DIY – Birthday banner

This is a simple and easy to make DIY banner using paper board.

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Things needed:

Card board / kraft board / any paper board

Paints / colour paper

Satin ribbon

Adhesive / fevicol

Doing:

1. Cut the paper board into equal sized pieces, with rectangular slits on top.

To make the slits, fold an inch of the paper board at the top. Make two slits on the fold, 1 cm apart. Make a cut, joining the slits to cut away the board between the slits. Open the fold, and you have a small rectangular slit.

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2. Paint the sheets with plain water colours / fabric paints. A coloured background with simple shapes painted on top works well.

Or, stick coloured art paper or hand made paper with pretty patterns.

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3. Paint alphabets on the coloured boards, one alphabet on every board. Words like HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CELEBRATIONS or the birthday child’s name will look good on the banner.

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Alphabets can also be traced on to coloured art paper, and cut out to be stuck on the boards.

4. Take a good quality satin ribbon. Thread it through the slits on the boards. Apply adhesive or fevicol on the boards, and stick the satin ribbon to the boards.

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The banner is all set now to be hung or stuck on your wall.

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Cross Stitch

Cross stitch is a simple form of embroidery. For beginners, it is simple and easy to learn. For experts, it can be used to sew realistic and complex patterns.

Cross stitch looks like a simple “x”. It is made by sewing 2 cross lines like this image from  LadyAda:

 

Sewing many “x”s in a row gives a pattern.

 

Outline of a shape is first traced on the cloth, and then rows of “x”s are sewn together to fill this outline.

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These “x”s are stitched with threads in many colors, instead of a single color. The shape of “x” can also be changed to form interesting patterns as seen in this Needlepoint sampler.

Counted Stitch Sampler

 

Cross stitch is usually stitched on Aida cloth. Aida cloth is loosely woven. It’s holes make it easy for sewing cross stitch. Other fabrics like hemp, cotton etc that have equally spaced holes are also suitable for cross stitch.

It is  sew small and detailed patterns on textiles and dresses. By coordinating colors of  threads, even small patterns appear realistic. This apple pattern on kitchen towel is from the Etsy shop, Gabees Crafts.

Cross Stitch Kitchen Towel

 

Cross stitch is the preferred form of embroidery to create landscape and portrait art forms using sewing techniques. This beautiful Geisha masterpiece is from the Etsy shop, AccrocheCoeur.

Cross stitch portrait

Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery. It is so wide spread since centuries that it’s roots can be found across the world. Different regions of Asia and Europe have their own historical patterns of cross stitch.

If you are interested in learning embroidery, cross stitch is the most easy and simple stitch to get started. Happy stitching.

 

Ribbon Embroidery

Ribbon Embroidery is the art of stitching on fabric, using silk or satin ribbons.

Ribbons are threaded in special needles used for this type of embroidery. Motiffs of Flowers and leaves are created using simple and quick stitches.

Ribbon embroidery has been in use since the 1700s. It was first used by the royal families in France, from where it spread to England and Europe. For centuries, it has been considered an exquisite and royal art form.

Sounds interesting? Check out on how it is done…

Technique 1:

Ribbon Embroidery - 1It can also involve using both ribbons and threads to create pretty designs.

Technique 2:

Ribbon Embroidery -2Using bigger ribbons makes the flowers stand out and add textures to the fabric. It takes a lot of patience and detailed intricate work for this embroidery.

Here are a few ribbon embroidered creations that are a real feast to the eyes.

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Yet another art work..

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Both the above art works are from Tina Bouman’s Pinterest images. Apart from framed art works, ribbon embroidery on home decor gives stunning results…

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Impressed? Here is how you can get started… All art & craft stores sell ribbons and needles for ribbon embroidery. It takes a couple of online tutorials or craft books, coupled with hardwork to master the basics of ribbon embroidery. Once the pace sets in, it is a beautiful journey of stunning art work on fabric. Enjoy your way as every small twist or turn to the needle creates unique and beautiful designs.

Here are two tutorials that I refer for ribbon embroidery:

Tutorial 1: Craft College

Tutorial 2: Pamelita Carmasweeta’s @ Pinterest

Happy going!

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Image courtesy:

Better Homes & Gardens, Tina Bouman @ Pinterest