Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October Technique Challenge

We’ve all seen the surge in popularity of adding stitching to cards. I did a bit of brainstorming about my own card making experiences and here are some ways to add stitching. I did not “invent” these. We know crafters develop these techniques as they create.

Simple Hand Stitching
This can be a time consuming method. Paper is a type of fiber more dense than fabric. Not as popular, hand stitching requires a strong needle with a sharp point and a large eye. When stitching in holes that have already been pierced, a tapestry needle will do (no sharp point). Choice of thread or yarn is important to achieve good results.
(by Donna)
Hand-drawn Stitching
Going back in time… remember when a white gel pen was an integral part of the tool bin? Stitches could be drawn on almost any color cardstock to give your project a final touch. Other colors work as well but the white seems to have become the most popular and has endured over time. Many crafters still enjoy this method. In this example, a tiny scallop was added to the eave of the birdhouse on the left. The center birdhouse was decorated with dots and the one on the right has simple stitching.

Stamped Stitching
Stamp companies regularly sell stamp sets with various borders including stitching. There are also stamp sets available that give the look of cross-stitched images.

Sewing Machine Stitching
You never thought that Home Economics class would mean anything, right? You do not need a new or expensive sewing machine if you’re only sewing on paper products although you may need a new needle quite often. Thread a sewing machine with your favorite color and experiment on cardstock. Try plain stitching, zigzag and even some fancy stitches such as a feather stitch. Slow and steady wins the race and with a little patience and practice you’ll be pleased with the results. In the example below, in addition to straight stitching there is a serpentine stitch, also called a multiple zigzag, across the top and down the right side on the lagoon cardstock. The stitching on the gray cardstock is a feather stitch. Lots of stitching will weaken or tear your cardstock so don’t get too carried away. It’s all up to you.

I also use my sewing machine for piercing techniques. Remove all thread sources from your sewing machine and stitch directly on the cardstock. The result will be almost-perfectly spaced piercings.

Some of us tried creating cards using the needle arts but working with the various media made it difficult. Then Paper Smooches developed the first cross-stitch die sized for the individual crafter. This small rectangle launched a popular trend and dies are now available in different shapes and sizes from many manufacturers. The die will cut the paper to resemble even-weave fabric – perfect for cross-stitch, bargello and needlepoint. A gentler hand is needed to avoid tearing the cardstock but it’s a great technique to try. 

Stitching with Dies
Dies of all sizes and shapes are now manufactured with embossed stitches in various styles such as straight, zigzag and diagonal. You can find shaped borders with stitching. There are even clouds and landscapes with stitching. It’s everywhere!

In summary, regardless of the method, put your imagination to work and use stitching when you need that “little something” to finish off a card.

In addition to the samples shown above, here are more inspirational creations by our Design Team.


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