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Creating Embroidery on Paper

In my prior blog, "Inspired by Embroidery on Paper - Making Keepsakes", I explained that there are specifically digitized designs for embroidering on paper. Unlike the heavier stitch count designs, these special designs give you great results when when you want to create with paper.

Of course, these designs stitched on fabric, but they were made for stitching on paper. So, with that in mind, let's look and see what that process looks like in creating a keepsake card.

There are a few helpful tips that I learned along the way, as well as finding some new notions, that I want to share with you.

About a decade ago, when a few of the embroidery on paper designs came out, there were not as many "how-to" suggestions readily available. Back then, the supplies recommended in the directions were: to use tear-away or cut-away stabilizer and double stick tape or spray adhesive.

As well as these work, there are some other options now that you might find work better. Here are a couple of newer finds you might want to check out.

Initially, there was not much mentioned in the directions as to needles -either size or type.

Recently, more suggestions have been made in the information provided with the designs. Most recommend a size 75/11 and occasionally a 90/14 for certain threads. Keep in mind that the smaller the holes, the less chance or perforating your cardstock. In a blog covering needles, I discussed how

Klasse's Anti-Glue needles work beautifully with sticky stabilizer when making cards.

When I first started using sticky stabilizer, I used standard needles and found they would gum up and I had to clean them off with a bit of rubbing alcohol. Then I discovered titanium needles, which did a good job to repelling the sticky residue and definitely performed better than the standard needles. So, when I was told about the Klasse Anti-Glue 75/11 needles, I just had to give them a try for making the cards. They performed just as advertised and after stitching several cards, they did not stick to the paper or get gummed up. The stitching is clean and even, just beautiful!

Designs in Machine Embroidery's Sticky Hoop is another new find. It has a single bottom frame and a flat surface so you don't have to hoop your embroidery between the rings. It's also sideless, so your embroidery item can lay flat and that is a great help for so many hard to hoop items! There are two sizes available, 5x7 and 6x10, so you don't have to waist stabilizer if you have a smaller project. The magic is the attaching the "Peel n Stick" tear-away adhesive to the bottom of the frame. DIME bundles 25 sheets of stabilizer along with the hoop and more sheets can be purchased separately.

Another attractive thing about the hoop is the low price point, compared to the DIME magnetic hoops.

As for helpful hints, I followed the recommendations in the design directions: lowering the height of my presser foot and slowing my stitching speed down to a minimum speed. Both suggestions proved to be very helpful and the results were great!

Follow the directions for the card you choose and attach the hoop into your machine. The Kimberbell Watercolor Wishes designs begin with a placement line. Once you have that stitched, you can line up and place the bottom right corner of the front of your card directly on the sticky tear-away. After you put the card in place, complete stitching the design.

In the 6x10 sticky hoop I was able to easily place two 4.25"x5.5" Kimberbell watercolor cards. Using a couple of simple editing steps on my machine, I was able get the designs placed just where I wanted them.

In doing this, you can save on stabilizer and stitch either duplicates or designs using similar colors.

Once you are done stitching, remove the card(s) from hoop by removing the remainder of the excess stabilizer. The inside of the card (back of the embroidery) will have the stabilizer covering it, and that's okay as it will be covered in a later step.

Now it is time to bring out the artist in you. You can color in the areas with watercolor pencils and blend in the patterns with a blending brush. Keep the card open when you are applying the blending brush, for best results. Once it's dry you can go to the final step.

The CD includes printable inserts in both color and black and white.

Use a paper cutter to get a nice clean cut or your paper scissors to trim the liners down to fit.

I used a scrapbooking glue stick to attach the paper liners to the inside of the cards. Another option would be to use double stick tape.

Now all that is left to do is to write your note inside your keepsake card and send it off!

Making your cards is a special way of sewing and sending your love this year;

I am looking forward to making many of these beautiful Watercolor Wishes cards for family and friends.


Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC


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