How to Embroider a Greeting Card

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.
Metallic threads are fun to stitch onto paper.
The secret to greeting card embroidery is pre-punching the holes for your needle to pass through.
With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.

With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.

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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.

To prepare for the Lazy Daisy sitch, punch two holes: one at the base of the petal and one at the top.

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.

If an area of your design is too complex for embroidery on paper, you an re-design it as you punch.

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.


Different kinds of embroidery floss have different effects on paper.
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Comments (14)

AnnGGG writes: Not a project for the impatient, but I actually find embroidery therapeutic. It's so calming to play some slow piano music and focus on the craft. Thank you for sharing!
Posted: 7:31 am on September 15th
DaveHaynes writes: You really need solid nerves in order to complete a similar project. But the satisfaction afterwards, nothing can replace it.
Posted: 6:07 am on March 8th
roselynbette writes: You can get very creative if you have a nearby artist to draw fancier stuff. :)
Posted: 2:20 pm on April 14th
l00katme writes: beautiful job
Posted: 6:51 am on October 7th
Criativa writes: Olá.
Que belo trabalho.
Obrigada.

Posted: 4:47 am on August 13th
littledeer302 writes: littledeer302. i love your creation i am going to try it thanks diana.
Posted: 12:22 pm on June 15th
CreativeG writes: This is simply beautiful and you've explained it very well. I know what I'll doing this weekend :).

Posted: 1:04 am on April 1st
honnet writes: The Content/ remarks were helpful. From hyderabadonnet dot com(send flowers and gifts to Andhra Pradesh).
Posted: 9:16 am on March 18th
paperrain writes: I'm working on the design for all my holiday cards as soon as I get home tonight. Fabulous. I'll post photos when I've finished one. Thanks for another cool tutorial. We need a book of your tutorials!
Posted: 11:12 am on September 10th
VSC writes: This is awesome, but I wish I would have known about it back before I did this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/crgw/2244913919/in/set-72157603798402531/
Posted: 8:32 pm on June 24th
digibudi writes: I totally love this! I think I'm gonna use this idea for my yearly summertime indoor pick-nick at my apartment. Great stuff Diane! I registered for this cool site because of you :)
Posted: 10:55 am on June 20th
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: This is fantastic! I love that you've shown how to modify the design to work for what you are doing, and the card with samples of floss is genius. You ROCK! :)
Posted: 11:37 am on June 19th
crafty_gal writes: Diane, your directions are the bomb! I've really wanted to try this out and you've just given me the confidence to give it a go!
Posted: 10:09 pm on June 18th
JenniferStern writes: Diane, I love your embroidered note card, beautiful job!
Posted: 4:25 pm on June 18th
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