Please welcome Design Team Expert Susan Stringfellow to the blog today. Susan is an expert at machine and hand stitching, and today she shares her tips and tricks for adding blanket stitching around your projects. Join her for her amazing ideas!
Hi, everyone! I think handmade cards mean a lot to your family and friends, but taking the time to add hand stitching also adds warmth and a extra personal touch. By simply adding a blanket stitch around the perimeter of this "Give Thanks" card front, this card almost has to feel of a blanket.
1. To create a blanket stitch, begin by puncturing holes around the perimeter of your paper piece. The spacing is your choice, but I like for mine to be around 1/4" apart. Insert the needle from the back of the paper, coming out the front and then back down in the next hole to create a loose loop, and then bring the needle through that loop to continue on to the next stitch. Leave the first loop loose enough to end your last stitch when stitching is complete.
2. For the next stitch, insert the needle from the front through to the back and then directly back up through the loop, pulling the thread so that the stitch formed is a straight box shape.
3. Continue stitching the same way so that all of the stitches are pulled firmly into place but not distorted.
4. Finish stitching around the perimeter of your paper piece and end in the first loop that you created.
Complete the card by layering a doily, a strip of the striped paper with a notch cut in each end, a circle journaling block, a scalloped circle punch, and the "Give Thanks" oval from a journaling card. Mount the fall leaves stickers with a little foam square for dimension and a coordinating brad. Add the owl sticker using foam squares.
Kraft Cardstock - Carta Bella
"Fall Fever Owl" paper
"Fall Fever Stripe" paper
"Fall Fever Journaling" paper
"Fall Fever Stickers"
Pearl brad from the For the Record 2: Tailored Brads
scalloped circle punch
Green embroidery floss
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