Think Technique: Embroidery | Q&A with Lisa Dickinson

Today is all about the amazing Lisa Dickinson! First she shares how to embroider on your layouts and follows it up by answering a few of our burning questions!


BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson

BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson


Lisa: The latest trend popping up on scrapbook pages is embroidery! This bold and colorful stitching adds texture and dimension to page and it’s an easy technique to master. All you need is a printer! On this layout using photos from my childhood, I’ve used various colors of embroidery thread to stitch a grid, as well as highlight my title.


BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson


To create guidelines for my stitching, I drew the grid lines in a word processing program. I also set up the numbers for my title in one of the squares, using a white fill color and grey stroke on each number. Then I printed it on my card stock, using my printer’s “draft” mode to keep the ink light and just visible.


BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson


I find embroidery is easiest if you pre-punch the holes first. Then you avoid bending and creasing your paper trying to push the needle through. For my straight grid lines, I used my un-threaded sewing machine to quickly punch the holes, using the longest stitch setting possible (on my machine, that is a 4).


BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson


For the more intricate curves of the numbers, I used a long straight pin to punch holes evenly along the printed outlines.


BasicGrey | Embroidery | Lisa Dickinson


Then I threaded up a needle and started stitching! Rather than use knots on the backside of my paper, I use scotch tape to secure my thread. Most embroidery thread comes with 6 strands, and depending on how large/bulky you want the stitches, you can use more or less strands. On this layout, I used three strands of floss.





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Q&A with Lisa Dickinson | BasicGrey


Home: Colorado

Workspace: On an old postal desk in our home office

Favorite Color Palette: Aqua/Red/Cream
Social Media Preference: Instagram
Playlist: Pandora (The Avett Brothers station) or podcasts
Inspiration Source: Home decor magazines! They always feature beautiful pattern and color combos.
Early Bird or Night Owl: Early bird
BG Product You Hoard: Candy Buttons and Stitched Brads
Three Random Facts About You: (1) I was born in Ankara, Turkey on a US Air Force base; (2) I think mayonnaise is the grossest condiment ever; (3) I double-majored in Political Science and Communication
Advice for Newbie Crafters: It’s not about being caught up – it’s about having fun!


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