Embroidery on Ribbon
Alright, it’s true. I
only passed Jr. High Home-Ec because they gave enough points for having a good
attitude to make up for my misshapen apron.
I was sew-phobic for years.
About 3 years ago I decided to give it another try… on
paper. I love the extra texture and
character I had seen sewing add to paper crafting projects in the magazines.
For Christmas, I asked for a sewing machine “for the purpose of sewing on paper
only.” I explained to my husband. With
cardstock, patterned paper and adhesive in hand, my husband and I went to a
store called SEW SASSY and took a Janome machine for a “test drive.” Right
there in the store, when I experienced what it looked like and how easy it
was…I was HOOKED. We went home with my
new machine, wrapped it and put it under the tree.
After months of sewing scrapbook pages, mini books and
cards, I realized that maybe, even I could actually sew on FABRIC. I was a little timid at first, but I actually
went ahead and used my beloved sewing machine to sew FABRIC! It worked! I didn’t break my machine. I went to the public library and checked out
every book on machine sewing I could find.
With the library books near-by I created a few simple projects – a few pillows, some bean bags for the Brownie
Troup, and I even made a blue jean quilt for my son!
Here’s the thing, while looking for books on machine sewing,
I was drawn to all of the books on embroidery and stitching on the same shelf.
Sooooooooo I threw a few on my stack, which led me to attempt embroidery (as if
I need another hobby!!!) I fell in
love! I taught myself the stem stitch,
the back and chain stitches, and even the split stitch. My favorite stitch of all is the French
knot. It is a little gem of a stitch and
it didn’t take too long to become proficient.
I made French knot flower centers.
French knot borders. French knot
clusters…What can I say, French knots just make me happy (sigh). Wait! What if
I combined the happiness of French knots with my love of paper crafting!
A-ha! We have come back full
circle—sewing on paper!
invite you to pull out that box or bag of embroidery floss…I know you have some
somewhere! Are you a past cross
stitcher? Maybe you have some left from friendship bracelet making days? (At
summer camp I knew a girl who made a friendship belt! Seriously.) Find that
floss and put it to use with your May Arts ribbon!
The Olive faux suede leaves ribbon. (XL16) is a beautiful ribbon.I loved it paired w/ the joyous picture of my
son and his tiny plant. To the center of
each leaf I stitched a French knot. This ribbon can add whimsy to any nature Layout.
The Amazingly fun Parrot Green/Raspberry Sheer/Print
(wired) ribbon (355) with bright yellow French knots in the center of the
design created a fun embellishment that tied the colors of my photo and papers
The Royal Blue floss I used matched the color of the
stitches in the Parrot Green/Royal Stitched/Grosgrain ribbon.I liked the ribbon paired with the bright,
fun-orange /yellow grosgrain/ horizontal lines ribbon (333).
Click here for details on this week’s scrapbooking contest!
Blog posted by: By Leah Farrar-White
* SUBLIME STITCHING has a step-by-step instruction for FOOL
PROOF FRENCH KNOT: http://www.sublimestitching.com/frenchknot.html
*(Supplies: SPROUT-Papers by Bazzill, October Afternoon,
Jilly Bean Soup. Alphabet Cloud nine. Colored pencil. MISS MAKEUP-papers by Bazzill, Basic Grey,
Sassafras Lass, embellilshments Sassafras Lass, Kaiser. Alphabets Jenni Bowlin, American Craft, black
Pen. PARTY!-Paper: Prima and Scenic
Route, Alphabet Basic Grey.)