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We're kicking off our July tutorials today with a stitching technique from My Creative Scrapbook Design Team member Lisa Swift. Lisa designed with our July Creative kit featuring the "Poppy" collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.
"Do you ever feel as if a project needs just a little finishing touch? Hand stitching, with embroidery floss, adds texture and detail without adding bulk. There are all types of stitches, but a basic straight stitch is sometimes all you need.
On this layout I used straight stitching to add interest to the flowers already printed on the background paper. Embroidery floss has a total of six strands. You'll get a thicker, bolder look the more strands you use. For this layout, I used three.
Use a sewing needle to poke holes around the flower design. Bring the needle up, from the bottom of the paper, through hole "A". Bring the needle down through the next adjacent opening, hole "B". Now, bring the needle up through the next hole, hole "C", and back down again through hole "B".
Continue on until you come back to hole "A".
You can use complimentary embroidery floss like I did, or a color that brings in some contrast. There are no rules, just have fun!"
My Creative Scrapbook Design Team member
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