September Guest Designer: LauraJane

by Altenew

Badge Guest Designer

Hello everyone and welcome to our September Guest Designer post!

We have an awesome treat for you today! We have the talented LauraJane as our September Guest Designer and she will be sharing some incredibly beautiful projects with you. We have been in love with her unique, gorgeous, and out-of-the-box projects for the longest time now. And she is also a regular hopper in our release blog hops! You will definitely adore her inspiring creations. But, first, let's get to know her!

Laura Jane guest 600px

Hello! I'm LauraJane. I've been sewing and crafting with ink & paper since I can remember, then found the happy world of acrylic stamps after being frustrated with my own drawings for handmade cards back in 2011. I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful Henna Elements and Painted Flowers stamp sets that Altenew first came out with back in 2014 and literally cheered, “HOORAH!” with the release of Vintage Roses and Watercolor Wonders.

Finally, a company that truly understood my need to create floral patterns like those found in the fabrics of my favorite skirts and dresses! Now I'm excited to share with you my new found passion using Altenew stamps on some fabric to create lovely home decor and gifts! :)

You can find me on my blog After-Hours Ink and Flowers Instagram as @mammacooksalot  and finally, my YouTube channel: Mamma LauraJane.

Let’s start admiring LauraJane's gorgeous project!

Hello, Altenew fans! I have an exciting way to stretch your stamps using needle and thread! I like to call it Hoop Art. :) When doing these stitching projects, I like to make a card first that helps inspire the Hoop. However, sometimes the Hoop inspires the card. Either way, it's a win-win because it all comes down to the beautiful artwork found in Altenew products! The stamp set featured in today's Hoop Art is Needlework Motif.

Take a look at the finished Hoop Art and card together:

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 1 1I only started stitching on stamped images this past June, so please know that I am not an expert at embroidery – just an avid fan of all sorts of needlework! After watching several tutorials on social media, I was excited to give a few stitches a try.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 2 1Inking up the Needlework Motif with Rocky Shores Crisp Dye Ink on cream colored cardstock, cut to an A2-sized card front, was a great place to start. Then I quickly colored it with Artist Markers which helps me decide on the colors of embroidery floss for the Hoop Art. Having only thirty-six colors of Artist Markers narrows the choices to a manageable task for me.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 3 1After choosing coordinating embroidery floss colors of the Artist Markers used on my card front, I then gathered the rest of my tools: needles, seam ripper, and nail clippers for trimming the threads and placed them in a storage pouch. Using the storage pouches to keep everything for that particular Hoop project, sometimes I have several at a time, allows me to grab a stitching project quickly and go – taking it anywhere easily! Many times the hoop itself fits in the pouch too, depending on the size. Today's project is on a 6″ hoop.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 3a 1Once I had all the supplies, I inked the Needlework Motif image on linen fabric with Rocky Shores Crisp Dye Ink using the MISTI to get a sharp image, re-inking when needed. Yes, fabric works in a MISTI tool as well!

I then placed the fabric in a bamboo hoop and started stitching! :)

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 4 1I experimented with many different stitches adding unique textures to my project. I used stitches like; Stem stitch, Blanket stitch, Straight stitch, and Long/Short Satin stitch.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 5 1In the video, I shared how I closed up and finished the hoop with a paper backing from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 9 2I think the backside of a hoop is just as interesting as the front. :)

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 8 1Things I've learned along the way:

  • Start small… choose an image and add just a few stitches as an accent.
  • Most fabric can be used to stitch on.
  • Keep fabric very tight in the hoop.
  • Keep even tension on each stitch.
  • Smaller stitches look much tidier.
  • Use 3-6 strands of floss (just a personal preference).
  • Don't be afraid to take out and re-work a stitch.
  • Never use hand lotion before using a needle… it's just too slippery!
  • Adding color with Artist Markers is a great way to add variety to a hoop.
  • Bamboo hoops can be colored with the Artist Markers to compliment Hoop Art.
  • Scrapbook papers are fabulous backing for the finished hoop.

I love taking the JOY of creating with Altenew out of the craft room. Stitching while traveling, visiting with friends and family, or listening to audio books!

Check out my video below for a closer look at the whole process. You can also watch it in HD on Altenew's YouTube channel.

I hope you have enjoyed walking through my stitching journey with the Needlework Motif and are inspired to get a hoop and try some stitches yourself on the many beautiful Altenew stamps.

Altenew NeedleworkMotif LauraJane 9 1 1Why not? You've got 'em, so stitch 'em!

Here's a sneak peek of my next Hoop Art featuring the Capture Moments mini stamp set, (a smaller and less time-consuming project)!

Altenew Capture Moments LauraJane 10 1Thank you so much for spending a bit of time with me today.

Hope your day is blessed!

Thank you Altenew for inviting me to guest design this month, it's always a pleasure working with your products!

~LauraJane :)

Wow. How awesome is her hoop art project?! We absolutely loved it! We hope you enjoyed looking at her project as much as we did. Make sure to visit her blog, follow her on Instagram, check out her YouTube videos, and send her some love.

Thank you so much, LauraJane, for being our September Guest Designer and for sharing your creativity with us today! We are so honored to have you!

