could be a problem.... :)

Cate said...

You're amazing!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!! I have some old fashioned window screens that might be cool to stitch on too, and they already have their own "frames."

Patti Garland said...

Geek away, we all love it!

DraxZaster said...

I was just sitting at my desk trying to decide if it could be done. Of course it can! Thanks for reminding me 1) there is nothing new under the sun and 2) I am not (entirely) crazy :)

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