Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blog Hop for Lynn Krawczyk's The Hand-Stitched Surface


Lynn Krawczyk  of Smudged Design Studio is an artist who loves to explore and think outside of the box with her stitching. Her playfulness is infectious!  When she asked me to join this blog hop and spend time with her book, The Hand-Stitched Surface, I was eager to come play.

Truly, how enticing is that cover? So much mixed media goodness is going on with that needle and thread.

But before I dive into my own engagement with one of the chapters, Lynn asked me and the others on this week long hop to each give one of our best stitching tips.
Do check out the other ones presented!  They are fantastic!


Monday July 9 – Lisa Chin

Tuesday July 10 – Ana Sumner
Wednesday July 11 -- Lyric Montgomery Kinard

Thursday July 12 – Libby Williamson

Friday--ME!!

Saturday July 14 – Lynn Krawczyk
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I learned my tip from the very great stitcher, Lisa Caryl.
Using these simple round plastic canvas shapes, available at any crafts store or here on Amazon, you can easily mark whatever sized circle you need on your embroidery. 

It is easy to mark dots around the circumference size you need with a water soluble marker.......and then use the marked dots as your guide for stitching a perfect stitched circle.








 After you have finished stitching, a quick spray with a water bottle and the marks are gone, leaving your perfect circle of stitching.





I will always be grateful to Lisa for this tip!


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 Now, back to the fantastic pages of The Hand-Stitched Surface.  

The book is divided into three sections: Stitching Techniques, which are very helpful with clear examples of many stitches and how to make them, Fabric Projects, and Paper Projects.



It was the paper stitching that intrigued me.  Rather than make a project--though the ones Lynn presents are really cool; I especially loved the Embellished Photos--I studied her excellent pointers on how to work with needle, thread, and paper, and then launched off on my own.


I decided that adding stitching to a handmade greeting card would make it extra special.  So I started with a Thank You card.




 This began with a background collage of cut out floral images from a catalog.  Then I cut out the anemone and moth out of fabric, glue-sticked them onto my background, and then handstitched them on with a buttonhole stitch in #12 thread.

The lettering is done with a whipped backstitch. (Thank you, Mary Corbet for the YouTube how-to in that link!)

This card was definitely out of the box for me.



For my next card, I decided to print an image onto cardstock, again a thank you image, one I had created several years ago.  I wanted to see what added stitching to it would look like.





What I found fascinating about this was the design element provided by the holes in the paper.  The way I photographed it, you can see the light shining through them.  Very different!

For my last experiment, I decided to try and obscure the holes with beads.  As Lynn would say, "Why not?"  Her freedom to see what happens is one of my favorite things about her book.  It is liberating.

Below is another image I made years ago, using the same process as the "Thanks" card above...by appliqueing the lettering onto a background fabric, arranging fresh flowers around them, and then photographing it. The photo can then be printed on fabric or paper.

When working with paper, it is good to pierce your holes before stitching, as they are permanent.  You want to place them as accurately as you can.  For my second card, I used my sewing machine and an unthreaded needle to make my holes, ensuring even spacing.


Because the paper stock was heavy, the holes could have several passes of thread go through them.


And here it is, finished.


This was so much fun! I love the unexpected three-dimensionality of stitching and beading on paper.
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 Lynn opened some new doors for me and her book will for you too.  U.S. readers, leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy for yourself. On Tuesday, July 17th I'll pick a comment at random, and then post the winner.  So do check back!  Each of the bloghop posts is giving away a free book too, so comment on them all!

Thank you so much, Lynn!






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We have a winner!  Quilter Beth!
Thank you all for visiting and commenting!
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43 comments :

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Allie, I’m in the U.K. so I know my comment doesn’t count for the book, but I had to say thanks for the tip! I’ve made loads of things using circles ..... mainly Sussex puffs of differing sizes, but I never thought of this idea. My stitches will be so much neater from now on! Brilliant! Thank you so much!
Barbara x

Susan Stitch said...

Wow -- I never thought of embroidering on paper. I love the technique of cardmaking by taking a photo of a layout. So creative with the beads. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book and your great tips. Gotta get one of those plastic circles!

Claudia Tam said...

