At the Thread & Whisk studio, we have spent a wonderfully quiet few weeks goal setting and launching ourselves headfirst into the new year. January is always a great time to reflect and plan, but we are also eager to dive into lots of great projects! As ever, our studio mantra remains “cook. make. share.” So that is what we will do this year. We hope you will join us.
January is also an excellent time for sending thank you notes. Followed closely by February, which is obviously the time for sending love notes. Since we have a goal to do more stitching projects, we’ve hatched a way to combine embroidery with stationery and stitch our greetings. Challenging us all to stitch outside the embroidery hoop, we have created 3 designs to stitch onto blank greeting cards. Find the printable templates below. Depending on the floss colors, the papers, and envelopes you choose, these can work for many occasions. And they are super fun to make!
Embroidering thread onto a card is kind of like life: You have to choose your path carefully, and sometimes you have to briefly go backwards before you can move forward again. Other than that, it’s basically like stitching on fabric, with a bit more audible feedback. We find the rhythmic sound of needle and thread pulling through the card so meditative that we are able to tune out distractions around us.
The first step is to use a design template to perforate the blank card with stitch holes, laying a road map for your needle and thread. Place a scrap piece of soft foam or corrugated cardboard under your card to make a gentle landing when the embroidery needle pokes through the back. Here is a short video showing how to transfer the design to paper:
We recommend doing a test on a scrap piece of card first, to get the feel of this technique. Practice poking the holes with the template and then stitching through the card to see how hard you can pull the thread, how to find the right hole from the back side, and what happens when you have to go through the same hole more than once. It will take a minute to get used to working on paper instead of fabric.
You can stitch one card to send a note to a sweet someone, or make a small batch with the same pattern to gift to someone as a stationery set. This is an easy project to take along with you when traveling or just for those moments in between. Click here for step by step instructions, including videos, or press the print icon below for the embroidery templates and printable instructions. Enjoy!