Scrappy Bindings: One of the things that throws me off when thinking about making or even starting a piece is the binding. We have talked about this before and there are tons of alternatives to a basic binding such as mounting on canvas, framing, zig zagging the edges etc. But the last few pieces that I did for my Silhouette pattern samples I decided to just glue scrapes over the edge and then either leave them or do z tiny zig zag stitch on the raw edge. One the three I did this way I loved it and was looking forward to doing it at the end in stead of dreading the binding. So I thought I'd share a few that I did. All my samples so far have been made with batiks so I had no issue with raveling. The Rooster Silhouette was done with a Kaffe Fasset fabric and I was delighted that it was such high quality and didn't fray at all! The Rooster "binding" I did with bright whimsical Kona fabrics (which fray terribly) so I had to stitch. The Elephant and Fish Collage Silhouettes I did with batiks and there was no fraying so I haven't stitched them down. I am now happy to say that I really love this method of just using scraps or strips and gluing or fusing them to the edge, wrapping them to the back and stitching or not stitching. There are no rules in my art so I will be using this again and again! Hope you might try it too. More on Binding and Finishing on my website: suefreeberndesigns.com
Well after hours of trying to put this together I decided to offer my Elephant Silhouette in a TEMPLATE only instant download on Craftsy and soon ETSY! Writing a pattern for this collage style is like writing a book so I briefly mention how to on the listing and am letting those that are interested in making either the regular Elephant Silhouette or the Collage style Elephant Silhouette download the template for only $3.00 and use their own imagination and expertise to create something unique. You get the 8 1/2" x 11" and the 4 sheets that make the 16" x 22" version as well! If you already have one of my patterns you won't need all the basic instructions over and over again and this saves you some money! I am working on making the others TEMPLATE only downloads soon! Click on the photo to go directly to the listing on CRAFTSY or visit my home page for links. ( I will be posting a brief HOW TO coming up next! )
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