March 19, 2009

Silver Snowflake Card

This is the third and final So Sketchy card I did for my Guest Designer position for March! Again with this card, I chose to do something other than use the two vertical panels on the sketch. I used a single piece of patterned paper and split it down the middle with pleated ribbon. This ribbon isn't very wide and any adhesive I ss2 winter might use would gum up my needle and since I am using my $2800 sewing/embroidery machine, I am not about to screw it up with adhesive. So I started the ribbon with a backstitch, then as I sewed I used a bamboo skewer to push the ribbon under the foot thereby pleating it! I deliberately wanted it uneven. TIP: A bamboo skewer is a sewers best friend because unlike other tools meant for assisting while pushing or adjusting things under the foot, it will not break your needle! If the needle hits it by accident, it will split the skewer and you can simply remove it!

The nifty stitch is actually called a lightening stitch and is one you get on mid- to higher-end machines. It is actually used as a stretch fabric stitch for very stretchy areas like adding ribbing to cuffs and collars! I just thought it looked cool!

I do wish this card was a bit better proportioned. Had the start been larger and the ribbon wider I would have liked it better. The vellum circle is edged in silver ink and looks much better IRL!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
CTMH
Paper: Aspen paper pack-CTMH, navy CS-SU!, vellum-UK
Ink: navy-SU!, silver
Accessories: silver snowflake charm, white snowflakes, ribbon-UK, pewter brad-SU!, thread-Mettler, foam dots-Jody Morrow
Techniques: sewing, pleating

2 comments:

Christi said...

This is beautiful!!!

Cassie said...

i love it!!
great tip on the skewer!!