I had originally intended to make a "Bee Mine" hoop for Jake's Valentine's present but I channeled Austin Powers instead and went with "Oh Beehave!" It's ridiculously silly but at the very least, it makes me giggle!
I used a fun and simple printing technique to make the hive on the background fabric using bubble wrap and fabric paint.
I applied a moderately thick coat of fabric paint to the bubble wrap using a broad brush. I tried to avoid too much paint pooling in between the bubbles. I also tried using a roller but it didn't seem to get the paint into the nooks and crannies quite as well as the brush.
Once I had the coat of paint covering an area large enough for my hoop, I flipped the painted bubble wrap onto the linen fabric.
I gently rubbed the back of the bubble wrap to get the paint to cling to the fabric. I found putting a book on top and then pressing down helped to apply even pressure.
I carefully pulled away the bubble wrap and voila, instant bee hive!
After letting the fabric dry for about an hour, I used a disappearing ink pen to write out "Oh beehave!" in the center of the print. I used 3 strands of DMC and a running stitch to dash the letters, giving them a buzzy look. I wish I had a used a full strand of floss to help the letters pop a bit more.
I embroidered on the bee using felt and added a few final stitches to finish off the hoop.
I was thinking this technique could also be used for making a snowy background or cobble stone or maybe a bubbly ocean fish scene! It was so easy and a fun way to use what otherwise would have just been thrown away!
I have a good sized piece of bubble wrap that has ~1" bubbles. I may try printing with that as well! It could result in a fabric that would make a cute tote or other accessory. I'll keep you posted if I try.
Have a great week!