How to Embroider a Greeting Cardcomments (14) February 4th, 2016
The backstitch is a great stitch for outlines on your design - it's easy and takes curves well. I'm using it to outline this bird, so I've punched holes about 1/8" apart, following the lines of the drawing.
I'll be stitching all the flowers with Lazy Daisy stitch. For that, I just need to punch two holes: one at the bottom of each petal, and one at the top of each petal.
Straight stitch works well for small details of a design. I'm using it for the fountain in this design. However, I decided that the lines were a bit too close together for embroidery on paper, so as you can see, I re-designed the fountain a bit as I punched.
If you compare the design with the finished card, you'll see that I also simplified the image by leaving out a number of flowers and small leaf details. When you embroider on a greeting card, keep in mind that each time you poke a needle and floss through the paper, you are in effect perforating it. So the more complex your design is, the greater the risk of perforating the paper so much, it tears. Simplicity is always a good idea.
Once you've punched all the holes you'll need for stitchery, remove the photocopied template from your card. Keep it handy in case you need to refer back to it while you stitch.