Last night, I put the last gruelling stitches in my embroidery sign. It took me longer to stitch up this sign than I expected, but I figure that’s for two reasons: 1. I never spent a whole long span of time on it; and 2. I kept thinking it shouldn’t be taking so long! Which only made it seem longer!
A friend was visiting the other day while I was trying to make some progress embroidering it (it has to be posted tomorrow), and he said, “What it that? Baby embroidery?” My reaction: “I’d like to see you do it!”
The funny thing about embroidery on paper is that it seems to be rather “baby-ish” in concept (you poke holes and run the thread through the holes, after all), but in reality, it can be somewhat difficult. My fingers hurt a whole lot more after working on paper than they do after working on fabric! Paper just doesn’t “give” like fabric does, so it can be a chore to pull the needle through. Granted, you can always make bigger holes… You also have to think more carefully about the placement of those holes than you would first expect. You can’t just randomly punch holes and expect your design to look ‘right.’ Especially if you’re doing a picture of something specific (as opposed to geometric designs embroidered on paper), you want to get all the intersections of lines in the exact place, or your picture will end up askew.
Anyway, for this sign, I used ideas and snippets from some of Erica Fortgens’ books – the bird from one, and idea for the flower border from another. Her books, if you’re interested in embroidery on paper (especially for cardmaking or scrapbooking), are an inspirational delight. Most of them, from what I can tell, seem to assume some knowledge of technique already. Not that the concepts are difficult, because they aren’t. In that sense, yes, you probably could call it “baby embroidery.” The whole concept of piercing holes from a pattern in order to stitch a design on a piece of paper is a simple concept, and the stitches used are basic stitches. But it rises above the level of “baby” when you consider design, color choice, placement, combinations, and so forth. And that’s what Erica’s books are great for – overall, they present a sophisticated approach to creating beautiful things.
Enough about that – here’s my sign!
It’s not quite that small! It’s 11 inches wide and about 3.5 inches high.
I like the little birds. I added some color to the birds and the letters using prismacolors. I’ll probably go back and touch in a little more color now that the stitching is done. The letters, for example, need something inside them to make them more noticeable as the title of an announcement on a bulletin board.
I used DMC Satin Floss for the whole thing, and I stitched it on regular everyday white cardstock. I’m going to back it with a border of red and put the class information below it.
So that’s my plan. And I better go get it done, or I’m going to be stuck working on it late at night, when things start to fuzz up!
If you’re looking for good books for paper embroidery inspiration, check out Erica Fortgens’ books on Amazon – they’re much more reasonably priced there than they are in your local craft stores!
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