Embroidered Greeting Card

 (3 designs for unlimited use)

 
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The art of the handwritten note
Thank you and I love you can be the loveliest phrases to read in any language, especially when written by hand instead of typed on a keyboard. We designed these embroidered cards to elevate your handwritten words. Stitch one card to send a greeting to a sweet someone, or make a small batch to gift as a stationery set. This is an easy project to take along with you when traveling or just for those moments in between.

MATERIALS 
1 or more flat stationery cards (this pattern uses 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” cards from PaperSource.com)
1 or more corresponding envelopes (we use size A2 from PaperSource.com)
Embroidery floss in colors of your choice (such as DMC 6-Strand floss, dmc.com)
5” x 6” piece of sheet foam, foam core, or corrugated cardboard for needle punch pad

TOOLS
Printer
Embroidery or crewel needle (sharp-tipped, with an eye large enough for 4 strands of floss but otherwise as thin as possible to leave small holes in the card stock)
Small embroidery scissors
Optional - Needle threader - recommended when using multiple strands of floss in a small needle (we love this one)

METHOD
Print the design of your choice and cut out the rectangle template. If your card size is different, align the template with the outer edge of your card and center the design where you would like it to be. Do not adjust the size of the embroidery design as the spacing of the holes might not scale properly.

Once the template and card are lined up,  carefully place on a surface that a needle can poke into, such as foam or cardboard. Hold the two paper layers in place with your  hand (or with non-marking clips). Use the needle to punch through all of the black circles, leaving a perforated design on the blank card. No need to punch the needle more than 1/8” into your backing foam, as you are just marking the design. Keep your template to use as a design reference while you stitch. Here are two videos to further explain using the template to punch holes, and stitching on the card stock:

Tips for stitching on card stock:

  • Stitching through a card is different than fabric, as you don’t want to make any more holes in it than the ones that you have pre-punched.  So when putting your needle through from the back of the card to the front, you should turn the card over and aim the needle through the hole, then flip back to the front, making sure it is the correct hole before bringing the thread through. Pull gently as you take up the slack, so that you don’t distort or tear the paper.

  • You can stitch through a hole multiple times, but you cannot go down and then come up immediately through the same hole, as that will undo the stitch.

  • To stitch a line, you will go two steps forward and one step back. Make one stitch forward then come up through the next hole and backtrack to the last hole. This will fill the empty space. 

  • Since the back of the card will not be hidden, you can either be neat with your stitches and tuck in your knots, or glue another piece of paper over the stitches to hide them. We love to see things behind the scenes, so we prefer to be as neat as possible and let the back show.

  • When switching colors, knot your thread, and before cutting, pass the needle back under a few previous stitches if possible, to hide the tail end.

  • Cut a 20” (approx.) length of embroidery floss and separate into the number of strands that you need (see below). Thread the strands onto the embroidery needle and knot the tail. Make sure the knot is big enough to not accidentally pull through the card. We double our knot just in case.

  • When finished embroidering, trim all loose threads a few millimeters from the knot.

Geometric Design -
This is a good beginning design, as it is a very abstract and no one will know if you stitch the wrong place. Using just two strands of floss through the needle, follow the lines on the template starting at one end with color #1. Knot at the finish, and switch to color #2 and do the same. If making more than one card, have some fun by connecting the dots differently each time.  

Arrow Design - 
Begin with the shaft of the arrow, using four strands of tan floss in the needle instead of three. (If you can’t fit four strands on your needle, don’t worry. You can go back and stitch over your original stitches to fatten them up.) Start at the back end of the arrow by making a french knot, then bring the needle up at the first fletching (the feathered section) hole and loop back to connect to the french knot. Continue to the tip of the heart/arrowhead using long stitches. You can skip over the fletching holes, but put the needle to the back beneath the stripes. When you reach the heart, knot and trim the thread.

Next, use two strands of blue floss to complete the fletching, filling in one one side of the feather and then the other. You will need to gently move the shaft thread with you needle to find the holes beneath it. Then, stitch the three blue stripes, and knot/trim. Complete the heart/arrowhead with two strands of red floss by first filling in the crosshatched lines, and then outlining the heart. When you outline, you can go through all of the holes or skip over several along the straight edges of the heart. When you finish the heart, knot and trim. To complete the design, add the three red stripes to the shaft, knot and trim.

Foliage Design - 
Because there is a lot of leaf detail work, use only two strands of floss for this design. Start by stitching the stem from top to bottom. Next, work your way up the design by outlining and then filling in all the leaves, following the template carefully until you understand the pattern. Work the bottom left leaf, then right leaf, then run the needle through the back of the stem stitches, then next left leaf, right leaf… on up the stem. This design is all one color, but you will need to use a few lengths of the floss. When you end a length, always knot and then work the tail into a few stitches on the back before trimming. 

THOUGHTS
Once you understand this process, we encourage you to draw your own templates and stitch your own unique designs. Then you will have made a truly unique gift for someone special. Happy stitching!

 
 
 

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