Welcome crafty friends! Have you fallen in love with hand stitching on your paper projects yet? While it does take a bit of time, I’m always thrilled with the outcome.
A labour of love 💗
I began with Paige’s beautiful Bent Up Flower Background cut file. I had my Cameo 3 set to a Blade of 3, force of 3 speed of 3 and it took 22 minutes to finish. Turning up the petals took about 45 minutes, sometimes working from behind to push the smallest petals forward with a pin. You know how much I love pink, I honestly think it goes with everything. So I backed my cut file with pink AC Cardstock.
I wanted to cut out the letters from Bloom Street Paper 13 and made a simple cut file in the Silhouette Design Studio to help.
If you use a Silhouette Cameo and want to cut out Paper 13 too, I offer the cut file for free (for your personal use only please) . Click on this link to download the .studio3 file. Unfortunately, I can only offer it to Silhouette Cameo users, as the cutting mat for a Cricut is a difference size and it will not line up to cut correctly.
This file requires that you set up your Cameo mat precisely. Your paper must be squarely on the mat, with the mat running directly up the center of the Arrow. I recommend you cut a piece of cardstock first to ensure of the placement.
Once I had the letters cut out, I started my stitching, using all 6 strands of DMC Floss. First, using a backstitch, I stitched the mauve leaves and stems on all four letters, then the green leaves and stems on all four letters and so on. By limiting the focus to one thing on all the letters, I only had to have two colours of thread out at once. After the leaves, I made french knots on all four letters. Next, I chain stitched all the flowers on all the letters. I think it worked really well and there’s no mix up in threads this way.
Paige has a fabulous YouTube Tutorial on all the stitches I used. Check it out here!
I think each letter is so pretty!
I decided the stitched letters needed an offset. Again, using the same cut file and the Offset Tool, I cut the same pink cardstock and manually made holes for chain stitching. I popped up the layers with foam tape! Oh boy, the stitching from the back looks a bit messy 🤣
Finally, it was time to embellish. I didn’t think I should use a lot because it seemed almost done, but the Bloom Street Butterfly package was perfect. You can buy the Bloom Street Elements 2 at AC Digital and print as many as you want ! I used five. I also tucked a 2×2 Paper Pad card into Letter E. A few sparkly gems and spots of gold Stickles added that bit of shine I love!
I’ve popped it into a frame in my little gallery 💗
I hope you’re inspired to try a stitching project too. Maybe a printed paper, an element from a collection or even a background. Paige’s Stitching Files make it irresistibly easy to start. Ooooh and watch for the Cross Stitch Kit coming out in Paige’s Splendid Collection. A great starter project to add something extra special to your own pretty projects !!
Until next time, happy scrapping.
Hugs , Kelly
for the Paige Taylor Evans Design Team.