Make hand-stitched holiday cards by stitching on card stock using your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.
It’s easy to do, and two different options are given in the Free Pattern – a Present with a Bow, or a Trio of Christmas Trees.
Materials needed include card stock or ready-made blank note cards, embroidery thread, pencil with eraser, embroidery needle and a flexible underlayment.
To work the designs, trace the pattern onto the card stock using a pencil. Trace lightly so you won’t see it through the stitching (If any pencil does show through after the stitching has been completed, it’s easy to erase later).
Next, place the design on top of the flexible underlayment and punch the design with the embroidery needle at evenly-spaced intervals.
Pre-punching the area make it easier to stitch, keeping your flat and clean. If you don’t pre-punch, cards have a tendency to crease at the spot where the needle is puched through the paper.
In my sample card, I stitched all of the outlines and lettering in back stitch, and accented the design with running stitch and French knots.
You can learn to work these stitches by visiting our Stitch Guide!