Thursday, August 8, 2013

Old Fashion Paper Piecing


Hello! Dawn Rene here to share my thoughts on old fashion paper piecing....

I have been "scrapbooking" as it is called today since around 1999 or 2000. Even back then I would be in scrapbook classes and they would talk about "paper piecing." At that time it mainly entailed creating basic animals, flowers, etc from paper punches. So it was closely intertwined with "punch art." But this versatile technique has evolved greatly over the years with new technology and tools.

Paper Piecing Definition: Papercraft paper piecing involves cutting pieces out from a design and layering them on paper (other other materials) to create another item or object. There is also "paper piecing" in quilting.

Paper Piecing Uses
* Create animals, people, borders, flowers, and other designs with paper
* Used on tags, scrapbook pages, cards, and mixed media projects

Different Techniques and Tools
1. Stamped images are often used for paper piecing projects. A design can be stamped several times on a piece of paper and then these can be cut and adhered to a project. Here are a couple projects I did using this technique with the Prima Julie Nutting doll stamps -
Prima Doll French Country - DDR 2   IMG_3004-001   July 4th Doll Tag

2. This same process can be used with a digital image - a digital image can be purchased, printed, cut and adhered to a project. This website has a digital paper piecing pattern for a Bestie -
Paper Pieced Bestie

3. Patterned papers, images, or digital files can fussy cut, colored with markers or colored pencils, and layered to create the finished object. Here is an example of a project I made with a flower on a canvas -
Canvas - Paper Collage Flower DDR

This is the blog with the canvas that initially inspired me!!!!

4. Shapes can be punched out of paper with punches and layered to make an object or design.

5. The most popular technique is cutting shapes with cutting machines (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). This website is an example of the oodles of stuff available!

As with anything, you can find lots of examples and inspiration on Pinterest, This is one board that caught my eye recently!

What is your favorite method of paper piecing? How do you use it?

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

scrapperjen said...

Oooo! These are all great techniques. I like to usemy Cricut to cut out pieces and put em together.
Thanks for sharing!