Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Try a New Technique

Good Morning Everyone!  This is Cindy and I love to try new techniques and I love doing challenges.  Home Decor and 3D items are all the rage. Today, I have a great new technique for you that is just perfect for these projects along with cards and scrapbook layouts.  It is called "Spirelli."  Spirelli is the art of wrapping string around a scalloped shape.  The completed items make great embellishments, flowers and backgrounds.

You don't need anything fancy to make a Spirelli embellishment...just a punched scalloped image and some floss or string. Here is how you get started...

Take a scalloped edge shape.  You can punch it, use your dies or Cricut to cut the image.  With a glue dot, attach the string to the back.  If you are using floss, you might want to separate the ply.
Next, begin wrapping the string around the scallops.  The fewer scallops between your wraps, the larger center of the finished project.  For our sample, I chose five scallops.
Continue wrapping the floss around the image skipping the same number of scallops with each wrap.
Wrap completely around the image.  Each scallop will have 2 threads in it.  Finish it off by attaching the end of the floss to the glue dot that is holding your starting end.
Here is my card again and an up close view of the Spirelli flowers.  I used my CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the scallop images and added a larger brad to complete the center. 
Spirelli makes such a nice addition to any of your projects.  I can't wait to see what everyone creates.  And, as an added bonus, this is Crafting By Designs monthly prize challenge!  One randomly selected participant will receive a Close To My Heart (CTMH) goodie package of current and retired product with a retail value of over $35. 
Link your Home Decor, scrapbook or card projects below.  You'll have until February 28th to add your project WHICH MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS SPIRELLI TECHNIQUE. If you don't have a blog you can add your project to our flickr group and link it.  Please be sure to link back to CBD and show us a little love by becoming a follower :) For Now, Happy Crafting!


  1. Thank you for this fun technique challenge -- I really enjoyed trying it, and I'm definitely going to use the technique again. Cindy, what a gorgeous card!!! Best, CG

  2. thanks CG :o)
    Love your card, too!

  3. Fun create a card with spirelli great idea!

  4. Congratulations to our February challenge winner CG from CG Says Something Loudly! Great challenge Cindy, thanks to our players!