Two new pattern booklets have been added to the Form-A-Lines stitching cards range. They are: Oriental flowers featuring birds on a vine, a flowering vine and a bird in a thorn bush; Nautical featuring a lighthouse, a porthole and a captain’s hat above a wheel.
When I was designing my Stitching Cards Tiger pattern the words “Tiger, tiger, burning bright, in the forests of the night” kept going through my mind. They were from a poem half remembered from childhood, so I decided to look it up. The poem is The Tiger by William Blake. This is how it goes:
Whilst I was doing research for my Stitching Cards unicorn design I came across some interesting information about the way it has evolved over the centuries.
The unicorn is a mythical beast whose origins can be traced back to early pagan times. Drawings of the unicorn appear on many coats of arms created in Medieval Europe and it also appears in early religious tapestries. The unicorn was even used as a symbol of Christ.
Six new Animal lovers patterns have been added to the pattern collection on the Stitching Cards web site.
Following on from my Where to buy beads post I thought it would be useful to do the same thing for card blanks suitable for prick and stitch card making. In order to display the stitching at its best the card material used should not be too flimsy; it should be strong without being excessively thick.
When the Form-A-Lines prick and stitch patterns become out of print they are made available as downloads in PDF format. The classic patterns used to be available from the Stitching Cards web site but they have now moved to a new home in the Form-A-Lines online store.
There is still time to make a card to celebrate the New Year. This would be particularly useful if you receive an unexpected Christmas card at the last minute. The Happy New Year pattern is available for purchase from the Stitching Cards web site.
A couple of readers have left messages on my “Beading needles” post asking where they can purchase the beads needed for the beautiful beaded embroidery cards. Not all bead shops sell the tiny seed beads suitable for card embroidery. It is a case of seeking out the stores that do.
String art picture making has much in common with prick and stitch card making. It uses nails hammered into a backing board and coloured wool or string to create the design. If you would like to try your hand at string art there is a free candle pattern available from the String Art Is My Craft web site…
A new social bookmarking website seems to appear every month. How do you choose the best one for you? I have been researching social bookmarking websites and here is my top ten. I have ranked the sites on how easy it is to find links to craft and card making web sites.