Hello Stitchers! Today's the day I get to show you what I made for Clair's Stitching on Paper class. Remember the sneak from a couple of weeks ago? I know lots of you loved the sound of more sewing on your pages (genius idea for a class, Clair!) and have been joining the lessons each Saturday and Sunday. If you haven't already checked it out, you need to head over to Obstinate Pursuit to pick up all the tips. You can download the lessons if you follow the links and catch up on quilting, embroidery, stamping, machine stitching and sewing by hand. There is a prize involved too - go, see!
Today is cross stitch day. I used to do quite a bit of cross stitch and I still have the pattern books, so I paged through to find a motif which would fit on my page and I came up with this:
An old cassette to go a page about a little keyring I bought recently. I do old school cool it says and I have nothing to add to that!
Before I show you a close-up, let me remind of the first rule of stitching on paper
- it's on paper, it doesn't have to be perfect! You're already subverting the whole idea, so a bit of added quirkiness only adds to the charm. A couple of my threads are a little bit loose - it definitely is harder to get a nice even tension when you are holding a piece of rip-able paper and not working on fabric in a hoop. But honestly? Once it's on the page, you can't see it
and that brings me to my next thought. I didn't stitch this right onto my background paper. I did it on a separate piece I could stick on when I was finished and satisfied with it. That way, I wasn't going to spoil my entire layout if I lost my concentration and started poking lots of holes in the wrong place!
piercing holes - it might sound obvious to say use a paper piercer. But use a paper piercer.For years I pierced holes with a needle, then I decided to buy a piercer and I'm very glad I did. It does make things easier. I only pierce a few holes at a time, stitch and then pierce some more. It limits the accident potential.
remember that your choice of square size and number of threads you use will affect the look of the finished motif. I wanted an open, modern feel here for an 80's effect - think Madonna's lace fingerless gloves, or a pair of fishnets - so I used big-ish squares. Small neat squares would look neat and traditional.
like any cross stitch it mightn't look like anything until you put the details on. So persevere with the back stitch and watch it come together.
start small - maybe with one cross stitched alphabet letter? You don't even need to stitch the whole thing: let it drop of the edge of your page like you do with an embellishment.
But always remember - I'm going to say it again - it's on paper, it doesn't have to be perfect! So head over to Clair's and see what she has for you, download the pdf's, thread a needle and link up your project. Let's stitch.