Art Techniques | 15 August 2017Hand-Stitched Boho Collage Coasters Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Looking to add some character to your morning routine? The Hand-Stitched Surface shows us how to make beautiful, hand-stitched boho collage coasters. Soon you’ll be sipping on your morning coffee in style. Every day for me begins with an enormous cup of coffee. I’m so not a morning person, and this magical drink snaps me out of the grumps and into a pleasant human being. My love for coffee has led to a strong affection for coffee cups and things to set them on. Something so awesome should have a pretty perch, don’t you agree? My studio is in no short supply of fabric scraps, so this project gathers them and uses improv stitching (see page 46) to create a special place to park your morning cup of coffee. MATERIALS Boho Collage Coaster templates (pp. 127–128) Scissors Fabric marking pen 6 to 8 pieces of fabric of various weights and fiber content (for example, felt, home décor fabrics, silk, gauze, or cheesecloth) Sewing machine–weight thread or pins (for basting) Floss or thin thread (I used two strands of size 16 perle cotton.) Size 5 embroidery needle 1.Scan and print the templates per the instructions on page 126. Cut out the templates with scissors. Use the fabric marking pen to trace the templates onto the wrong side of each fabric in the following quantities: Two each of templates 1, 2, and 5 One each of templates 3 and 4 2. For the circles traced from template 1: Cut one exactly the size of the template and cut the second circle about 1?4″ outside the traced line so it will be a little bigger than the template (FIGURE A). For template 2, cut one circle exactly the size of the template and one circle just inside the traced line so it’s a little smaller than the template (FIGURE B). I used dyed cheesecloth for my smaller circle to add textural interest. For templates 3 and 4, cut your fabrics on the traced line (FIGURE C). For template 5, cut one circle exactly the size of the template and one circle just inside the traced line so it’s a little smaller than the template (FIGURE D). 3. Stack the fabrics from largest to smallest, adjusting the arrangement until you’re happy with it. Push them off-center to create visual interest (FIGURE E). Baste- stitch the layers together or pin them to hold them in place while you work. 4. Using the tips and tricks from the improv stitching exercises (see page 46), work from the center of the coaster outward to create your stitching composition. Remember to add stitching first to the outer edges of each shape and then go back and fill in (FIGURE F). Buy from an Online Retailer US: Written by noted surface designer Lynn Krawczyk, The Hand-Stitched Surface offers inspiring techniques and beautiful projects for creating richly layered mixed-media surfaces on paper and fabric to encourage stitchers to slow down and savor their handiwork. Following an overview of tools and supplies, the section on stitching essentials covers a range of basic stitches and how they can be modified: mixing thread weights for textural effects; unique ways to create patterns for hand stitching; exploring color; and tips and tricks for improvisational stitching. The fifteen keepsake-quality projects are perfect for those seeking to disconnect from technology and embrace a quiet, meditative approach to handwork and creating art. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.