I'm going to share those ideas with you here on the blog over the next few weeks.
Hand Stitching is tutorial #1.
I recently got back from the February Just Crop Retreat in Fullerton. If you haven't joined us, you need to plan on it. Its a nice, relaxing weekend that Beth and Rachel run.
I have people come up to me all the time and ask how I do this. So here is your 'how-to'.
I'm inspired by two women in the scrapbook world. Kinsey Wilson and Sasha Farina. Bookmark their blogs. These two inspire me. There is something hand stitching brings to the project that machine sewing just doesn't. A lot of people say 'oh, you can do that with a machine.' Yes, you can, but the detail I like can only be achieved by hand.
Lets get started.
First, you need to know the basic back stitch. I learned from Kinseys Hand Stitch blog. She has a lot of great information on there about products and how-to's. She talks about the different kinds of threads you can use but I stick with DMC Embroidery floss. It comes in hundreds of colors, its cheap and easy to work with.
After you practice the basic back stitch, you're ready to sew on your layout.
Step 2 - find a template, pattern or font you want to work with.
Templates can be anything from a purchased pattern or template that some manufacturers are releasing. They can also be something you download or print from the internet. Fonts are the easiest because every computer comes with them. Lets take a look at how to use each one.
You can resize these shapes to meet your needs. Position the template over the area of your layout that you want to stitch on. Poke holes with your paper piercer. Make sure you're using a foam mat (like a mouse pad). It makes poking holes easier. You can use a self healing mat but you may find your hand cramps up because you have to push harder to make a decent hole.
Here are samples of actual layouts that I've completed:
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Stitched Geometry - LINK to original post
Zig Zag - link to original post
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Anchor and woody- link to original post (heavy stitching post - be warned, this was a lot of stitching and I think it came out cool. I don't normally go overboard like this but it was a sample for the store. I wanted to bring out the details of that cool car. I believe there is still some of this paper line in the store.)
You can a nice mix of fonts and templates. One thing I tend to use a lot would be misting templates. The sunburst layout uses the Studio Calico starburst 12x12 misting template. This is something that can be created using any diecut machine.
Here is a layout that was completed at last weekend's crop.
Leave a comment here if you have any questions on this technique. I will be posting a few more examples on my personal blog over the next week.