Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Alison M asked me at Club CK about stitching. I thought I should post about it, since stitching has been a part of my life long before scrapbooking.

I started cross-stitching when I was in 4th grade (might have been 3rd--I lived in the Azores at the time). I did a few projects, then picked it up again in high school. I'm ambitious, so I jumped immediately into super-hard patterns as well as stitching on uneven fabrics like linen, and I've been there ever since.

Like scrapbooking, I'm a fast stitcher. This is probably due to my personality--I'm a finisher, so I derive satisfaction from finishing projects--so I do my best to finish them as quickly as I can! Still, I love stitching, and I don't do it much anymore--so I love adding stitching to my layouts.
This has been made all the easier since Bazzill came out with their stitching templates. Archiver's carries them, and I own four: Flourishes, 8x8 circles, Granny Stitches, and Silly Stitches. I use Flourishes the most. (If you are interested, go to to see these and other templates.) To stitch, I tend to use either DMC (3 strands), Karen Foster's Scrapper's Floss, or Stampin' Up!'s Linen Thread.

I mostly do either a running stitch or a backstitch. I've done others. Here's a LO with lazy daisy stitches:

And here's a recent one where I used cross-stitches:

I want to do more, but truthfully, embroidery stitches are delicate, and my dudes aren't delicate. Here's a link to various types of stitches: Embroidery Stitches Sampler To secure the threads on the back, I either snake the thread underneath my stitches on the back of the layout or I use tape to secure the thread. Here's a LO using this week's Color Room color combo where I used running stitches:

And here's the back where you can see how I secured the thread:

I should mention, the first time I stitched, I ripped the heck out of the paper. The key? Put the holes far enough apart so you don't mush through the paper.


Jody said...

Color me green with envy...I can't sew even 1 stitch! These are all wonderful :)

alisonm said...

Thanks for the info, I am going to take baby steps and try some of the stitches. Wish me luck!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love them Jenny!
Great post <3