Thinking of February it’s hard not to think about Valentine day and hearts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Valentine card embroidered with silk ribbons, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to design one. I love such sort of challenges when there’s a need to create something for a specific occasion using specific techniques and materials. It gives my brain an exercise as it’s not an easy task to make a nice design that doesn’t take lots of materials, time, and effort when someone makes one trying to follow a tutorial afterwards. So… I hope you like it and if you haven’t yet tried stitching on a piece of card, this is a perfect opportunity to give it a go 🙂
To make a card like this, you’ll need:
- A4 sheet of photo paper. Choose one that is thick enough to make a card (260gsm will be good) with satin finish. I bought mine from Ryman. Make sure you get photo paper, not just card, as colours will look dull on normal card;
- 4mm wide Citrus, 7mm wide Deep Carmine, and 2mm wide Hydrangea hand-dyed silk ribbons;
- sewing or embroidery floss in red;
- embroidery needle to stitch with floss and a chenille (size 18) needle to stitch with ribbon;
- scissors or a roller cutter with a ruler;
- single sided and double sided adhesive tape.
Print out a PDF pattern on the photo paper. If your printer corrects images like mine always does, you might like to increase brightness and saturation a little on the printer settings screen.
Embroider leaves with a ribbon stitch and a piece of Citrus hand-dyed ribbon. Use a photo below as a guide. Bring the needle to the front through the punched holes and then bring it back to the wrong side piercing new holes while making a stitch. Follow a ribbon stitch tutorial as a guide. Do not make knots on the wrong side of the card, keep it flat as possible. To start and finish a stitch use a piece of adhesive tape – just stick down the end of ribbon to the wrong side.
To make a lacing with a blue ribbon, pierce holes on the top of the card following a layout. First pierce just two outermost holes, and lace a piece of 2-mm Hydrangea silk ribbon through them. Do not pierce other holes, as you need to hide the back of the embroidery first.
Stick a piece of double sided tape onto the back of the embroidery (stick it onto the bottom of the card), then fold a left part of the card in to hide the wrong side of the embroidery.
Pierce the rest of the holes, lace the ribbon, and tie a bow where the ribbon ends meet.
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