Thanks for the wonderful ideas on your blog today. Love your cards!

NM_Creatrix said...

Love the beadwork! And I would love to win this book!

Anna H said...

What a great idea for circles, must try this!.....Thanks

Bea said...

I will buy the circle tool. Thanks...

Rose Pelfrey said...

Thanks for all the information. I love all the details and would really like to do this!

Sherrie Spangler said...

What a great tip about using the circle template! And I love the greeting cards you've made. It looks like a fabulous book, so thanks for sharing.

jackie Keirnan Hale said...

I have these circles but also a long rectangle that helps gag stitching well. The book sounds fabulous and I love your greeting card art. Keep it up Allie.

crazed said...

Love your stitching on cards ♥️ opens up so many ideas. And I already have the template too. Thanks for sharing!

KZ said...

Excellent technique for making circles. So simple.

Jenny Williams said...

Great tip using those circles - I'll definitely be getting one or some. I have never stitched on paper, so like you, I'm going to give it a shot but on my boiled leaves paper that I learned from Lynn on FB. I think that will be very cool.
I would love the book to see other cool information is in it.

Kathy said...

Circle tip is wonderful and the cards with beads..............wonderful addition! Thanks.

u keep sewing said...

Thanks for sharing this and the giveaway. This is a great tip. Hope I can a learn this technique. Love it!
Crossing my fingers. From, Dillon, MT.

Unknown said...

Love the ideas.

Sherri Sisung said...

I really liked the tip, now where did I put them? Paper piecing is something I really like.

Denise Sweeney said...

Great tips and lovely work.

Sandy Borglum said...

These look like great projects - can't wait to try them!

Debbi said...

Some great tips there! I especially like the plastic canvas and sewing machine tricks to make even stitching!

Laine said...

What a great tip. Going to have to go out and get me some plastic canvas. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is the best tip EVER! Thanks for being part of this hop. I love Lynn's work. I have her last book and I'm sure I will have this one too.
xx, Carol

Robin Shilman said...

I have not tried stitching on paper and I am going to now. What a great idea.

Sandy in CA said...

Your stitched and beaded cards are inspiring...and so beautiful!
I'd love to win a copy of Lynn's book -- thanks for the opportunity.

Sylvia said...

Love the circle template idea, thanks for sharing! Looks like an interesting book, thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Kelly Parker said...

Awesome tip!!

suecraftsalot said...

What a great tip! I love how the light shines through and creates another layer. Fun cards. Thank you!

vrgnamgnta said...

Cool ideas. Been considering stitching on photos...

Michelle Banton said...

Love the circle tip! And so glad that you were one of the artists that Lynn chose for the blog hop!

kay said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Deborah said...

Oooh! Stitching cards! How wonderful! Thanks!

Liz Hammond said...

I'm from New Zealand, I probably don't count for the giveaway, I love your tip, must find out if I an buy the circle grid here. Your work is
beautiful, glad you where part of the blog hop.

Unknown said...

I've been sewing on paper for years and would love to see some work that a fellow embroider does--I met my husband when I was trying to sell quilted postcards at an art event!--never can have too much inspiration!! :)
thank you for this nifty opportunity

Marty Mason said...

Great ideas for those note cards and photos....a must try. Am excited and hopeful to be a winner of Lynn's fab book.

Angela said...

Love the circle tip! Thank you!

JB said...

Great tip, engaging ideas for making cards. Can never have too much inspiration.

eily62 said...

Your cards are gorgeous! Love the idea of the circle mesh for stitch placement!

Quilter Beth said...

The circle tip is a great one. Hand stitching is my favorite way to work. I know I'll love Lynn's book.

Joan Schafer said...

Thank you for sharing your take on Lynn's ideas. Starting with one idea and moving in new directions is always exciting.

Rachel Bates said...

fabulous tips

MJKasz said...

These careds are a great idea and very personal, Want to do!

Sandy Cooper said...

I have a new tool idea with how you mark circles, love it!

Allison Aller said...

And the winner is....Quilter Beth!
Thank you all for visiting and leaving your great comments.
Happy Stitching!

JustGail said...

The tip about plastic canvas circles for templates - genius! And thinking about it, no reason to limit it to just circles.