We are collaging and stitching today! The first step is to pick out some papers that you like or make some new ones. This project is also great for leftover scraps.
I cut the papers into strips and taped them together (on the back):
...I glued the heart to the back of the strips.
Then I made a very simple embellishment. I cut two hearts from my sun printed papers -- one slightly larger than the other.
Yes, you can stitch through chipboard, dried gel medium, and several layers of dyed paper. You don't need a special needle or anything. You simply need a quality sewing machine and some courage! Here are my tips:
- You can use the same needle you use for fabric. I do change my needle before starting a fabric project.
- If you're sewing through delicate paper, consider raising the stitch length. This creates fewer holes in your paper.
- Always make sure that glue and paint are dry before you sew through them. They can gunk up the needle -- and worst case scenario -- get into the gears of the machine through the bobbin case.
- You can test thicker materials -- like chipboard -- by rolling the hand wheel to manually push through it. If you're struggling when turning the hand wheel, best not to try sewing through it. If the needle passes through easily, let's do it!
And here's the result:
There's something about this heart that just makes me happy! Now, it's your turn to drag out those pretty papers -- or make some new ones!
Thanks for stopping by!