Despite the fact that it was twelve years and two kids ago, I keenly remember all the last minute details that went into our wedding and how thankful I was to have a house full of bridesmaids and groomsmen to tackle some of those jobs, like painting direction signs and wrapping up favors.
So I told Ben, a couple of times, that if they needed help with anything, to holler. Well, that holler came in the form of a text message on Wednesday evening asking if I had any experience with bookbinding and could I whip up a guest book for them? I am sure I *could* do bookbinding, but as I haven't in the past (aside from sewing little notebooks on the machine), I didn't want their wedding to be my guinea pig project. So I volunteered embroidery instead.
I had never embroidered on cardstock, either, but a quick google search and I was on my way. I xeroxed the flowers Ben had drawn for the invitation, got out some foam core and a push pin and set to work. In one evening I had it done.
My canvas was a larger Moleskine notebook. It was pretty easy to punch through.
The flowers were a snap. I planned out my backstitches prior to punching. The initials were a bit trickier. I should have used a larger point size on the typeface, but I didn't want to have the initials out of scale with the design.
And since I still had plenty of perle cotton on my needle, I gussied up the binding.
It was one of the best weddings I'd been to in a long time. It started with a sing-along and centered on the blessings in their lives. We felt blessed to be included.