It's not a quick project, mind you:
"180 stitches. 4 hours. Kept stitching till my hands and eyes hurt."
She cautions that the metallic threads are especially difficult to use with polymer clay — she even ended up with cuts on her fingers. But strong clay and strong threads are a must, she says, "or else it won't handle the stress from the stitching and pulling."
I can attest to that last part. I tried stitching a border around a polymer clay frame years ago, before I started using the stronger brands of clay. I ended up with disappointing breaks and tears. While Angeli doesn't specify how she did hers, I found that punching holes before baking, then sewing after baking worked best for me. I imagine that especially applies to the thick slabs of clay like she's using.
I love her stitched designs, especially the pattern on the leather-like piece in her second post. I also like her quote:
"Polymer clay embroidery is getting addicting. The possibilities are endless."
I so often feel that way about polymer clay techniques!
Have any of you attempted polymer clay stitching? I'd love to hear about your experiences — what worked and what didn't?
Oh, and thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on my previous post. Sam is 2 weeks old today, and we're all doing well. There's so much to learn and do, and on so little sleep. (I've gained a new respect for all you mothers out there!) But it's been an really exhilarating time.
If you're interested in the latest photos, check out his Flickr set.