Thursday 1 July 2021

Favourite way to add Stitching (and why)

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge

Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm "inner glow" of pride, without lots of entry rules.

Usually we provide a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
Our winner is:

Please email us at to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:

and our Top 3 are


Congratulations and please grab our *Top 3* badge to display on your blog:

So, onto our next challenge

The sponsor of this challenge is

Lawn Fawn

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite kind of Stitching
(eg the real deal, fake it with stitched dies or drawn doodle-style).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

Here are the beautiful creations made by our Design Team to get your mojo flowing:

I really love stitching as a detail and I used to use my sewing machine to stitch around the edges of my images, but that was before the beautiful stitched nesting dies were common. Nowadays my sewing machine has been tucked out of sight and I use stitched dies a lot.  However, there's always room for more stitching and for today's creation I've also doodled some stitching around the edge of my cardbase. This wouldn't be possible with a die becuase it's a bespoke shape, and stitching with thread would need a lot of patience (that I don't have) because of all those curves, but doodle stitches were easy to add all the way around and give it a more finished look.

I find hand stitching very relaxing and enjoy "messy" stitching on my junk journals but, I have to say I currently would have to choose stitched dies because of the wonderful variety and the fact they are such time savers.

I like to use dies or doodling for my stitching. My sewing machine is stashed in a cupboard and is a struggle to get out, so I take the easy option. To be honest the dies give me a straighter line than if I was sewing.

I love the look of stitching on my cards and I love all styles: real stitching, doodling with a pen and with my dies. Adding stitching with a die is the easiest and quickest way to add stitching, so that is my most favourite way to add stitching. I love the little extra it gives on a card and that it looks really neat.

For the majority of the time I use stitched dies because I like the way they finish the edges so neatly.  Sometimes I like to hand stitch, but it depends on the style of the card.

I love the look of stitching on my cards but have never seem to have mastered the art with my sewing machine. To achieve a similar look I prick the paper with a piercing tool and join the dots with a fineliner pen. Not a bad lookey likey!!

I used to doodle stitching on my cards, but then I discovered the stitched dies and fell in love with their neatness and perfect finishing touch to my edges.

Like Elaine, my sewing machine is stored in a cupboard in the attic and it is difficult to get it out. I love stitched dies and have a lot of them in many shapes. 
They are easy to use and the lines are straight. 

So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge and show us your style.
Don't forget, you MUST explain WHY it is your favourite to be eligible to win.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

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  1. Thanks so much for choosing my Mermaid card as a Top 3! Congrats to the Winner and other Top Picks.

  2. Oooh I won! How fabulous, have emailed just now. Well done to the Top Picks as well, fab cards. DT inspiration for this challenge is, as always, just lovely.

  3. Superbe inspiration de la Design Team.
    Merci pour ce nouveau challenge.

    Superb inspiration from the Design Team.
    Thank you for this new challenge.

  4. Thank you so much for highlighting my otter; all the projects are so wonderful! Thanks for the monthly challenges and inspiration that keep us all creating!