Stitch-stitch-rip-rip- Make a little layout! – Miriam Thomas

Stitch-stitch-rip-rip- Make a little layout!

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I have been asked by a few people whether I ‘survived’ the “stitch and rip” technique that we did at my LSS last fortnight.   Geez!  ‘survived’ makes it sound so meldroamatic (and I never meant for it to sound so melodramatic) but to answer your Question “Yes!” 🙂   For those who missed my previous post- The words “Sewing” and “Miriam” aren’t normally used in the same sentence- unless the sentence happens to be “Miriam CAN’T sew!” and at the last session at my LSS, Christine wanted us to have a go at “stitch and rip”.   So what does “stitch and rip” involve?  For those who aren’t familiar with the technique.  You sew scraps of paper onto your cardstock and then rip the edges of your paper scraps.  I’ve seen some fantastic pages where this technique has been used but I haven’t tried it myself as I tend to be a straight and simple scrapper and the thought of ripping something off your layout AFTER it has been stuck on-isn’t normally something I would do. Sometimes I like to ‘play it safe’ but I never said I wasn’t up for trying new things too! and…   Christine was even kind enough to share a clever technique that she devised herself that she calls “Fake stitch and rip” where you adhere your paper scraps with a thin line of wet glue and then use a mat pack, paper piercer and white gel pen to give the appearance of stitching. 

I decided to be brave, step up to the challenge and use the sewing machine.  In fact I was the first to approach the sewing machine and this may well be why only one other person was brave enough to use the machine after me!  (Everybody else did “Fake Stitch and rip”)  After a few minor mishaps with the sewing machine and a few loud exclamations and lots of knotted up thread I finally managed to stitch around my photos and sew on my paper scraps.  I’m not sure whether it was the settings on the machine or the operator (probably the latter) but I did it.  Yay!  I must admit that I ‘played it safe’ with my ripping- It looks really effective to rip right near the sewing- but I wanted to reveal more of the brightly coloured patterned paper.

So here it is….. my layout (again ANOTHER very old photo of my oldest who is now 6 1/2 yrs)


and a close up of one of the sections of “Stitch and rip”


Thanks for the enjoyable time, ladies! I always enjoy attending the sessions at the LSS! For tomorrow’s session I must remember to stop for a moment to sample a piece of cake.  I somehow didn’t manage to try a piece last fortnight!?

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