Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Trapeze Cards

For those who don't know Trapeze Cards are works of art suspended in mid air by threads sewn between an outer border and an inner shape. You'll need a template & pattern made by Marianne Design.

There are 2 ways of making the cards, 1, where the trapeze is mounted onto the base card (cards above) the other is cut directly into the base card. The first doesn't quite show the true cleverness and beauty of Trapeze but it does mean an insert and writing in the card don't show through. This one is mounted but the principles are the same. I'm using the stitching pattern on the pink & mauve card above. Because of copyright if you want to replicate it you will need to buy the pattern book.

Equipment. You will need a template and pattern. A 13cm square base card, 1 piece of thick card 12cms square, colour isnt too important if you will be covering the central area.12cm square piece of card to make a frame.A cutting mat, very sharp knife, scissors, pencil, low tack tape, threads, beading needle & seed beads.


1: To make the trapeze attach template to card with low tack tape and cut along the inner lines with a knife. Some people trace the area and cut freehand with a knife and ruler. I prefer not to do this as the metal template will stop accidental over runs.

2: All 4 sections are cut away.

3: Using a fine pricking tool hold the needle at right angles to the template and pierce the required holes. Cut around the outer layer.

4: To make the frame draw around the outside & inner part of the template on the reverse of the card. Using a ruler mark a 2mm border to enlarge the frame by 4mm in total. Click the pic if I'm not making sense.
5: Cut the frame out.

6: Check you have made the right size frame by placing the trapeze over the top. There should be a 2mm border on the outside as well as the inside.

7: Thread the needle with a long piece of cotton/lurex/metallic thread and stick one end to the reverse of the trapeze using sticky tape. Sew as per pattern.

8: To attach the beads thread through one end, pull through until the bead is near the card and thread the needle through in the same direction as before. You're creating a loop around the bead as per picture.

9: Continue stitching but remember that you may have to break and reattach the thread several times to get to the next hole without the thread snaking over cut away areas.

10: When finished sewing remember to attach the end to the back with sticky tape and trim away any excess.

11: Very carefully snip away the supporting struts using scissors. If you do accidentally snip a thread just unpick at either end and reattach a new thread and sew between the 2 affected holes.

12. Add double sided sticky tape around the outer edge and stick to the frame made earlier.

13: The trapeze part is now finished.

14: Attach foam tabs to the reverse of the outer trapeze. If you are using a heavy embellishment it's worth adding tabs to the central area as well
15: Mount the framed trapeze to your base card and decorate as required. Gently nudge beads along the threads into place if needed. All finished, although I've not shown it decorated and will leave to everyone to guess what I did :o

7 comments:

Trish. said...

thank you so much,I have tried this and couldn't realise how the beads were put on. You have explained this very well. will now get out my template and have a go again.
Hugs Trish.

Sheila said...

I have just came upon your site and so glad i did i have often wondered how to do that thanks a million
shi

creationsnz said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I bought a template only to find there were no proper instructions. Glad you included how to do the beads as well. Thank you!

Jasu Kishan said...

Hello Sue, thank you for your in-depth explanation on how to make the Trapeze card.

Please could you tell me, as to where you brought the a Trapeze templates from. I have searched on the web but not had much luck. Your help will be very much appreciated.

Jasu x

Playing with paper said...

Hi Jasu,

Trapeze templates were made by Marianne Design but sadly are no longer available. You might be able to find one on ebay or amazon but I havent seen them in any shops for a long time, sorry.

Jasu Kishan said...

Not to worry Sue... Thanks any way! ��

Jasu x

Playing with paper said...

Are you on facebook Jasu? There are quite a few craft stash selling groups and someone might have one they no longer use.