****edited**** okay so this is a combined post with what I wrote last night but I added more stuff & pics! I just felt that this was the post for everything to be written in.
The craft show this weekend was fantastic. I met some outstanding quilters & they have INSPIRED me. I couldn't stop thinking about you guys today! And so Louise, I accept your challenge. Wall to wall of examples, patterns & colours.
isn't that neat colours? the lime with the brown and a hint of pink.
I like how quilts tell a story.
Okay, I was asked quite a bit how to carry over sewing, embroidery & the quilting theme into scrapbooking many many times this weekend. I've always sewed on my pages and have received grief for it. But I love the look. I've just never taken it very far. But after this show, I want to try more unique patterns and stitches! And I'm up for the challenge ... So I thought to myself, first off, the sketch/theme needs to be very basic. Don't start with complicated sewing techniques. And I want this to be for the average person who isn't familiar with sewing, and especially sewing on pages. So I did a little research for simple basic pages & tips to start with. Here's what I came up with:
Tip #1: learn how your sewing machine works. I had a chance to meet the "big wigs" in the sewing machine industry. They all agreed that sewing on paper DOES NOT affect the machine. Instead sample out what "tension" works with your medium (in this case paper).
Tip #2: Then make sure you have a nice size needle. Ones that are too big are going to just rip your page.
Tip #3: Pick out an appropriate weight of paper to use. If the paper is too thin, it will just rip so if you really want to sew on that paper than back it with a thicker cardstock. The thicker medium allows it to be guided through the machine much easier.
heres Anam's tips: (this girl has it going on! thanks for additional advice!)
1 - use gutterman thread. it slides through the paper easier ************************
2 - vaccuum your sewing machine every so often to get rid of the paper dust - epsecially in the bobbin holder part
3 - user gutterman invisable thread in your bobbin - then you only have to change the top thread for each layout :)
4 - i use size 14 or 16 needles
5 - drop the feed feet on your machine to help with corners and swirls.
6 - experiment on scrap and basically just play.
1 - use gutterman thread. it slides through the paper easier
So this is my challenge to everyone out there and myself. Lets try to do some pages this week that involve sewing. If you would like to send me them, I'd love to post them. your choice!
But to get you started with a simple sketch that we can follow, I chose this one. It has so much room for personal interpretation.
This is a great site for Beginner Scrapbookers (heck all scrapbookers, often I look here out of interest!)
For this sketch, let's fill in some of those squares with pictures and maybe fabric???then step it up with some fun embellishments. Sounds cool hey?
I'll show my layout for this at the end of the week.
****** Kate, I was also led to believe that fancier sewing machines would break if you used paper with them. At the Husquarvna (sp?), Brother, and so many more sewing machine brand booths, they aproached us about what they've done on paper. They were quick to offer to do examples on their super pricey machines too! The one booth had programmable sewing machines that started at around $2000, and they told me so many things that they do with paper! So don't get frustrated, just make sure you take all the care you would with different material types like lycra or silk, as the tension definitely needs to be changed for those!**********
Kelli, sorry I didn't get your email before I left, it would've been fun to see you there!