I think embroidery has well and truly made it’s comeback. From embroidered tops to shoes or jeans. Lampshades to cushions or quilt covers. Younger folk are even acting all Jane-Austen-Era and breaking out the wooden hoops to create beautiful old school embroidery. Embroidery is back and it’s bloody lovely.
Today’s DIY is based around my love of embroidery and wanting to try my hand at creating it myself. Enter DIY Embroidered Paper. You can make these adorable works into stationary for Birthday or Christmas. You can put them in frames and hang them, you can tailor them to work as bookmarks. It’s a great, easy and very cheap way of trying your hand at embroidery before committing to the tools required to do it properly.
DIY: Embroidered Paper Art
Step 1: Pick Your Design
If you are not creative enough to draw your own design (raises hand) then just Google a design and trace it.
Step 2: Puncture Holes
Using a needle puncture holes around the design. Keep in mind how the thread naturally lies, so if you need the thread to curve puncture the holes to accommodate that. After some trial and error I found it best to puncture the holes, then rub out a small section at a time. If you rub out the pencil tracing all at once you might find it difficult to remember which holes align with which part of the design.
Step 3: Knot The Thread On The Backside Of The Card
From here follow the punctured holes. You can make the thread look different by leaving it lying flat or twirling it. I doubled or tripled the thread through the needle so that it was easily visible. You can do this, go back over each section multiple times, or use a thicker thread to do this.
My Embroidered Paper Designs:
This Hello Spring flower arrangement was my inspiration for my next embroidery.
To create the different flowers I went to Pinterest (where else right?). Below are the pins I used and how my flowers ended up looking.
Extra Tip – With paper embroidery you have to be careful not to put the holes too close together or the paper will rip. Secondly make sure you use a thicker paper. I used sketch paper that was 135gsm, but thicker than that would have been even better.
Depending on the design you choose it can be quite time consuming, but they are very cute and worth the effort. If I start now I can probably DIY all my Christmas cards for this year. 😉
What do you think of these DIY Embroidered Paper Art? Which is your favourite and will you be trying it yourself?
Are you infatuated with embroidery at the moment too?