Monday, April 07, 2014

Stitching for Project Life and Tips for stitching on paper

Via StudioCalico, I am taking a stitching class--stitching on paper, that is. Using simple techniques, teacher Paige Evans is showing us how to add stitching to our Project Life cards. All these techniques can be used to embellish any paper craft, for sure!

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!

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