Stitching for When You Feel Punchy!
It's always fun to learn about new tools, notions, and techniques that turn out not to be new at all. One of those is perforated paper!
What it perforated paper? It's a heavy paper, similar to cardstock or thin cardboard, that's punched in regular holes all over. Those holes make it perfect for stitchery!
Perforated paper was popular for crewel work and cross stitch in the Victorian times, when it was often pre-printed with a background design and stitching lines, enabling the stitcher to use needlework as an embellishment. They often backed the finished piece with crumpled-and-flattened tin foil to add a subtle sparkle when the sun hit the piece. You can start learning more at these sites:
What can you do with perforated paper? Pretty much any needlework that would benefit from regular holes. Cross stitch is the most common, but you can also do back stitch, stem stitch, and straight stitch embroidery. Many needlepoint stitches work well also. Because the paper can be colored to match the design, it's not necessary for the thread to completely cover the paper.
You can make wall art, of course, but once stitched, the paper can be cut to shape to make bookmarks and holiday ornaments. You can glue it to a magnet or pin backing to create fridge magnets. Back them with felt and you can make it into jewelry or hair ornaments.
We have a few types:
Color Stitch perforated paper has preprinted line drawings. You can either fill areas with needlepoint or cross-stitches or color in the drawing and stitch around the outlines only.
Plain perforated paper - colored all the way through - is available in white, ecru, and brown
Painted perforated paper comes in lots of pretty colors!
We also have some holiday-themed perforated paper cross stitch kits that include the paper, thread, needle, beads, chart, and instructions! There are two snowmen and several Santas.
Obviously, because it's paper, you can't wash the finished item, so you need to keep it clean as you work. You also can't do stitches that require stitches close together (satin stitch and french knots won't work well. You also have to be careful not to tear the holes, and of course, you can't put it in a hoop - but you also don't NEED a hoop because the "fabric" is plenty stiff!
Sound fun? Here are some
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-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
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Featured Pattern & Yarn
I'm OOAK, You're OOAK?
The world loves an acronym (just think of all the acronyms you've learned the last year). Here's a new one for you: OOAK. Oh-oh-ay-kay, you say? This one stand for One Of A Kind, a term that some yarn dyers use to describe dye batches that might not have turned out as expected or were experiments or were the last skeins of a particular color.
That's all very interesting, you say, but why are you telling me this? Well, because the Madeline Tosh yarn van dropped by last week and we received a huge haul of OOAKs in Madeline Tosh Euro Sock, Impressions, Merino DK, Merino Holo, Silk Merino, Vintage, and Work Sock. These yarns vary from lush to squishy. In most colors, we have 2-3 skeins, which would make a fine project. For those where we have 1-2 skeins, we think you'll find a good selection for striping, fades, or brioche. Come check out our Mad Tosh haul before it's gone!
Wondering what to do with all of these fabulous yarns? May we suggest:
- Luna Fade (Crochet - Ravelry link) by Natalie @Detroit Knots ($6 in-store/Rav), a gorgeous fade shawl?
- Then there's Birds of a Feather (Knit - Ravelry link) by Andrea Mowry, a simple lace shawl that contrasts mohair with merino yarn (we think you can also use two merino yarns; $7 in-store/Rav).
- Finally, we love the Rooftop Blanket (Knit - non-Rav link) by Josh Bennett NYC ($6 Rav or on the designer's website). This blanket uses multiple strands of fingering to create a gorgeous fade look. The stitching pattern is eye catching, too.
Sometimes you just can't SEE what you're working on without a little help! Luckily, we've got some magnifying tools to help you out - including clip-ons for your glasses, special magnifying glasses , clamp and table-top magnifiers
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The Tip Jar
Here's an easy way to store circular knitting needles or flexible tunisian crochet hooks: Just hang them on a peg or over a hook! Within a few weeks of hanging them up, the kinks and curls in the cord will straighten right out, with just a little bend where they go over the hook/peg. You can even hang several on the same hook. Maybe all the size 8s on one hook, all the 7s on another? Or organize them by length? Easy organization!
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