You may remember that I did some button cards with the girls while they were here. They chose to draw on their cards, but I decided to give it a try using stitch.
For the first card, the girls chose the button 'balloons' and the 'sun'. I used a pin to prick the holes for stitching and then used embroidery thread to stitch the strings. Using a double running stitch, the front and back of the card looks identical. I've also used ribbon to tie the 'strings' together.
The next design I chose to do, were flowers. Again we've got a button sun. I stitched the stems with a double running stitch and the leaves are detached chain stitch. By pricking the holes for the thread beforehand, stitching was fairly easy. In both cards, the buttons have been tied on using embroidery thread.
They were fun to do and I think they make a fun pair of cards. I do have some other designs in my head which I will try sometime soon. It's a fun way to combine my love of embroidery and use up my buttons. Having pretty cards at the end is a bonus.
Thank you for all the comments on the last blog post, it's prompted some wonderful conversations. I think creative people really appreciate the need to pass on those skills to others.
When making with children, I always find that they appreciate being given a choice in what they do. It's an important part in encouraging their creative processes. In developing creative skills, often there isn't a right or a wrong way, there is just the way that's best for us personally and what appeals to us.
When we made the cards, although the basic idea was the same, the girls were given the option to stitch or draw the strings to the balloons and they both chose to draw them. They were given my button boxes and chose their buttons and, as you can see they each chose a different number of buttons. The thread and pen colours was chosen by the girls too. These were going to be their cards and they were putting their individual mark on them.
The elder of the girls took her card away to use another day, but the younger one drew some wonderful pictures of her family inside and gave it to her mum and dad. Her face was a picture of happiness when she gave it to them.
The girls had fun making their cards, but they also got to that special feeling that comes from giving a handmade gift to someone. Funnily enough, on the journey over to our house, they got to see how special their handmade gifts were. I've still got a foam dinosaur hanging from the rear view mirror in the car that Little One made us a couple of years ago!
After the girls left, I continued with the theme of the button cards and developed the use of stitch. I'll share those with you tomorrow.
As I had no cards in reserve, making cards went to the top of the making list and I have made a start on using my buttons. The yellow cards wouldn't be my first choice, but they had to be used up and it feels good to be using papers I've had for nearly twenty years. I knew they would come in useful sometime, but I didn't really expect to be waiting this long!
The buttons were sewn onto the paper first, using normal sewing thread. Once the buttons were attached, the cards were assembled, gluing the layers together. This has meant there are no exposed threads, a very neat finish to the cards.
I've got lots more ideas for making cards with buttons, but that will be for another day. I really must get back to the quilt.
What do you do with surplus fabric flowers?
You make cards with them, of course!
These were flowers I cut for a project and then decided not to use them, but I didn't want to throw them away, so decided to try and use them on card. I raided the button box and tied buttons to form the flower centres before using the iron to fuse them to the card. It worked quite well, I'm thinking I might have to do some more, planned ones this time.
As I was digging through one of my button tubs, I did think I should try and use some of them up for cards. I'm going to have to have a bit of a play and see if I can come up with some designs. It might have to be sooner rather than later as all these cards have already left for pastures new.
I'd run out of cards so it was time to play again. They're nothing spectacular, but it was fun to play with paper and card. There is something quite therapeutic and relaxing about cutting out paper. I'll be saying thank you with hearts and tiny flower confetti this month.
After a brief interlude, it's back to quilting and knitting.
Where Creativity Is A Way Of Life
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.