Do we have any needleworkers amongst us? I learned embroidery around age 11, but quickly dismissed it as one of those things I just didn't have patience for. After getting back into the crafty world as an adult though, I picked it back up, mainly to use in scrapbooking. Using cross-stitch and embroidery, you can create some unique and customized page accents, and even backgrounds. Let's take a look at some examples.
Diane is a master cross-stitcher! Just look at this gorgeous heart embellishment
And here's another to continue the love theme with two sets of XOXOs.
I guess when it comes to cross-stitch it's all about the love! Lisa sent along this page:
I've always thought cross-stitching was too finicky for me to try, but Diane and Lisa are making me reconsider that opinion! Plus I found a couple of tutorials that could really help.
This one will help you make a heart tag on paper. It's in Italian, but there's a video to follow along with.
If you're not up to using a needle and thread, maybe a little faux stitching might be your thing?
You can make a cross-stitch stamp to mimic the look of stitching on your projects. Or you can use it to stamp out a design to use as a guide for the actual stitching.
Lisa told me that she also uses embroidery on her pages, usually for titles. That's what Diane did on this page
It looks fantastic, doesn't it?
I used embroidery to make a heart accent on a page about things I love
I printed out the card with the heart accent, then stitched over it.
If you don't want to do the actual stitching, you can buy pre-stitched embellishments like this tag from Amy Tangerine.
You can also find pre-stitched tags at Handmade:Modern on Etsy
Amy Tangerine also has a line of die-cut tags that are like a stitching template
She talks about how to use them here
Finally, for more inspiration check out this Stitch on Paper Pinterest board.
I hoped this sparked some ideas for you! Tomorrow we'll take a look at crochet and knitting on our pages.