How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Homecomments (8) August 11th, 2008
If you can't find the embroidered paper of your dreams, you can use your favorite lightweight designs and stitch your own. If you missed Jeffery's post on unusual embroidered papers from India, be sure to check it out. The trick to embroidering your own is to use lightweight designs and a small needle. Here's how to do it. Use a good quality sketch paper like I did here, or visit a stationary store and get some larger sheets. You can find a wide variety of papers that are made with cotton fibers. These papers work the best, but you can reinforce any substantial paper before you embroider it. If your paper doesn't have any cotton fibers, use Aleene's Tacky Spray Adhesive, and stick a sheet of Soft n' Sheer stabilizer to the wrong side before you hoop it.
Hoop a piece of Soft n' Sheer stabilizer and use temporary adhesive spray to adhere the paper into the hoop. Put in a size 10 embroidery needle and import your choice of lightweight designs into your machine. Embroider the motif onto the paper. Do not baste in the hoop--because it will leave holes!
Remove the hoop from the machine. Trim closely around the design to free it from the stabilizer that was holding it in the hoop. Don't try to peel or trim the stabilizer that was glued to the back--you could damage or rip the paper. Repeat the process until you've dotted the entire paper with beautiful embroidery!