Lately I have been obsessed with doing faux stitching in my layouts and cards. I have recently come to love using faux stitching over real stitches. Why? For starters it is a lot easier than breaking out the sewing machine thread. By using a pen or some paint to create my stitching, I don’t have to clutter up my desk space with a sewing machine. I also prefer the overall look of faux stitches. I feel like I have more control over how they look and what color they are. With faux stitches I don’t have to worry about securing those loose threads and there are no awkward holes in my paper projects.
Here are a few techniques that I discuss in my focus video below. The stitches that I go over are:
- Straight Stitch
- Zig Zag Stitch
- Cross Stitch
- Scallop Stitch
- Half Heart Stitch
- Overcast Stitch
And the techniques are:
- Using a tracing wheel and a pen
- Using a tracing wheel and some acrylic paint
Faux Stitching Video
Faux Stitch Examples
These are two cards that I made to demonstrate a couple of the decorative stitches and techniques for faux stitches.
This card has a straight stitch done with a white gel pencil around the background and a half heart stitch also done in white gel pencil along the bottom of the card.
This rustic card uses the tracing wheel and some acrylic paint to create very small, uneven and artistic looking stitches all the way around the card. I went around the card twice to give it a messy feel to it.
I you will give faux stitching a shot. I would like to challenge all of the readers to give some of these decorative stitches and new faux stitching techniques a shot. Don’t forget to share your projects with us here in the comments section of this page.