Monday, April 16, 2012

Sewing Technique Challenge for Heart2Heart Challenges

I'm "sew" excited for this week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges - its a sewing technique challenge!  Create a project that features Close to my Heart products and some kind of sewing - machine, faux stitching, stamped stitching, hand stitching, etc. and post at the Heart2Heart Challenges site!  Remember to say in your post that your project is for our challenge!

One of the very first crafts I learned was hand embroidery so this project really took me back in time.  I don't think I've done an embroidery project in the past 10 years!  I have to admit after doing this I started thinking about a few unfinished pieces I have in my embroidery bag that I should probably finish one of these decades.  

I drew the stems and leaves by hand and used a back stitch to go over the outlines.  I then used a White Daisy marker to go over the inside of the leaf and a layer of Olive marker on top of that to give the leaf more definition.  The centers of the flowers are French Knots done with our black and white Baker's Twine.  It looks like little seeds when its knotted up like that!
A quick tip on doing hand embroidery on your cards, a double layer of paper is easier to work with than a single layer.  I used my piercing tool to make holes for the stitching on the lagoon/black piece and it was a breeze.  The single layer flower shape I had to put a couple of layers of Scotch Tape on the back of the shape to keep the paper from falling apart with so many French Knots.  I didn't stamp a sentiment on this card because I need to build up my stash of all purpose cards - you know the ones you can add any kind of sentiment to and send off at a moment's notice. 

If you'd like to make this project, get these supplies:
Paper:  Stella, Black CS
Other:  Art Philosophy, Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment, Green Collection Embroidery Floss (retired)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head on over to Heart2Heart Challenges and create a project for this week's sewing technique challenge!



Amy said...

I love your card Paige. Your stitching is perfect!

Allisa said...

Gorgeous Card! Love the details!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

this is just beautiful!!!! beautiful!

Haley D. said...

Gorgeous stitching!

Wendy Coffman said...

I'm so impressed - I never could get the hang of making a french knot. Sweet card!

Romaine said...

I love how this turned out, Paige! I had seen the challenge from one of the DT on blogger before I saw all the DT work and thought of doing French knots...but who am I kidding? I have NEVER had success in making them, for me it is a pipe-dream. This looks so pretty!

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