This is a close-up version of card #2 of 50 hand-stitched cards. These are being uploaded in the reverse order of being photographed, so the actual order of making these cards has not been kept. I created all of the hand-stitched pieces, then made cards of them. I decided to use ALL of the hand-stitched pieces, from the very beginning. So, hopefully my stitching as well as my ability to create a pattern in terms of both the stitches as well as the color combinations improved over the 18 months that it took to learn how to stitch, and how to come up with my own designs. I would really love to learn some more stitches, and to incorporate those into some new designs, it's a whole lot of fun, but it's really not at all a fast process. Likely, this will be the largest in terms of the most time-consuming set of cards that I will ever make, and 44 of the 50 cards were given as a special set of assorted hand-stitched cards for my mother who is a master cross-stitcher and a wonderful artist in that form as well in many other art forms, such as quilting and knitting to name but a few. I wanted to make a truly special set of cards for her that SHE would think was special, and it took several years of searching and trying various techniques until I watched a YouTube by Jennifer Mcguire, who introduced me to the Paper Smooches stitching die that works well for an A2 card. I am very grateful to Jennifer McGuire for introducing me to this wonderful die and the basic technique of hand-stitching on heavyweight cardstock using a stitching die. I wish that this Paper Smooches die had an outer cutting edge, but it does not. I would like to find such a die that works well on an A2 card. It does have more flexibility for other uses, but there are times that I would like to have a stitching die this size with a cut outer edge, as I have with the Altenew Pegboard die, when I wish to make a 5 by 7 card. I plan to try some other ways of using this A2 die on other cards in the future, I cannot wait to play around with it when I can, oh, the ideas in my head. Of course, who knows if any of them will work!
I am including this close-up so that you can see these stitches clearer and easier.
Thank you so much for stopping in to see this view of my card, I appreciate it. You absolutely make my week when you take the time and the trouble to leave a comment. Now that I understand what it means to me to receive comments, I try to leave more comments, because I understand how they encourage and uplift the artist who has created the card.
I hope that everyone is well, please stay safe especially at this difficult and unusual time.
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 GMT Views: 192