Hey y’all, its Chantal and today we are continuing our Handmade Journal using DIY Ink Techniques! Part Two is all about stamping and stitching. With rich and vibrant colors of these Crafter’s inks and the background stamps, both by Ann Butler, this is the perfect place for some slow stitching.
Typically, slow stitching or Sashiko (“little stabs”) is done with white thick, twisted embroidery floss on a solid background with the running stitch. However, in this journal we highlight the colors of the inks with our stitching. In Part 3, we will add our puffed heart and put the finishing touches on our signatures and add a little beading!!
Let’s get stitching…
Gather Crafter’s inks, background stamps, and muslin or canvas fabric.
Ink stamps and stamp fabric, one after another. Heat set with iron.
Now cut varying shapes from the stamped fabric to fit the journal cover.
Pin pieces together, not pinned to the journal. This is for placement only.
Thread embroidery needle with floss, with fabric pinned, stitch along the fabrics with the running stitch.
Repeat with second color, being sure to stitch together some of the pieces.
Once hand stitching is completed, pin stamped piece to the journal cover and with coordinating thread, machine stitch together.
Success in stamping and stitching
- Make sure to place fabric on a pad of paper or a foam pad to insure a good stamped image
- Choose 1-2 colors of embroidery floss to accentuate the ink colors and stamped patterns
- Use 3-6 strands of floss to create a thicker stitch.
- Running stitch: Bring needle up at point A and then down at point B. Leave same space between each stitch and repeat this stitch across your fabric. This stitch is a simple up and down stitch or “little stabs” in and out of the fabric.
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Ann Butler Design Products used:
Other Products used:
**This list is for the completed journal with stitching and beading.
*In addition to the inks, these supplies are used for creating the cover.
- *Kraft – tex® paper fabric, white
- *Corner Rounder punch
- *Plastic sandwich bag
- *Bone Folder
- *Paper trimmer
- Muslin or canvas fabric
- Elastic cording
- White copy paper or resume paper
- Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
- Embroidery needle, scissors
- Heat tool
- Leather closures, small (3)
- beads, charms
- Head pins (3)
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Big shot
- Sizzix heart die
- Polyfil –small amount
- Joy in the Journey label
- Sewing machine
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