Sunday, June 10, 2012

We're stitching up a storm @ Frosted Designs!

This week's Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is to use stitching of some kind on your project.  I've been sewing since I was just a kid making my own Barbie clothes, so stitching is one of my favorite ways to embellish a scrapbook page or card.

On this page I used a combination of straight and zigzag machine stitching to create a framed effect around my photos.  I love to use a mix of these two stitch types on my project - it just gives it a fun, casual feel.

If you've never tried machine stitching on your pages, here are a couple of tips.  Use a slightly longer stitch length than for sewing on cloth; you don't want your stitches so close together that you end up perforating your paper and having it tear apart.  You may also need to slightly loosen the tension on your machine, especially if you're sewing through cardstock.   Sewing paper and cardstock dulls your needle faster than sewing fabric, so before you switch to a fabric project, you'll want to change to a new needle.  (I usually keep one or two needles set aside just for sewing on my paper projects, and then toss them out after a few projects.)

We'd love to see your stitched project this week @ Frosted Designs.  Link up your project to our blog for a chance to win a great prize from this week's sponsor - Prairie Bird Boutique!

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