How to Embroider a Greeting Card

comments (17) February 4th, 2016     

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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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Let's learn some stitches, then! Here's the backstitch. You begin with a short stitch, following the holes you've punched. Then, you bring your needle up from the back of the card, using the hole for the next stitch, as shown.


On the front of the card, take your needle back down in the same hole where the previous stitch ended. See? you're stitching forward and backward at the same time.


Place your fingers close to where the needle passes through the paper, to help support the card and prevent it tearing.

Also, notice here how my thumb is placed. Try to keep your fingers as close to the point where your needle is passing through the paper as you can. Your fingers will help stabilize the card and keep it from warping or tearing.


If your hands tend to perspire, you can also fold up a paper towel and use it to hold the card while your work.


The fountain is embroidered in straight stitch. See how I simplified it from the original design?
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Comments (17)

Ashtonjames writes: Beautiful work done
Posted: 9:51 am on October 1st
graceandrew987 writes: Very creative and unique idea of embroidering a card for the occasion. I hope our loved ones will be pleased with this idea.
Posted: 1:40 am on August 11th
Denverbookie writes: Hi, I tried a size 7 needle and it was too small for the cardstock I am using. What size needle do you recommend? Thanks
Posted: 1:48 pm on July 21st
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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