|Business Card Holder Group Picture|
I had recently found some linen at a thrift store. Nice big pieces of both pale pink and cream. I knew I wanted to use my pink linen. My first thought was to do a cross stich motif, but after 3 or 4 mistakes I abandoned the idea. I was having too much difficulty with spacing.
The light bulb went off when I thought that this might be a good opportunity to use the bullion stitch and make some roses. I pulled out my reference book, "A-Z of Bullions". I had been excited to win the bid on this book on an e-Bay auction. I won for $23.95 and I had seen the book at Amazon for over $100. It contained some nice motifs that I knew I could adapt.
I had to practice the stitch, but I succeeded in making recognizable bullion roses.
|Card Holder 1|
My goal for the first one I completed was to have a design that did not need an orientation as I wasn't sure what the front of the holder would be. One of the mentoring tips I received was to baste a large X on the front of the piece to find the center. That worked very well but I should have measured and gridded for the other elements. I added the rose buds at the end hoping that it would distract from the uneven placement. Also, there wasn't room for a button closure so I settled for a velcro closure.
|Card Holder 2|
The third has more elaborate foliage. I wish that it were more symmetrical but I have learned not to scoff at preplanning. I used more muted colors and I believe that it does make it look older, more vintage. This card holder has a special meaning for me. One of my girlfriends has survived a divorce. I am so proud of the actions she has taken to improve her life including her health and her social life. This cardholder will hold little personal cards that she gave give out if she meets someone she would like to know better.
|Card Holder 3|