I’ve always loved weddings. I love having an excuse to get dressed up and shamelessly take tons of pictures. I love getting to see friends from different parts of my life that I don’t otherwise get to see on a regular basis. I love getting to kick off my heels and dance in a judgement free (and perhaps a little bit alcohol induced) zone. And of course, I love getting to see my friends declare their love for each other. Too cheesy? Maybe, but I’m a sucker for a good love story so I don’t care.
This weekend, I’m heading to my college roommate Emily’s wedding. As soon as the save the date came, I started thinking about wedding gifts that would be a little more personal than a stack of baking sheets or towels. While browsing Etsy for inspiration, I noticed that just about anything is customizable, from a cutting board with a state etched into it to glasses with the wedding date. If glasses and cutting boards are customizable, surely I could produce something similar out of needlepoint? And just like that, I knew what I wanted to make.
I had stitched door hangers in the past as baby gifts but this was my first time designing one from scratch. I worked on a blank 8in x 9in canvas and started the design with the state of Virginia. Emily and Kevin are getting married in Richmond, Virginia, so I knew that had to be a big part of the design. Too bad Virginia isn’t a nice and straight-edged triangle. I printed out a picture of the state and drew a grid overtop of it to divide it into four portions. There were a couple ways to get the state outline onto the canvas and I opted for free handing it based on my grid. By some miracle the finished product actually looks like Virginia.
The rest of the door hang was fairly simple once I got Virginia and Richmond on the canvas. Going to weddings this summer? I highly recommend making customized door hangers because, in addition to being a nice personal challenge, it was a really rewarding gift.