Lookie, it is my first matboard ornie! This is the gingerbread house pattern by Olive Hope Designs, in the November 2008 issue of The Gift of Stitching. The candy cane fabric is what I used for the back.So, what did I learn/try for the first time while making this?
1) Using matboard. I've just never looked into buying it before, I've always used cardboard scraps....which sometimes bend or misbehave, in addition to not being acid-free.
2) Lacing! Yep, I laced both the front and back onto the boards. AND I stitched them together instead of gluing! I'm not an expert, so it took me a while, but it just felt so much....nicer than gluing everything.
3) Making and attaching cording. This was actually pretty fun...although my cord still isn't as tight as the one I made in the class on Sunday. I made this red one using some of those generic flosses you can get in the multi-packs at Wal-Mart -- $3 for about 40 skeins.
I'm really quite pleased with this, and can hardly wait to do some more!