My two favorite things come together in this super fun book:
Greeting Cards in Stitches: 30 Designs with Hand-Embroidered Embellishments
Sharon and Kristin Jankowicz
Clever greeting cards, embellished with hand stitching, are so unique they'll become keepsakes!
The fabulous mother-daughter design duo has created 30 original cards for all occasions, including holidays, birthdays, births, graduations, anniversaries, get well, thank you, congratulations, and general note cards.
A detailed basics section includes general embroidery information plus an overview of all the techniques and tools necessary for embroidering on paper. Embroidery stitches are taught with watercolor how-to illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and close-up photos. Full-size patterns for all projects are provided for easy transfer.
Also included is a website link to download the patterns so you can print them directly on your special paper.
Embroidering on paper and card stock is a relatively new idea, and this book hits the market as the cross-over craft gains momentum.
Fresh, original card designs have wide appeal.
Only book available dedicated to cards that feature hand-embroidery.
Link to site for downloading patterns
Sharon and Kristin Jankowicz, mother and daughter, are also the authors of Embroidery to Embellish Everything and Say It with Stitches. Their designs are clever and very creative! Sharon and Kristin design for the craft industry. Each a graphic artist and passionate needle-crafter, together they are a creative collaboration between Baby Boom and Generation X.
Not only is full of great projects, there are some great tips and techniques. There is one about using plastic canvas as a template to make perfectly spaced stitches is beyond fabulous posted here. I love when a simple item from the craft stash can be repurposed into a super-useful tool to make crafting easier!
So today I had an idea about stitching a barbed wire ATC and so off to what else? Why my copy of Greeting Cards in Stitches: 30 Designs with Hand-Embroidered Embellishments
Here is my barbed wire embroidered ATC:
How I did it:
First I drew a light pencil line on the back and front of the card in the same place. I did this because the backstitch requires you to put the needle through the paper from both sides and when you are stitching paper the hole is permanent, not like with fabric.
I then sewed the backstitch along the line.
With a new piece of floss (I am using 3 strands of gray) I made two random stitches in a "V" shape, with one leg of the "V" on each side of the backstitch line.
I then did 4-5 satin stitches, satin stitches are simply horizontal stitches parellel to each other.
Then I did another "V' stitch in the opposite direction.
I repeated this two more times.
I then die cut a tag and then the letter B attaching it with a brad.
Then I stamped the rest of the word with tiny letter stamps.
So if you are any kind of paper crafter and like your stitching too, this book is for you! (oooh I made a rhyme, a bit of a departure from the bad puns for me!)
You know what's coming next, the question:
What is the wackiest thing you have stitched, thought of stitching, or would like to stitch?
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OK, off to go make something.....as always I'll keep you in the loop!