Tuesday, May 25, 2010
TIPsy Tuesday - Stamps for hand sewing guide
A few months ago, I dug my boxes of embroidery thread out of the attic. Embroidery and counted cross stitch bother my hands like most hand sewing does - one of the main reasons I really started doing more papercrafts. Anyway, I knew I had quite a collection and could use the thread to tie off ribbons or for other embellishments on my cards and pages.
First I reorganized all the colors. I'd had them stored by color number which was important when following a cross stitch pattern. Now I just need to see all the greens together, reds together and so on. Here is one of the two boxes:
While I don't want to do a lot of hand sewing, a little doesn't bother me too much and it is nice to add to a page or card. For this card, I first stamped the image and then used it as a sewing guide:
2) Using a paper piecer or dressmakers awl, punch holes for sewing.
3) Stitch through the holes. You can do a single pass or double as I've done here, depending on the desired look.
I finished up the card by coloring in a couple of the flower petals with markers and adding buttons.
Do you have embroidery thread stuffed in a closet somewhere? Put it to work on your cards!
And if you are really into sewing. See my post over the weekend with a quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. There is a link there to take you to hundreds of interesting quilts --> Star Quilt for Festival
Thanks for stopping by today!
Ingredients: Stamps: Flowers by Autumn Leaves
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Subtles markers by SU!
DSP: 365 Degree paper pack from Pink Paislee
Embroidery floss: DMC