Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
~ Groucho Marx
I discovered a hot new trend at the Indie craft fairs in Chicago and Austin this past year: framing with embroidery hoops!
Back about a squillion years ago we framed our needle crafts with embroidery hoops – proving once again that I am vintage – but not antique!
My talented daughter picked up on this hot trend, screen printed her designs onto fabric and put them into embroidery hoops. They flew off the virtual shelves of her Etsy store. Well, you know what happened next.
I put a paper craft project into an embroidery hoop. So cute! Yep, I'm such a trend setter.
The My Favorite Things (MFT) Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we're challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month the boss lady challenged us to create with our Circle STAX Die-Namics.
The Circle STAX Die-namics were perfect for framing a project into an embroidery hoop.
With the 4 inch diameter die from the Circle STAX Set 2 I cut out the paper with the newsprint background to layer on top of the black circle. Then, I added some shading and hand sewing inside the newsprint circle.
Here's a little trick I used to add some fun shading.
(If you bought your Circle STAX a while back, you'll need to first remove the clear plastic back that came attached to them. These were originally included as part of the manufacturing process, but they're not needed.)
You'll need a Circle STAX Die-namic, ink, and an art or make-up sponge.
I used bolder colors than I would normally use in this demonstration so you could see this clearly. Keep in mind that Less is More. Use soft colors and a soft touch. For the most subtle but lovely effect, use an ink that closely matches the paper you're sponging – it will just give a little dimension without being distracting.
After you cut out your circle, leave the paper inside the Die-namic. So you can see this clearly, I cut a circle out of white card stock.
You can tape the Die-Namic to your work surface (my beige paper, in this case) to keep it from moving around, but you should also hold onto the Die-namic tightly during the next step.
Starting from outside the circle, sponge ink working from the outside in. This will remove some of the ink from the sponge and give you a softer look.
Continue sponging from the outside of the circle toward the center of the circle. When you lift the Die-namic, you'll have beautiful, framed effect.
To add a little hand stitching you'll need a piercing needle, circle shaped plastic canvas (you can find them for about $1.50 in the craft stores near the yarn), and a mouse pad to protect your work surface.
Line your plastic canvas up against your newly shaded circle die cut.
Use the grids in the plastic canvas to guide where you pierce your holes. You can then use the holes you pierced to guide your sewing.
I used three strands of six-stranded DMC Embroidery floss. Do not knot your floss or thread behind the paper when you start or finish your sewing because it will leaves bumps on the surface. Instead, just secure the back threads with tape.
And, finally, I added a tag with the new Labels and Tabs Die-namic.
Here are all the ingredients I used to create my embroidery-hoop project.
Other ingredients: 4" wood embroidery hoop; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink; Copic Markers (G82 for shoes and heart; YR21, YR24, YR31 for hair; E00, E000 and E30 for skin); DMC Embroidery Floss in Ecro; Round Plastic Canvas; Embroidery Needle; My Minds Eye 6 x 6 Sunshine Designer Paper Pad from the Lost and Found series.
Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have a project to share with you today for our Circle STAX Creative Challenge. I've had a few sneak peaks, and I'm telling you – you won't look at circles the same way again.Pin It