Artist canvas (I used 9" by 12" purchased 50% off + a coupon at Jo-Anns for a grand total of $2.80)
Heart cookie cutters or other template
Because I had all the supplies buried in my craft stash, the out of pocket total for this project was $2.80!
Once you have a design, start by tracing hearts on the wrong side of your fabric using a template or cookie cutter. Use sharp fabric scissors to carefully cut out the hearts and leaves.
I laid it out on paper first which I cut to the size of the canvas to get an idea. These cookie cutters were the perfect shape and size for this project.
Lightly spray the wrong side of the fabric with a spray adhesive, like Aleen's Tacky Glue Spray. Then place the cut out fabric shapes. Be careful not to place the shapes too close to the edges of the canvas. If it's over the frame of the canvas, it is very difficult to stitch around it.
Use 4 strands of embroidery floss to backstitch around the shapes and add any other embellishment such as lettering or "stems" of the heart flowers. You will need a pretty sturdy needle to stitch through the canvas. Do not use a quilting needle as it is likely to break.
My kids insisted that "Let Love Bloom" doesn't make any sense and wanted me to stitch "I Love You", but I liked the idea of hearts blooming in a garden.
After all, one definition of bloom is to flourish or thrive, and isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about...
letting our love for one another flourish,
setting aside time for the special people in our lives so those relationships, whether romantic, friendships, or family, can thrive with love.
I hope this February 14 (and every day!) your love for those around you blooms, flourishes, and thrives!
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