January 21, 2012

January Stitchalong: covering the backs and hanging

Hi guys! Welcome to week 3 in the January Stitchalong. The theme of our stitchalong is couching and banners, if you'd like, you can tackle both or either one. :)

I'm doing a Happy New Year banner, using the shapes in the free template I provided. Up above, you see me trying to decide how I want this thing to hang - I decided to suspend "new" using white perle cotton from the letters a, p, and p.

Some of you may be wondering about hiding the backside of your work?

Well, I'm not super-neat but I am a bit prim about that, so I cut felt in contrasting colors to hide the back.

I'll just sandwich the perle cotton between the 2 layers of felt:

To attach them, you can stitch them together with a simple running stitch or blanket stitch.

I opted for the easier route: glue. ;) here's the glue I used

I picked it up for cheap at Hobby Lobby. Honestly, its performance is "meh" - it smells super-strong and it's very thick and hard to control, so I'm glad I did a test-run first on some "stunt" felt. :) By the way, let me know if you've had better results with another fabric glue on felt!

I decided the key to it actually sticking is to use lots of glue, but not so much that it seeps through and shows (ew). You can see my previous attempt on the pink side to use small neat dots. That didn't work. :)
key: lots of glue

I had fun choosing contrasting colors for the backs - so that if they ever flip over, it'll still look cute:


Ok, I'm just gonna admit I went way girly on this one. I think it's because I live in a pink room. It's infecting me! :)

Next step: how to hang your letters. There's a few ways you can do this, including sticking with the ultra-simple mini-clothespins I used above. Maybe even glitter clothespins? :)

Or, you could make ribbon loops, and secure them with stitches to the backs:

ribbon loops

I decided to go with felt scraps - to follow along, cut a scrap about this big:

Fold in half:

Secure to the back with stitches, thread some ribbon or yarn through, and it's ready to hang!


So, if you're following along at my speed, we've arrived thus far:


Now, if you're looking at the yellow-orangey felt I used for the letters "new" and wondering to yourself - what was she thinking, you are not alone. :) I'm not 100% sure about that color - at first I thought it was cute and contrasty, but I may change my mind before I'm completely done, next week... :)

Onto your projects! :)

Amy did a banner, but with snowflakes, instead of letters:

snowflakes (couching) for banner
I love the way her combinations of floss look like really neat running stitches! :)

Aimee is working on a couched sampler -

Jan'12 stitch along progress2
I love her combination of variegated yarn and bright green thread!

And finally, I dug up some lovely examples of couching on Flickr, like this beautiful piece by Eleanor:


This stitched piece in progress by Lalania:

Couching- Embroidery

And this very delicately stitched labyrinth in progress by fattycrafter:


Amazing stuff, huh? Hope you can join us this week, it's the last week of the January Stitchalong! To join in, add your pics to the embroidery pool and tag them "JanStitchalong.":)

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  1. I love the couching. So interesting and unique. There is a fabric glue that I really like called Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive by Becon Adhesives. I found mine at Hancock Fabrics, but I think W--mart carries it too.You can even wash the fabrics that are glued! Good stuff.

    I like your New Year Banner.


    1. Thanks Jody! I'll have to give that glue a try! :)

  2. I highly recommend Aileene's Tacky Glue!

  3. love the look of this technique and would be really useful when embroidering some of my crochet projects and for putting words on to my bunting :o)

  4. I love this post... So cute! I think I want to make some but I need to figure out what for... it's my birthday in a few weeks so think that might be a good excuse!

    I'm a bit stupid with these stitchalongs, I really want to get involved in one but never know how... I think I'll click your link and hopefully learn more!


    1. Hi there! If you'd still like to give it a try, remember you can always join in - here's the free template - just add your pics to the pool and tag them "JanStitchalong"

      Hope you can join us! :)