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THE T E X T ILE ART I ST' S S T UDIO HANDBOOK
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N EEDLE W O RK
PROJECT:
tools
Paper
Pencil
Embroidery needle
Regular sewing
needle
Towel (optional)
instructions
1. Draw out your design on paper. It can be a simple
line drawing because once you start the embroi-
dery it will come to life. [a]
2. Work on a padded surface (see how to make a
padded surface on page 26). If you don’t have a
padded surface, simply place a folded towel on
your table. Position the paper on top of the card so
that the drawing is directly over the desired loca-
tion for the embroidery. If you are using a folded
card, open it so it is flat on the work surface.
materials
Thread or
embroidery floss
Blank cards
Embroidered Note Cards
Here’s an easy way to incorporate embroidery into your greeting cards. You know
that the cards are displayed on the mantle, the desk, the piano, or the fridge, so
delight your family and friends with handmade cards that are worth showing off.
Depending on the stitch, the cards may have a comforting and old time feeling, or
be as modern and sharp as graphic art. Experiment with the kind of thread you use;
try metallic thread on dark paper or fuzzy yarns on a patterned card. Whatever you
do, you can be sure that your cards stand out from the rest.
A
C
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3. Hold the drawing in place with your nondominant
hand, and with your dominant hand, use the
regular sewing needle to perforate the drawing
and note card over the drawn lines. Leave enough
space between the holes so the paper and note
card don’t tear. You need to use the regular needle
to perforate the paper because the blunter point
of the embroidery needle could cause the papers
to crease, crinkle, or tear.
4. Once you poke holes over the entire drawing, re-
move the paper from the card, but keep it in front
of you for reference.
5. Thread the embroidery needle and use it to em-
broider through the holes in the note card. Make
a small knot on the end of your thread so that it
stays taut in the first stitch. Be creative, connect
dotsthere are no limits to the types of stitch-
ing that you do. The only consideration you may
make is to the weight of your paper. Too much
perforation can result in ripping of the card along
the dotted line. Don’t worry if the back is messy
because you can take a second piece of paper or
note card and glue it to the inside so that the back
of the embroidery work does not show. [B, C]
A
B
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