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Embroidered Card

by Lindsay Law (follow)
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This craft is the perfect way to introduce an older child to embroidery and to re-use some old Christmas or birthday cards. Then, when they've had a bit of practice, they could try it on a new card. It makes a lovely, unique gift.



Embroidered card


Time: 15 minutes to 1 hour or more (depending on the amount of embroidery being done)
Age: Over 10's
Level: Hard

Materials
Any kind of greeting card
Embroidery thread in various colours to match or contrast with the card patterns
Embroidery needle (a needle with a long eye)



Christmas card, blackbird, trees, wintry scene


Method
Decide which areas of the card you are going to embroider. You can pick out small details, although this is trickier, or you can simply go over the outlines of the main shapes. My daughter and I decided to pick out some individual details. She is ten, and needed quite a lot of support, so for a child that age I would recommend sticking to a card with large shapes that are easy to outline



Christmas card, blackbird, trees, wintry scene


Pick out the colours that you will use to embroider each section. You should do all the embroidery of one colour at once, so make sure you cut long enough threads. Don't worry about this making the back of the card messy - it will actually make it more secure and easy to tie off if you have a lot of strings on the back!



Christmas card, blackbird, trees, wintry scene


Take the first colour you are going to use and knot the end of the thread so it doesn't pull through. Use small stitches and outline the areas you are emphasising.



Christmas card, blackbird, trees, wintry scene


You can make sure you are the right place to bring the needle back through from the reverse either by holding the card up to the light, or by pushing very gently. With the latter option, you will see a small indentation, but it won't pierce the card, so you can still adjust where the needle comes through.
Once you have gone all the way round, reverse direction and fill in all the gaps between the stitches. This will be much easier because you'll be using the same holes you have already pierced.



Back of card, embroidery thread


When that section is finished, move onto the next.
When all of one colour is finished tie off the thread on the back of the card.



Back of card, embroidery thread


Repeat with the other colours on the card, picking out interesting details with coloured thread. You can see I have only gone over a few of the leaves, but I could easily have done this whole card. It has big, bold shapes and clear details.



Back of card, embroidery thread


Categories
#Over 10s
#Hard
#Sewing
#Thread
#Fine Motor Skills
#Recycling
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