Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Paper Pieces

"Madame Dean"

Although I made these several months ago for the New York Gift show, I am just now getting around to posting them. Where does the time go? In my case it all went to creating new collections of illustrations in preparation for Surtex, a licensing show. But that's another story....

After making paper dresses and shoes did any of you doubt that the handbag was going to be next? Like the shoes and dresses these were quite challenging but I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of it all.

They started with a paper pattern that needed to be revised about 8000 times, selecting the paper and embellishments, lots of cutting and pasting and finally making the stands.

Since the shoes and dresses all have girls names (so far) I decided to let the men get in on the action and named these after some very special fellas in my life.

Adding the peek to the inside of the handbag came about a little bit by accident, but it's my favorite thing. Perhaps the contents will be next on the drawing (or cutting) board.

Hope you enjoy looking-I sure had fun creating!


PS If you would like to take an online class that includes paper flower making among other wonderful things, click here for information.

"Madame Dean" detail


"Cha Cha"






Monday, March 5, 2012

Easter Download and Tutorial

Todays blog post is part of a month long blog hop consisting of free tutorials from members of the Stitched Workshops.

This tutorial is how to make egg cups that can double as napkin holders and place cards. I have provided a sheet of images for you to use but you can also use them as patterns for your own papers.

You will need:
Card Stock
A Printer
Mod Podge (optional)
Embroidery Floss
Floss Needle
T-Pin or large needle for piercing the paper.

The first step is to click and save my sheet of images. If for some reason you can't do this email me and I will send them to you.

If your printer will print on card stock them do that. If not then print them on regular paper and glue them to a piece of card stock. I find that it's easier to do this if you loosely cut out the images first. Make sure there are no air bubbles between the image and he card stock.

Cut out the pieces when everything is completely dry.

Next you are going to use a T-Pin or large needle to pierce where your stitches will go. This makes your stitching more precise and faster.

If you are embroidering an initial trace it lightly, pierce the path and then carefully erase the pencil mark before stitching. I used a blanket stitch to outline the egg and a back stitch for the initial.

I embellished some of them with buttons for a little added cuteness.

The last step is to cut out the base which is just a 1-1/4" x 6" strip of card stock. This can be printed (provided) or plain. Glue this at the ends (the size will depend on the size of your eggs). Next, attach your little embroidered decoration to the base. Be sure that the decoration is level with the bottom of the base so it will stand on it's own.

That's it! Feel free to email me with any questions and be sure to check out the other tutorials.

My stitched class is titled "Fanciful Stitched Paper Flowers" and you can register and get more information here.

March 1st: Deborah
March 5th: Paula-that's me.
March 6th: Jackie
March 8th: Mollie
March 13th: Cindy Caraway
March 15th: Jennifer
March 20th: Kelli
March 22nd: Tracie
March 27th: Alma
March 29th: Ann Tucker

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