It’s been a long time since I’ve had a post (school time is always busy time *sigh*), but I felt compelled to write a new post because of an e-mail I received last week. I did not know the writer (which made me more intrigued), and in her e-mail, she congratulated me on being published in Paper Crafts. It is my first time, and I was, of course, thrilled! She noticed that the paper piercing pattern is from Gem’s Cottage, looked up my site, and saw how to contact me. She was having trouble making the flowers, she said, and asked for more detailed instructions so she can make them. Well, Susan, here are the step-by-step instructions with pictures of how I made the flowers in the card above – and on page 50 of the March/April 2013 issue of Paper Crafts. Thank you for making my day!
Embroidery Floss Flower Instructions:
You will need these adhesive dots – I got them at Michaels, there are different brands, and may be called a different name, but as long as it’s this clear, gooey, sticky thing that’s about a half inch across, it will do! The adhesive is sandwiched between two pieces of plastic, so peel one plastic sheet off.
You will also need embroidery floss, preferably in two shades, one dark, one light. I used two kinds here – the darker one is the 6-strand embroidery floss, and the lighter one is the plain cotton floss (hmmm… I don’t know exactly what it’s called, but it’s the kind that you cannot separate into strands, lol!). You can use any kind of floss that you have, except the dental one You will also need a paper piercer or any tool that will help you push the thread into the adhesive (an unbent paper clip will do!). Make a knot at the very end of the dark floss and push it into the adhesive dot (use the paper piercer or paper clip, not your fingers!).
Carefully coil the floss around the knot, using the paper piercer to press it against the adhesive. Cut the darker shade of floss when the coil is about a quarter of an inch across, hide the floss ends by pushing it into the adhesive (again with the paper piercer/paper clip, not your fingers, lol!). Using the lighter shade of floss, push one end into the adhesive.
Continue coiling the floss around until the entire adhesive dot is covered. Cut the floss, then hide the end by pushing it into the adhesive (I want to nag you one more time: with the paper piercer/paper clip, not your fingers! lol!).
There ya go, one flower done! Wasn’t that fun? Now make more flowers, use different colors, and if you want to make smaller flowers, just use smaller adhesive dots. When you want to use a flower, just peel it off from its plastic backing and stick it onto your card! What I like about this kind of flower is that it gives dimension to the card without worrying about it being squashed.
I have a second reason for writing this post. Going back to Susan’s e-mail, she mentions that she loves to make cards but she never aspired to have her work published. Susan (and all of you who can relate!), if you are reading this now, I hope you try! I have submitted several projects after this one, but sadly, all of them have been rejected. I do admit feeling disappointed, but not discouraged.
Why? I have been reading about Jason Comely’s Rejection Therapy and Jia Jiang’s Hope from Nope. I’ve found that with each rejection, I learn something new (whether it’s about myself, or my art, or the people/organization rejecting me); with each rejection, I become less afraid to try something new; with each rejection, the sting of disappointment becomes less and I fear rejection less. My goal is still to have my work published, but I will not mind being rejected. I hope you join me in this journey as we celebrate being published and learn from being rejected!
Tags: Embroidery Floss Flowers, Floss Flowers, Paper Crafts, paper piercing, Rejection Therapy