stitching on paper
for my mid-winter (aka valentines) crafts, I decided to borrow some textile related ideas and translate them to my favorite medium, paper. It adds a touch of novelty to paper craftiness by incorporating hand stitching. Plus there’s something sweetly nostalgic about a hand made valentine.
The items pictured here are not finished valentines. They are pieces that will later become part of a finished valentine.
For my very first paper stitching project, I cut a small square from a brown paper bag, selected a button and threaded my hand needle. No up front prep work.
The basic loop stitch makes a pretty flower. However, I hadn’t yet learned the technique of perforating the paper in advance. And my second attempt was a fail that I managed to (sort of) rescue.
After that I decided to trace my designs to the back side of the paper and make perforations before stitching. I like the look of this satin stiched heart, but I should have made long stitches both top and bottom. My shortcut approach makes the stitching lopsided, but I still like it.
Cross stitching is only slightly more complex. Draw a grid and pencil in the stitches on the reverse side of the paper, then perforate at each needle point before beginning.
Both pieces are stitched on thick hand-made paper scraps that I purchased in a bundle from an art supply store.
It is a beginning. I’m experimenting with paper and ribbon ruffles next.
Such fun! Thank you for visiting and hope you’re having a fabulous weekend