Saturday, March 6, 2010

Simple Saturday III – A Tutorial

Punched Embroidery_1_Mar 2010Comments regarding the complexity of my Simple Saturday II card spurred me to prove you wrong even though you’ve got to know by now, I don’t do difficult or time consuming. I worked with squares instead of circles for this card. As I mentioned in my previous post, I used a brass stencil with circle patterns to pierce my cardstock. With no stencil, I started off by trying to create three squares using my Stampin’ Up Piercing Guide. When keeping them straight and lined up proved to be a pain in the backside, I opted to create a template that I would use for all three squares. That worked much better.

Punched Embroidery_2_Mar 2010I worked with three strands of DMC embroidery floss, simply connecting the holes and learning that additional holes needed to be punched in two of the corners of each square. I accomplished that with my needle. The most difficult thing about any of this was threading the darned needle.  I tried a couple different pairs of bifocals neither of which were much help. Were I to get serious about stitching again, I suppose one of those around-the-neck magnifier things would be the ticket.

Punched Embroidery_3_Mar 2010 Heck, I’m not proud. I’ll show you the back of my work if it will help convince you that this really isn’t difficult. You’ll note I secured one of the short tails with a small piece of tape.

Punched Embroidery_The Card_Mar 2010 And here’s the finished card. Again, I used textured cardstock. The square that features the stamped image (from CTMH’s Thank You set) was mounted on the card with foam tape. Fun. Easy (I promise!). Something a little different. If you have any questions, please ask.

And now, I’m off to finish cleaning up my corner for real! If you get a chance, stop back tomorrow. I have a card to show you as well as that “project” I’ve mentioned a couple of times. Later …

12 comments:

Lori said...

Beautiful! I love that template. I can never line up holes and that works great.

Sheila Bennett said...

You make it look so simple! Great card, and thanks for the tutorial photos.

Laurel said...

Wow Kathi you are on a roll today!

Leslie said...

Great cards today. Love the tutorial. Do you have any plastic canvas? It makes a great brad buddy and piercing placement tool. I bought several sheets of it and cut it into strips about two inches wide by the full length of the sheet of canvas, tied a tag with a brad buddy poem on one side and my business card on the other. I give it away to customers who place an order at a gathering.

Marie said...

Thanks for sharing! Your work is always incredible, so one just assumes time consuming :-)

Jeanne said...

Love the idea of creating that template, Kathi! See, I KNEW it wasn't hard! And who cares what the back looks like? No one's gonna see it anyway!

Can't wait to see this project you keep hinting at....*Ü*

Carolyn Christie said...

Way cool! Thank you for showing how you did that!

Sharli said...

Thanks for the tutorial Kathi! This card is great, too! It's unusual!

Have a good Sunday!

Alanna said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. It does look like something I might be able to try, because as I'm sure you're full aware, I don't do difficult or time consuming either. LOL. Anyway, I need to get some floss now. Your card is ever so fabulous, BTW.

Sparkle said...

Such a lovely card! I tape my thread too. :)

Sarah said...

What I love about stitching on cards...is that you can use tape LOL..
OMG is this EVER the best!!!! I just love it.

Wendy K. said...

What a great idea! Cute card!