Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tutorial: Embroidered Christmas Cards

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

Embroidered cards always feel like magic to me. They don't really look like much until you're part way through with it when an image just seems to emerge. They're also not as hard to make as they look. And I did the hardest part for you, making the pattern, so you can just enjoy the accolades.

I made three designs, two Christmas-y ones and one generic wintery one. I know that I have at least one holiday card to send for Hanukkah and it's nice to have a "Happy Holidays" option.

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

Push Pin
Cardboard or Cork Board
A2 Folded Note Cards
Embroidery Floss
Small Scissors
Masking Tape

Print out the templates onto card stock and cut out the gray boxes. Tape it to the front of an A2 Card with masking tape.

Lay the card and template on top of either a small piece of cardboard or cork board so that you have a solid backing you poke holes into.

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

Using the pushpin or needle, poke holes in all of the dots on the template. Make sure you get them all! (Tip: Hold the card with the template still taped to it up to the light to make sure you got them all.)

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

Thread your needle with embroidery floss. I used the smallest needle with a large enough eye to thread 6 strands of floss through. You can used fewer strands, but I like the way it looks with the full strands best. Then start embroidering. Start on the inside and leave a tail that you can tuck into other stitches after you're finished. Use the template as a guideline so that you're making all of the lines shown. When you're finished, on the inside, weave the floss over and under the stitches to secure and snip the thread. Re-thread the tail you left in the beginning and do the same thing. You can also tie your ends, but I think it looks nicer to just tuck the ends in.


Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

This one is probably the easiest of the three images. You can start anywhere and end anywhere. To make it look exactly like mine, I started on the inside ring, moved to the short pieces on the radials, and then stitched the radials all into the center. See the inside stitches (below) for an idea of how it all came together.

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts


Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

This one takes the least amount of time to complete and is only a little tricky because you have two colors. You can do the top or circle first, it doesn't matter. Just pay attention to which hole is used by both colors.

I used a back stitch to make the hanger.

Because I had two threads ending so close to each other, I tied the gold ends inside, but tucked the green threads in (see below).

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts


Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

Beware: This one is tricky. I've got some tips to make it easier though.

Use a needle instead of a pushpin to make these holes, at least the ones that are really close together in the M, e, and r's. A needle is sharper and a little thinner.

Start a the bottom right hand hole. (It's marked on the template.) And move horizontally. Go up through one hole, down through the next and so on all the way across the page until you get to the last hole in that row then move up to the next row.

If you rip through the paper between two holes, skip a line and come back to one of them. I know that's confusing, but if you try to go through one hole and then come up through the next, but it's ripped through between them, it just won't work. So go up or down through the first one as normal, but then instead of going through the next hole, skip up a row and do that row the rest of the way across. Then when you come back, go down a row instead of up and finish out the row you didn't complete. When you get back to where you left the row, go up and finish the half row above and then keep moving across the line as normal. It is very easy to switch to the wrong hole though, so double check the template and be sure. Otherwise you'll end up having to undo all your work and go back. I know this from experience.

See below for the confusing mess of stitches. I did better on the second one, but I wanted to show what the back looks like when you skip around because of a tear.

Embroidered Christmas Card | Red Circle Crafts

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