Using my own handwriting, I made a title card for my Project Life album this week:
And I also made this filler card for a smaller pocket:
Here are some tips I "discovered" as I've begun stitching on paper:
- Lightly draw or write your own design using a pencil. Erase the pencil lines after poking the holes.
- If piercing your own hand-drawn design or handwriting, poke holes at the beginning and end of your design first, then at every intersection (where lines cross). Then go back and poke a few holes in between. This will make your stitching look more natural and flow better.
- Use the needle you are going to sew with to gently pierce the initial design. Then, prior to sewing, re-poke the holes a little deeper. The holes will be just the right size!
- To make curves seem "curvier," pierce holes closer together. Shorter stitch lengths will blend together to create the curve.
- Vary the number of threads you are using to sew. For big, bold designs, using anywhere from 4-6 floss threads. For smaller, daintier designs (or those with much detail), use 2 threads.
Hope these tips make your stitching more fun and satisfying!