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Paper Embroidery - Technique & Free Pattern
This easy and beautiful paper embroidery project is great for
beginners and advanced paper embroiderers alike. Even beginners
will find this project easy to accomplish. In this project, the
pattern consists of two concentric circles.
By varying the number of stitches skipped between the holes, the
embroidery within the two circles has been given variation which
gives this pattern its character.
Embroidery template or pattern (Click
here to Download this pattern)
- Non-permanent tape
Embroidery floss in two colors
- Paper piercing tool and foam
template over cardstock and tape it using non-permanent tape
or you can even choose to clip it using office U-clips.
Using a needle, pierce holes in the cardstock using the
pattern as a guide.
A paper piercing tool and a foam piercing board,
available in Paper Embroidery Kits might prove useful, but
are not necessary.
needle with embroidery floss of desired color. Start with
the outer circle first. Tape the end of the floss rather
than knotting it to the backside to avoid bulk.
Bring up your needle at point 1 (any point on the circle)
and bring it down at 2, i.e. after skipping 9 holes. Now, bring the needle up at the hole next to 2, i.e. 3
and bring it down at the hole next to 1, i.e. 4. Bring it up
at 5 and down at 6.
circle in a similar manner. The distance between the two
holes (where you bring the needle up and down) should always
remain the same. In this pattern, it should always remain 9.
You will not need to count the holes every time, just
bring up the needle from the next hole.
When finished, all holes will have 2 stitches each,
running in opposite directions.
with the inner circle using a contrasting colored thread. Bring up your needle at any point on
the circle. Now skip 17 holes and bring down your needle.
Continue just like you did with the outer circle.
Note: The reason we skipped only 9 holes in the outer
circle and 17 holes in the inner circle is that we needed a
wider and thinner outer circle. The inner circle, however,
was intended to be more 'filled-up', i.e. with lesser space
left in between.
inner circle continuing in the same way. When both the
circles are done, you can embellish your card with buttons,
rhinestones, sequins and whatever odds and ends you can find
in your craft boxes.
Glue your finished cardstock to the
front of a card blank and you are done!