Deb’s Decoupaged Embroidery: Dr. Who Clock

Intrepid stitcher, Deb Ovall, discovered the Funk & Weber World blog while searching for info about decoupaging embroidery. She wanted to adhere a cross-stitch design to a clock face, but had never decoupaged before, let alone decoupaged embroidery.

I’ve fiddled around with decoupaged plastic cups and denim pocket bookmarks, as well as earrings and artist trading cards.

Check out Deb’s project:

Cross-stitched clock face, stitched by Deb Ovall

Dr. Who cross-stitched clock face. Fabric dyed by Deb; pattern stitched by Deb.

She started by dyeing her own Aida.

The cloth was white, 14-ct. Aida, and I ice-dyed it using a video I found on YouTube. You wet the cloth, bunch it up in a clump, place it on a rack over a tray, pile as many ice cubes on it as it will hold, sprinkle your powdered dye on the cubes, wait till the ice melts, rinse till clear, dry and iron. I didn’t do anything to set the color except iron it. I didn’t really care what it looked like, I just have so darn much white Aida and didn’t want to buy anything else!

Ah, anyone else have white fabric you’d like to dye? I sure do! And Deb’s fabric looks great, don’t you think?

The design is a pattern pdf from Cloudsfactory. I found a YouTube video for a different clockface that used a 10-inch clock, but when I tried to fit the design into the 10-inch clock I bought, it was 1/4 inch short, even as close as this cut is! Ten inches was the outside diameter, LOL!

I put the clock away and re-stitched the pattern on 16-ct, which fit a different clock I had: This board clock was $6 at a yard sale and had a 1/8-inch-thick plastic face that I peeled off. The clockworks still worked, so I removed them and fixed up the board.

Painting the clock base, Deb Ovall.

Painting the clock base, Deb Ovall.

Deb used an enamel spray paint to cover the wood base.

I knew about Modpodge but had never used it, so I was just groping in the dark all over the place here. That’s why I was glad to find your blog! Sometimes you just need one little push to go for it, eh?

Oh, I love pushing!

Deb purchased Fabric Mod Podge* for the project, unsure whether that was the best choice or not. Well, she was pretty confident it was the best choice for the fabric, but what about the painted wood base that the fabric would be adhered to?

What Plaid, the maker of Mod Podge, seems to recommend in this case is to prepare the fabric by coating it with Fabric Mod Podge, but then attach it to the painted wood base with regular Mod Podge.

Unlike me, however, Deb doesn’t have seven different kinds of decoupage medium in her arsenal, and I encouraged her to accept the risk and go for it. I’ve found all the Mod Podge formulas very forgiving and effective on a variety of surfaces. I figured the worst-case scenario would be that the fabric wouldn’t adhere well to the wood, and if that happened, she could have another go with regular Mod Podge.

Decoupaged-embroidery surface, Deb Ovall

Check out the shiny decoupaged surface of Deb’s clock.

The fabric podge did not come with any instructions except that to do an applique, you adhere it, wait at least two hours for it to dry, then seal with a fabric brush, working the medium into the applique. I had a small, new, 1-inch paintbrush so I used that and it worked well! This piece was a throw-away if I could not make this work, plus it’s a gift for someone who will love it no matter what, so it wasn’t too risky.

Completed Dr. Who clock, by Deb Ovall

The completed Dr. Who clock, by Deb Ovall. Note the silver trim around the fabric. A nice way to finish that edge.

It worked! The Mod Podge enhanced the contrast in the colors; I’m so happy! It also didn’t dull the silver trim around the design too much; that was the only thing I was afraid of. I only used one coat. This is the first thing I’ve ever Mod Podged so I had no idea what it would look like!

Well, I think it looks fantastic! Well done, Deb!

What do you think? Does this inspire you to decoupage embroidery? Leave a comment and let us know.

Want to see another fun decoupaged-embroidery sample? Check out Becca’s coffee-bean jar.

As always, if you give this a go, we want to know!

*Head’s up! The Mod Podge link to Amazon is an affiliate link. That means I might earn a small commission if you make a purchase through that link. Thank you!

7 Responses to “Deb’s Decoupaged Embroidery: Dr. Who Clock”

  1. Linda G

    Great job!!!

    November 11, 2016 @ 6:13 am
  2. Marg

    Fantastic job! I love your subject. I also dye my Aida, love the watercolor effects you can achieve. I use natural Aida, sometimes the white is bleached and doesn’t accept the dye as well. It is so much fun to just jump in feet first and experiment, the results can be surprising.

    November 11, 2016 @ 3:13 pm
  3. Karen Bacigalupo

    I love this. Wonderful job Deb.
    Dr. Who has been a favorite of mine since Tom Baker, who wouldn’t love his scarf.

    November 11, 2016 @ 3:14 pm
  4. Becca

    It is wonderful.

    November 11, 2016 @ 5:03 pm
  5. Deb O

    Thanks, y’all! So fun! I learned something new and the recipient was ecstatic, so finest kind!! πŸ™‚

    November 14, 2016 @ 5:05 pm
  6. Been doing this for years! There is a Needlework Finisher that is essentially the same as the Fabric ModPodge, but I have also had great results with using equal parts of water and white glue. No fabric or thread bleeds. It seals the fabric as well so you can trim very close to your stitched edge for cute cutout ournaments. My only complaint so far has been that the pieces do tend to curl a bit – no matter what “podge” I use. Letting them dry on waxed paper under heavy books seems to help.

    November 25, 2016 @ 6:46 am
  7. Deb O

    Thanks for the info! I don’t think I’ll be doing this much more, but we’ll see. Never hurts to learn a new way to frame. πŸ™‚

    November 25, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

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