Cheery gingham is certainly contributing my happy mood. You've probably popped over from Nichole's blog. My new product line for March, the Chicken Scratch Collection, is being featured today for the first group post. I've seen a few projects and the DT ladies did an amazing job. They exceed my expectations. Just absolutely beautiful stuff.
You might be looking around for Chicken Scratch projects from me. Unfortunately, nothing has made it to me in time with mail delays and the weather. Which is OK. I've been doing this for over five years and to have it happen just this once, is a pretty good track record. Besides, all the Chicken Scratch goodness is on its way to me, so it won't be long before I get to play. And of course, I'll share when I do.
So, as a result, I've had ample opportunity to do some other things with it. Like build an inspiration board for you. And create some "sketches" on the computer to share, so when you get the Chicken Scratch Collection, you are all ready to play and infused with inspiration.
So..Chicken Scratch. Pretty whimsical name, right? Chicken Scratch is a type of embroidery done on gingham fabric that some say looks like the pattern chicken feet would make in the dirt of the chicken coop. Yep, it doesn't get any more "vintage" than that. :) LOL! It is also called depression lace, Amish embroidery, or simply, gingham embroidery. All of which speaks of its homespun, county look.
In Chicken Scratch, the squares of the gingham act like the squares of cross stitch fabric. The corners and lines of the pattern show you where to place your stitches. There are some rather unique stitches to be made, that make up classic "chicken scratch" look. And in using these stitches on a gingham background, you work with the light, dark, and medium tones in the fabric, highlighting each in a different way. When viewed as a whole, the color of the stitches combined with the highlighted pattern of the gingham gives a very unique look and pattern. All of which, I thought would be great for a stamp set.
Here are some inspiration examples. You can view my entire Pinterest Chicken Scratch Board here.
Super pretty stuff, right? I might have sent my Mom that pin this morning of that summer tank. Told her I'd do the embroidery if she made it for me:). I'd love to have that.
Now that you've seen some examples, I've taken the images from the stamp sets (I have both the Chicken Scratch and Super Gingham being released), the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, and the Chicken Scratch Paper Pad and made some computer examples for you. You can download the PDF here for easy reference.
I hope you are as excited as I am to be using this fun, vintage style of embroidery. As you can see, you can go as easy or as complicated as you like. We've worked in lots of short cuts (Chicken Plate Cover Plate, Gingham Paper) to make it easy to accomplish too.
Now, while I have you here, I have another Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit project for you. I really wanted to turn those Scissor Keepers into carrots for Easter!
I found these marshmallow bunnies on a lollipop stick at Target. They are from Just Born, like those yummy peeps everybody likes this time of year. I thought they'd be perfect for this!
I love how they look like they are popping out of the carrot. These were really easy to stitch up, by not reversing the running stitch. The handle on the orange carrot part, got cut off.. The backside is "green" and has the handle, but after I put these together, you didn't need to use the handle here either. Whatever you decide to do if you are planning on recreating this.
For the grass, I cut green tissue paper with the Tissue Favor Die. Love how nice and fluffy it is.
The Floral Cluster Die from the Sewing Staples kit was used to make these paper flowers. I adore these in paper. Just the right amount of detail when stitched. Sentiment is from Birthday Classics: April and the tag is from Tremendous Tags.
Here's a carrot upright. These things are BIG! Ten inches with the candy. Would make an impressive little something.
OK. That's it from me. Thanks for stopping by. More inspiration for Chicken Scratch below. All the Chicken Scratch stuff will be available March 15th at www.papertreyink.com at 10 PM EST and the Sewing Staples Kit is available right now! Fabulous.
Ashley Cannon Newell
Scissor Keeper Carrots
Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit
Stamps: Birthday Classics: April
Dies: Tremendous Tags, Tissue Favor
Patterned Paper: Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise Collections
Cardstock: Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise