In 2000 my sister Susan sent me this amazing gift. It is an embroidery technique she had just learned called Brazilian Embroidery.
Soon after - and over long distance! she began to teach me this lovely craft. Susan lives in Washington state and I was in Wisconsin at the time. If you can believe it she taught me with a short video she sent and with sending samples back and forth through the mail and over the phone! LOL She is very patient. : )
Once you get the hang of it - it really is not that hard. What is hard. however, is stitching on PAPER! giggles!! Here is my card and a little about my process : )
I started with the "Cast On Flower" on the upper left of the card. I marked the back of the card so I would know where to put my stitches. It was hard to get my needle into the cs without bending it and when I had only cast a few stitches they began to slip. My solution was to tape the back after each stitch to hold the thread. That was perfect for the first flower but soon I was not only stitching through the cs but also through tape : ( which made my needle a little bit sticky and that split my thread and pretty soon all of my stitches looked frayed and messy : ( shucks!
I forged on like any self respecting paper crafter would! LOL I was getting worried about the stability of the cs when I finally placed my last flower in the lower left corner. I decided to make a light and easy flower. Before I finished my flower the little french knot on the right Pistil fell out. Gulp!! I was not sure how I was going to fix that!!. I kept going trying not to make it worse when I messed up the lower portion and I knew I was sunk!
In embroidery when you mess up it is really not that big of a deal. Paper is not as forgiving so I had holes in the paper and no way to really pull my threads from the back because of the tape. My solution!? ADD PAPER! : )
Who would ever guess the MESS that lies beneath that lovely button card! heeheehee
This was a wonderful challenge. I love doing embroidery. My sister Susan has a bran new blog!! called Splash of Color. She credits me as her papercrafting mentor but she is a super talented Watercolor Artist among many many other amazing talents. I think every single craft I have ever done (and there have been zillions!) Susan has been the one to teach and encourage me. Please visit her blog HERE and leave her some love : )
Thank you for hanging in there with me in this long post. I just can't wait to see all that you will create for the HOP today. I may be a bit slow commenting but I will get to everyone I promise : )
Have a hopping good day!