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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Now, what kind of floss to use? Here, you can see several options: from left to right, they are pearl cotton, crewel wool, and six-strand embroidery floss (six strands, three strands, and two strands). As you can see, the thinner the floss you use, the more those holes in the paper show. So I like to stick to thicker flosses when I stitch on paper.

Don't knot your floss when embroidering on paper. Instead, use masking tape to anchor the ends.

I never use knots when I stitch on paper, because they make it hard to cover up the back of your work later. Instead, cut yourself a lot of small pieces of masking tape, and have them handy while you work. Use them to stick down the ends of the floss when you begin and end a strand.

The back stitch is a great choice for paper - it takes curves well.
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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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