I follow Nadia van der Mescht on Twitter, having attended one of her workshops for creative businesses. So when I saw her tweet calling for giveaways and prizes for the Etsy Craft Party she’s hosting in Durban next week, I saw it not only as an opportunity to give away a couple of free patterns and be a small part of what Nadia does with and for creative souls, but also as a chance to try out an idea I’ve been toying with since giving an embroidery workshop to scrapbookers earlier this year – embroidered appliqué on paper.
The winners of the giveaway can choose whichever embroidery pattern or edition of The Stitch & Thimble they want from my online shops. But Nadia obviously needed something physical to give them at the event, so I printed and embellished two vouchers with embroidery and appliqué. And it’s the appliqué in particular that I’d been wanting to try out.
A scrapbooking tool called a craft pick (which my scrapbooker friend kindly gave me, thanks Kim!) came in handy to make the holes through which I was going to stitch. Once I’d made those, the embroidery was easy.
But the appliqué was a bit trickier than I’d anticipated, because the fabric shapes slide around on the card. Not only do you have to make sure it’s in the right place before you take every stitch, you also have to work holding the card and fabric up to the light so you can see the holes through the fabric. That said, it’s far from difficult; it just takes a little more time and effort – and the end result is well worth it. Hopefully the giveaway winners think so too.