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Embroidered Origami

Another week, another online workshop! I’m really enjoying online workshops, it’s such a lovely way to spend an evening crafting with other crafters, and it provides a real sense of community and support. This week I did an embroidered origami workshop co-hosted but Est of Origami Est (https://origamiest.co.uk/) and Beth of Freckle and Knot (https://www.instagram.com/freckleandknot/). Prior to the workshop they asked what colour we would like to use for the project and then they both posted out the materials we would need to join in.

Included in the parcels were:

  • Patterned paper x3
  • Plain paper x3
  • Ribbon x3
  • Glue
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Tracing paper
  • Stitch practice sheet

Once everyone had joined the Zoom session Est showed us how to fold the paper to achieve the diamond shape we were aiming for. Each diamond was made up of a patterned piece and a plain piece of paper. 

When we had folded our diamond halves Beth then took over for the embroidery section of the workshop. We started off using the practice paper to try out the stitches. Some people in the class hadn’t done any embroidery before so Beth demonstrated each stitch. Sewing in paper is quite different to sewing in cloth, mainly because you have to punch the holes through the paper first. Beth showed us a good trick using a roll of washi tape to raise the paper up and avoid lots of holes in the table! Once we were confident sewing on the paper and had completed the test sheet we could then move onto the real thing. We used the tracing paper to draw our designs on, which meant that when we were punching the holes in the patterned paper we could see where the folds were. This helped with positioning the design. Having punched the holes we could then sew our design onto the paper. I used backstitch and lazy daisy stitch for my rain cloud.

After we had finished our embroidery, during which we all had a lovely chat, Est then showed us how to assemble the diamond. First we cut a small slit in the point of the top half, in my case the patterned side, and threaded the ribbon through to create a loop to hang it from. We put a small amount of glue on the inside to hold the ribbon in place and then finally attached the two halves of the diamond together by glueing around the edge and manipulating each side so that it would slot in nicely and line up.

At first I thought this was quite a time consuming craft, but when I moved on to my second and third ones I realised that it’s actually quite quick! I now have lots of ideas about creating baubles for the Christmas tree, even though that’s still quite a long way off! I’m really enjoying these online workshops and hope I can find more to sign up for. Although I’m missing going out and joining in with them in real life, it’s such a great alternative.

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