Stencils and Hand Stitching!

Hi there friends!

I love Fall and very anxious for the changing season, although since I live in the South, it still feels like summer!   I have a stack of photos to be documented and this is one of the special ones waiting for a memorable layout.  I am a bit obsessed with hand stitching at the moment, so I used a stencil to create a border for this page.

{  To keep a little anonymity for this sweet boy, I covered his face with a heart!  }love (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 final 2

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Using the stencils shown below, I used one as a template for hand stitching and the other for a large inked title.

sbc_cf-tcw2149_0                         ComplicatedHearts

SPLASH_TCW_Sept 2016 (1)

I took this wavy water stencil and drew pencil lines following the curves.  I actually ended up simplifying the wavy lines after I realized there would be stitches too close together, threatening to tear the paper.

SPLASH_TCW_Sept 2016 (4)

After the waves were sketched in, I used this punch to add holes along the pencil lines.  I used two different embroidery threads, both in multi-colored ombre patterns of blue.

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I used some washi tape to secure a few of the looser threads at the back of the carstock.  I wanted to create a loose watercolor background for the photo.  I used a couple Distress Ink colors and an acetate sheet to “smush” the diluted paint onto the (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 (1)

I added more paint to make it darker in places and add some splotches around the edges.

love (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 (2)

Wanting to keep the page clean and simple, I decided to ink the stencil below with a dauber and this “love” paint splattered pattern.  love (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 (3)

love (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 (5)I used a couple different inks in the end, but the title was still a dark navy.  I adhered the photo with dimensional adhesive onto a couple layers of torn tracing (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 (11)I am so pleased with the way this layout turned out.  I wanted it to be whimsical, yet simple and powerful and not overly (splash)_TCW_Sept 2016 final 2

I have been sifting thru all my stencils for the ones that will be perfect stitching templates.  I hope this inspires you to explore this possibility too!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!


TCW2149 – 6x9 The Sea

TCW567 – 12×12 Complicated Hearts

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Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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