Thursday, May 29, 2008

embroidered cards

Every year at the end of the school year I like to give the classroom teachers a handmade thank you card. The deer is from an embroidered card kit I bought from Martha Stewart online back in 2001 or 2002. I hesitated before making the purchase because it was rather pricey, but it's been worth every penny. The kit came with everything: cardstock, embroidery floss, 8 templates, a punching tool, and even a little foam mat (similar to a mouse pad) to provide the appropriate surface for using the punching tool. You punch holes in the cardstock to outline the design, then backstitch with floss through the holes to create the stitched image. It's kind of a pain to stitch through the holes in the cardstock, at least for me, because I have to turn the card over to find the hole from behind with every single stitch, but the finished product looks so pretty!

I wanted to try something new this year, too, so I crocheted some flowers using perle cotton and a small hook, tacked them onto fabric, and embroidered a stem and leaves. I used some wonder under to fuse the fabric onto cardstock. I hope it sticks. Right now it's holding on tight, but I'm wondering if I should sew it down. It would be embarrassing to give a handmade card that falls apart!

The crochet flower pattern is the same one I used to make my flower scarf, following the pattern posted here.