Some people resist hand stitching because they think it will take a lot of time and talent. I want to put you at ease.
First, here's my basic stitching supplies:
- A squishy mat I got at Michael's for a few dollars (cheaper equivalent: bottom of a mouse pad)
- A paper piercer capped with a cork (cheap equivalent: a push pin)
- Very sharp scissors (only use them for ribbon or floss)
- Templates--one from Stampin' Up!, one from Bazzill, and a ruler from Tim Holtz with holes every 1/8 inch (cheap equivalent: a ruler. You can measure every 1/8 inch yourself to punch. Or hand draw patterns and punch holes to stitch every 1/8-1/4 inch.)
- Needles of various lengths and widths in a magnetic case I got at Joann's (make sure the needle eye is fairly large but the needle itself is not too thick.)
- Floss (not shown)--I use DMC. Though I have every color for cross-stitching, I found it easier to buy ROYGBIV in bright and subdued hues, plus neutrals, to keep in a case with me so I can easily take it to crops. When I need a color I don't have, I shop my Floss Stash.
I decided to add a few kinds of stitches to this page: some cross-stitches on the top and bottom, some outlines stitches on the stamped images, a stitched photo corner, and a stitched title.
I do all my piercing at once, then stitch all together. The paper piercing tool about five minutes, the stitching total about 40 minutes. That sounds like a lot, but it's something I can do easily watching TV, or waiting for the water on the mac and cheese to boil. Most of the time on this layout was used in the title:
(The Brothers stitching was done by machine.) To do the title, I hand wrote the word, paper pierced about every 1/8 inch, then stitched. NOTE: Don't stitch closer than 1/8 inch. 1/4 may be preferable. Too close and you will shred your paper.
I did the cross-stitches in the same color:
And here's the final page:
Photo by my friend Jennifer of Junglefish Photography.
I used mostly Amy Tangerine from American Crafts for this page, pieces of last year's collection I hadn't used up. I think it's colorful, but muted, which works well on a boy page; I matched the DMC to their muted hues.
The misting used Studio Calico's Orchard and Classic Calico; it's pretty darn intense and splotchy under the photo, but I covered most of it, leaving just the lighter flecks around the photo, plus one strip of intense orange. That way my coverage looks more controlled.
I'll share a few more pages with stitching through the rest of the week. Plus news. :-)