Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TIPsy Tuesday - Stamps for hand sewing guide

And speaking of stitching...

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:

1)  Stamp the image.

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

1 comment:

  1. lisa I love this card-thanks for the tip on hand sewing on a card-i don't have a machine-because i dont sew-but really like the look of sewing on cards


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