March 1, 2014


Every once in awhile -- when I need a creative boost -- I give myself a challenge. I randomly choose a project or technique I had singled out and saved sometime during the past several years. Yes, I am definitely a pack rat. Especially when it comes to things I may use in a future project.

Anyway, I have a papercrafting book that had some intriguing borders included. One, a variation on Dutch Weaving, especially caught my eye. I decided I would give it a try.

I cut a piece of retired Barely Banana -- such a nice soft unintimidating yellow -- to 1 5/8" x 5 1/2" to serve as my base. After carefully measuring, I cut 1 1/4" slits alternating between 1/2" and 1/4" and repeating, all the way down the yellow strip.

Using one piece of Marina Mist trimmed to 1/2" x 5 1/2", and two of Night of Navy at 1/4" x 5 1/2", I then set to weaving these pieces through the slits. I started with the larger center piece, and finished with the two side pieces. I must admit I had some rough going. Those strips just did not want to cooperate.

I finally got them all into place. The woven piece was cool, and I wanted to use it in something. So I set to building a card around it.

Since the woven strip itself was so interesting, I wanted the focal point of the card to be somewhat understated. The bird from the Hostess set, Simply Sketched, seemed perfect for the role. 

So, the additional color I brought into place was Very Vanilla, upon which I stamped my bird in Night of Navy. The other starring role Very Vanilla played in this card was as the woodgrain embossed background. 

A few additional touches, such as bringing the Barely Banana and the Night of Navy back into the picture in a few spots, finished off a card that is quite pleasing.

And, NOW, I have Dutch Weaving out of my system. Whew!



  1. It's gorgeous! Be sure and have the book around when I get there please. I want to see it. I have a ton of techniques put away too. We're just hoarders I guess!

  2. Linda this is so lovely! You make such beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  3. Brilliant project ! I just featured on my cardmaking on twitter website.What's the title of the book, I'm very intrigued by dutch paper weaving. X Fab