Good morning, class! ;) If you've been to the Paper Crafts Connection blog, you might have heard that the Go-to Gals have some fun lessons in store for you today!
Hopefully you'll get to learn some new techniques along the way! I'll be teaching Hand-Stitching Techniques 101, so read on to find out how you can easily add some personalized touches to your paper crafted projects.
Here is a card I made using Bo Bunny's new Garden Girl Collection:
To begin, create a computer-generated sentiment & print it onto vellum. (Think of this as your pattern piece.) I like using vellum because it is translucent & allows you to see exactly where your stitching will be in relation to your patterned paper.
It's a little hard to see, but in the picture below, my vellum was placed over a small piece of patterned paper. I temporarily placed a chipboard frame over the vellum to make sure everything was centered.
Once your vellum is centered, begin piercing holes. You can either use a paper piercer or a large needle. While you're piercing, keep in mind that the length between your holes will later be the length of your stitches.
Continue stitching until you've completed your pattern. Remove the vellum.
I threaded my needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss and knotted one end. Begin your stitching from the back side of your paper.
Using a back-stitch, follow the pierced pattern that you've created.
How To Make a Back-Stitch
If you need to dot an "i", you can make a French knot.
How To Make a French Knot
And... if you're really brave, why not try out some of these fancy stitches?
I hope you've enjoyed my lesson on hand-stitching! If you give this lesson a try, please let me know! I'd love to see your A+ work! :)
Make sure to check out the PCC Blog as well as the other Go-to Gals classes:
- Professor Kesti "Paper Piecing"
- Professor McGuire "Paper Heart Garlands for Beginners"
- Professor Robinson "Pleating with Paper 111"
- Professor Veldman "Creative Crayons"