Paper Piecing Embellishment

January 31, 2006 by  
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Can anyone tell me where to find detailed directions on how to make my own patterns for paper piecings?

I am a scrapbooker and card maker and I love to use paper piecing patterns for creating embellishments for my creations but you can find allot of designs in coloring books and the internet and other such places but how do I make my own patterns from these designs ........ it's seemingly not as easy as it appears it would be to make pattern any help in finding detailed directions would be greatly appreciated

sorry, i don't know of any websites. but may be this would help --
first draw whatever you want to - make the entire pattern/design with all details.

then start to "dissemble" the pattern part by part or layer by layer.
eg, if you've drawn a flower, then its parts would include petals [all of same size or different?], centre, leaves, stem, ...

so take a tracing paper, place it over your design & draw out all the parts SEPARATELY. you may need to connect certain lines to make them complete.

so now you will have the shapes of petal, centre, leaf, stem traced. If required [especially for repeated use], carbon-copy on to card paper & make cut-outs. [if you are using computer graphics, adjust accordingly]

check to see how many of each you need, and in what colors.

accordingly, lay the cut-out on the chosen paper & cut.
after you've cut all the necessary pieces/parts in their appropriate colors & shapes/sizes, assemble them into the pattern & glue.

if it helps, NUMBER each part/piece of the design so that you can tick off at each step what you have without missing anything. however, once you get the hang of it, it really will be easy [though laborious! ;-)]

for raised effect, fold along centre, etc.
for 3-D effect, glue only at one end or in center & leave the rest free.

hope this helped
all the very best & have fun

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