~SUPPLY LIST~

6x8 20Needlework 20Motif fab5dd8d b852 4190 96c1
Needlework Motif Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Artist 20Markers 2036 20Color 20Set f2a480a1 2baf 4eea a8e0
Artist Markers 36 Color Set
[ ALTN ]
Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink
[ ALTN ]
Reflection 20Scrapbook 20Collection 32f161f3 4171 4412 b27f
Reflection Scrapbook Collection
[ ALTN ]
95a4f000 3d24 442a 8955
Large Storage Pouches – 25/pck
[ ALTN ]

46 comments
0

You may also like

46 comments

itstrulyanoriginal September 24, 2018 - 09:32

LauraJane, your stitching is fabulous. Thanks for sharing how you do it; it sounds very interesting and possibly something I could try. Now, I’m just curious about how you set up the fabric to stamp on it. I’ll have to see if there is a video on this. Great suggestion on starting with a small image too. Thanks so much, I always enjoy your cards and stitching.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:13

Thank you so much!

Reply
Tanja Kabel September 24, 2018 - 10:50

wow – this is just fabulous

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:13

Thank you Tanja

Reply
Terrie D. September 24, 2018 - 11:32

This is so gorgeous! I really like this quick tutorial LauraJane shared. I will have to try this soon. :)

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:14

Thank you Terrie, I can’t wait to see your stitched creations:))

Reply
Rebecca Yahrling September 24, 2018 - 12:03

I think this is just stunning, Laura Jane. I used to cross stitch so can
really appreciate all the stitching you’ve done on this project.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:15

Thank you Rebecca!

Reply
Margaret September 24, 2018 - 13:35

Wow, what a fantastic idea! Now if I only had the patience for stitching…

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:15

Thank you!

Reply
maria f. September 24, 2018 - 17:34

Every Altenew floral Laura Jane touches turns golden! This project is so beautiful.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:16

AWWWE! Thank you Maria, I’m blushing over here:))

Reply
Carol Rossouw September 24, 2018 - 17:56

Your stitched art is just as amazing as your beautiful colouring. Thanks for sharing all your helpful tips!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:17

Thank you for your support and encouragement Carol!

Reply
Mindy1414 September 25, 2018 - 00:23

I have not done embroidery in many years but this is awesome! Thanks for the video and for the tip on coloring the image on paper then deciding on floss colors and all the excellent tips you included here. I may have to get out my old hoops and floss (yep, I save everything lol) and give this a try, thanks for the inspiration.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:18

Looking forward to seeing your stitching projects with Altenew goodies Mindy!

Reply
Carla Hundley September 25, 2018 - 00:32

Fabulous way to use the
stamps and looks lovely!
Carla from Utah

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:18

Thank you!

Reply
Julie Beech September 25, 2018 - 03:57

What a great way to extend your stamps!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:18

Thank you Julie!

Reply
Dana M September 25, 2018 - 10:28

WOW!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:19

Thank you!

Reply
Linda Huffman September 25, 2018 - 10:45

Lovely card…new techniques! Thank you!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:19

Thank you Linda!

Reply
Pauline Johnson September 25, 2018 - 11:53

You are so clever. Amazing idea to embroider the stamped images. Love both the card and embroidery! Thanks for sharing!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:20

Thank you!

Reply
Anne Sturgeon September 25, 2018 - 13:05

I haven’t done needle work for some years now, but, your work is so inspiring!! It might be time to break out my hoops. Nicely done.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:21

DO get those hoops out Anne!! It’s a wonderful way to relax with Altenew’s beautiful florals!!

Reply
Troy Louise Seegmiller September 25, 2018 - 13:19

Absolutely gorgeous! Your stitching is amazing. And, I love the matching card. Thanks!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:22

Thank you!

Reply
Beverly Jordan September 25, 2018 - 14:04

This is so beautiful Laura Jane!!! It uses the beautiful Altenew images we all love in a new and innovative way! All of your tips are most helpful. I’ve never stamped my own images so thank you for the inspiration. The results are stunning!!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:23

Thank you for your enthusiasm for my stitched project Beverly:))

Reply
Lind September 25, 2018 - 14:13

i love everything about your project! The colors are perfect and your stitches fit beautifully with the image. I found Altenew stamps when I saw someone doing cards demonstrating making a bunch of cards st a time using a stamp positioner and the Vintage Roses stamp set. I about fell off the chair when I saw the set and had to figure where to get it as a link was not given. Many , many Altenew floral stamp sets later…..I have tons of floss so may give your method a try.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:24

Thank you Lind! I do hope you try stitching some Altenew Goodness:))

Reply
Conniecrafter September 25, 2018 - 15:12

I have done embroidery from a picture my hubby drew but never from a stamp, this is just Beautiful and thanks for all the tips also, hoop pictures seems to be the thing that is in these days, wonderful inspiration!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:26

Thank you Connie! Hope to see you stitching some of your Altenew stamps soon!

Reply
June F September 25, 2018 - 16:39

Such beautiful, detailed work

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:26

Thank you!

Reply
papabric September 25, 2018 - 18:13

Wow!!! You look like a pro, especially knowing that you have only started embroidering stamped images recently! Beautiful skills!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:26

Thank you!

Reply
Karthikha Uday September 25, 2018 - 21:04

Wow! Fantastic work!! <3

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:27

Thank you!

Reply
Celeste Goff September 26, 2018 - 19:03

Laura Jane, your project is simply stunning!!!

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:27

Thank you Celeste!

Reply
LEE BRETT September 27, 2018 - 13:51

I think that stamping a beautiful image onto the material is a wonderful idea, and your creation is very pretty. I don’t embroider anymore, but this posting might very well change that.

Reply
LauraJane September 27, 2018 - 19:29

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing your stitches. remember to #altenew on social media so we can all enjoy your creations!

Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.