Decoupaged Embroidery, Part 2
So far, we’ve decoupaged embroidery on plastic cups and denim pockets. Let’s see what else we can do with decoupage medium and embroidery.
Embroidery Adventure 3
I got on an embroidered earring kick, and stitched up a number of tiny designs.
Stitched earrings are nice and light, and they’re a great way to put a little stitchiness into our everyday lives so that we can share it with the world.
A super-easy way to deal with fraying edges and messy backsides is to glue a piece of felt or Ultrasuede on the back.
For the I-Heart-You earrings, the stitching looks fine on the back, so I recommend gluing the ground fabric only, outside the embroidery. Unless, that is, you want to decoupage the earrings.
Embroidery Adventure 4
Fiber Artist Trading Cards (or Bookmarks)
Remember Artist Trading Cards? Is anyone still doing those? I never got into the whole trading/collecting thing (I’m not a collector), but they sure looked fun to make, so I had a go. I decided to decoupage noodles (needlework doodles) to watercolor paper so that they’d be card-like and easy to sign.
I used watercolor paper for the backing so I could write on it. You need fabric scraps, noodles (needlework doodles), a foam brush, and the decoupage medium of your choice. I cover my work area with waxed paper for easy cleanup.
To give the cards a random look, and to create a collectible series (cards that go together), I made large decoupaged pieces then cut them apart.
Cover one side of the paper with decoupage medium, otherwise known as glue. The watercolor paper curls as it absorbs the glue, but it will flatten as it dries.
Cover the paper with scrap fabrics, and apply another layer of glue on top, smoothing out air bubbles and wrinkles. If you want. Wrinkles could be interesting. I overlap the fabrics and fringe some edges.
Fabric is absorbent, so apply glue liberally.
While the base layer is wet, add noodles and cover with another layer of glue. You can also add trim, cord, pearl cotton, lace, etc.
I’ve decided to add the rings and heart after I cut the large piece into smaller, individual-bookmark pieces. Other embellishments, like charms and beads, can be added in subsequent layers, too. Hard objects and pieces you don’t want cut should be held until the individual cards are separated.
Apply as many layers of glue as you like, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. More layers means more drying time. These can take several days to complete.
When the final layer of glue is dry, cut the piece into whatever sizes and shapes you want. These were originally designed as Fiber Artist Trading Cards, so they are rectangular, but anything goes.
The Pieces, separated
By cutting a larger piece down, we get a more random collection of bits. For tags or objects other than cards, I’d be inclined to make different shapes, maybe starbursts or random cloud shapes. Rectangles are kind of boring.
Because we are decoupaging on paper, we can easily write messages and sign the back. This would be handy for gift tags or ornaments. We could write a poem on the back. What else?
Since I didn’t get into trading and collecting, I ultimately punched holes in the cards, added ribbons, turned them into bookmarks, and gave them away during the Stitching for Literacy program.
And those are my Decoupaged Embroidery adventures to date. What do you think? Have you tried this? Do you want to try it?