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Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper

Designs from "Valentine Greetings" set can be used for making valentine greetings, embroidered on certain types of paper, like mulberry paper.

Often the size of postcard or type of decorative paper you select for card base don't let to hoop paper the regular way. Yet, if the paper is strong enough to support embroidery without stabilizer, there is another way around.

This "other way" is to hoop strong cutaway backing, cut as small as possible hole in it's middle for the design that should be embroidered, then apply temporary adhesive spray over the backing, attach decorative card stock paper and embroider the design.

Here's one greeting card we've made using this technique (front & back)
Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper

Notice that this card design doesn't allow hiding embroidery backing, and the backside is also embroidered in same thread color (color bobbin), to make it look beautiful.

Below you will find a step-by-step instruction, explaining and demonstrating how this postcard was made.

REQUIRED SUPPLIES & TOOLS

* Make sure that your printer is functioning properly. You'll need it for printing design template.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mark a piece of Mulberry paper the way shown on our photo. The very top edge and bottom edge will later be removed, so please don't be puzzled by the strange look of the pattern. We need a larger paper surface, to make the paper hold well over a hole in hooped backing.

The middle side of your card base should be twice larger than each of the edges.
Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
2. Hoop a piece of cutaway backing into a large hoop, and mark its center all over the backing, like the photo shows. Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
3. Print design template, position it over the hooped backing, slightly mark template outline with pencil. Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
4. Cut a hole inside the hooped backing, according to this outline. Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
5. Fold the card base like the photo shows, apply some temporary adhesive spray on the outer side of top & bottom card edges (that will be removed), and stick the card base to embroidery backing, carefully centered. Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
6. Embroider the design, using metallic thread on top and matching color bobbin thread on bottom (the bobbins should be regular poly machine embroidery thread).
Metallic can make almost any design look festive. Sparkling adds life to the embroidery. Suddenly a simple design can look amazing just because of metallic thread.

Also, when dealing with metallic, reduce machine speed to lowest one you can, use metallic needle and thread net. These simple tips can save you plenty of troubles.
Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
7. When embroidery is finished, remove the card and cut away excess edges. Fold the card. Cut out the hearts out of paper template, leaving a 1/4-inch allowance, like on our photo. Then cut out a decorative "window" on card edges using these paper hearts as template. Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  
Valentine card ready! Valentine Card, Embroidered Directly On Mulberry Paper
  

If you'd like to get Valentine Greetings designs, metallic embroidery thread and colored prewound bobbins used in this project - please visit these links:

Valentine Greetings embroidery designs set
Metallic Thread
Colored Prewound Bobbins
Cutaway embroidery backing
Temporary adhesive spray

 

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