Sunday, 5 August 2012

Inspired To Stitch With A Sewing Machine

I love my sewing machine :) I have occasionally used it for fabric, but it mainly comes out for papercrafts projects to be honest! And here is one such, made especially for lovely Clair's class:


A quick scootch of pretty, iridescent green spray ink for the background, a large dose of patience while it dried, then I added the butterfly rub on and started stitching! The frame is just stitched without thread - in this case intentionally, though there have been times (*ahem*...)


And then I used a favourite quick and easy technique to add a bit of detail and/or fill a bit of space: stitch a straight line, then when you get to the desired point, just randomly stitch back and forth a few times in a scribbly kinda way :) When you've got the effect you want, line up the needle with the straight line you began with and finish it off. Done!

(Extra note! I tend to prefer my thread ends neatly pulled through to the back of the card and secured out of sight, as here, but the exception to that tends to be when I'm stitching a banner of some kind:


I think the loose ends here add to the overall look and feel of the project :) It is, as always, a matter of personal taste though - just throwing in my twopennyworth!)

Now, if you haven't already, can I please encourage you to go visit Clair herself to benefit (as I have done, often and often!) from her great wisdom and experience when it comes to all things papery and stitchery? As for me, I'll have another project to share on a different stitching theme on Saturday - see you then! xx

22 comments:

Amy said...

Mel, this is gorgeous!
I have seen Clair's first tutorial and it was fantastic, just as I thought it would be!

Amy said...

PS I must have been the lucky charm .... lots of gold now!

Karen said...

Love both the cards, Mel. I just made some tags with banners and tied off the ends; wish I'd left them loose like this.

Mary B said...

I love the effect of the random stitching will have to remember that idea

JO SOWERBY said...

i like the stitching and agree with the neatness idea but feel the threads add that extra jaunty touch to your bunting card. i haven't used my own machine yet on paper but will be soon.
by the way u r too hooked on the olympics and may need rehab after they end, heehee,
jo xxxx

Clair said...

Hello lovely lady! Thank you so much for participating in the class - and for designing for me. I was blown away by all of your beautiful projects!

Feel free to link up your 'Pennant Card' as an entry to the prize draw xxx

Jimjams said...

Gorgeous cards Mel

Missus Wookie said...

Lovely sewing - I like the little scribble of stitches. Nice to see you crafting again.

Beverly said...

Love both cards and I definitely like the thread hanging from the bunting :)

The Creative Beast said...

STUNNING! Colorful and graphic card you have created Mel and I love the banner card you shared here too. Lot's of inspiration to be had here!!

Also love how you are featured in the tutorial at Scribd - well done!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Just so happy to see you back!!! I love the card with the little flags.
Rinda

The Mann Fam said...

I love that bright yellow banner card! The loose threads are a perfect touch for it.

Jane said...

gorgeous, I wish I had a sewing machine. Good to see you back xx

Sian said...

I love the loose ends! Such a pretty, casual look. I'm delighted that Clair has persuaded to break cover with your lovely projects

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,

Thought this was probably the quickest way to let you know your kind gift has arrived. M says thank you very much. It enabled him to buy the lego Lord of the Rings set he wanted.
Will call soon

Love CDHS

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Cute cards!

Cheri said...

What a beautiful card Mel! I love the stitching - I think I don't have the time or patience to do it myself.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Mel ~ What a lovely surprise to receive a comment from you on my blog. Thanks for your wishes for my mom - much appreciated!

I love your cards and the stitching. I immediately LOVED the threads hanging loose at the end of the bunting! Glad you left them that way. :o)

I miss you, Mel, and I think of you often. Love to your sweet family (especially my friend, The Tomboy!) xo

alexa said...

Gorgeous stuff, Mel and a great way to get evenly spaced holes on the page. Genius. :)

Louise said...

popped across from Clair's...gorgeous cards and the stitching is perfect x

Lisa said...

I am totally inspired by your wonderful cards! Can't wait to try them out. that first one is just stunning and the banner? *sigh* gorgeous!

Jessica Griffin said...

Oh Mel!! Gorgeous card!! Love all your pictures as always! My sister in law is expecting, I'm going to be an Auntie. We need to email, things are better? SO glad! xo

PS: LOVE the new .com!!