An Embroided Bed!

Marcela Pena
by Marcela Pena
2 Materials
4 Days
I bought this beautiful white bed without the roses on the headboard! I forgot to take a photo of the "before", but I can show you the process!
As it is made with "esterilla" (HELP English speakers! I don´t know what is the word for this! I think the material is wicker braided in small squares). I thought I could use these little squares to embroider something in cross stitch.
I collected many patterns from the web but I had a difficulty: the number of squares I had was very reduced, and that meant the number of stitches I could make wasn't as many. So I went looking for a different pattern and I found this pattern with more or less the width and length I needed. Off to work!
I didn´t work with thread as in a normal embroidery but rather with ribbons that covered the size of holes I had.
Work in progress....
... and final result!
A lovely and unique bed!
To be honest, at the beginning I thought I would embroid the footboard as well. But after the headboard work, it was really exhausting, so I decided not to! Anyway, I love the way it looks!
Suggested materials:
  • Wiker bed
  • Ribbons
Marcela Pena
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  • Renee Renee on Oct 02, 2017
    Could you use yard instead of ribbon like a thick thread look?

  • KimH KimH on Oct 02, 2017
    oh my goodness! I love our community. so creative! LOVE LOVE LOVE how you used ribbons! Just a suggestion: Maybe you need to just take the foot board in set chunks of time, wh? Just do leaves across? and you may want to think about getting a dowel slim enough to go through the holes in the wicker work and cut it into 6 or 8 inch pieces, sharpen the one end with a pencil sharpener, and the other, drill a hole to thread he ribbon through; might make it less exhausting to do :D This is such a great idea!

  • Monique Monique on Oct 02, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous......where did you ever find this beautiful, unusual bed? I want one!! Agree with Heather from the UK that I would add "something" to the footboard, as well.........very creative!!! Congrats!!

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  • Jeri Jeri on Dec 27, 2017
    No question I just had to comment! That is the most beautiful bed I think I've ever seen! 💖 That you "embroidered" the roses into the wicker is amazing and a technique I have never seen before and would have never thought of in a million years! It gives me great ideas for future caning/wicker pieces tho!! 💖

  • 1984roro 1984roro on Dec 27, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful - very creative.