w is for washi tape
As much as it's a trend, I can't help but think that washi tape is here to stay. It's pretty, it's practical, it's, as Martha says, a Good Thing. And so, W is for Washi Tape.
My personal collection is comprised only of the Target variety, but there are so many amazing choices out there! And since I didn't have a whole bunch of lovely tape patterns to show off, I thought it would be fun to stitch my own patterns of washi!
If you'd like to stitch some tape strips with me, here's what you do:
Use a ruler to mark off two parallel lines. The ends don't need to match up.
Draw in a "tear" line to connect the lines.
If you want, add additional layers of tape. My first shot at the left side of the new piece wasn't quite right, but the lines will rinse away.
Stitch around the edge of the tape, then here comes the fun part! Fill in the tape with whatever pattern you want! I started with little Xs.
And for my second piece of tape, I did stripes! These long stitches will work if this goes on the wall, but for items that might get snagged, the stitches should get tacked down.
The options are endless here on fills for your tape. Try french knots, lines, tiny flower stitches, fly stitches, zig zags, triangles, star bursts, arrows, and on and on. If you get stuck, do a search on Etsy for washi tape. You'll see all kinds of designs to inspire you!
What to do with embroidered washi tape? If you love this tape, just stitching it up for a wall hanging will display your love (or perhaps as some washi Christma ornaments?)! But it would also work nicely for creating little borders around your embroidery, or as a fun sampler of stitches!