I enjoy crafting- stamping, sewing, embroidery and jewelry making! I am a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I love sharing what I love! I blog about my favorite stamp sets & techniques. I have an online store at http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx
I have an Etsy shop online (link is here). All prices reflect material used and time spent constructing. You may notice that one card may cost more than another- likely because one had more materials put into it than the other.
Whenever I am unsure of how to do something, I like to look up tutorials. I have found some great resources at the local library for cross stitch & silk ribbon embroidery books, yet many are vague on finishing. As I am not very experienced in sewing and have greater experience in silk ribbon embroidery with very easy finishing methods, I started researching different ways to finish my Christmas gifts. The big book of Christmas quickies published by Leisure artsthat I have used to sew a gift for my mother in law suggested tracing a provided pattern and using paper backed fusible web, fuse the web to the wrong side of the piece. If you are using the Christmas book of quickies, you can find all directions under fabric backed ornaments on page 144.
I like that this uses material that I'm familiar with- quilt batting, cardboard and easily found sewing materials. This may be easier than learning how to use fusible web as I've never used fusible web before. I'll be trying this out after I finish my mother in laws ornament- check back for some pictures and feedback.