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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

a stand up act

This is an accordion book made with 4x4's from a 1-2-3 swap on my favorite yahoo group. We also swapped out A-B-C's but I'm not up to sewing 28 cards together right now....


I started by making a template for marking the four holes on each side of each card.The purple square outlines where you put the 4x4 square and there is a sheet protector taped in place. The square goes under the clear sheet protector and I used a push pin to go through the prepunched holes in the sheet protector and into the 4x4 card. It was a quick way to get all the holes in the right places.

Below is a mock-up of the stitch I did. I played around with a number of different ways of putting them together. This one is almost perfect.... It allows the cards to close easily in either direction and the stitching cord doesn't strain or gap. I tried to sew the two different steps in different color thread but I don't think it shows well. It's sort of like threading your shoe laces but not exactly. You start on the upper left. Each time you stitch from the back side and then push the needle between the cards to get to the next hole. If you want me to write more, I will. But you gotta meet me halfway and let me know you want me to spend more time on it.


The one thing I don't particularly like about this (aside from it being a bit awkward to stitch back up to the beginning) is that it kind of skews the cards so the corners don't really match up exactly. Moving on now.

I have ordered the gold wire and will be winding the silver colored wire this weekend. Ah the anticipation. I have such high hopes.

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Comments

I think it looks great! I like the stitching you chose - the way it can close both ways is a great way to prolong the pieces. It's hard to tell from the pictures that the corners don't line up right - they look great from here. I'm excited to see where you go with it now!

Posted by: Katherine | Thursday, February 22, 2007

Diane, this is really cool and looks great. I think I'll give it a try at some point. thanks for the tutorial. I"m going to put this blogpost into the links file on CPS...

Posted by: Rachel | Friday, February 23, 2007