* spirograph patch

Posted on August 21st, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

Home sick today. :/ Playing with my new toys from a Japanese dollar store we randomly found in Flushing makes me feel a little bit better, though. I got some chalk pencils with brushes on the ends, a clever drawstring-threader-thingy, a Hello Kitty paint palette (the fondue plate I’d been using finally got knocked off my desk by the cats), aaaand a spirograph, yay. I still am on the hunt for an old school giant spirograph set with all the accessories, but this little ruler version will do for now. After a few paper trials, I wondered how it would work on fabric. It was too hard on muslin (kept moving around), but iron-on backing gave it enough heft to work like a charm. I’m thinking it would look cute ironed to my jeans back pocket.


I imagine using iron-on interfacing would also work, then I could just remove it and use like normal fabric. Hmmm. That’s not a bad idea. Sudden desire for spirograph trimmed skirt.

Or embroidery! I could embroider over a spirograph. OK, that sounds like the perfect thing to try while watching Enduring Love on DVD. BRB

[fast forward a few hours]



13 Responses to “spirograph patch”

  1. Ali Says:

    I was obsessed with spirograph as a child – embroidered swirls are a stroke of genius! Do it!

  2. lisa s Says:

    oh you know how i love the spirograph… and embroidered? YES!!

    feel better!!

  3. futuregirl Says:

    You should stay home sick more often! That is the coolest!

  4. abbyjane Says:

    Cool is right! That’s the best!

  5. Rebecca Says:

    I love that you embroidered it, it looks great!

  6. Regina Says:

    oooohhh, that is cool!

  7. Bec Says:

    We have an old spirograph, but I’ve never tried using fabric before! Yours looks so good so I might just try it.

  8. kelly Says:

    Found your site through a link on Whip up. Just had to say that I love the embroidered spirograph!

    I’ve been playing around with my spirograph maker lately (new style, not original style, sadly) and this is a fabulous idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. anina Says:

    Funny, when I saw the first photo I thought “embroidery”. Great minds think alike…
    I’d love an old-fashioned spirograph too. I remember spending hours with mine when I was little.

  10. tricia Says:


    This is so very cool. Now I’m on the hunt for a spirograph.

  11. Sid Simpson Says:

    Thank you for inspiring me!

  12. ariel Says:

    I guess I’ll tell you now — I found you an old purple travel spirograph. I was waiting until your birthday, but now the surprise is spoiled.

  13. Zylo Says:

    Spirograph! I had one as a kid that I saved because I knew I’d love it in the future. I’ve got to find that again and see how many parts I saved. Now if only I could embroider worth a crap.


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