Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back home.

Well I'm back, with what seems like an awful long list of jobs to work through over the next weeks, I must tell you that this involves making, sorry practising making, mini cakes for a wedding, so you can feel sorry for me. Now I have made a list I must say things seem more in perspective. For a potential project I needed to seek out some stitch samples and they were in a sad state of neglect, but starting with good intentions of doing things the right way, I decided to stretch them and I must say this has been a good move.

 If you have never done this I used a piece of polystyrene packing material, paper towels and my improvised spray bottle(hair dye bottle with old cleaner spray top) and pins. Wet the paper towels, pin and stretch out the material on top and leave to dry.

 For those of you like me who know all about this but seldom get round to it, you really should, it gives such a satisfying result.

If you would like to give ‘ long and link stitch binding’ a go, I have recently found a pd f from Sarah Bryant. She sells it via her Etsy Shop. Here is the link to her entertaining blog.
The July theme of 'Into the Woods' is in its last week over on the Sketchbook Challenge blog, so don't forget to take a look and join in.


  1. I hadn't thought of giving ‘long and link stitch binding’ a go but now I am tempted. I'll look into Sarah's pdf, thanks for the tip. And those details of your work are lovely, I wonder what you'll do with them.

  2. Hello, Jackie.
    I am new to your blog and did not completely understand the paper towel process. Did you have dye or paint on the paper towels?
    Thank you,

    1. Hello Margaret,
      You spray the paper towels with water. Pin/stretch you stitching on top. Allow to dry. It is to stretch out the work. Hope this helps.


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