Hello lovely people,
I have had quite a few comments/queries about my stitching so I thought I would share a little photo tutorial on how I do it.
If you're not interested please feel free to skip on down to my Totally Gorjuss DT post below; I will not be remotely offended!
First off, I do the stitching by hand ... ok, maybe that's obvious because if I used a machine then a tutorial would be rather pointless!
Here's what I use: a cutting mat, a Tonic Studios Tim Holtz pokey tool (the rubber on this started flaking almost immediately but it works fine), a fine needle and some DMC white embroidery thread;
I start in one corner and poke holes about half way along, the spacing is by eye;
Then I start from the other corner and poke holes towards the ones I have already done. I stop when the gap looks the right size for 3 more holes;
I add the hole in the middle of the gap;
Finally I fill in the 2 remaining holes either side of the last hole I made. This seems to mostly avoid having the wrong size gap at the end, although I have been known to get it wrong!
For the stitching part I do backstitch with a fine needle;
I tape the ends down on the back although I realise now that my tape is almost invisible!
I also cheat! If I know I am going to be covering some of the lower layers up then I don't bother to stitch the non-visible parts :-)
Since I do a lot of this just by 'what looks right' I appreciate it may be a bit daunting for some, but I like doing it by hand and trust me, you get a lot better with practice. Besides, I reckon it looks better if it isn't too perfect!
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and happy stitching :-) Oh, and if you want to see the finished article it's below this post.
Thanks for visiting,